why does my transmission take forever to shift into first, and second?

Asked by Nov 26, 2016 at 09:20 PM about the 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis 4 Dr LS Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

when I put my car into reverse, it doesn't hesitate. but when I shift it into drive,
the gear takes long to go into gear. I always have to rev it up for it to go

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Of course the first thing too check is the fluid level and color, make sure it is full and has a bright red color, if the fluid is dark that could mean an internal tranny problem and should be checked by a professional. Next check for any trouble codes in the system, most parts stores can do this for free, if you have any transmission codes repair those before continuing on. If all of the above check out good then your going to have to take it to a trany shop so they can plug into the tranny control system and run the test procedures, they they can tell you what it will take to fix the problem, it could be the common solenoid failure that everyone seems to be experacing.

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All of that is true, and sometimes adding TransX or Lucas transmission additive will make things work again. Have you ever had the fluid and filter changed?

no I haven't had the time or money as we bought it as is. we're taking it in anyway to see if it need any minor work, if it is major then we will salvage it.

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