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Transaxle will not engage gears. (Forward or reverse). Checked fluid, Ok. No codes. Linkage seems ok. Will set park pin. It was ok until I stopped at a store, turned it off, came out started it and it would not move. No Pre-incident trouble was noticed or indicated. Any Ideas? Thanks, Rick

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  • mech49 Jul 14, 2008

    While driving 2003 Windstar. Stop for traffic light. Car would not engage in any gear after light change. No previous problems with trans. This is wierd never experience before. Fluid level is fine. Can anyone help?



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  • ryhan Aug 04, 2008

    I was just driving along when all of the sudden it acted like I had put it in neutral. Now it will not go into any gear at all. Linkage is moving but not putting transmission into gear. I had someone tell me it could be the torque converter? Is there anyone out there that can tell me for sure?

  • Anonymous Aug 23, 2008

    change trans fluid and filter still will not engage into any gears

  • ewert_z71 Oct 28, 2008

    Van was parked and when tried to move again shifter moved from park, and through all gears but was in neutral entire time???

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A few possibilites, like usual with out actually running through some of these test your self and narrowing it down heres some things:
first one damaged or faulty transmission computer (if knackerd you will not get a code)
second damaged transmission either input shaft or torque converter or differential
both of these will take either really good experienced tech or do it yourselfer or some money and patience these can be tested in transmission section of repair manual either haynes or chiltons will do
shift linkage or bushings disconnected or damaged this will take some time to inspect from shift columb to transmission my advice take it to a pro or consult one of our expert techs online chat

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