1994 Ford Taurus Q&A

1994 Ford Taurus Question: Transmission will not shift, and engine revs and dies

3.0 V6 engine. The transmission will not shift - stays in high gear. I have to manually shift into low. Engine constantly revs up and down, eventually dies, often when I let up on the gas or go into a curve. When I rev the engine, the engine only goes up to about 3000 rpm and then cuts in and out. -
Answer 1
You'll need to get this looked at, preferably by a transmission specialist. These Ford's have had quite a few problems with the automatic transmissions, so it's important to go to someone experienced with Fords. -
Answer 2
Hey man, I had a similar experience with my vehicle last week, and it all came down to the basic: leak and low fluid level. I think I may have caused some damage to my transmission. But the moment I added a quart (yes, that's how much I've lost) the jerking and the non-shifting went away immediately. Also check the fluid's appearance, color, and smell. You don't want it to be dark in color, smell burnt, or have contain metal shavings; these are all bad signs. -