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Car will not move when put in drive or reverse

When you put the car in drive or reverse it does not move, but the car recognizes park. Checked the linkage it seems okay, not an expert though.

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If I understand you correctly? You may have a plugged filter. Try servicing the trans. EG: Trans filter kit and good quality fluid that meets or exceeds Ford specs.

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

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