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What's causing my 1994 Windstar van not to shift into overdrive or 4th gear?

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THE TRANNY IS BAD,like most of them

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Its not changing gears right


There haven't been modulator valves in transmissions since they started putting computers in cars but it was a good guess. It could be one of three things that I can think of. 1) It may be a loose wire on one of the computer sensors in or on the transmission, 2) one of these could be a loose or defective, 3) And I hope I'm wrong on this one. There may be a bad internal seal which won't allow the internal pump to build enough pressure to keep it in gear. If this the problem, get rid of it before it gets worse, get it fixed before you drive it much more or drive it as little as possible as every time it shifts in and out it damages the internal clutch packs and low gear band. This happened to my 2001 Windstar. At the point that I traded it in, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears would shift alright but it wouldn't stay in 4th, (overdrive). It would shift in and out of 4th at random. Good luck. Jeff M.

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My 2001 jeep grand cherokee wont shift into 4th it only goes to third what would cause the 4th gear to not engage


There are several things that could cause that.
> Replacement transmission not equipped with overdrive
> Overdrive solenoid in replacement transmission defective
> Overdrive control circuits damaged or loose pins or connections.
> Gear shift linkage or cable out of adjustment
> Transmission range sensor malfunction or out of adjustment

Since you have a computer-controlled transmission, it would be better to ask the onboard computer that question....you will probably get a much more definitive answer.

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1994 shift only when overdrive is off.


first thing to check is transmission oil level and quality. If that is fine than your looking at either a valve body problem (valve body is what controls the selection of gears) or possibly a problem with the bands on the planetary gear set, they can be tightened in certain models. However i dont think it is the bands.
Does the overdrive only engage 4th gear? or does it feel like the gear ratios are different between overdrive and normal before the problem happened? some overdrive buttons engage final gear and some do as much as change gear ratios like in a cvt (contantly variable transmission) and some just change the timing in the gear changes to provide more rpm/power.
My best guess is that the valve controlling the overdrive in the valve body has failed and therefor you dont get a response from the transmission (i.e no gear shifting when overdrive is selected)

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When shifting from 4th gear into overdrive, power is lost and it feels as though there's no gas being supplied. Can only drive in 4th gear, no higher.


At what speed are you shifting to overdrive? If it is below highway speed, then you are lugging the engine

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My ford windstar mpv 1994, the overdrive light is continously blinking. The vehicle moves sluggishly. When OBD2 coder reads:1) P0500 and 2)P0760.


P0500 is the trouble code for a problem wiht the vehicle speed sensor. This is a little unit that is on the transmission.
P0760 is the trouble code for transmission shift solenoid problem, This solenoid is IN the transmission.
Take the van to a transmission specialty shop or a repair facility you trust. Speed sensor can be replaced by the user if they are familiar but the shift solenoid should be done by a professional.

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no power stuck in 3rd gear electric shop unless youve burnt it up good luck...www.TransmissionGarage.com

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the 4th gear clutch shaft has very fine teeth that wear over time, if vehicle has high miles, this shaft may have failed, a sprag may have failed, the 4th gear selenoid may be bad, the 4th gear clutches could be fried, the valve body may be leaking / venting clutch apply pressure, the range selector may be off causing the VCM to believe you are in 3rd. Good luck!

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There isn't anything wrong with your car. This is perfectly normal. I have a 2000 ES300 as well as other people that I know and it operates in the same way. Overdrive doesn't mean the same thing for every car or transmission. In our case overdrive is simply a reference to the top gear which is 4th gear. When you switch overdrive off(which is depressing the button causing the O/D OFF dash light to illuminate,) the highest gear becomes 3rd because you turned 4th gear or overdrive off. The application scenario for this is usually mountainous terrain where a lot of uphill driving makes it more feasible not to up shift into 4th gear while ascending and descending. It will not switch back to overdrive or 4th gear until you re-engage it by turning the overdrive back on or repressing the button. Again, when the O/D OFF dash light is illuminated, overdrive which is 4th gear is off and the highest gear will then become 3rd. It will never shift into 4th gear while this light is illuminated or overdrive is off. When you press the button and the O/D OFF dash light is NOT illuminated overdrive is on and therefore it will shift into 4th gear as usual. This applies to all 97-2001 ES300's and probably any other car you drive tat exhibits this same type of change when overdrive is turned off.

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Overdrive lockup


On the passenger side of the trans there are two servos.A servo is a steel piston with rubber lip seals bonded to the steel.The servo piston strokes in or out,applying or releasing a band.There are two servos,each hidden behind circular aluminum covers held into the case with snap rings.The rear servo actuates the 2nd gear band,and the front servo actuates the 4th gear,or O.D. band.The rubber lip seals on the servo pistons are soft and pliable when new,but with hot and cold cycles,and years of use,the rubber hardens and doesnt seal very well,causing loss of gears.It is very possible the servo has hardened,and that's why you are losing 4th.The other possible cause is electronic.This trans,the A4LD has 2 electrical solenoids inside the trans,4th gear solenoid and lockup solenoid.These are the ONLY electronics inside the trans,another possible problem area.I would remove the servos first for inspection,but before removal,take a scribe and scratch into the aluminum covers,"F" on the front one,and "R" on the rear one.These servos are different diameters,and MUST go back where they came out of.On the servo covers you will see cast into the covers 2 letters identifying the servo it requires....AB.....BB.....ZC...etc.These are examples,and yours will likely be AB and BB.If you DIY....use plenty of vaseline on the rubber lip seals,and the servo bores, to prevent cutting the new servo seals and O rings.Good luck.

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