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When on the highway my 1997 ford tarus GL wont shift into 5th gear

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You need to check the fluid and refill to proper level if low. And, if the fluid looks burnt (anything but a clear pink) it and the filter need to be changed. If that doesn't help take to a transmission shop to have it scanned because it could be a faulty or bad sensor.

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