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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-22-11, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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confused Ford Transmission Failure???

I am new to this forum and I am not sure if I should be posting this thread here but I have a serious problem with my ford Taurus. I have a 2005 Ford Taurus SEL 6.0cyl engine.

I also should mention that before this happen I had problems with the intake manifold and got it repaired in February of this year. The car also lagged a lot when I press on the gas and I could floor the gas pedal before it picked up speed. It also made this popping sound (almost like a backfire) when I drove it sometimes. And the engine light is on.

Yesterday I was on the expressway going about 60 mph, when I got off and stopped at a light my car would not go any faster than 25 mph. I asked my dad and he said I might need transmission fluid. I drove to the nearest gas station and brought a quart of automatic transmission fluid and went to put it in. Before I put it in I checked the fluid level and it was Nothing in there, it was literally dry! I thought it would be difficult to switch gears when there is no trans fluid in the car? I also thought that on-board diagnostic would tell me when trans fluid was low? It has told me many times when oil is low.

I got the car to my house , it start up fine and switches gears normally but, it still will not pick up speed and I did notice that the Speedometer it at 0mph when idle and parking brake on, It always was about between the 0 and 5 before this started.

I asked a few neighborhood mechanics and they told me it could be anything such as filters, catalytic converter and failing transmission.

My questions are:

1. Did I burn out my transmission?
2. What could cause this?
3. Any suggestions.

I don't have the money to get it fixed ATM and plan on getting it checked next week sometime. I put some more trans fluid in and check the levels and it was OK and the fluid was a pinkish almost clear color. Please help. I tried to be as detailed as possible.

If I posted this in the wrong forum please direct me to the proper forum.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-22-11, 10:07 AM
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Re: Ford Transmission Failure???

The first thing you do is get the codes read. Sounds like you have more than one
problem. You may not have burned your transmission out yet but you took away over
half of it's normal life. How long does it take to check the oil every so often ? The engine light will not tell you you have a low transmission. Then you have to get the leak in your
transmission fixed. That is what caused the low trans. oil level. Then you work on your
motor problem.
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