Hello. I have a 2002 Ford Escape V6 Automatic with AWD. About a week ago, I noticed how sluggish the car was getting. We had the car at highway speeds, and it seems to shift quietly and with no harshness, but at 65 mph, the engine turns over at over 3,000 RPM. It should turn under 2000 rpm. It seems very sluggish at stoplights, etc.
It’s almost as though top gear just isn’t there. Later, I tried to downshift into second, and no matter what, the car’s shifting in 2 was the same as D. So I then tried 1, thinking it would rev high until I shifted into 2, but I quickly noticed that whether I was in D, 2 or 1, it made no difference to how the transmission shifted, when it shifted, and so on. Very strange; I’ve never seen an automatic behave the same in D, 2 and 1. It literally made no difference.
I’ve kind of settled on a few possibilities; the solenoid pack, the pump, or the 2-4 band.
I don’t think this is a DIY job for me. To get to the pump and 2-4 band, the job itself isn’t that hard, but does involve supporting the engine because the mounts have to come off, and removing the left half-shaft. These two rentals would make it cheaper to pay someone to do it, IF I have the correct diagnosis.
I forgot to mention, no CEL, no blinking O/D light. Very odd.
I’d appreciate any help. Thank you.