2002 Ford Taurus SE wont shift into gear


#1

Found on road dead is right, my car has 160000 miles before it broke down. The early symptoms that I noticed was my brake light would come on every now and then. When my car first broke down a plastic pin or clip that connects to the column above the transmission next to the senor disconnected. I noticed this when my car wouldn’t move and then I put it back into the hole so it can shift into which it did when I started it. I then went to a store and got a metal pin to hold it in place so I can shift into my gears. after I left the store about 30 min later I was trying to get up to speed and my car wouldn’t go over 45 mph and then wouldn’t shift into any gears and I parked it on the did of the road. I later replace the plastic pin that holds the shifter cable to the transmission column and still nothing. I then thought it was the transmission range sensor because the brake light is on and still nothing. When I turn on my car the brake light remains on and I can shift out of park and when i do that it will shift threw all the gears. I’m starting to think my transmission gone but I’m confused why the brake light is on.


#2

I owned about eight Fords over the years and they were all made like that. 160,000 is about 20,000 more than I would recommend driving one. Get rid of it before it kills you.


#3

The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable models of that era had weak transmissions. They have fans on this forum who will say otherwise but I have personal experience with them and I know better. I don’t believe @pleasedodgevan2 is one of those fans after reading his post. Our 2001 model Sable didn’t make it to 100K before needing a transmission and my mother-in-law’s 2003 model fared a little better at 130K. She drove it with a slipping transmission around town for a couple of years but she rarely exceeded 35mph. Your brake light probably comes on because of a badly adjusted or faulty brake light switch. They are about as cheap as a switch can be.