1987 cougar won't catch swcond gear

Asked by Mar 26, 2018 at 02:03 PM about the 1987 Mercury Cougar

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1987 Mercury Cougar 20th anniversary
with 5.0 it goes into first gear reverse fine but it will
not catch 2nd gear while driving which means I am
revving at about 4 RPM at 34 miles per hour what
could this issue be please don't say replace
transmission I hope not LOL

6 Answers

4,530

Is the fluid level where it should be? Do you feel the transmission slipping when trying to shift to 2nd gear? Have you ever changed the fluid and filter? If not, I would start there. This problem may have other causes, and they are internal.

Fluids are good just changed filter .i can get in first gear fine. But no matter how muvh gas i give want change into second

Wont

4,530

Well, then the problem is much complex. The governor may be bad and preventing the gears to shift, the valves can be dirty and the case clogged. In that transmission there is a direct clutch that interferes with the normal shifting when it malfunctions. Don't force the engine or transmission, you will end up with bigger problems. I am going to call my friend, a transmission mechanic and ask him. Do not despair...yet.

Fingers crossed man . Thank you for all your help

sounds like the issue i had with mine years ago ended up being a burned out second gear drum in the transmission

Your Answer:

Cougar

Looking for a Used Cougar in your area?

CarGurus has 1 nationwide Cougar listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

Postal Code:

Mercury Cougar Experts

  • #1
    lisagayle
    Reputation
    2,250
  • #2
    Jessica Cornelison
    Reputation
    610
  • #3
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    310
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
48 Great Deals out of 1,345 listings starting at $2,900
Used Ford Thunderbird
23 listings starting at $12,900
Used Chevrolet Camaro
14 Great Deals out of 932 listings starting at $10,500
Used Chevrolet Corvette
17 Great Deals out of 585 listings starting at $449
Used BMW 3 Series
78 Great Deals out of 2,136 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Charger
35 Great Deals out of 874 listings starting at $1,990
Used Ford F-150
126 Great Deals out of 10,987 listings starting at $2,700
Used Pontiac Firebird
23 listings starting at $12,999
Used Ford Taurus
10 Great Deals out of 334 listings starting at $3,495

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.