1993 Ford Festiva Dies when shifted to drive

Tiny
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  • 1993 FORD FESTIVA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 12,800 MILES
My 1993 with 128, 00 miles Festiva starts and runs great in reverse. To get it to run in drive I have to keep pumping the gas and shift from neutral to low and then to drive. After much bucking it drives smoothly above 25 mph. Could it be in the transmission vacuum diafram or kick down switch or is a fuel issue. Thank you.
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Saturday, March 28th, 2009 AT 6:04 PM

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Tiny
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Read the codes! Heres how, post all codes found.
RETRIEVING CODES Reading Service Codes Engine control system communicates malfunctions to technician through service codes. These service codes are 2-digit numbers representing a particular defect. Service codes are transmitted through STO connector. Service codes are displayed as timed pulses, and may be read with a VOM or Super Star II tester. VOM displays codes by needle sweeps. See Fig. 2 . Turn ignition off. Ensure all procedures of EQUIPMENT HOOK-UP have been followed. Engine should be at normal operating temperature. Fig. 2: Reading Service Codes With VOM Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO. VOM Disconnect and reconnect jumper wire from STI terminal to ground. Turn ignition on. Record displayed codes. Erase codes, and repeat test procedure to verify all codes are currently valid. See ERASING CODES & RETESTING. Service only those codes which appear during retest. Refer to TROUBLE CODE DEFINITION table to find appropriate pinpoint test. MIL Turn ignition on. Connect a jumper wire between STI connector and ground. Observe MIL, and record pulses to determine codes stored. Super Star II Tester Set center button to TEST position. Turn ignition on. Turn tester on. When activated, tester should display 888 for 2 seconds. Release and reset center TEST button. After all codes are displayed, release center button. All codes in tester memory may now be reviewed. NOTE: If MIL flashes continuously prior to connecting test equipment, go to PINPOINT TEST STI. Page 1 of 1 TESTS W/CODES -1993 Ford Festiva GL 3/29/2009


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Sunday, March 29th, 2009 AT 9:18 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the tip about diagnostics but judging from the symptoms I listed what do you think is the most likely cause. Thanks again.
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 AT 4:56 PM
Tiny
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TCC lock up, but reading the codes will tell you if the tranny, or something else is wromg.
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 AT 1:55 AM
Tiny
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My 93 Festiva is now running great. I had a hole in the air duct coming from the air cleaner box and a bad intake manifold leak. Thanks for your input.
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