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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-31-13, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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1997 Mercury GM slow transmission

I acquired a 1997 Mercury GM GS from an elderly couple down the street. It's in very good condition, as they primarily only used it for long road trips and has 54,000 miles on it.

This is the first year I've had it for the winter season and have stumbled across a few concerns.

The main concern is that the transmission does not want to engage at low rpm. I will be sitting at the light, and when it's time to go, press the accelerator. Nothing happens for a few seconds and seems as if it is neutral. Once I rev it a little higher it pops into gear and is on its way. This primarily happens when I stop for a stop sign. When I am driving on the highway it stays in gear fine. After driving the car for an extended amount of time it seems to go away. At first I thought it just needed to warm up due to the cold weather, but yesterday it was 70 degrees and still had the same problem.

I do hear a swooshing noise in the cockpit, primarily on passenger side, coming from the vents when I accelerate from a complete stop. It sounds like a fluid is leaking from some where. Any ideas on how to diagnose this problem? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-31-13, 08:03 PM
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Re: 1997 Mercury GM slow transmission

I'd see about a transmission service. Also, Autozone will pull codes for free. See if anything comes up. The light doesn't have to be on. The noise may be an air pocket in the heater core. May need bleeding.

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