1997 Mercury Sable HAVE TROUBLE SHIFTING

Tiny
SPSHEPHERD
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  • 1997 MERCURY SABLE
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 131,715 MILES
MY CAR IS GIVING ME A HARD TIME SHIOFTING OUT OF LOW GEAR SOME TIMES. IT DOESN'T DO IT ALL THE TIME ONLY SOMETIMES. I ALSO NOTICED THAT MY SPEEDOMETER DOES NTO WORK ALL THE TIME IT WILL WORK FOR THE FIRST 1/4 MILE THEN IT GOES DOWN TO 0 AGAIN. CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THIS PROBLEM PLEASE I NEED TO GET MY CAR INSPECTED AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO FIX.
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Monday, September 27th, 2010 AT 4:14 PM

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Tiny
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PCM depend on the readings from the speedometer to correctly shift
if no speedometer reading it will default to limp mode and very hard shifting if any
checking for codes should indicate to a troubled speed sensor

speed sensor is located at the tail end of the tranny passenger side by the axle output shaft

FLUID LEVEL CHECK
Before vehicle is driven, ensure fluid is above DO NOT DRIVE hole on dipstick. Drive vehicle about 20 miles, until transmission is at normal operating temperature. Vehicle must be at normal operating temperature to ensure correct fluid level check.
Fluid level should be checked with vehicle on level surface. Start engine and shift transaxle into each gear position, ensuring each gear engages. Check fluid level in Park position with engine at idle. Fluid level should be within cross-hatched area of dipstick. Ensure the following:
Use only Mercon transmission fluid.
If transmission fluid is excessively hot, allow vehicle to cool for 30 minutes prior to checking fluid level. Excessive heat build-up due to high speed operation, trailer towing, or operation in hot weather will effect fluid level.
DO NOT overfill transmission. Fluid will foam and may cause transmission malfunction. Excessive fluid must be removed.
Add fluid in 1/2 pint (.25 L) increments.


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