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Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:27 pm 
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Hey guys.

just bought an EF Fairlane 96 5L V8 model.

thought it was just a smooth shifter (never owned an auto car before) but after a trip to victoria where it saton 3200rpm at 110kph i thought that was a little odd and the fact it has little/no balls off the line also got me thinking.

I know its a pretty stupid thing but i havent owned an auto or driven many before.

What could be causing this? it must be holding 2nd i think due to high revs at speed. Even if i move it through the gears using the stick nothing changes. 1-2-3-D all the same.

Pretty cut that i bought it and didnt pick up on this but what can you do? :oops:

any help seriously appreciated guys.

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Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:30 pm 
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try the inhibitor switch on the side of the tranny.
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Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:34 pm 
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which side and what does it look like?

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:54 pm 
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Another cause to the problem could be low transmission oil.

I know when this happened in my car the gearbox would get hot and would instantly lock into limp-home mode. A couple of days later the gearbox splattered its guts all over the road haha :D
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Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:57 pm 
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it does it from a cold start though. :(

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:03 am 
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Cold or warm, low fluid will still affect it. Nine times out of ten it's either low transmission fluid or as Bowsaw mentioned, the inhibitor switch which is located on the passengers side of the gearbox which has a white case and a plug in the top of it. From what i have read it's reasonably easy to replace, but can be quite expensive especially if bought from Ford Spare Parts.
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Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:46 am 
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So you'd recomend ford tell me whats wrong with it and pending how much theyre going to charge for a new part (if it is the inhibitor switch) to source an aftermarket, like bosche one or something and fit it myself? I should be able to manage that :D

Fingers crossed its just fluid though :?

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:54 am 
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if it was just a switch.. get underneath the car and do it yourself.. ford charge an "Arm and a leg".. :roll:

 

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Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:01 pm 
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Guys you wont believe this...

Put it in at Ford today, they did the 200k service, replaced a fuse and reset the ECU and voila. Transmission works as normal.

WTF? i dont care, fixed tranny and it cost me $0 WINNAH! :D

Thanks for help guys :)

 

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Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:23 am 
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No worries man, glad to know it all worked out for you in the end. Which fuse exactly did Ford replace? And what was done in the 200,000km service?
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Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:35 am 
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Not sure exactly which fuse. doesnt say in the report.

I had the ABS and AIRBAG light on the dash up and they traced them back to a blown fuse. reset the ecu and they went away.
Just a normal 200k major service. plugs, all filters etc.

weird ay. Its a good feeling though being able to put the foot down at a set of lights or whatever and itll actually take off rather then ... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm OK go.

Im getting the tranny serviced on monday anyway as a precaution.

 

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