HELP! I think I'm totally screwed

I have a 1993 Mercury Sable 3.8L, and the transmission died. I got off the interstate and after I slowed down, I hit the accelerator, it grinded, slipped, then nothing. The fluid is burnt black, and also
leaking. Before you say I should have noticed this, let me tell you, I check my fluids regularly, the car gave no advance warning, it just quit. I have a 1991 Ford Taurus 3.0 L, anyone know if the transmission is swapable, and if it is, does it require pulling the engine? I'm thinking that if I can put the transmission from the Taurus into my Sable, I'll be fine, I'm not sure if they mount/work the same (they both have automatic overdrive)
If someone knows, please let me know because if I have to get it rebuilt,, I'm going to wind up sitting in an empty apartment .
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No one can tell you "You should have noticed it"
Those transmissions are an unstable grenade, waiting to go off in someone's hand!
I think the 3.0 and the 3.8 have a different block flange, meaning where the transmission bolts to the block. Is a different bolt hole configuration, and starter location is also way off. But, they are the same transmission internally.
Those transmissions are famous for the rear support in the case, which has a plastic bushing, that gives up the ghost, then the hardened steel shaft rides on the cast aluminum case. Then you have an egg shaped hole, till it grenades. Sometimes it pops in and out of overdrive, sometimes they work as good as if there wasn't a thing wrong.
So even switching the internals, to save a few bucks seems like a long shot!
Sorry for your bad luck.
Refinish King

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well, unfortinually, my parents are yelling at me, telling me the 3 hour road trip and running the car at about 75 mph caused it to go, and that "you should have noticed it when it started slipping".
I guess I'm going to be without wheels for........a while.
On Thu, 3 Jun 2004 21:10:50 -0400, "Refinish King"

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Doing 75 mph is well within the car's range. That shouldn't hurt it at all. In fact, at 75 mph, the transmission is doing anything. The engine is just turning gears in the tranmission as it goes in particular gear. It is not the speed that kills the transmission, but changing gears.
Jeff
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The grinding you heard:
Might be the rear support, letting the planetary gears go out of alignment. So, it was going for a long time and no one noticed it!
Again, sorry for your bad luck and let your parents look at some posts by pros.
Refinish King
PS At 75 MPH the transmission was in the overdrive gear, more evidence leading me to suspect that the case rear support was wearing for a long period of time, and the plastic bushing wore. The hardened steel shaft made a round hole look like a two inch by six inch slot!

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I felt one slip going from first to second when I was within the city, but that was it, the car ran with absolutely no problem, I even made several stops off the interstate, I never punched it getting back on either. I didn't feel slippage untill the thing was about dead,
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