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Transmission seems to be stuck in neutra. Transmission will…

Transmission seems to be...

Transmission seems to be stuck in neutra

Mechanic's Assistant: When was your transmission fluid last checked?

Transmission will not engage

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Ford?

Transmission will not engage

Mechanic's Assistant: What year is your Ford?

2003

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?

Don't know. Tried changing fuses, disconnecting battery, checked fluid.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

Did it suddenly. Drove it one day, next day it won't engage

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good morning

make sure the cable to the transmission is working and is not broken.

a clogged filter in the trans would cause this.

beyond that, either a failed front pump or a torque converter is the issue. both are internal and would require removal of the trans and inspection.

not electronic. it would set trans codes but more than that, it would still engage in gear. this is a mechanical issue.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
2003 taurus transmission will not engage

very common for this transmission. most likely the torque converter has failed.

I would start by changing the fluid and filter and checking for any metal or debris in the bottom of the pan.

Roy

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Linkage is operating fine. Fluid level is high when not runnig, and drops when running. Removed pressure plug from top, started motor & it pumped fluid out of opening

needs a certain pressure to operate just like a fuel pump.

I would start by dropping the pan.

Roy

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Thanks Roy

your welcome

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Would a clogged filter cause it to act up all at once? One day it was working fine & the next morning it would not engage.

yes it would, I had an 2004 windstar and had this happen. it was the filter. however the torque converter did fail about 1000 miles later. it was the debris from the converter that clogged the filter.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
How do I know which transmission I have? I want to make sure I get the right filter.

look on the bottom of the trans pan. it will say AXODE or AX4NS

Roy

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Thanks Roy

your welcome

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