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2003 ford escape v6 stopped working in 3rd gear but will

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2003 ford escape v6 stopped working in 3rd gear but will shift into 3rd gear. After moving through 1st and 2nd it hits 3rd gear and deccelerates as it refuses to engage. can manually move through 1st and 2nd into 3rd gear at around 40 mph but does the same thing. Any idea as to a module causing it or......
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  shawn24_91 replied 1 year ago.

Hello, unfortunately this problem is typically a sign of a bad transmission. You could try to have the fluid flushed and see if that helps, but since you are only having a problem with 3rd gear the transmission likely has an internal fault. The only real diagnosis that can be done is to use a scan tool to watch the transmission data to ensure that the shift solenoids are activating properly when the vehicle goes into 3rd gear.