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'96 Mercury Sable, Automatic Transmission Problems
Q: I have a '96 Mercury Sable 3.0 Duratec with an automatic transmission. It will not go into overdrive and the computer reports a trouble code of P0761. If it's the solenoid, is this easy to replace?

A: First you have to define easy. Now itís pretty easy for me to push the buttons on the remote and threat my son for delivery of an adult beverage; I have at least 80 lbs (which hasnít turned completely to fat yet) on the boy. The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) that your computer has reported can mean there is a solenoid problem. Be aware there are other factors that the computer has no knowledge of that can cause the DTC that your vehicle has. ALLDATA Information System shows Article #98-10-7 addressing the failure and replacement with an improved retainer clip in the valve body of the transmission. Failure of the retainer clip will cause a DTC # P0761 and/or DTC # P0734 to be set in your vehicleís computer and a loss of 4th gear. Todayís computers are sharp at what they do, but they can easily be fooled. An hour of diagnostic time can save you 3 hours of labor servicing a part that really has nothing wrong with it. By the way, if you have not performed transmission work of this type set aside at least a day or 2 for the job.

 
     
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