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I got a 1990 ford tempo I was wondering why it goes in reverse but won't go forward

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Is it standard or automatic, I think it must be Standard because that doesn't happen with Automatics. If you put it in low and it only goes backwards someone had it (The transmission apart) and put the slider in back wards or something like that. Perhaps the forward gears are gone so they wanted to see if reverse works. Maybe you meant when you shift into a forward gear it doesn't work but when you shift it into reverse it does work. There is a fork like gear that moves the gears in and out of high and low range and it might be broken and it is possible if you find it hasn't been ground up in the internal gears it might be welded back in place and be sure to grind off every bit of flux so the gears can work smoothly. Best thing is to go to a junk yard that still has older cars like the Tempo so you can buy the transmission.

Posted on Dec 09, 2014

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SOURCE: 1990 ford tempo

if you have a 1.3L 4cyl these were famous for the idle solenoid on the intake manifold located close to wind shield drivers side two wire plug and 2 10mm bolts it is round looks like a cap on it cant miss it!!use EFI cleaner spray it out good this opens and closes sometimes carbon plugs them up you should get a lot of black carbon out when spraying it out this should help hope it did. John

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try your local library and they can make copies for you

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SOURCE: 1990 VW cabrio wont reverse. Seems in gear but only goes forward

left and push the shifter into the floor like stabbing down ten it will go left a little more and push forward and you will be on your way in good ol R

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I'm sorry to hear you have this trouble. You don't say whether this is manual or standard so it is hard to say much more.

I don't think you can fix this in your driveway. Probably the transmission has to come out. See your mechanic soon, in the mean time, be careful how you park.

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bad...burned out the trans with the constant slipping, make sure it is not out of fluid, but chances are the trans is toast-sorry

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