Joined: Feb 2011
Out with Skip Shift!!!
OK, so now that I've had my car for a couple of weeks I have found skip shift to be totally annoying. I like to take off slowly in first and then around 2500RPM shift to 2nd and get on it. Well guess what gets in my way!!! I also like the option of shifting from 1st to 3rd to 5th. Not possible if you are shifting to 3rd at around 2500 - 3000 RPM.
So....time to disable skip shift. It wasn't all that difficult. The shift 1st to 4th message still appears but I'm not forced into 4th any more. For those of you interested in how to disable it...here are the instructions.
The skip shift solenoid is located on the right side of the transmission, close to the back and on top. It is difficult to see it but you will see a black connector leading into a round black housing. Reach your hand up between the transmission and the tunnel and disconnect the cable. There is a small latch on the cable connector that you need to depress. It pulls off very easily once the latch is depressed so if you have to pull hard, you have not released the latch.
It is probably a good idea to cover both the cable connector and the solenoid connector. I used a piece of 3/4" diameter shrink tubing. On the cable connector, I simply slipped it over the connector, folded the shrink tubing back over the cable and tie wrapped it to another nearby cable. On the solenoid, I used the same shrink tubing about 3 inches long and tied one end closed with a tie wrap. I then slipped the open end over the solenoid connector and used my heat gun to shrink it around the connector.
The entire process took less than 15 minutes after I got the car on jack stands.
I have included a diagram of the area of the transmission (courtesy of the Ford service manual) and marked up the connector and solenoid to help you locate it.
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