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96 Ford Contour CD4E Auto Trans.

Hello, I have a problem with my ford contour. It has a 2.0 L DOHC 4cyl engine. My problem is when the trans upshifts from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd gear. There is a delayed action. And when trottle is applied it is somewhat harsh. What would be the fix for this?

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    the car still run but can only get 3rd and fourth gear to work

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The item referred to needing adjustment in the previous reply is called the MLP (manual lever position sensor). It tells the computer electronically that the car is in P, R, N, D, 2,1 (depending on the gear selector) It also allows the car to only be started in P and N for safety.
If it is out of adjustment, the sensor is misaligned with it's reference point on the gear selector rod, which goes into the trans case and pushes/pulls a rod that moves the selector piston/valve. The valve will be in the right place but the computer will say other wise and it controls the shifting with the solenoids.
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{MLP transaxle function: determion desired gear and electronic pressure control (EPC) pressure:
Symptoms: Harsh engagements and firm shift feel, engine may not crank, may downshift to a lower gear, 2nd or 3rd gear operation, transaxle not inicating the proper gear, no 4th gear operation. no manual first gear.}
Another point of interest is the EPC (electronic pressure control)solenoid inside the black side cover.
Failed OFF-maximum EPC pressure, harsh engagements and harsh shifts.

Another possible issue may just worn out clutches if the unit has high mileage or maybe verify fluid level and recent change of fluid. The filter is inside unit and trans has to be removed to change, some Hondas are like this too.

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You'll need to have the throttle valve cable checked. The throttle valve cable releases pressure at the transmission when it shifts. It this is out of adjustment, the car will definitely shift wierd. There are special tools to do this.

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