I have a 95 Taurus with 76k miles. I have always maintain the car's
transmission religiously. I changed the trans fluid twice since I
bought the car used with 32k miles. Now the trans shudders when going
from stop to first gear. There is no problem when going reverse.
Changing the trans fluid did not help. I also added a can of so
called trans "helper" fluid and it did not do anything. My mechanics
told me yestesday that the trans is going bad and rebuilding it will
cost $2200. He can also install a Ford rebuilt unit for $2600. I
think it will be waste of money to rebuild the trans now. For a few
thousand dollars more I can buy a used 2000 Taurus with much better
improved trans. My question now is how long the trans can last with
this shuddering problem. Please share your experience with me if you
have experienced the same trans problem. thanks.
sounds like cluch bands sliping or oil presure low. Theres a hanes book that
tells how to check oil presure. If the bands are sliping I think you can
make an adjustment on them. assuming no abnormal use I dont see 76000 mile a
big deal. that trans should go 150K -200K
sounds like the forward clutch piston has a crack and is losing
pressure.this is not uncoomon on that transmission for this
vintage.rebuilding would be an option but it sounds very $$$$ for the age
of the vehicle.Who knows how long it will last in it's current condition.I
guess it depends on how much the transmission is used but you could try to
nurse it along.
The Taurus has an inherent trans problem,Ford put out a service notice out
on it.Seems there is a pressure problem.which has an easy cure involving
drilling a hole in the pump housing(all this according to the trans man that
rebuilt my Taurus tranny...$1700. worth.My brother and others that have had
a Taurus have had the same trans problem.
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