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Chris, I have a Ford Freestyle with a cft30. I put in a used

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Hi Chris,I have a Ford Freestyle with a cft30. I put in a used cft30 a couple of weeks ago and reflashed it. It has been working pretty good with no issues. Today, just of the blue, it won't go into reverse. Drives forward as it should, but it feels as if it is in neutral when I put it into reverse.No transmission codes, no wrench light. I looked at the data stream for the tcm, turbine speed does not go down when brake is applied when I put it in reverse, it goes down for drive. Also, I looked at the gear range, when in park - shows park; in reverse - shows unknown; neutral shows - unknown; drive shows - drive; L - shows unknown. Park works, drives forward in D, L. Does not go in reverse. Does not start in neutral. Only starts in park.What is my problem?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose) I prefer to work when others don't, I am here around lunch and after dinner till after midnight.

This is going to be the transmission range sensor or shift linkage out of adjustment to blame as the primary cause. Secondary would be faulty reverse clutch seals. Here are the shift cable adjustment steps. If this is okay then TCM mechatronics replacement is needed do to the range sensor being integral to the TCM.

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Thanks Moose.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I looked at that procedure, I didn't do the procedure, because I don't think it's the shift linkage. I don't think it's the shift linkage because I tried slowly and gradually moving the shifter from park and into drive, so the shifter was in all possible positions and not just the grooved p-r-n-d-l positions, but reverse gear never showed on the scanner.Is there any way to confirm that this is a range sensor or seals on the reverse clutch? Does the fact that I get an unknown signal for the neutral position mean this is a range sensor?Also, are you sure that the range sensor is in the tcm on the cft30? I have split the cases on probably five of these transmissions and I thought the range sensor was inside the case, on the manual valve, next to the variators? part#410 is labeled range sensor.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

To check the reverse clutch seals you would remove the mechatronics unit and air test the reverse clutch I thought the TR sensor was separate as well. Been about 3 years since I was in this transaxle. I was looking at different year models with my Ford login and found the year I selected there is a misprint. Stating the TR sensor location incorrect. The TR sensor is serviceable outside of replacing the mechatronics.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the follow up.I just don't know what to do with this car. I was about to pull the trans and replace the trans range sensor, but then I noticed the rpm were noticeably higher than usual while driving. The rpm were also high when the car glides down a hill. I think I also hear that the transmission is working more loudly, all the time that the car is on.I definitely wouldn't be happy if I pulled the trans and replaced the TR sensor and then all these other symptoms popped up and required possibly to pull the transmission out again.What I wrote about the rpm and the noise, do you think that is somehow connected with the TR sensor? By the way the TR sensors works properly more often than it doesn't. So I drive this car.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

No the TR would not cause these 2 new issues. This looks to be the mechatronic controlling the variators incorrect and not getting the chain to run at the correct ratio. Still no transaxle trouble codes?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I haven't hooked up the scanner recently to check, will try that tomorrow. But no wrench light.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Thanks, ***** ***** so and keep in contact before the post times out.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Chris,I scanned the tcm, no codes. The range sensor seems to be working good for now, it has not been replaced. The rpms still feel unusual. The noise that I noticed was not the transmission, but the a/c.Is there anything else that can be done about the rpm, some kind of test or...?
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Go into the best detail you can on the rpm concerns and i will try to come up with a plan.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
When going down a hill, the gas pedal is not pressed, the rpm start raising and go up to 2k. I drove another freestyle down the same road and the rpm pretty much stay the same when going down a hill. On a road with a bigger deline the rpm goes up even more, 2.5k for example.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

This post has timed out. I will opt out and see if another can get this figured out for you. It is taking you and I to long.