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Transmission won’t engage in any gear. This happened overnight (working when parked; loose in AM. We have vandals plaguing us so I suspect vandalism. Ford Service says there is a procedure to couple/uncouple the tranny-used sometimes by tow operators. I need to know where and how to do this so I can see if it’s vandals (quick fix?).

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the level of your transmission fluid? Is it bright red, or is it dirty?

Will check again now

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

2005 Focus zx4

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

Fluid a darker shade of clear

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

Testing vandal theory, then to mechaniv

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Transmission Mechanic: Pete B, Transmission Rebuilder replied 5 months ago
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Transmission Mechanic: Pete B, Transmission Rebuilder replied 5 months ago

Is your vehicle*****

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Transmission Mechanic: Pete B, Transmission Rebuilder replied 5 months ago

It should not be. There is no such thing as a towing company to disengage anything, unless it's 4x4 truck, and most of them will use a flatbed for hauling.

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Transmission Mechanic: Pete B, Transmission Rebuilder replied 5 months ago

The only vandalism anyone could do is drain the fluid, remove a front axle shaft(hard to do quickly) or remove the transaxle(even harder). If there is fluid on the ground around the vehicle where it was parked then vandals could have cut a trans line. Otherwise it will just simply be something in the trans itself(no vandalism). If the trans fluid looks dark or smells like burnt coffee, then the trans is faulty and it just happened to fail after the last shut down. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service. See you again soon, and thank you. Pete

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