96 taurus downshifting wierdness...
I have a question about the transmision/torque converter of a 96 taurus LX.
Usually when coming down a steep winding road, it helps engine breaking by putting it the gearshift in "2" Usually it shifts into second, and the revs soar from about 1000 to 3200 and you really feel it slowing down. Stepping on the gas does not make the rpms go higher without the car accelerating.
Now for some reason, it is like it is freewheeling or the torque converter is really loose or something. When going into 2 at the same speed the revs jump from maybe 1000 to 1200 and it does not slow down much at all. I know it is not just going into 3rd becuase when you hit the gas they go up to 3200, or kinda match the wheelspeed, but when you let up on it, they slowly go back down to 1200. Almost feels like it is in neutral kindof.
Does anyone know what could be doing this? Recently the dealer did a transmision fluid flush. Anyways, usually the torque converter feels really solid, around town, but once you get into the mountains and downshift it feels really detached when trying to engine brake. Also, when I go into first, and it goes below 12 (the failsafe speed or whatever, it does not go in unless below that speed) so then once I speed up, it seems to stay at around 2000 RPM, when the real matched speed should really be around 4000. It used to feel really solid almost like a manual (not quite though, im sure the torque converter was not locked before when it did feel solid). Does anyone know what this could be?
Also one more thing, the first to second shift, at about 3500 RPM it seems to just almost not any power goes to the road for a second and then jerks into second, and then the second to third shift is unsolid just like the origional problem I stated. Inbetween the shift if you hit the gas more the revs increase inbetween teh shift. Smooth almost too smooth... I know that these transmisions suck in terms of reliability, but it only has like 105k miles on it :(