96 mercury sable tranny problems


Asked by Mar 17, 2017 at 11:38 PM about the 1996 Mercury Sable 4 Dr GS Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought my car a month ago ran fine but every
once in a while would jerk when I had to hit the
gas like trying to get up to speed when entering
the highway now (just started today) the car
will go in P E M and 1st just fine but when it's in
D or OD it'll shift into the first couple gears fine
but the rev all the way up then shift hard into
the next year and acts like it doesn't want to
shift at all had to start force shifting it by
changing from drive to overdrive and back to
shift up. I know that's not a good thing but I had
to get home. Any help would be a god send

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It's suppose to say P for park R for reverse not e and N for neutral not m i hate cellphones sometimes stupid autocorrect

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I changed the neutral safety switch on a 97 Sable that when already rolling about 20-40mph in second (gear selector in OD) and giving it gas it would down shift hard into 1st (not over slipping though)and it stopped it for the most part, I had to adjust it a few times to get it much better but it will still down shift simi-hard at times but no where as hard as before and has not gotten worse (its much better). I know this is a little different than yours but may help. Its on the trans/engine connection just under brake booster toward the motor some. Only did it in OD.

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How many mile on the car and how does the fluid look? Is it at the correct level and nice and red? Brown or black is a problem, and anything over 120K miles, I would say the bands are burnt. That always means a transmission rebuild or replacement, which will e more than the car is worth. The transmission in your vehicle was always know for heat issues and early failures. Regularly changing the fluid was always recommended. But of course you would not know if the prior owner or owners did so.

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Now the car won't shift out of first gear. The transmission fluid looks perfectly red filter looks brand new it's got over 200,000 miles on the car I just changed the VSS sensor and the VSS sensor wires were bare and touching bare metal so I change the connector and the VSS sensor but the car still won't shift out of first gear it'll go into park reverse and neutral just fine but when you put it into overdrive or drive it'll get at about 25 miles an hour then it revs all the way up and won't shift into 2nd at all and a few hours before that the speedometer stopped working and the odometer don't work at all anymore.

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