Why won't my 1994 Lincoln mark 8 shift out of second gear?

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Lincoln Mark VIII

Not Certain but here is a pointer to help you. Most modern transmissions can go into what is called Limp Mode. Laymens terms, your computer constantly checks various functions of the drive train, in your case, the transmission. When it detects a problem, it will put itself into what is called the Limp mode. E.G. Worn part, broken part, or maybe just low fluid, computer says OK, we need to protect our components and get this girl to the garage, so to protect ourself and make that possible, we are taking over, we will allow you to drive, but we will limit what you can do. How do you know what to do. Try this. 1. Check all fluids. Trans fluid should be light red color, not a brownish red color, (if it is change it to what car calls for, when you can, not now). 2. Now,,, you need to reset the computer, easy enough. Turn off car, turn off all accesories, disconnect battery, positive and negative. While disconnected, go flip every switch you can on and back to off, (lights, radio, hit the brake, blinker, etc. (You are hopefully discharging any static or capacitor electricity stored somewhere). Now that you have done all that and waited a full 30 seconds, you can now re-connect the battery terminals, while they are off you might want to clean them!!! You have just re-set the portion of your computer that monitors the transmission. Now go drive. Your computer will monitor the transmission and any thing abnormal will be logged in the computer. If any parameters are out of whack, the computer will protect the transmission (or at least try to) by going back into limp mode. HINT. This usually means something serious could be wrong. Hope this helped. Good Luck

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