will move in 1-2 and reverse but will no in Drive. on 1996 Ford Contour

My 96 ford contour auto drives in the 1st and 2nd and reverse gears, but will not move in Drive. What could the problem be and what is the fix. Is it ok to drive the car like that what will happen? I am makeing a trip about 2500 miles is it safe.

by in Zuni, VA on June 15, 2011
3 answers 5 comments
ANSWER by on June 15, 2011
It sounds like one of the clutches has failed in the transmission of your 1996 Ford Contour. I would recommend that you NOT use it for your trip.
COMMENT by on June 15, 2011
Thank you for your reply. What is the fix for this and do you know about what something like this would coxst? I really appricate your help.Thank you
ANSWER by on June 15, 2011
like Jim said. it is not safe and will fail completely. there is internal damage and it needs attention now. Roy
COMMENT by on June 15, 2011
Thank you for your reply, the transmission will go out completely? Again I appricate it. Thank you.
COMMENT by on June 15, 2011
yes it will. better to be safe than sorry Roy
COMMENT by on June 15, 2011
the people I bought it from told me the transmission was fine and all it needed was for the strainer to be cleaned and it would be fine, it will drive in the D position after starting out in 1-2,---being a ole gal with no machanical expertise...is this such a thing or did I get got?!!..Thank you I do thank you for all you help and time in this matter.
COMMENT by on June 16, 2011
sorry, he is not giving you the correct info. replacing the filter will not solve your problem. take it to a trans shop and let them check it for you to confirm. you will most likely be told that you need a rebuild. Roy
ANSWER by on June 15, 2011
The "strainer"? This transmission does not have any serviceable screen or filter. I'm sorry to say it sounds as if you were misled.