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Virtual Wrench, Master Auto Mechanic
Category: Transmissions
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Experience:  35+ years experience transmission repair
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Keeps shifting back into lower gear, 2002 Ford Escape 4wd

Customer Question

Keeps shifting back into lower gear
JA: How old is the transmission? Have you noticed any leaking?
Customer: 2002 Ford Escape 4wd --- a little fluid on garage floor
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes. just gathering information
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 1 year ago.


I have been a professional master mechanic for over 35 years and am happy to help you with this.

This can usually be resolved by adjusting the shift cable. A shop will charge you approx. 1 hour labor to do this. It is done externally on the vehicle so there is no need to have to tear into the transmission. If this is something you are planning to try yourself, let me know and i can send some instructions. However it will require some specialty tools to perform/