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97 Sable Wagon Transmission

My Sable's transmission, with approximately 63,000 miles on it, is starting to act up. Had AAMCO change the fluid/filter at 60,000 miles and went on a trip, during which time it began to 'slam'. By this I mean when I slow down, say coming to a stop at a traffic light, and the traffic light turns green before I stop and I step on the gas, after a slight hesitation the car surges forward with a jolt. (Sorry for the run-on sentence). Went back to AAMCO, they say it's a common problem with Sable/Taurus, something about a piston in the transmission that is cracked or broken, and that it will get worse if not repaired, causing damage (and more expense) to the planetary gears. Is AAMCO giving me the straight story, or is something else going on? The coincidental timing of my having the fluid changed and the problem suddenly appearing seems suspicious to me. Same problem. 97 Sable, 3.0 V-6, AX4N tranny. Started a month or so ago. When you put it in lurches then stalls. You can rev the engine a little and put in gear and it will lunge a little bit and as long as you are moving it runs fine. I got an estimate to replace the torque converter clutch solenoid for about $400, but I'm not positive that's the answer. Now I'm reading that replacing fluid may cause even more problems. The car has a little over 200K miles. Should I try to fix it or put it out of its misery, or maybe part it out? The engine still runs great.

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  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard Sep 12, 2008

    No, not really. Looks like a **** shoot. I could take a chance and spend the $400, but may be worse off. If I knew it would fix it, and I could get another 6 months out of it, I would.

    Ford dealer says the fault showed the torque converter clutch solenoid, but also said further investigation was needed to be sure.

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard Sep 13, 2008


    Seems my problem is combined with another one. (I'm new to this site and musta did something wrong.) My symptoms are the same. The lower part is mine. My Sable has 200K miles on it. That's what worries me about putting $$$ into it.

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard Apr 11, 2009

    Just to finalize this thread...I donated my Sable to Purple Heart. They will auction it off and I will get a tax write off.

    (Unless Obama changes that too.)



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    paul erickson Sep 12, 2008

    that is what i was wanting you to check was the converter solenoid. i think your dealer hit the nail on the head. with so few miles on the car i have a hard time believing that its somthing major . we had on in last month that the customer didnt want to spend any money on it . so we put some trans tune (made by sea foam) in the trans and the customer said it made a big difference. im not a big believer in snake oils or overhaul in a can. but if its just sticky or dirty a little cleaner cant hurt. a cheap option before you spend major dollars.
    good luck paul

    just a short note
    i have seen alot of bad advice on this site mostly from the people that try to be a jack of all trades. do you want car repair info from a computer geek.
    let my know what you think we would like to step up the quality of the answers on this site and your input would help.

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    paul erickson Sep 14, 2008

    sorry ive been gone
    200,000 miles is the end of the good useable life of this car andy money invested will be wasted. just try the additive which is cheap and if it doesnt work find a newer car.
    its just my advice from working on these cars. and people spending money to repair cars that should have been recycled.
    good luck with what ever you decide.



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