Was at red light and car wouldn’t go forward after light changed

Car has been whining for couple days and acting a lil funny so today on my way to work I stopped at light and got ready to go and my car wouldn't move it jus revved the engine so I put in park cut it off and tried again and it moved very little jus enough to get it out the road. Any thoughts on what's going on with my tranny

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there:

Without being there to complete a diagnostic scan or inspect the vehicle personally, it’s very difficult to accurately pinpoint the issue you are having with the Crown Vic. It’s possible that you may have a simple electrical sensor issue, low transmission fluid or perhaps some internal damage to the transmission that’s causing this problem. The best advice we can offer is to have a professional mechanic complete a transmission inspection so they can determine what might be causing this issue to occur.

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This could likely be due to a faulty computer that controls the transmission, a faulty transmission solenoid, or another issue with your transmission. If there is an issue with your solenoid you could be experiencing slipping gears or a transmission that won`t shift into gear properly at all.
Just as you learned what happens with low transmission fluid, dirty fluid, or a clogged filter can cause similar transmission troubles and create a car that won`t back up in reverse. Improper lubrication from old fluid or debris in contaminated fluid will affect how the transmission shifts into reverse or other gear.
Those little red lights are the rear fog lamps. If you`re an American, you`ll be forgiven for not knowing such a light exists on many cars and trucks.
Worn Transmission Fluid (Automatic Transmission)

Over time, the transmission fluid gathers dirt and grime. This can cause the engine to run roughly, stall or fail to accelerate when you press down on the gas pedal. You may need to have a transmission fluid change before more damage is done.

Why does my car not accelerate when I push the gas? A car not accelerating properly can be caused by a number of things. It could be due to the throttle body, gas tank, spark plugs, or the ECU. It could also be because you have a dirty air filter or a clogged fuel filter.
Friction is a force that arises when things rub together. The frictional force between the road and tire is what allows the tire to “push” off the road, thus moving the car forward (Newton`s third law — the action is the pushing frictional force, the reaction is the forward movement of the car).
If you see a red light on the car`s dashboard, this means there`s a safety issue or something is seriously wrong with your car. Safely pull over, turn off the engine, and call a repair service or shop to see if your car is safe to drive or if it needs service and you need a tow.
Red is the equivalent of stop, and means the problem needs investigating immediately; orange or amber is an advisory signal, suggesting drivers will need to take action; and green says all is clear and serves as a helpful reminder.
Why won`t my car start but I have power? If you attempt to start up your car but the engine won`t turn over and the dashboard lights up, then you most likely have an issue with your battery. You could have a damaged or corroded battery terminal, which is stopping the engine from starting up when you fully turn the key.
You may need to have a mechanic check the oxygen sensor, the mass airflow sensor, or both. The oxygen sensor will likely need to be replaced if it is dirty, while the mass airflow sensor can simply be cleaned. A dirty sensor may prompt the “Check Engine” light to come on in the car.
If your engine revs up as you press down on the gas but your vehicle doesn`t accelerate as much as you`d expect, you may be dealing with transmission slipping. If you`ve ever tried to accelerate on ice, where your engine revs but your vehicle goes nowhere, you know the feeling.
When a throttle body is not functioning correctly, you`ll usually notice a distinctly poor or very low idle. If the problem is really severe, you might even begin stalling when coming to a stop or when the throttle is quickly pressed.
Friction is a force that arises when things rub together. The frictional force between the road and tire is what allows the tire to “push” off the road, thus moving the car forward (Newton`s third law — the action is the pushing frictional force, the reaction is the forward movement of the car).

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