it don't shif gear sometimes

Asked by Mar 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM about the 1993 Mercury Topaz 4 Dr GS Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have to stop the car turn it off wait for two minutes turn on and then it work right most of the time some times don't

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Problem with the Ford ATX after many years of reliable service ( I assume its an automatic) is a that the Throttle valve sleeve/linkage starts to stick... You can get it re-lubricated (sort of), to see if its just sticking..., (but about 90% of the time, re-lubing does absolutely NOTHING due to the main problem). The main problem being that a bushing inside the sleeve that guides the cable is actually MISSING, due to being worn out and eventually breaking... There was a TSB (technical service bulletin) from Ford with a new Throttle Sleeve design that fixed this issue many years ago...assuming whoever owned it then, took it in... (not many people knew though)...and it wasn't a recall that I'm aware of, so you'd be out of luck today with the manufacturer...(perks of driving an 18 year old car, I know, I have a Topaz too, but I run only Amsoil in it, so I hope she'll live a lot longer than most, going for 300K+ miles!!!)... :( If you really want to, just tell wherever you take it to check the tranny linkage/sleeve for binding... but its NOT cheap to get fixed at a regular shop... be prepared to fork out anywhere from $300-600+... It would be a job only for the most VERY ADVANCED DIY-ER, I did it myself, but with the help of a mechanic...If you can source the part yourself and have a mechanic to help you for a case of beer or something... then try that... in which case you could probably get it done for around $100-200ish...(including parts and beer). :) Happy motoring! ~Matt

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