My cars not shifting gears on 2000 Ford Taurus

My speedometer and rpm is working just fine. But my car stays in first gear. I can get all the way to 80mph but my cars is aking a funny noise as if it wants to shift but it can't does anyone knows what this is

by in Akron, OH on January 14, 2009
5 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on January 15, 2009
There is a shift control solenoid available from AC Delco # 19113523 and other manufacturers for your vehicle, But you should have a transmission expert check it before you damage you engine from over revving.
ANSWER by on January 15, 2009
Are you sure you're not stuck in 3rd gear? It seems unlikely that first gears tops out at 80mph. Does it feel really sluggish when starting from a stop? Many cars have a "limp-in" mode that holds the transmission in 3rd or 4th gear but that is also usually accompanied with a check engine light
COMMENT by on July 08, 2010
I am having this problem! My car is really sluggish when starting from stop and I can go 70 on freeway, but it's not changing gears. My check engine light came on too. This is all after having a bad transmission fluid change. What do I do? They're saying I just need a new sensor.
COMMENT by on April 01, 2015
yes check engine is on
ANSWER by on May 10, 2009
Check the neutral safety switch...I had similar problems and replaced mine and it was fine!!
ANSWER by on August 31, 2009
My 1999 SE was having a similar issue with being stuck in first gear. It wouldn't drive over 35mph but i check engine codes and replace the variable speed sensor around $45. It fixed all issues. it is on top of the transmission coming out at a 45 degree angle toward the driver side. If your car is stuck in 3rd this may not be the case, i suggest you check your codes and start with whatever the codes suggest.
ANSWER by on July 16, 2010
noke sensor my dear my self, i;ve washed all the sensors with wd40 and it worked fine for couple months and later all of them faild unfortunatly. ahahaaa
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