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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-13-07, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Transmission Question

I bought a 96 Taurus for my son 2 months ago with 130K on it. Very clean car, no problems until yesterday. The car starts fine but when its put into reverse or park it immediately stalls out. I had it towed to a trans shop that I trust, and he told me some valve or solenoid (I forgot which) was sticking. They suggested a trans rebuild for $1500, but we only payed $1600 for the car?

He flushed the tranny, did the filter and put in new fluid, and said it may or may not work. The car worked fine until this morning and it's doing it again. Does anyone know what selonoid/valve causes this? Is it anle to be changed without rebuilding the transmission? I would rather drop the pan and change a part than rebuild the whole trans if possible.

Other than this, the trans worked great, fluid wasn't burnt, and it shifts fine.
Any help is appreciated!
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Re: Transmission Question

You can replace the solenoid by removing the side cover to the transmission. You may have to lower the engine cradle on that side to get the cover off.

Before you do that, disconnect the electrical connector to the transmission range selector at the top of the transmission. Look for green corrosion. These switches are a known problem and can cause all kinds of crazy symptoms. I'd replace that before I'd head for solenoids.

What your tranny guy is talking about is the solenoid that shifts the torque converter into overdrive mode. Sometimes they stick. So as soon as you put it into drive, you're actually in oversdrive, which is like starting out a manual transmission in 5th gear. However, solenoids usually stick when they are hot. You didn't say anything about hot.

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Re: Transmission Question

Thanks for the advice RickMN. I removed the connectors and found them to be full of oil and dirt. I cleaned the connectors real good with electrical cleaner and reinstalled. I drove the car today without problems We'll see how it does in the morning. It usually acts up at the first start of the day....when my son is already late for school. I appreciate your advice. If it fails again, I'll change the TCC solonoid
Thanks again.
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Re: Transmission Question

The solenoids are controlled though the connector that is sticking straight up on top of the tranny. This is just in front of the TRS.
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