One of the most "popular" is the Transmission Range Sensor (TRS), formerly known as the neutral safety switch (NSS).
The TRS is known to fail and cause all sorts of very weird and unusual symptoms - kinda like gremlins infesting the electrical systems.
See "Related Questions" below for more about the TRS
Oh yeah, there's the TCC so, but you don't hear so much about that one...
(This answer Covers the "Generation 3" 1996-1999 Series Ford Motor Company Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable.)Common issues on these vehicles includeMalfunctioning Transmission*Headgasket Failure*Camshaft position sensor and syncronizer failure (Vulcan equipped models)**Transmission Range Sensor Failure**Sagging rear end*Fogging or "crazed" headlight housings*-**Clogged Heater Core*Hard to access sparkplugs on the Duratec/DOHC engine* Denotes problems due to lack of maintenance.**Denotes problems incurred due to age.
In the 1996-1999 Generation 3 Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable, there are several modules that are utilized in transmission control. The PCM, or "Powertrain Control Module" is responsible for all engine and transmission functions. This is the computer that manages all data to and from the engine and transmission. The Transmission Range Sensor (TRS, Range Module, NSS, Neutral Safety Switch, among other names), determines which gear the user has selected and tells the PCM what to do as a result. The VSS, or "Vehicle Speed Sensor" displays the speed on the speedometer but is also responsible for transmission performance. And on SHO model Tauruses, the ABS Wheel Sensors are instead used to display speedometer information, as well as control the transmissions shifting habits.
AnswerFor fluid recommendation, refer to the Owners ManualAND the Ford Technical Service Bulletin - TSB linked below. For all model years Taurus / Sable, the TSB basically states that Mercon V is now the specified transmission fluid.See "Related Questions" below for a discussion on transmission fluids, including a Ford technical service bulletin on the topic.
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