Car seems to get stuck in gear or wont shift into gear

Tiny
JONESRL2017
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  • 2005 FORD TAURUS
  • 1.3L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 237,000 MILES
Alrighty, I believe I have a transmission problem with my car listed above SE model. It has been going on for a few months now and I'm a low income person I do not have the money to get it fixed or even looked at by a professional. So my car seems to get stuck in gear or wont shift into gear its get stuck in 2nd and 3rd gear then eventually it finally kicks into gear and it's real loud before it does kick into gear. When I step on the gas hard it revs up extremely loud and the car doesn't even go any faster. Is this a transmission slipping?
Monday, March 1st, 2021 AT 3:04 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

It does sound like it is slipping. The first thing we should do is check the fluid level and condition. Here are directions. The pic below correlates with the directions. We may just have a low fluid condition.

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Check Fluid Level and Condition

CAUTION: The vehicle should not be driven if the fluid level indicator shows the fluid below the DO NOT DRIVE mark or internal failure could result.

If the vehicle has been operated for an extended period of time at highway speeds, in city traffic, in hot weather or while pulling a trailer, the fluid needs to cool down to obtain an accurate reading.

The fluid level reading on the fluid level indicator will differ depending on operating and ambient temperatures. The correct reading should be within the normal operating temperature range.

Fluid Level Check
Under normal circumstances the fluid level should be checked during normal maintenance. If the transaxle starts to slip, shifts slowly, or shows signs of fluid leaking, the fluid level should be checked.
1. With the transaxle in (P) PARK, the engine at idle, foot pressed on the brake, move the selector lever through each gear and allow engagement of each gear. Place the selector lever in the PARK position.
2. Wipe the fluid level indicator cap and remove the fluid level indicator.
3. Wipe the fluid level indicator with a clean cloth.

Pic 1

4. Install the fluid level indicator back in the fluid filler tube until it is fully seated, then remove the indicator. The fluid level should be within the normal operating range.

High Fluid Level
A fluid level that is too high may cause the fluid to become aerated due to the churning action of the rotating internal parts. This will cause erratic control pressure, foaming, loss of fluid from the vent tube, and possible transaxle malfunction and/or damage. If an overfill reading is indicated, refer to Transmission Fluid Drain and Refill.

Low Fluid Level
A low fluid level could result in poor transaxle engagement, slipping, malfunction and/or damage. This could also indicate a leak in one of the transaxle seals or gaskets.

Let me know what you find or if you have other questions.

Take care and God Bless,

Joe
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 AT 4:00 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for your response. I believe I may have found the problem. I believe it is the transmission speed sensor as I am going to a place tomorrow to find the piece I need and get the problem taken care of. If this isn't the problem I will return! Thank you again!
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 AT 9:43 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

The output speed sensor could be the issue. I don't know if you need them, but here are the directions for replacing it. The attached pics correlate with the directions.

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2005 Ford Taurus V6-3.0L VIN U
Output Shaft Speed (OSS) Sensor
Vehicle Powertrain Management Transmission Control Systems Sensors and Switches - Transmission and Drivetrain Sensors and Switches - A/T Transmission Speed Sensor Service and Repair Procedures Output Shaft Speed (OSS) Sensor
OUTPUT SHAFT SPEED (OSS) SENSOR
Output Shaft Speed (OSS) Sensor - 3.0L (2V)

Removal and Installation

pic 1

1. Disconnect the output shaft speed (OSS) sensor connector.

2. NOTE: The OSS sensor is located under the RH exhaust manifold.

Pic 2

Remove the OSS sensor cover.
1 Remove the connector.
2 Remove the bolt.
3 Remove the cover.

Pic 3

3. Remove the OSS sensor.

4. NOTE: Lubricate the OSS O-ring before installing the sensor.

Pic 4

To install, reverse the removal procedure.

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I hope this helps. Let me know if you have questions.

Take care,
Joe
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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 AT 4:11 PM

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