I have a 1997 Ford Taurus that is reading a code P0761. I've been ignoring the light b/c it kept coming on and off. This last tank of gas I got 80 miles less to my tank.. Is this something easy to fix (for someone who's done car work) or is this a complete transmission rebuild issue? Any suggestions?
The reason your gas milage went down is because you are not going into 4th gear or overdrive the most likely problem is shift solenoid 3 but it could be a wiring or pcm concern.I would test ss3 and go from there.Canging of SS3 is fairly involved and you would need a decent mechanical ability to perform this task.
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You might need to replace the valve body clip with the upgraded
(stronger) one. Ford had problems for a while with the clip breaking and
not allowing the tranny to shift into O/D. I had the no O/D problem, I
replaced the clip with the upgraded (stronger) one which fixed the
That code is for the Evaporative Emissions. It could be a bad Evaporative Emissions Canister Valve or just a bad vacuum line or my granddaughter's 1997 Ford Escort had that code and her gas cap was NOT on. Now when you figure out what one it is disconnect the battery for 10 minutes to reset the computer.
Try disconnecting the battery for 10 mins.This may reset the lights timer. If it comes back on within the next few days the take it to a large auto parts store and most will bring their computer out and hook it to your car and read the code the light will leave in your car computer,then they tell what the code says and try to sell you the part.You might car the auto parts store first and tell them what you have and ask if then can read your code for you.Its usually a free service.