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Fireball
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Transmission - Slack in Shifting

My'05 Escape, XLT, V6, AWD, Auto with 67,000 miles has recently experienced some slack in shifting from 1st gear to 2nd. There is some lag, a slight increase in revs and then a clunk into second gear, but it only happens under light acceleration and not under moderate or heavy acceleration. I had the fluid flushed and changed at 35K and am about ready to do it again if it will help the problem. Are there any adjustments that can be made to the automatic transmission or any other servicing that will correct this problem?

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aspitaletto
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time to flush that Trans...

you cant adjust anything, unless you buy a Xcal3


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Right, time to change the fluid.
You might be leaking some, causing a low fluid level which might cause that symptom. While your swapping the fluid, look for leaks just to make sure.


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escape05limited
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people will have different opinions on trans flushes though. I personally would recommend just draining the trans oil and putting new stuff in. Its just like changing oil in the engine, super easy.

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RoadKingTrib
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XCAL is the only way.

Once you have one you will wonder how you ever got along without it.


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the Xcal 3 is a tuning solution. It will allow you to flash 3 custom tunes, like gas saving, performance, towing with different octanes of gas. But what it great about it, is theres an option to firm up the shift points. My escape can get a little slippy going 1-2, so I was thinking of getting one as well. But after I do trans oil changes it usually helps the slipping for a little while. The transmission is like the weakest part in this vehicle... Of course if you have it rebuilt, it can be made bullet proof but will cost 1200-1500 pretty easy.

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RoadKingTrib
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Once I installed mine, it took all of .1 miles to realize just how bad the factory shift scheme really is.

Firmer, positive shifts will make the tranny last much longer.


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