I have a '96 Ford Taurus with about 86k miles on it that has just
developed a transmission problem. It's a V6/3.0L engine. It was a
heavy snow storm not long ago and roads were horrendous, so I had the
car in 1st gear going around 20 miles an hour to get through some of
the rougher parts. When it was clear and I had the car at a complete
stop, I shifted back into drive, and the transmission wasn't too fond
of that. It seemed like it lost 2nd gear for the rest of my way
home. I could barely get the thing to go 30 mph at about 4000+
rpm's. From then on, the transmission has been spotty. It will
hesitate some and other times it will just randomly hard shift gears
if it has been driving a while. If I keep driving, then I'll
eventually lose 2nd gear again. The problem will be temporarily fixed
if I turn the car off for 5 minutes. Occasionally it will take 2-3
retries to turn it back on again because it will stall immediately
after starting. If I leave the car overnight, it is fine thus far.
It will only start to act up if I've been in rush hour traffic for 45
minutes or so.
For a few weeks prior to this, I had some weird electrical problems.
When I put the car in reverse the radio speakers would cut out. The
radio would still be on, but the speakers would be silent. That ended
up going away, but then switched to intermittently behaving the same
way as I drive. I wasn't sure if this could be related or not. Also,
the fuel injectors in this thing get gunked up a lot. Every year I
have to get them cleaned cleaned or else it will intermittently drum
as if a spark plug were misfiring.
Any ideas beyond getting a new tranny? I'll drive it til it dies
before I do that.