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Hello all. I am very active in TaurusClub. So the Escape realm is new to me. We have a 2008 Mercury Mariner. It doesn't seem to shift up from either 1st or 2nd. It will not clime up even a slight incline. This has a V6 and 4WD (no selector switch)

Normally the transmission has a hiccup. When you left off of the accelerator, and then apply the brake, to stop at a traffic light. Then the traffic light changes back to green before the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Then you let off the brake and depress the accelerator, (15-20MPH) at this point the engine rev's, and catches hard. Now back to normal. This is from date of purchase. My Taurus does this similarly @ 5-7 MPH. So I didn't think much of it.

There was a slight hiccup while driving earlier in the day. But only once. And while moving @ about 40-50 MPH.

When Pulling on to a main road form a side street; the "Wrench" light on the cluster came on. After turning the vehicle off for a minute to check fluids. The light went out and stayed out upon restart.

When attempting to proceed up a even a 10% incline the momentum is lost and the engine rev's up to 2600 - 3000 RPM. We checked the Transmission fluid, and even the Oil. The Crank Case was 1/3rd of a quart low. The Transmission Fluid, which I checked with the vehicle running, after placing the TRS in each position. The Wrench light came back on after attempting another higher angled hill.
 

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It may be a sensor inside the tranny. Have you taken to dealership. I haven't heard of any problems like that with the 08. I beat there Is also a new shifting program for the 08 too.
 

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We have an 08 Tribute, essentially the same machine, no problems with any of it. We had a couple of Escorts before that, no problem either. I mention the Escorts as they have the same tranny as the later Escape, Mariner, Tribute, Mavericks do. I'd sure have that at a dealer ASAP before the entire autobox is trash.
 

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Something like the problem you descibe is not normal. I agree the Taurus has a slight lag when you give it a lot of pedal, but what your decribing is excessive.
Most probably a sensor. Get it to a dealer or trans shop soon for diagnosis.
 

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Have not driven it since. Since Monday was a holiday, it sat. It is going to be towed to a local FORD dealer tomorrow morning.
 
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