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My explorer wont engage the gears, it will shift but not engage

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My explorer wont engage the gears, it will shift but not engage any gears, the fluid was a little burnt but not bad, i was thinking it might be the vacuum modulator, but i thought i would ask first

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

1994 Ford Explorer

112453 miles


Changed the fluid and filter, and the vacuum modulator so far




Are you saying that the trans is slipping? What exactly do you mean when you say "it will not engage the gears"? Does it shift late? Does it shift harsh? Does it not want to engage in forward or reverse? Does it just rev up and not move? I just want to have a clear understanding before answering your question.




Customer: replied 7 years ago.
When you lets say shift into drive, instead of having the engine kick down and gears engage, nothing happens, it will not move in any gear. It shifts with the shifter but never engage a gear even if you rev it a little.


If it will not engage at all, it has an internal mechanical issue. Most likely it is a forward clutch issue. I am afraid you are looking at either an overhaul or replacement. The modulator only affects the shift harshness and timing, not the engagement. There are no electrical concerns either that will cause a no engagement. Make sure it is full of fluid, which I am sure you already have. Beyond that there are some tests that can narrow it down to which internal issue is causing your concern, but it is internal. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.




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