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Ford 2003 Windstar transmission problem

Going down road went to speed up tach shot up but speed did not, pulled over checked linkage moves ok fluid level stays same with engine running or off. believe engine not driving transmission what will it take to fix? is this common?

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  • jjaefti Jan 04, 2009

    Sorry, found info somewhere else, had a pretty good idea what it is will post final solution when is fixed to help others



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Windstar tranny problem: just got off phone with Northway Transmission of Queensbury, NY Technician said the torque converter had destroyed itself. the pump drive spline in converter broke and took out fins in torque converter it's going to cost me nearly $1600.00 car has only 45000mi on it and I caught it rather quickly and DID NOT TOW had car moved by flatbed/ramp truck otherwise they would have had to completly tear down transmission. (over $2300.00)

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