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1 17th May 02:36
cjbrown
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1991 was the worst year for Taurus transmissions. It's the first year of
the AXOD-E electronic controls. I'd say you're in deep on this one.

CJ

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2 17th May 02:55
jim
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hey i have a 93 taurus and had the same problem, stays in first gear...
will not shift up.. the cause is: VSS, vehicle speed sensor... well in
my case it was the wires going to the VSS.... i changed the motor mounts
about one month before and stretched the wires when jacking up the
engine.. this broke or frayed the copper wires inside the plastic/rubber
covering on the wires and it used to drive at 35-40 mph and then very
sharply seemed like it shifted into first gear, and then continue to
drive back at 35-40.... finally one night at work the thing(wires must
have broke for good and i had to drive home at 5 mph for 25 miles)....
go to auto zone and get them to test your "Check Engine Light" the
light does not come on but the computer will catch a code for the VSS...
you might either need a new VSS(cost about $35) or you just fix the
wires going to it.....hope this helps... get back and let us know how
you made out... alot better than a new transmission.. and yes you right
there is no modulator, the trans. is electrically controled...
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3 17th May 03:28
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Dude, I'm not getting my hopes up but I'm gonna check it out. I'm not
sure what the sensor or wire looks like but I only saw two things
going into the top of the trans that it could be. One looked like a
multi-wire plug that comes from some kind of harness. The other one
was just a single, thick black wire (or cable) that goes straight down
into the top of the tranny.

If it was the speed sensor though, would the speedometer **NOT**
work? My speedometer appears to work fine. I'm curious if the sensor
controls both things. I know a guy at Advance Auto so I'm sure he'll
let me return it if it doesn't do the job.

Thanks for the tip, I'm off to the parts store and I'll get back here
soon.

Mikey_P


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4 17th May 03:28
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Could very well be. Had the car for about 8 months and the inner seal
leaked when I would take it for a long ride or when it was real hot
out. Think that was due to a bad cooling fan relay and sensor and
everything getting too warm. Since replacing those parts and the fan
working again, it hasn't happened.

I'm gonna try and replace the speed sensor and wire but, yes - I think
it's over for this car. I heard in general that Ford transmissions
are the absolute worse in any vehicle. Don't know if it's true, but
this is the second Ford I had with transmission problems.

Thank you for getting back to me.

Mikey_P

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5 17th May 03:28
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I would disagree that ford makes bad transmissions in general. Every
manufacturer had problems with the changeover to electronic shift. Chrysler
had a terrible run on transmisssions in the late 80's and early 90's. GM
had a hard time with several, as I can attest personally. You just happened
to pick the wrong year Taurus.

On the bright side, if you get it rebuilt, all the updates and upgrades will
be installed so you should have a better experience.

CJ
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6 17th May 03:57
jim
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aon my taurus the speed o meter worked fine, it has a cable inside the
VSS that goes into the trans...... on some models they have the digital
dash with a digital speed o meter that they dont have the cable........
and then you would have problems with the meter also, but in your case
it is probably just the VSS... what did the guys at auto zone tell you
the trouble code was when you went for the free check????
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7 17th May 04:18
lee cremeans
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On that old of a Taurus, if you have ****og gauges, you have a
speedometer cable; my 1993 GL wagon has one. The VSS in this case is
mainly for shifting and the cruise control. I don't think Ford switched
over to "digilog" gauges on the Taurus until 1995 or 1996, though you
could get a full digital I/P for a while.

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8 17th May 04:19
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Truth told, it's too far away to drive the dang thing to get it
tested. I got the sensor yesterday, but could not find where the old
one is. And to top it off, it appears that all this time I thought it
was a '91 - turns out it's a '90. Luckily, they both take the same
sensor and I don't have to take the sensor back. Now if this rain
would clear up, I could pull the driver side wheel and poke around in
there. Maybe it's on the underside in the back or something. Lying on
a wet ground this time-o-year isn't a good thing. Will probably wait
till tomorrow morning to replace it.

Thanks for staying tuned in though. Will let ya know how it all
turned out sometime tomorrow.

Mikey_P

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9 17th May 04:19
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Thanks for the input Lee. Seems this sensor may be the source of my
problems after all. Will find out for sure tomorrow when I change it.
Couldn't locate the sensor on the trans yesterday, and today it's too
damp and rainy. Looks like a New Years Eve job - hehe.

Mikey_P

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10 17th May 05:06
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If it is a 90, you do not have an electronic transmission. The speed sensor will
do nothing for you.

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