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Engine vibration during accelleration in lower gears

I am wondering it this is low transmission fluid, but I cannot find the transmission dipstick. Can someone tell me where it is or have another solution to original problem?

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  • ohaita Oct 07, 2008

    Thanks for responding so quick! I am not sure if that is the issue, I just thought I would start there. The vibration is like a resistance to accelleration, but only in the lower gears - it shakes the whole car. Also, if I give it a lot of gas when it is doing this, the vibration will stop untill I let off the gas or until I get to about 55+ mph. Any other ideas?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    After reading your further discription of the issue I would advise you to take this car in before the trans explodes, it sounds like it is ready to come apart.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    The dipstick is on the passenger side near the firewall, I know this for sure, I was a tech in a ford dealer for 20 years, worked on many town cars like yours, but why do you think the trans is the issue, is this a shutter like a clutch pack trying to engage, maybe a miss, please describe the vibe in more detail.

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Try a tuneup if it has been awhile.

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