2002 Ford Escape tranny trouble?

Tiny
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  • 2002 FORD ESCAPE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 13,000 MILES
I recently purchased a 2002 Ford Escape and have put about 1,000 miles on without a sign of any transmission trouble. This morning my son drove it, and called saying when he stepped on the gas the vehicle went no where. It was as though it had shifted into neutral. He shifted from drive to park a few times to no avail. He then turned off the vehicle, restarted it, ande everything was fine. What am I looking at?
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Thursday, September 25th, 2008 AT 10:30 AM

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Tiny
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If you live in cold climate area this could be your problem.

Some 2001-2005 Escape vehicles equipped with a CD4E automatic transaxle, operating in cold climates (approximately -20 F (-28 C) and colder), may exhibit a transmission control indicator lamp (TCIL) on with various transaxle shift and/or engagement concerns.

The conditions may include:
Harsh, delayed or intermittent engagements
Loss of, or slipping, forward and/or reverse engagement
2-3 upshift flare
Burnt transaxle fluid
DTC P1783 and/or P0733

These conditions may be the result of inadequate fluid flow, caused by extreme cold temperatures.
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To service, install a cold weather Cooler Bypass Kit. Refer to the instruction sheet included in the kit. Verify and repair any condition per normal Workshop Manual procedures prior to bypass installation. Always back flush and flush cooler lines to remove contaminants after repairs. Clear all DTCs and verify repair.

CD4E - TCIL ON - DTC P1783 AND/OR P0733 - COLD CLIMATE SHIFT/ENGAGE.

WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage.
DEALER CODING Basic Part No. 7000
Condition Code 42

This info comes from Ford to their mechanics.
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Thursday, September 25th, 2008 AT 6:02 PM

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