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Taurus/Sable Transmission Problems



  • Have check engine light on took it auto zone to check. tester said shift circuit malfuntion. Does this mean all i need is a new circuit if so how do i know which one?
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    no it means you need to further investigate that code. take your car to a trans shop that does free road test and diagnosis and find out what the real codes are ..autozone uses a generic code retriever to pull codes there is more codes hidden yet that tell exactly which circuit the pcm is seeing as defective
  • computer says shift selenoid problem. car wont shift into 4th gear. or could this be a range sensor? where are they located?
  • leej56leej56 Posts: 1
    how do you replace the sway bar links :confuse:
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    shift solenoids are located in the side pan of the transmission.removal of this side pan dang near requires complete removal of the trans. but it can be done in the car.if the range sensor is bad the pcm would have returned a mlps code of some sort
  • i have a 1994 tauras, the tranny will shift into all gears some days and others it will only hit 2nd gear. i have changed the filter and fluid but still no change. can any one help?
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    take your car to a local tranny shop that does free roadtests and diagnosis have them pull the history codes and freeze frames but it sounds to me like a sensor flaking out like a manual lever position sensor. which if you get repaired immediately should not result in any major repairs.
  • jerryparksjerryparks Posts: 3
    My '95 Taurus Trans will not shift into lst gear easily when I start out. After
    rev up the motor, it will finally engage. But after I stop, I have to start over
    with the same procedure. It shiftsfine in all other gears. I've changed the
    fluid and filter. Car only has 99k miles and motor runs excellent.
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    axode transmissions in the earlier years had an aluminum forward clutch piston that would crack and give the concern you are describing normally the forward piston will be cracked or the wave spring in the drum broken to pieces and is stacked up under the forward clutch and is binding the forward clutch apply ...either way im sorry to say it sound like its time for an o/h
  • I have a 2000 mercury sable ls, vulcan engine w/ 124k on original powertrain and I am experiencing similar problems to the previous post by djcriple420. I have had fairly regular flushes, and just changed the filter on the tranny just recently, although the shifting has improved significantly, it still shifts harder than it should like it's extending the shift from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd and then shifting somewhat harder into gear. I am not rough on the car, and performed all regular maintanence. It pulls no codes when hooked to a scanner. I would like to get another 40k-50k out of the car, do you have any recommendation on what this could be? Any similar experiences? Do i need a rebuild? Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    harsh shifts in this unit can be related to worn out valves in the valve body normally with every overhaul i install new boost valve and sleeve and also converter bypass valve since these valve cycle a bunch they wear down and leak by the valves. this can be done without removing the trans from the car as what is called a valve body service it still consists of a lot of work for trans shop 2-3 hrs labor at least but possibly can avoid major overhaul if you get the valves fixed

    look at your trans id will be AX4S/AXODE/AX4N
    you will find a number of replacement valves listed for your transmission there
  • muncymuncy Posts: 10
    i have a 1996 ford taurus with a bad transmission i have a spare one out of a 1999 taurus only diff i see is the little grey box on the gear shift control can i change that box to work with my spare
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    depends he replacement units gear ratio there are 1/2 dozen gear ratio's out there and if you get the wrong gear ratio'd trans in the car it will failsafe (2nd gear) because the pcm is seeing the wrong gear speeds
  • rix444rix444 Posts: 6
    I have 2 tarurus', both '97, both having trouble
    car 1) I drive this everyday and never have had a problem. Leaving work, I backed out of my spot, put it in drive, moved a foot, heard a slight clunk and nothing. Won't drive forward or backward. I can shift through all gears, car will roll in neutral, it will roll in any gear, parking cog functions properly. It's up on my hoist, pan is off, no pieces of metal. What next? I've checked all fuses. Nothing is blown and nothing says 'transmission'

    car 2) bought this at an auction. put the car in drive and after 10 to 15 seconds it will start to move. it will drive 'sluggishly' but never come out of first gear. I've replaced the oil and filter. I have no knowledge of the history of this vehicle. It acts like the pump is not putting out enough pressure, or the converter is shot. Maybe everything is just gummed up. If i want to check pressures, what should I expect? I can tap the lines to the cooler.

