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Old 03-17-2004, 19:51   #1 (permalink)
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'97 Taurus GL Problems (torque converter)

I just got my hands on a '97 Taurus GL. When I first started driving it I noticed a vibration in the steering wheel that I thought to be unbalanced tires but I noticed one night on the interstate that I could slightly vary the intensity of the vibration by adding or taking away throttle.

Also the transmission stutters as it makes its last shift (overdrive?). I flushed the tranny, replaced the filter a fluid, and added some Lucas transmission additive to try and make things a little better. All that did make it noticably better but I can still feel the vibration. I called a couple shops and they all basically said the clutch-packs in the torque converter were worn and starting to slip during lock up which would cause vibration.

Is this accurate or is it maybe something simpler and easier? Also, how long can I expect to go before I have major transmission problems assuming I just drive it from this point on?
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