What causes my 2005 to abruptly engage after a short delay when shifting into reverse?

Asked by Jun 02, 2014 at 10:02 AM about the 2005 Mercury Mountaineer 4 Dr STD AWD SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Frequently I get a slight delay and then an abrupt engagement when I shift into reverse. Occasionally the same thing happens when shifting from reverse to forward. It seems to be more frequent when the vehicle is not warmed up.

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Hope that you are just low on transmission fluid- check it- hope that it's not a worn transmission-

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My 99 Exploder started doing that, so I serviced the trans and the problem went away, don't know why it helped as the tranny was serviced just 6 months prior to that, tranny was still going right up to when the engine blew at 245K not bad for a perceived problem rig.

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