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2001 Ford Escape XLT (4WD, V6) Automatic Transmission. It seems that when I shift to Drive the transmission does not want to go into first gear. If I manually shift down to first gear it works OK. I can drive by starting in first gear, shifting up to 2nd gear manually, and then shifting to Drive. The O/D Light blinks on and off on the dash yet when I push the O/D button on the end of the shifter it does nothing. Does anyone know what would cause this? Why would it go into first gear manually, but not automatically when in Drive? I would appreciate any advice.

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The blinking O/D light is advising you that there is transmission trouble.

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SOURCE: Ford Escape Automatic Only Goes Into 1st Gear Manually

it sound like you have a vacum leak or your shifter cable may need adjusted

Posted on Oct 27, 2009

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