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Transmission shifts hard after driving for 15 to 20 miles.

Yes, I have a problem, every time I drive my ford contour over 15 to 20 miles it then starts to shift hard each time I stop an then start again, can you help me solve this problem please.

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There is a possibility the transmission is overheating, probably due to clogged cooling lines in the radiator. The transmission fluid is pumped through hoses to the radiator where it goes through cooling lines built into the radiator for this purpose. If the flow of transmission fluid through these lines is restricted, the transmission will overheat, and rough/hard shifting will result. Unless you are experienced at this sort of thing, I would recommend you take the car to a good shop to get this checked out. At the very least, you will have to have the radiator replaced. At worst, you might have to replace or rebuild the transmission.

Posted on Dec 04, 2010

  • Graeme Scott Jul 29, 2011

    I had the same problem. It was a fault with the TR (transmission range ) switch or neutral safety switch.
    It's on top of the transmission near the battery and is pretty easy to replace.

    My transmission doesn't change for no reason anymore and the change is super smooth.



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