Transaxle lights flashes

lights
mercury
sable
transmissions

#1

Hi, I recently got a new transmission (a used one, but new to me) put in my 2001 Mercury Sable. Ever since, the “transaxle” light flashes occasionally on my dash. It looks like a gear wheel surrounding an exclamation point. It seems like it usually blinks when I go from 2nd to 3rd gear, but it doesn’t do it consistently. The mechanic who replaced my transmission doesn’t know what it is and did a transmission fluid flush to see if that helped, but no luck. I’m at a loss. Any ideas? Thanks!


#2

What year is your Sable?? Has anyone scanned the computer to see if any trouble codes were set?? If that light is on, the computer is detecting a problem.

transman


#3

It’s a 2001. My mechanic said he hooked it up to his computer, but I guess his results were inconclusive. He suggested taking it to the dealer, which I guess I’ll have to do. Any idea what could be wrong? If so, could my mechanic be to blame? He installed the transmission, after all. Thanks!


#4

Your mechanic probably doesn’t have the kind of computer scanning equipment needed to handle this.

But do not go to the dealer. Find a local, independent (i.e. non-corporate chain) transmission shop. Have them scan it for codes. Write down the exact codes and post back.


#5

Hi. I finally got this looked at and the code was P0713 - Trans Flud Temperature Sensor High Input. The transmission shop said I should take it back to the mechanic who installed it. My mechanic says it’s just an electrical issue and shouldn’t affect the car’s performance. He said if I want, he can put in a new transmission (the current one is used - I’d have to pay the difference to replace it with a new one). He won’t put in another used one, though, because he says he can’t guarantee it won’t have the same issue. Two questions:

  1. Is it really safe to drive the car while this alert is still going off?
  2. Is my mechanic being straight with me?

Thanks!

–Chris