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My 97 Taurus goes into neutral each time I come to a stop; once I move the shifter to any position, then back to DRIVE, all works normal until the next full stop. Milage is 75,000 with 3.0 DOHC engine. Routine fluid and filter change at 35,000 and 73,000 miles. A few months ago it would make random gear changes at highway speeds; but was corrected when I replaced the Range Sensor. Any suggestions?

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  • Billat96202 Jul 18, 2009

    ...I failed to mention that it works normal on first start-up, once it warms up, the problem begins.

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YOU ARE LOSING HYDRAULIC CONTROL PRESSURE, THIS IS MOST LIKELY FROM A LEAKING INTERNAL SEAL IN THE TRANS, TAKING IT OUT OF GEAR ALLOWS THE PRESSURE TO BUILD BACK UP, I WORKED ON FORDS AT A DEALER FOR 25 YEARS AND SAW THIS VERY PROBLEM ON DOZENS OF CARS LIKE YOURS, IT ALWAYS REQUIRED AN OVERHAUL TO CORRECT, PULLING THE TRANS TO JUST REPLACE ONE FAILED HYDRAULIC SEAL IS FOOLISH, THE TRANS HAS TO COME APART SO MIGHT AS WELL GO COMPLETELY THROUGH IT, AT AROUND 100,000 THIS PARTICULAR TRANS IS PRETTY MUCH DONE, FRONT WHEEL DRIVE TRANS ARE VERY COMPACT SO THEY CAN'T HAVE THE MORE ROBUST PARTS AND LIFESPAN OF REAR WHEEL DRIVE CARS LIKE THE CROWN VICTORIA.

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