My auto problems, HELP with my dilemma!
Hey all, here’s a bit of a transmission post. I hope some of you guys can help me out with this one. I
For a few months now my Fairmont EL V8 with a BTR97LE auto has been squealing (read shreaking quite loudly) when it upshifts usually only above 3500ishRPM. Ford have had a look at the box and they see 3 problems with it. The original complaint (the squeal when shifting from 1st to 2nd) is apparently the planetary gear set and will cost $1500 to fix/replace incl. removal and refit. The hard shifts I also complained about are the S5 (and possible S1, 2, 3 and 4 too) solenoid(s) and will cost $600 incl. labour. They also picked a squawk in 3rd which is apparently the C1 clutch and will be $500-$600 to fix incl. removal and refit. Ford also said that you can’t be sure of the condition of the other clutches, solenoids, gears, pistons, o-rings, kitchen sinks, blah blah and recommend a reconditioned box be fitted for $1900 all up. My car has only done 149,000klms.
Now my warranty will cover unlimited number of claims but only up to $1000 each… so I could go the reconditioned box for $900 or do the solenoids by them selves for free, then the C1 clutch by itself for free and then do the gear set for an outlay of $1500 - $1000 = $500 all up. This would mean a lot of overhead and doesn’t accommodate additional faults within the box. I could leave it as is (although I should do the solenoid(s) as the hard shifts smash the diff about a bit) and wait for the box to die before replacing it (the reconditioned box comes with 2 year 50,000klm warranty).
Also, if I’m getting my current box fixed, perhaps I could get it strengthened at the same time eg shift kit? Not sure what could be done here.
The other consideration (and one that excites me) is a manual conversion if I’m talking about replacing the entire box. I have no idea how this will work with my warranty. I mean will they still fork out the $1k that they’d otherwise have to spend anyway (on labour say). The new box may not be covered at all (although the installer may provide some warranty, I’d want this) and also whom can I get to do such a conversion properly. Would Ford be capable??? A manual conversion may be not out of the question. What other implications with a manual conversion should I consider? How would you tackle this entire situation? Thanks so much for your thoughts everyone… !Gn|T|0n