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Correcting resistance in Ford transmission range sensor

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Correcting resistance in Ford transmission range sensor

Some 2009-2011 Ford Edge, Taurus, Flex, MKX, MKS and 2010-2011 MKT vehicles built 3-13-09 to 6-30-10 and equipped with a 6F50 or 6F55 transmission may intermittently exhibit slippage/neutral out, 5th gear start from stop, electronic PRNDL error, backup camera on in Drive or speed control dropping out intermittently. This may be due to a high resistance in the transmission range (TR) sensor.

 Check the TR sensor circuit resistance.

1. With brakes applied, engine off and key on, move the shifter into the low gear (L or M) positions

2. Turn the key off.

3. Disconnect Connector C168 from the transmission.

4. Measure the resistance between the connector pins as follows:

8 and 4

8 and 5

8 and 6

8 and 7

The top row of the transmission’s pins are numbered 1-10 from left to right. If any of the four measurements are above 5 Ohms, proceed to Step 5.

5. Replace the TR sensor. Refer to the Workshop Manual, Section 307-01. The last three steps of this manual section are very important in order to prevent damage or unnecessary work.

The manual states to remove the retaining pin that holds the TR sensor in the transmission case. A small 6-inch rolling head pry bar is effective in removing the pin. The manual goes into detail on making sure that the park pawl actuator rod does not become disengaged from the park pawl and the abutment by keeping the end of the park pawl actuator rod behind the machined valve body mating surface of the transaxle case, while removing the park pawl actuator rod from the TR sensor and reinstalling it back into the TR sensor. If the park pawl actuator rod becomes disengaged from the park pawl and the abutment, transaxle removal and disassembly is required to reinstall the actuator rod.

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