The transmission is damaged, You will need to take the vehicle to a Ford dealership to have the transmission replaced, or fixed. 9 times out of 10 it is cheaper and more reliable to just replace the transmission. My 1996 Ford Taurus Had the same problem in 1997 then again in 1998. Taurus transmissions tend to tear up easily if abused. Make sure that your not grinding gears. Make a full stop then change gears when backing, or vise versa. Also, Check the Transmission Fluid levels at least once a month. Also make sure that whenever parking the vehicle that you use the parking brake. The automatic transmission should NOT be used as a braking device!
The most common problem with this transmission is the forward control valve
it cost about $10.00 and 3 hours to put in.
the forward gear clutch pack is worn out. the only solution is to get the transmission rebult.
If it has an automatic transmission, it probably needs to be replaced or rebuilt.
The forward pump is shot or the throttle has a blown gasket
4 Speed Electronically Controlled Transmission. An automatic transmission with 4 forward gears and shifting that is controlled by a computer.
the clutch or clutches in the transmission are bad,even if changing the tranny filter helps the forward gears will not be right and quit again
If this is an automatic transmission, more than likely the transmission is on it's way to the junkyard. Usually failing transmissions lose reverse first, then the higher forward gears - last will be the lowest forward gears.
Needs internal transmission repairs. Find a good shop.
You have not given enough information for a reliable answer. In these circumstances the best thing you can do is take the car to a reliable transmission shop.
You can't shift gears on an automatic transmission because, as it is called, it's automatic! You don't need to shift, it does it for you. == == Maybe the question should be "Why is my automatic transmission not shifting through gears for me as it should?" Could it be a fairly simlpe fix or am I losing my transmission? Yeah Dopey!
Forward and reverse. It's an automatic
Formula 1 cars are semi-automatic with a paddle powered gear change. Which usually have 6 or 7 forward gears and one reverse gear.
When driving a car with an automatic transmission up a steep hill it is not necessary to shift gears. The car will do that on its own when necessary.