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I have a 97 taurus and when I come to stop at a stop light the transmission doesn't want to engage when I proceed to go. When I mash on the gas the transmission jumps hard into gear. Any suggestions?

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  • sgman87 Apr 26, 2010

    I have checked the transmission fluid often and it shows full. I've had this problem since my dad bought the car in Oct 09. I doesn't do it all the time, sometimes I can go a day and it not mess up.

  • sgman87 Apr 26, 2010

    Thanks for the help. I may need to trade it in then instead of overhauling it.


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The 1st thing u do is make sure the transmission is full of fluid, low fluid causes the exact symptom, check the transmission level only when transmission fluid is hot to the touch, check it at least three times to get an accurate reading, if u are not sure have an Aamco transmission shop test the fluid level, they will do this for free as well as road test the car for the problem free of charge, most transmission repair shops will do this repair evaluation free, in hopes they will get the work in these lean times if the transmission does have an internal fault, that is my best suggestion at this point as a test drive is required to really fell what is going on. I am a 35 year Ford dealer master tech so very familiar with this car and it's transmission problems.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010

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    yadayada Apr 26, 2010

    the most likely cause of this is a loss of hydraulic pressure, this could be a leaking valve body or seal problem, based on the dozens of Taurus's I have driven and tested with this problem u are going to need an overhaul to cure it.

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    yadayada Apr 26, 2010

    You also need to have the ELECTRONICS TESTED FOR FAULT CODES, this transmission is controlled by a computer through electric solenoids inside the transmission, one may be malfunctioning now and then, it should leave a code in the computers memory, have the test run.


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