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Old 04-15-2006, 03:40 PM
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not exactly hot rod car problem but...

a hotrodder's truck, please tell me what's going on with my 4X4 '99 ford explorer's 5 speed auto tranny, it won't manual shift to low when driving downhill, when the low position is selected the trans disconects and freewheels (scary when engine braking is needed most) but if the car is not moving and low is selected it starts and accelerates normally, when I release the gas the trans disengages again, second and drive are normal, fluid color and smell normal, no sludge in the oil pan, everything look OK, please help I need the low gear a lot living here in the mountains.
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Old 04-15-2006, 06:38 PM
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mileage? mlp switch, solenoid or valve body. just a guess
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Old 04-16-2006, 07:15 PM
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MLP switch? never heard of such critter, what is it? the truck has 84k miles.
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Old 04-16-2006, 08:24 PM
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switch on the side of tranny case. driver side, bolted to the case 2- 8mm screws on the linkage shaft.
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:05 AM
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think of it as an old neutral switch, like from a c-6 or c-4, but does more than a neutral switch..
like airworld said, its on the drivers side of the case, slides over the manual arm, 2 8mm, hex head bolts. make sure to go with a genuine ford switch, they r more reliable than a aftermarket switch. gl.
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:50 PM
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yep I think I know what your talking about, it's that switch that's used in the early trans to turn the backup ligths on and prevent the motor from starting in gear, I belive your telling me this thing sends the signal to the control module to energize a solenoid that shifts into low, am I rigth? pretty simple ain't it?
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wait a minute, before you jump the gun start by having your truck scanned for codes. just replacing parts may not solve the trouble.
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