This takes me back. My old 1990 Taurus had a similar issue and the fix was unbelievably cheap, once I figured it out.
On the old AXOD transmission, there was a cable connection from the throttle into the transmission. I believe it was called a kickdown linkage. In my case the cable itself had broken and needed replacement. Obviously, the newer Taurus has an electronic transmission - however, it can suffer from a similar condition. Forgive my spotty memory (I got this advice 3 years ago), but I remember being told that a sensor in the newer transmissions has taken the place of the kickdown cable. The fix in that case was to remove the transmission pan, and the sensor in question will be within view. I'm sure a mechanic would be more knowledgable than me on the specifics, but my understanding was that this particular sensor is not too expensive, and beyond its replacement, you'd have to top up a litre or so of transmission fluid.
Worth a shot at least. Good luck!
Sunday, March 26th, 2006 AT 10:20 PM