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Old 12-06-2009, 03:53 PM
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97 ford contour 2.0 with a cd4e automatic problems

My niece come to me with a weird tranny issue. It's a 97 ford contour 2.0 with a cd4e automatic trans. She says she can be driving down the road and all of a a sudden it's like you shift into neutral, doesn't matter what speed (it's done it on the highway and at in town speeds). If she releases the throttle for a little bit it usually comes back but occasionally it takes awhile, doesn't matter warm or cold. Some-days it doesn't do it other days it does it a lot. I've taken it for a test drive twice and have not been able to reproduce it and there are no codes stored in the computer. Tran fluid level is ok and had no odor the first time she brought it over but it did have a slight burnt odor this time. Anybody got any ideas, thoughts or suggestions. Thanks for any help

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97 contour

this transmission will have bad forward direct drum, common trouble
make sure you have valve body upgraded with shift improver kit
have it checked by a shop before any work is to be done cost maybe more than the car is worth. 1500-2200 in most cases and if your looking for a used one you might find the same trouble.
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please provide some vehicle info in the thread title. The folks here know you need HELP when a question is posted
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For intermittents, it usually turns out an electrical problem. Once something mechanical fails, it usually stays failed or is easily duplicated. That being said...The MPLS has a high failure rate. Thats the neutral safety switch Thats a guessnosis but its a cheap enough part to throw at it unless you can monitor and record the computer data and catch it glitch.
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