Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car won't shift past 30mph while driving and it revs up.

asked by on

After I bought it i got the oil filter changed and a new starter and a new battery. Also, I had to get the starter replaced too. One day it started slipping , kinda jerking, and hesitating to shift. I got it looked at they said it needed transmission oil. I got some and it improved and was driving like brand new again. Then it started again, haven't been able to drive it cause it won't shift at all and won't drive and accelerate past 30mph or less. Now the battery won't keep a charge and it's new. I am thinking an electrical error or an alternator problem. I don't really know where to start or what it really needs.

My car has 70000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there. It looks like you've got mult...

Hi there. It looks like you've got multiple problems with your 95 Ford Taurus. The transmission issue may be due to a clogged hydraulic line, which is why most certified mechanics will recommend a transmission flush as opposed to just adding oil when there is a shifting issue. The issue with the battery is most likely due to the alternator or could be electrical due to a bad connection. The problem with many older cars is that sometimes age and parts fatigue will show up quickly, even with just 70,000 miles on the vehicle.

My suggestion to you is to contact a local ASE certified mechanic who can give your car a complete safety inspection to let you know what needs to be fixed before you spend any more money chasing problems.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Cooling system leaking

Hi, depending on the size of the leak and where it is coming from the BlueDevil head gasket sealer may be enough to stop the leak. However, if the leak is fairly large and is from the head gasket, I...

Q: My car won't shift out of first gear

If the torque converter is defective that could cause shifting problems, and other symptoms as well. There are stall speed and hydraulic pressure tests than can assist in diagnosing the condition of the converter. Other possibilities include the external controls...

Q: Control arm bushings going bad

Bad control arm bushings will cause the issues you have described except for the grinding noise. The grinding noise is most likely the brake pads grinding the rotor surface. Look at the rotors and see if there are deep grooves...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.