I am the happy owner of a 1992 3.0L Taurus now at 206,000 miles.
From reading these fourms I seen that the AXOD, and AXOD-E transmissions
were not the best Ford had produced :) So I changed my transmisson
fluid every year. I had no transmission problems up to 200,000 miles.
This car has the AXOD-E transmission.
I first had a transmission problem after a quick deceleration 70 MPH
to Zero on the expressway. After this quick stop I could accelerate
but, I believe, it would not upshift from 3rd to 4th gear. I did
not notice there even was a problem until I seen the temp. guage
creeping up. When I pulled off the road I could feel the trany was not
upshifting, or completely downshifting at a stop. But it was driveable.
After it was parked for awhile, cooled off?, it shifted normally again.
I changed the fluid and it seems to be better. When cool in the morning
I drive 12 miles to work with no problems. After work in stop and go traffic
every once in a while it seems to hesitate between 2nd to 3rd upshift,
have a bumpy upshift to 3rd (I think) then hang in 3rd gear and not downshift
completely at a stop. But it is drivable. If this was a Ford C6 it feels
like a bad modulator, or vaccuum leak to a modulator.
If I turn off the car for a minute, the trany shifts OK again.
It now acts odd about every third day. Aside from tranny shift problem
car runs great.
Now I know it's time for a new car, but being in Texas it still looks
like new with no rust etc. so I would like to keep it going.
From my details does this problem ring any bells with Ford Taurus
owners? I would like to keep this car for driving to work. I do
most of my own repair work and going inside a transmission is
something I would consider doing. Last trany I had apart was a
good old Ford C6 in my 73 T-Bird (but that was a few years ago).
Thanks for any help or advice.
Steve Near Austin, Texas