'93 Mecury Sable (3.8) is dropping gears
Hi all, it's my first post so be nice!
Trying to fix this machine for a friend - so far no problems except for this transmission one. The car seems to work fine when cold, but after it heats up, it seems like the trans drops out of gear when driving, or stopping at a stop sign.
If at a stop sign, sometimes it feels like a slipping gear when trying to accelerate. Other times, it won't even be in gear. Coasting on level ground, it will also drop out of gear.
To "reset" the transmission, putting the car in park, turning it off, and then turning it back on usually resets the problem, and I can drive a couple more blocks until the next stop sign (or it randomly drops), and I'll have to repeat the process.
A couple of weeks ago, I also had a problem with the car not wanting to go into Overdrive - it wouldn't shift up past 3rd gear.
Transmission fluid looks good - bright red and no burning smell, but I don't actually know when the last time it was changed is.
Reading on the forum, it sounds like it could possibly be the transmission solenoid? My question is - how many of them are there in the Sable's Transmission, and would this fix the problem? Any estimate on self-repair costs would be appreciated as well.
Thanks in Advance!