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Old 12-03-2004, 16:03   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I'm having problems with my 93 Aerostar. It's a 3.0 L automatic with 200,000KM. I'm having to put in about 2 litres of ATF/week. There are no signs of leaking anywhere. It's burning blue smoke a lot, and major pinging when under duress (up a steep hill). I brought it to my mechanic and couldn't find any sign of leaking ATF anywhere. He did a oil change and found 8.5 LITRES of oil in there. HOLY CRAP!! (no sign of any water) I guess that would explain all the pinging and blue smoke! He's looked for the vacuum modulator which I've read about on this site and others but said he can't find it and maybe it's doesn't even have one.
The pinging and smoke has subsided for the most part but the ATF is still disappearing and the oil level is rising.

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Sounds like a modulator problem.

Take it to a Transmission Specialist.
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Old 12-03-2004, 22:39   #3 (permalink)
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Would anyone happen to know where the vacuum modulator is located??
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normally on the back of the transmission,,but who knows these days
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Old 12-16-2004, 22:18   #5 (permalink)
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what the hell is an aerostar -what trans is in it.
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possibly some kind of shared engine and gearbox oil cooler that has developed a leak, letting auto oil into the engine oiling system?
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