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1996 Ford Taurus Transmission Range Sensor location

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Where is the Transmission Range Sensor (PRNDL sensor) located on a 1996 Ford Taurus? How Hard is it to replace?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  autodoc_2000 replied 11 years ago.

The sensor is located on top of the transmission. It is not hard to access. Once you find where the shifter cable attach's to the transmission you will see the TR sensor. It is not that difficult to change. i will include the removal & installation instructions below.


  1. Disconnect battery ground cable. NOTE: When the battery has been disconnected and reconnected, some abnormal drive symptoms may occur while the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) relearns its adaptive strategy. The vehicle may need to be driven 16 km (10 miles) or more to relearn the strategy.
  2. Place manual control lever in NEUTRAL.
  3. Remove engine air cleaner and air cleaner outlet tube.
  4. Disconnect electrical connector from Transmission Range (TR) sensor.
  5. Remove manual control lever from transaxle.
  6. Remove two TR sensor retaining bolts.
  7. Remove TR sensor.


  1. Ensure manual lever is in NEUTRAL position.
  2. Install TR sensor and loosely install retaining bolts.
  3. Align TR sensor slots using TR Sensor Tool T92P-70010-AH.
  4. Tighten retaining bolts to 9-12 Nm (7-9 lb ft) and remove tool.
  5. Connect electrical harness to TR sensor.
  6. Install transaxle manual control lever. Tighten to 11-16 Nm (8-11 lb ft) .
  7. Install air cleaner outlet tube and engine air cleaner.
  8. Connect battery ground cable.
  9. Check for proper operation with parking brake control engaged. The engine should only start in PARK or NEUTRAL
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to autodoc_2000's Post: Do I have to have the TR Sensor tool to align sensor slots or can I use another method?
Expert:  autodoc_2000 replied 11 years ago.
The tool definitely makes it easier to install, but it can be done without it. The way I have done it in the past is to put the vehicle in reverse and have someone watch the reverse lights. While adjusting the sensor you want the reverse lights to come on and off evenly meaning the same amount of space before it comes on as when it goes off.
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