    Please comment on either or both. Any suggestions will help.
  • Just purchased 2003 Taurus SEL w/88k. Don't know the history of vehicle, but appears to have been well maintain.When backing out the other morning, I notice a pancake size oil spill on the driveway. After inspecting the underside of vehicle, I noticed some transmission oil around the filler tube at the place it enters the transmission casing. Wiped it clean. The same thing the next day when starting up and shifting into reverse. Did noticed that there was signs of oil around the filler cap and down the tube. This only happens after car has been parked for several hours or overnight. I'm now starting the car, while in neutral, waiting a few seconds before shifting into reverse. This seems to have stopped the leakage, as I can't find any evidence of any fluid in those areas. The fluid level is right in the center of the hatch marks on the dip stick. I'm puzzled, has anyone out there experenced any such thing or knows of anyone that ever experenced this. I'm fearful of bad things to come.......It's my first Ford, and I read these dreadful comments on Ford trannys...have I made a mistake ?
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    car 1 issue broken pump drive. if car wont move either forward or reverse

    car 2 tapping cooling lines will do no good. line pressure tap is located on top of channel plate under aircleaner small 7/16 tap bolt on front end of plate close to wiring harness use 0-300 psi guage to check line pressure if you use smaller guage it will be destroyed line pressure should be close to 65 psi at idle in drive and 150- or so at stall rev should be 125 psi at idle and 250-300 at stall
  • kevmokevmo Posts: 4
    I had the same thing happen last night on my 2000 DOHC Mecury Sable. The car had sat for two days, and all I did was pull it ahead 5 feet in the driveway, when I noticed a large amount of tranny fluid on the ground. From what I've been able to research on the net I think this occurs when the tranny vent and/or cooling lines are plugged. Either way- it's going to the shop.... any luck wiht yours??
  • find out if anyone added fluid to the car. unlike the engine, the transmission has an overflow hole which allows for excess fluid to leak out. your oil pan could have a leak in it. this is a larger problem because in some cars the engine must be lifted to remove this. sometimes, especiallly if they are damaged, can rust through. or it could be a simple gasket. good luck.
  • i have a 94 taurus 3.0 wagon..... tranny will not shift past 2nd(auto with o.dplzzz advize
  • fordfan_17fordfan_17 Posts: 175
    does the trans neutral in 3rd gear?
  • Q: Went out and started car went to put it into reverse and the lunged backwards and stopped. Upon investigation, while engine is running the car will go into all gears but the park will not release. With the engine off and key in on pistion park will release. So.....why wont park release while engine is running?????? Please help!!!!!
  • 87 Sable AXOD failed at 88k miles years ago. Tranny overhaul plus new engine mounts about $2k. Had 152k when car sold to family for $1 in 2008. "New" Sable was 2005 LSPrem with 24.5k AX4N tranny. Last of the AXOD line. I did service on 87 after tranny rebuild every 20k. PITA because no drain plug. Gasket seal also a problem solved only with NAPA seal. AX4N Ford service is 30k. Mine is color test or max 20k. Color test is simple drop of fluid on paper towel and check color against recommended Mercon drop. If dark or significantly dark then service. Same no plug with the AX4N but has a semi-permanent gasket meaning multiple services same gasket. Caution: Do not overtorque the bolts. Just 9 ft lb. Ford included a 2 inch magnet to pick up ferris debris. I added 5 30 lb quarter sized magnets. Service is key but expect overhaul 125k if lucky. It's a FORD!
  • while driving down road speedometer quit and od light keeps flashing, and car shifts harder. have driven it back and forth to work about 10 miles and notice it is getting worse?
  • Have a 2003 ford Taurus with 93k. Has the Transmission fluid changed at 30k and 60 k. Just had the same thing happen to me. The car sat a week, went to pull it out of the garage and left a puddle of transmission fluid. Looks like the leak is in the same place you described. It has not done it again but I have not let the car sit. Did you ever find out where the leak was coming from?
    Thanks for your help
  • I have a 94 Sable that my son went mudding in now it will go into 1st,neutral, and reverse but not 2nd or 3rd. I took it to a shop and all they could tell me was what I already knew. They told me that it would be $400 to drop it and tell what is wrong then it could be as much as $1600. I don't want to spend that much on it, it may only be worth that much.. Any info thank you
  • I have a 2000 Sable wagon, 32valve engine 91,000 miles now. The engine revs go up around 100 rpm (based on the tachometer) for a second or so every so often (minute or more between occurrences). I only noticed this because the muffler was leaking (muffler patched now so I hardly notice this increase in revs) and I could hear the noise change (pitch goes up with the revs). This happens on any road but most noticeable while traveling on the highway, could be driving level road or uphill doesn't seem to change occurrence. I have no check engine light or other indicators that there is a problem. I changed the fluid/filter and when that didn't help I added Dr. Tranny Instant Shudder Fix ~2000 miles ago, no change with that. Could it be torque converter lockup going out or tranny slipping? Next I was going to add the Lucas AT additive. The car runs great otherwise...
  • The car has just had the tranny rebuilt, but the tach worx VERY intermittently and only when it does, will the car go into O/D. Is there anything I can do to fix this issue other than replace the tranny? :mad:
  • Where does the speed sensor go into the tranny? Is it on the backside or top or where? :confuse:
  • You most likely have an electrical connect to the tranny issue. Take it back to have it checked. The tach is electrical and not mechanically connected. The no shift into OD suggests an electrical connection problem tranny to the power train control module.
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