Has the standard issue 5L V-8 and AOD. This is my parents car and has about
40k on it. If I have the story right, it first lost passing gear. Linkage
ends are OK and tight. It stopped shifting and now stays in first gear.
Forward engagement is harsh and sudden in any forward position. Reverse
engagement is normal. I can detect no slippage and the fluid seems OK and
doesn't smell bad. There seem to be no shops in their town that do
automatic transmission work and no Ford dealer for 50 miles.
I suspect the valve body is geezed but I am 200 miles away. I am sure I
can obtain a valve body from a recycling yard, rebuild it, and put it in but
I'd like to pick the brains of the group to see if it looks like I am headed
the right direction. I have read that the AOD's of this vintage also had
some accumulator problems. Since I have to travel 3 hours to get to it -
I'd like to have as many options covered as possible before I get there.
The town has an AutoZone and a NAPA. I think the local AutoPro dealer is
still in business, too, but I live in Dayton, OH - car parts stores and
recyclers are everywhere over here.
Please give advise, suggestions, or just commisserate. I appreciate them
Paul E - Dayton