I had the same problem I found the Transmission had water in it . the lady had a front end accident and cooler leaked. She had it serviced but too late . I got a great deal from her open up the transmission found the clutches flaked off.
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Fuse # 20 or 21 gets power through ignition. This fuse controls PRNDL indicator, speedometer, tach, & will cause transmission to not shift gears correctly. Ours took off in 3rd gear when put in Overdrive & only ran in 3rd gear. If we tried to manually shift thru gears (auto trans), it had 1st, 3rd, reverse. No 2nd or over drive. Replaced ignition. Fixed problem. Root problem was Electric motor that engaged 4 wheel low side was bad. Every time we used 4 Low side it threw power surge through ignition & blew ignition out. Good Luck.
There is a known driveability issues with 2004 Ford Freestars related to the PCM and the Transmission. A Service Bulletin was issued in july of 2006 covering an issue where water was entering the PCM causing a complete loss of reverse in the transmission as well as harsh or delayed shifts. Sometimes it is possible to get the vehicle moving in this condition by using the lowest gear.
In any case the fix is to remove the PCM and install weather stripping to route water around the PCM edges. The PCM will need to be dried out overnight. You can use a hair dryer on low heat settting, just be very careful.
Not a good sign. Check your transmission fluid. Make sure that vehicle is running at the same time. thats how you check transmission fluid. if its low, add fluid, check and make sure which kind to add so you dont add wrong kind. if that dont work, then your gonna have to probably end up buying another transmission or having that one rebuilt. feel free to write back
The problem is most likely on the transmission range selector switch, this is on th top of the transmission and has a multi-wire connector going to it, a shaft goes through it and the trans shift cable is connected there.