Ford Taurus Owners Manual: Transmission

Automatic transmission


Always set the parking brake fully and make sure the gearshift is latched in P (Park). Turn the ignition to the off position and remove the key whenever you leave your vehicle.

Your vehicle has been designed to improve fuel economy by reducing fuel usage while coasting or decelerating. When you take your foot off the accelerator pedal and the vehicle begins to slow down, the torque converter clutch locks up and aggressively shuts off fuel flow to the engine while decelerating. This fuel economy benefit may be perceived as a light to medium braking sensation when removing your foot from the accelerator pedal.

P (Park)

P (Park)

This position locks the transmission and prevents the front wheels from turning.

To put your vehicle in gear: • Press the brake pedal

• Move the gearshift lever into the desired gear

To put your vehicle in P (Park): • Come to a complete stop

• Move the gearshift lever and securely latch it in P (Park)

R (Reverse)

With the gearshift lever in R (Reverse), the vehicle will move backward.

Always come to a complete stop before shifting into and out of R (Reverse).

N (Neutral)

With the gearshift lever in N (Neutral), the vehicle can be started and is free to roll. Hold the brake pedal down while in this position.

D (Drive) with overdrive

The normal driving position for the best fuel economy. Transmission operates in gears one through six. The automatic transmission shift strategy has the ability to detect hilly terrain or mountainous areas and will provide a limited amount of grade assist features automatically.

S (Sport)

Moving the gearshift lever to S (Sport): • Provides additional grade (engine) braking and extends lower gear operation to enhance performance for uphill climbs, hilly terrain or mountainous areas. This will increase engine RPM during engine braking.

• Provides additional lower gear operation through the automatic transmission shift strategy which reacts to vehicle inputs (vehicle acceleration, accelerator pedal, brake pedal and vehicle speed).

• Gears are selected more quickly and at higher engine speeds.

SelectShift Automatic® Transmission (If Equipped)

Your SelectShift automatic transmission gives you the ability to manually change gears if you’d like. To use SelectShift, move the gearshift lever into S (Sport). Now you can use select shift to manually change gears.

If your vehicle is equipped with (+)/(–) buttons on the side of your gearshift lever:

• Press (–) on the gearshift lever

• Press (–) on the gearshift lever button to manually downshift the transmission.

• Press (+) on the gearshift lever button to manually upshift the transmission.

Paddle Shifters (if equipped)

The paddle shifters allow you to shift gears quickly, without taking your hands off the steering wheel. Temporary manual control is provided when pulling the paddles with the gearshift in the D (Drive) position.

The system will determine when temporary manual control is no longer desired and reverts back to automatic control. Extensive manual control can be achieved by moving the shifter to the S (Sport) position. The system will stay in manual control until the shifter is moved out of the manual position.

If your vehicle is equipped with paddles on the steering wheel:

• Pull the left paddle (–) to

• Pull the left paddle (–) to downshift the transmission.

• Pull the right paddle (+) to upshift the transmission.

Upshift to the recommended shift speeds according to the following chart:

The instrument cluster will show the selected gear you are currently in.

The instrument cluster will show the selected gear you are currently in.

In order to prevent the engine from running at too low an RPM, which may cause it to stall, SelectShift will automatically make some downshifts if it has determined that you have not downshifted in time. It will still allow you to downshift at any time as long as SelectShift determines that the engine will not be damaged from over-revving.

Note: Return the gear shift lever from S (Sport) to D (Drive) when manual control is no longer desired.

Note: Engine damage may occur if excessive engine revving is held without shifting.

Brake-Shift Interlock


Do not drive your vehicle until you verify that the brake lamps are working.


When doing this procedure, you will be taking the vehicle out of park which means the vehicle can roll freely. To avoid unwanted vehicle movement, always fully set the parking brake prior to doing this procedure. Use wheel chocks if appropriate.


If the parking brake is fully released, but the brake warning lamp remains illuminated, the brakes may not be working properly. See your authorized dealer as soon as possible.


See your authorized dealer as soon as possible if this procedure is used.

Use the brake-shift interlock lever to move the gearshift lever from the P (Park) position in the event of an electrical malfunction or if your vehicle has a dead battery.

Note: For some markets, this feature will be disabled.

Apply the parking brake and turn the ignition off before performing this procedure.

1. Using a screwdriver (or similar

1. Using a screwdriver (or similar tool), remove the insert next to the gearshift lever.

2. Insert the screwdriver (or similar

2. Insert the screwdriver (or similar tool) into the hole and press the lever forward while pulling the gearshift lever out of position P and into the position N.

3. Remove the tool and reinstall the insert.

4. Start the vehicle and release the parking brake.

Automatic Transmission Adaptive Learning

This feature is designed to increase durability and provide consistent shift feel over the life of the vehicle. A new vehicle or transmission may have firm shifts, soft shifts or both. This operation is considered normal and will not affect function or durability of the transmission. Over time, the adaptive learning process will fully update transmission operation.

Additionally, whenever the battery is disconnected or a new battery installed, the strategy must be relearned.

If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck in Mud or Snow


Do not rock the vehicle if the engine is not at normal operating temperature or damage to the transmission may occur.


Do not rock the vehicle for more than a minute or damage to the transmission and tires may occur, or the engine may overheat.

If your vehicle gets stuck in mud or snow, it may be rocked out by shifting between forward and reverse gears, stopping between shifts in a steady pattern. Press lightly on the accelerator in each gear.

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