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We have a 2006 Ford f150 Lariat crew cab. It's down in the

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we have a 2006 Ford f150 Lariat crew cab. It's down in the Bahamas and we disconnected the battery before we left. When we just reconnected the battery the truck started right up but would not go into gear, any gear. Then the ling on the dash sit up and said transmission malfunction gone into safe mode. we disconnected it and tried again and no change.
JA: How old is the transmission? Have you checked the brake switch?
Customer: The original as far as we know. It was bought in Seattle last September. My friend is down there now, I'm in Alaska
JA: Are you fixing your F150 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: just what I typed in the problem explanation
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: The pickup worked fine last May after doing the same thing since it was left disconnected since February
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Ray M. replied 7 months ago.

Can you move the shifter or is it staying in park?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
That I don't know. I'm in contact with my friend by email. But, from what he's saying I'm assuming it remains in park.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
let's assume that for now.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hmm, I just got an email from him and he got it going. It seems it was low on transmission fluid. Always check the simple things first.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
not sure how it leaked out.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
a bit embarrassing to say the least.
Expert:  Ray M. replied 7 months ago.

From experience, it most likely leaked out from the pan gasket which has shrunk from sitting long periods. if there is no sign of fluid under the truck, check the radiator as the trans cooler make have started to leak in the radiator.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thanks, that's likely what happened. The heat in the Bahamas can be hard on gaskets.
Expert:  Ray M. replied 7 months ago.

You are welcome, thanks for using JustAnswer.

Expert:  Ray M. replied 7 months ago.

Do you need anymore assistance?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No. Thank you.
Expert:  Ray M. replied 7 months ago.

Okay, then if you accept and rate me I can close out this session for you.