97 towncar, no 3rd gear in trans


Old 07-11-04, 06:39 AM
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97 towncar, no 3rd gear in trans

On the interstate yesterday lost 3rd gear in this Lincoln. 66K miles. Felt a small slip or two 3 weeks ago, checked the fluid and all was fine. Figured maybe I'd schedule to get it in to be looked at.
Now no third gear. Had to limp home in 2nd and get the other car out for the trip.

Is this a problem that can be solved with a small adjustment and cleaning or are we talkin new trans??

Thanks in advance for the help!!
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Old 07-11-04, 12:34 PM
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Tranny problems can go either way. I would take it to a reputable transmission shop and have it checked for codes and have them run diagnostic checks. At 66k you shouldn't have a major failure; however, Ford did put lots of Sable/Tauruses on the road that were very badly engineered.
By now (66k miles) you should have had it in at least twice for routine tranny service?

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