Jim Grant's Tech Tips
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?
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.