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Old 01-01-2005, 16:42   #1 (permalink)
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2000 Taurus Upshift Hesitation

I have a 2000 Taurus with 108,000 miles on it. Perhaps once every 30 or 40 upshifts... just before the upshift the car seems to die! On a heavy upshift it is almost enough to throw you into the dash. The dead time is only a second or so and then the upshift is completed and I continue on my merry way. No check engine lights or any other kind of lights even flicker when this happens. It is not a slippage in the transmission either, the engine seemes to just die for a split second. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2005, 11:52   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Taurus Upshift Hesitation

This may be different than what you are describing, but on both my 97 and my 2000 Taurus's, there is a slight hesitation that occurs when upshifting. I think that it was intentionally programmed into the transmission shifting program in order to lessen slippage of the transmission under load, thereby prolonging its life. The hesitation is just enough to barely notice it though, and so may not be what you are describing with yours.

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This may be different than what you are describing, but on both my 97 and my 2000 Taurus's, there is a slight hesitation that occurs when upshifting. I think that it was intentionally programmed into the transmission shifting program in order to lessen slippage of the transmission under load, thereby prolonging its life. The hesitation is just enough to barely notice it though, and so may not be what you are describing with yours.

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Thanks and you are right, the Taurus is programmed to decrease power during an upshift. That works fine and I understand it. The problem with my Taurus happens just prior the shift and is much more pronounced that the programmed shift. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Re: 2000 Taurus Upshift Hesitation

what gear is it geting ready to go into when it dies like this?
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Re: 2000 Taurus Upshift Hesitation

i have the same problem with my ford focus 02

it is bein fixed , it is a phsyical transmisiion problem

or if u lucky it could be a fuel problem

usin cheap fuel?
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Old 01-03-2005, 01:00   #6 (permalink)
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what gear is it geting ready to go into when it dies like this?
Usually the 1 -2 shift but it has happened on other shifts but very rarely.
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Re: 2000 Taurus Upshift Hesitation

If it is at 108,000 on the origional transmission, your transmission is most likely dead or close to it.

The Taurus cuts power whenever the transmission is trying to shift as said above. Although, if your transmission is about to pass on to another life, it may start the getting the whole shift process going, but something is not working in the transmission to the point where it is trying to shift, but it isn't happening. All in the mean while, the engine is cutting power for the upshift, but nothing it telling it to stop cutting power and that the upshift is completed, because it isn't yet. If you also feel any really harsh shifts or loose ones, or if you are cruising up a hill, it kicks down a gear, but never really seems to be able to shift back up unless you lift completely off the gas, those are all signs your transmission is going.

Most Taurus transmissions, or any modern front wheel drive Ford automatics will usually do not last beyond 100-130,000 miles depending on how the car is driven. Depending on the dealer you go to, you can get one that is rebuilt by Ford and comes with a 3 year warranty for about 2000 dollars. Also check out Lincoln Mercury dealerships as the sable's use the same transmission.

You may also be able to pick up a rebuilt one for roughly 700 bucks on ebay.
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Yep, 1-2 shift. The 96 did that. It would kinda cut power slightly but not all the way, it would try to shift at lets say 3000, when it got to 3500 it would disengage and slightly cut power more, then thinking the shift was completed give full power back as it sent the upshift command, but then delayed until the revs hit 4000 before it finnally got the upshift completed, and when it would complete, the whole car would jerk.
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I own a 96 GL and a 2001 SES Flex Fuel. I was encountering the same problem until I siphoned out 6 quarts of tranny fluid and installed AMS Oil tranny fluid. The result was so incredible that I replaced 6 quarts in my 96 too.

I choose to siphon the fluid since I changed the filters on both cars less than a year ago.
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its and internak gearbox problem 1200 atleast to fix it just drive it until it dies or sell it
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