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Old 06-05-2009, 12:41   #1 (permalink)
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confused 1997 Taurus Transmission Range Sensor

So I'm told I need to replace the transmission range sensor.

Here's some history on the car. Bought it from my father in law, before we were to pick it up he cleaned it up and washed the engine. After washing the engine the car developed some glitches. Whenever it was put in gear, the radio and power steering would cut in and out as well as the seat belt light would go on and off (and some other electrical oddities but nothing major mostly related to component in the dash). Once put back in park or neutral the problems would go away. The car is perfectly drivable and there doesn't seem to be any issues with the engine or transmission itself.

My father in law took it into the dealership and they said it was the transmission range sensor, but unfortunately they received the wrong part and time ran out and we picked up the car so it hasn't been fixed.

My question is first) does that sound like it would be the problem and second) where is the sensor located and could I just order the part and put it in myself.
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Re: 1997 Taurus Transmission Range Sensor

I have a 2005 Taurus & the range sensor went out. It's sits right on top of the transmission. An easy way to find it is to have someone sit in the car & change gears while you look for movement. I think in the older models like yours, it requires a special alignment tool (I think, don't quote me on that).
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Re: 1997 Taurus Transmission Range Sensor

So I had the TRS replaced with no effect. Problems are still occurring.

I did read some where that the negative battery terminal needed to be disconnected before changing the sensor. I don't believe the mechanic did this as all the radio presets are still there.

So, my question now is: Can I just disconnect the battery now to reset the car's computer to reset the sensor, or does the sensor need to be pulled while the negative cable is disconnected?
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:34   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 1997 Taurus Transmission Range Sensor

Can any on out there give me some feed back on this?

As I last mentioned the sensor has been replaced. I did disconnect the battery just to see what would happen, but still have the problems.

The only other thing I've noticed is that the cigarette lights are not working, I believe it is just a blown fuse though. Could that be contributing to it?
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