Only drives in first gear and while driving RPMs jump to 3,000

Tiny
JAMES MELTON
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  • 2001 FORD TAURUS
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 90,000 MILES
The car starts but only drives in first while driving RPMs jump to 3,000 before it will drive, it's sitting now until I can make it better. I have replaced fluid but it puked out the dipstick of the transmission fluid.
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Monday, May 3rd, 2021 AT 1:27 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

Are you certain the fluid wasn't overfilled? Also, a leaking transmission cooler can allow coolant to enter the unit.

When the vehicle is cool, check the condition of the transmission fluid. Make sure there is no indication that coolant is mixing with it. Also, let me know how much new fluid was added.

Next, there is a transaxle vent that could be plugged. I attached a pic below which shows a new one installed. You will need to remove the air filter box assembly to access it. In some cases, the shift linkage will block it as well.

Let me know what you find.

Take care,

See pic below.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 AT 8:01 PM

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