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

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.

by in Asheville, NC on November 09, 2009
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2 answers
ANSWER by , November 13, 2009
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 by , January 11, 2010
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.