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Old 08-18-2003, 13:45   #1 (permalink)
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Friends 95 Windstar, tranny issues (possible torque converter?)

I have a friend that has a 95 Windstar he aquired not too long ago. Lately he has been having an issue where he will be sitting a redlight and when he starts to go the tranny will act like it's in Neutral for a few moments and then will go (seems like the torque converter is not locking up). He also has the issue sometimes when turning. My first thought is the torque converter. If it is, where is the best place to get it? price of a new one? Est. hours of labor required? Any other ideas what it could be?


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Re: Friends 95 Windstar, tranny issues (possible torque converter?)

Sound's more like low fluid level or clogged filter. It would be best to have the unit serviced. QUICKLY!!! before real damage is done.
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Re: Friends 95 Windstar, tranny issues (possible torque converter?)

i hate to bring bad news to innocent folks but that is one of the problems they had with windstars.
unfortunatly it is not as simple as low fluid or dirty filters in this case you are goin to need a rebuild on the tranny.
i cant remember exactly what part causes this but i think it is an accumulater piston that breaks and leaks the pressure past until it overcomes the spring tension and then engages.
if you call a ford dealer and describe this problem to them i bet they will tell you it needs a rebuild and they are not sayin that just to make a buck from you. it is a legit reason because it will only get worse and worse until it stops totally.
now for the bad news !
expect to pay as much as $1100 for this rebuild. if you are lucky you may get off for around $800 and some change.
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