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Old 09-18-2009, 11:33   #1 (permalink)
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2000 Taurus Transmission Problem

I was driving my wifes car the other morning when the car seemed to shift into neutral as the RPM climbed and the speedometer began to decelerate. I coasted into the breakdown lane under no power. The engine was running. When I shift it into any gear the car does not move or make any gear shifting noises.It seems as if the car is in neutral. I checked the linkage from the column shifter and it seems to be mechanically working fine. Fluid level is normal and not foaming. I have no leaks anywhere. The car was running well before this happened. I did not hear any mechanical noises at all when I was driving. Anybody have any ideas on what could cause this. The car only has 85000 miles on it so it is not worth investing money into it but if I can trade it in that ould help.
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:58   #2 (permalink)
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Check the fluid level wit the engine off, then start the car and check the level. If the level doesn't drop with the engine running, it's probably the convertor. They can strip the gear that runs the front pump.
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How big a job is it to replace the converter? Where is it located?
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The transmission has to be removed. Not a easy job. Did the fluid go down?
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Old 09-18-2009, 17:02   #5 (permalink)
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If you have to ask " where is the converter located " you have no clue. Send it out.
No offence. 85000 miles is nothing. If properly looked after that motor will do 300,000
miles no problem. How do you know it's the converter ? It has to go to the shop and have them put the scan tool on it.
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It could be just a simple Filter and Flush of the Tranny....
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I dropped the pan and filter to see if the fluid or filter had remnants of an issue but nothing was apparent. The fluid color looked perfect and there was no particles in it as well. Could this whole problem be some type of electrical issue? Is there a way to test this out? I checked all the fuses that pertained to the system but no fuses had failed. The blue book on the car is only around 800 so I really do not want to be putting money into it. Any tests that I can run on it? Can a person test a transmission range sensor to see if it failed?
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Does the linkage put the trans in park and when put in any other gear will roll? If not, the linkage could have come loose. Did you check the fluid level off and running? If it doesn't go down, there's no sense in checking other things. It'll need a trans repair. Even a plugged filter will let it try to move a little.
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