Taurus slips out of Drive when at a stoplight


#1

Our 1998 Taurus slips out of Drive occasionally when stopped at a stoplight. It is an automatic, and we shift it into Park,then back into Drive, and it will go again. This is intermittant so far. Is the transmission kaput? Any other things to check out?


#2

Have you properly checked your transmission fluid level?


#3

Could be a transmission range sensor issue, too - those were far more common than actual transmission failures on the Gen III Tauruses, and FAR, FAR, FAR cheaper, too…


#4

We had the transmission fluid and filter changed in May; it seemed to help a little for a while.


#5

We’ve run into quite a few Tauruses & Sables at our shop with worn shifter links that connect to the shift cable on top of the transmission. There’s a plastic grommet that wears out. This might just be your problem.