PO751 Fault Code on a '97 Ford Taurus

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Ford Motor Company released an all new sedan and station wagon in 1986 known as the Ford Taurus. It carried a radical aerodynamic design that was seldom seen on this side of the world – especially for a sedan or station wagon. The Taurus quickly became an American favorite, and was even used as the official cop car in the move “Robocop.” From 1992 to 1996, it was the best selling car in the United States market. By the 1996 model year, all production models from Ford came with on-board-diagnostics II, which was an advanced version of the diagnostic system used previously. This system allows mechanics to pull up to hundreds of trouble codes related to the engine, powertrain, emissions and even the brake system. If your 1997 Ford Taurus has set trouble code P0751, that means there is an error with the control circuit within the transmission, and you’ve likely experienced transmission problems as well.

What P0751 Means

  • P0751 means that there has been a fault detected in relation to shift solenoid No. 1. This code will only be set if this error has been detected at least twice, while the vehicle is driving and the solenoid is triggered on for one of various shifting functions of the transmission.

The Cause

  • Normally this code means that either shift solenoid No. 1 has failed and is stuck in the off position, or there is a wiring fault between the PCM and the solenoid. The fault could also be related to the seal on the solenoid, or there could be a failure with the valve it controls inside the valve body. In rare cases, the PCM has failed, but this is very limited and will normally result in other trouble codes as well.

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