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1999 Ford Taurus will not shift out of 1st - I do have reverse

The car was hit on the driver side rear wheel area.
Since then the car, when in forward, will not shift out of first.
In reverse it works fine.
Could this be a sensor that was located in the wheel well?


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  • RobKelley72 May 14, 2009

    It was severe enough to cause $1000 in body damage.

    The car was parked and side-swiped.

    I've been told that there is a relay switch just above the wheel well. I think that would be odd but didn't know.

    I have been researching and am looking for a possible sensor (maybe speed sensor) issue. Basically, it's my kids car and he can't afford a new or rebuilt transmission.

    Thank you.

  • drummerdan May 18, 2009

    My car will not shift out of first gear when hot. I have to take my foor off the pedal and wait for it to shift. It's going to cause me to get rear ended.

    Thanks, Dan

  • stephen gosser May 11, 2010

    how bad was the impact
    it is unlikely there is anything in the rear (since your car is front wheel drive) that could cause this but if it was a severe impact it may have jarred something else up front



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Unplug your speed sensor. (located on top on transmission on left hand side can be reached from right side) If the problem is the same replace the sensor this should fix your problem.

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