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1997 Ford Thunderbird Transmission Problem

I have a 1997 Ford Thunderbird with Automatic transmission problems.
The car surges not all the time when diving normally, it is like it was put in nutural. At first the o/drive light did not come on but it does now. ( it flashes)
I have had the sensors replaced, nutural safety switch replaced and some elctrical wiring and is still doing the same thing.

Can anyone tell me what they think. email


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  • lkeener003 Dec 19, 2008

    Helloquilterboy 19 and angleo63, I had in the transmission shop in June. it seems to only happen when its windy or wet, He "rebuilt" the transmission(or whatevery he thougt needed replaced) and it happened the very next day, so I took it back and he said it was a bad sensor so he replaced it, has happened 2 times since June again either windy or rainy days. Last monday it snowed and let it has happed big time. He then has replaced the wire harness and I picked it up streets were okay but by afternoon it was slushy from the snow and wala it happened again. the car has 210k miles I love my T-bird this is the only mystery that makes me Hate t he car. but in a situation where I can not get rid of it. so more suggestions would be greatly apprieciated.

    Thanks again.


  • lkeener003 Dec 19, 2008

    Angelo63 It drives fine in lower gears. What type of fuel problem are you thinking?



  • lkeener003 Dec 21, 2008

    Thank you quilterboy19 I will take it to a dealer and have them run a diagnostics check


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Either its a short in the electrical harness because it connects right by the trans( it could be because of water , snow etc). or your trans is about to go out period trans lite doesn't always come on to say trans is slipping if check engine lite is on 9 times out of ten trust me the trans is about to go. so have harness checked then trans. and if its a 4.6 like mine get ready to spend around 2000 for rebuild.ive had this problem in 2 of my Thunderbirds same out come trans rebuild that's exactly what happens first trans light comes on second od doesnt work third check engine lite, then one day it slips for good and trans light starts blinking, my advice get it checked and rebuilt before you mess the engine up trust me thats next.

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  • quilterboy19 Dec 20, 2008

    the electrical harness is very expensive to replace the whole thing. So he probably just changed a section of it you ask me ill tell you straight up if you want to know what really going on take it to the dealership and let them run the diagnostic on it and if you find out its something the other guy didn't do bam take it back and let him know aim sure its still warrantied do it now. i love my t bird to and Ive learned not to let this half *** mechs mess me around. its your car they are out to make a buck remember that.and truth be told all he may have done was splice the wire and fixed it himself. when i was going to replace my harness different parts were different prices to do it all was close to a grand.


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Have u tried another computer it cant fault itself

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Rear end gears? if you did donuts man it could of grided some gears

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