I have a 97 Ford Taurus GL Sedan with a 3.0 L Engine. Lately I've
noticed that it has been driving a lot rougher than normal and the
engine does sound louder than normal. I do have the oil pan gasket that
is starting to push out but is not leaking yet (for the 2nd time) and I
do need to get my rear sway bars replaced but I believe this is
When I'm driving 55 mph + then slow down it feels like the car has
changed to a lower gear (it's an automatic transmission) but I haven't
When I accelerate some times the car just doesn't feel like its going
anywhere and then it jerks to the right speed. I've taken it to my
mechanic and he probably thinks I'm going crazy about my car, but I
swear there is something. Any clues?
I think you better get your transmission fluid and filter maintained
pretty quick if you have not done so.
Maybe what you are feeling when you slow down is the torque converter
lockup coming unlocked as it supposed to do. Effectively, it feels like
you are in a lower gear and the engine is turning more RPM's.
That jerking on acceleration could be transmission slippage, a very bad
sign. If the engine is revving up and you are not moving forward as
expected, that's probably it.
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