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Lost forward gears only in a 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII, but only after a series of other odd events. I believe it may be electrical but need some ideas or answers. I was driving to work one day and while driving my car came to a complete stop and the parking break engaged and wouldn't disengage. I fixed that problem but a few days later the trany wouldn't go into drive, only reverse, neutral and park. I left it sitting for awhile figuring we would scrap it but then it started up and drove forward. I drove it locally for about an hour running errands and then on my way home, I stopped at a light and it wouldn't move in D. The weirdest part is now the factory security system never seems to shut off and drains my battery every time I mess with it. Once I get out and lock the door the seats go crazy, the interior lights refuse to shut off and the dash lights blink for hours. So ..... Is it really bad transmission or is it electrical? And if it's electrical, where do I start? Also never had any slipping at all, all the fluids in the car are great. I do have a front headlight out but that's it. I've checked all the fuses and relays and so far they all come up good. That is however the extent of my knowledge. Even if it needs a shop that's fine but I always like to do my homework. Just recently on another car, I had my fuel line wiring break. I hired a mechanic to look at it, he said it needed a new fuel pump to make the car run again, I couldn't afford that. Started looking all over the car because I had a feeling it was electrical, sure enough I found the broken wires, fixed them myself and it was good to go. Took it to shop for a look over and no problems, but without my homework I would of been out a thousand dollars for $12 and 30 minutes worth of work.

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You may have some frayed bare wiring touching.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015

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    Amy L Jul 13, 2015

    Thank you for your help. I've been trying to figure out what electrical components are directly related to the transmission so that I can begin to investigate the electrical. I have a Hanes Book for it but there aren't any clear answers to that question in the book. Can you tell me where I should begin to look?



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