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MERCURY SABLE - NO PROBLEM WITH TRANS. YESTERDAY STARTUP THIS MORNING WONT GO IN ANY GEAR SEEMS LIKE IN IN NEUTRAL. BOLT SEEMS LIKE IN PLACE HOLDING LINKAGE

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Either your hydraulic clutch in your transmission has failed or your shifting linkage has disconnected or failed. Hydraulic clutch replacement is common for Ford products, especially in 2003.

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First check the transmission fluid level. If the car is cold it should be on the bottom line or other cold indicator in the transmission dip-stick. If the fluid (transmission oil) is within specs try giving it a tune-up. If the fluid is low you obviously have a leak. It could be leaking from the transmission pan gasket or the fluid cooling hoses that go to the radiator. Let me know what you find.

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Yesterday went to town put my 2001 mercury sable in park and could not get it back in gear, after fighting with it for several mins. It went in gear, went to save alot did the same thing, turned ignition...


Brake Shift interlock system problem probably . This is a safety system that will not let you move the gear selector from park ,unless your foot is pressing on the brake pedal . Electrically controlled locking solenoid , wiring , brake switch used to control this .

Sep 13, 2017 | 2001 Mercury Sable

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My 2003 Sable will not go into gear. The shift will go to different settings but it does not engage. This happened suddenly. I have checked fluid and diconnected battery to reset computer, but still will...


it could be a couple of things but most common is the forward clutch piston "cracking" (internal) but i would also check the clip that holds the rod in the low/reverse servo located on the back of the trans under a cover (3 bolts hold it on) good luck

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'99 mercury Sable with auto transmission: Hesitates a few seconds when shifting from Park to Drive. Seems to shift OK when driving.


Several things to do about this. Look in your Radiator reservoir for a oily sheen and do the same thing for the Radiator if it has a cap and is not sealed. Have the Trans fluid changed and the Trans filter serviced. If possible get a sample of the Trans fluid.

If both the fluids look normal you only need fresh Trans fluid and the Trans filter serviced. Some filters are replaceable and some are just screens which need periodic cleaning. If the fluids do not look good then the Radiator may be leaking into the Trans fluid via the cooling lines. The delay may be due contamination corroding the first of many parts.

The gear engagement is dependent on engine RPM. If, for some reason your motor is idling slower at Startup, the initial gear engagement will be delayed. You could also be down on fluid, which would mean another problem.

The chances of cross contamination are very slim, but it is mentioned because your shifting can be affected in small ways at first, then big costly ways. The self-diagnostics in your car does not cover this problem.

Take the time to check the reputation of the shop you deal with for this simple service.

Sep 21, 2010 | 1999 Mercury Sable

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2001 sable the gear shift wont come out of park. it wont come out of park with the key off, brake lights work an the brake switch is new.


try replacing the automatic transmission fuse, if that doesn't work check your linkage to your ignition

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Your transmission torque converter lock up clutch is not unlocking, that kills the engine and is the cause of the OD light flashing.

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try some STP gas treatment or dry gas in the gas tank and make sure there is at least a half a tank of gas when adding and make sure that the battery is fully charged

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No quick fix. If you are lucky, it is just the flexplate snapped loose from the torque converter. There is usually a door that you take off to access the 4 bolts that hold the flex plate to the converter. Remove that door to see if the bolts have sheared off.

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