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1998 ford escort: overdrive all other gears shifts

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1998 ford escort automatic transmission wont shift into overdrive all other gears shifts fine
No overdrive will be either a bad one-way clutch internal or a valve stuck in the valve body. Since you said you already checked the solenoids I would say you are probably looking at a failed one-way clutch and will need to disassemble the trans to repair.When you go to Overdrive the one way should free wheel if it is bad and stays applied you get all the gears except overdrive.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Can I repair the trans in the car or should pull it out?
Pull it so you can get everything back in the correct alignment.