Autozone told me it happens on all 2005 models. I didn't leave it off the entire time but it was off a lot. I torqued it to spec as the last step before adding new fluid. The sensor is a magnetic unit that screws into the transmission and has an electrical connector plugged into it. The new seals only fit the new covers. I lost power and it was not responding to my pushing on the gas. Had same problem, clunking noise, erratic shifting.
When taking off it was stuck in First gear. My opinion is it has something to do with the transmission and computer system. From a rear wheel speed sensors, numerous misfire in cylinder 4, random rpm low and high spikes which lead to rough idles or rough gear shifts with shaking of vehicle at about 40mph, several fuel injector codes pop up, faulty break booster which was replaced, and now black greasy sludge leaking from my ptu which is a extremely costly repair. As of today September 21, 2016 when they were replacing my recalled corroded gas tank, my traction control light came on. A ton of videos on YouTube showing exact probblem. Ford needs to make this right for their customers.
It has a couple of moth doing it more frequently. Plus, she was able to negotiate a great deal on both the trade in and the purchase price. One other item: the manual says to drain the fluid and then put the plug back on and torque it to spec. I find it slightly pathetic that this issue is happening on a newer vehicle, these parts shouldn't ever really have to be changed in any vehicle. .
Slide under the vehicle and locate the speed sensor. I have had to instantly put hazards on and try to pull over which isn't always easy during rush hour traffic. Worked for about 3 months rarely kicked in gears hard and so be it did it to me this morning going to work, odo error, speedometer stopped, wrench popped up, self belt guy popped up. After getting it home, the wrench light icon was on. This is obviously a real common problem on these cars. Feb 11, 2014 Try to replace the sensor yourself.
After numerous flushes, I finally replaced it because it started leaking. Sometimes just be turning ignition off and restarting solves the issue but on two of these occasions I had to lift the positive cable on the battery to get it to reset. This started early in it's life and never stopped. It's somewhat awkward to hold in place. I just need to find the solenoid filter in town and get to work.
Engine issues often seem like transmission issues. If this is still in effect please contact me. I guess you could call the first picture the before and after, although I took it when I was done. Some scanners will even provide the most common solutions. Got caught at an intersection way out in the country with my grandchild in the car. Like a listing above Air bag bad so not suppose to have passenger. My car is currently over at the mechanic and guessing that both sensors will need to be replaced.
If it's leaking you'll have to buy the seal, a new cover and a new gasket for the cover. Pulling in to gas station, turned off car, turned it back on and dash was fine but loud thud when turned the key over. Below are a few before and after pix. Here are the parts to buy and some tidbits not really clear in the service manual. How can Ford get away with this? Have one bolt in place so you can start a couple threads to hold it in place after it's in place or you need to take a break. And speedometer does not work.
They've been in business for a long time because they do good work, they're honest and reasonable on cost. Unacceptable that so many have this serious issue which could cause an accident if car does not move on a busy highway or at a stop light. For example, you just filled up the fuel tank, and noticed it after. Sometimes shutting down and starting again will clear issue, other times battery has to be disconnected to clear issue. Had it towed to my mechanic.
I'm flushing the power steering fluid today. Should be ashamed and embarrassed. I don't know why and don't care because it's easy to avoid touching. She chose me because I'm still the best mechanic she's ever known, and my labor is free. If you stop for the night, clean the cover without putting lint on it, put the cover on with a couple bolts, and cover the openings with rags. You may have problems in removing it, as they commonly corrode in place.