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2004 freestar I had a new trans put in at 92000 miles, now when the van is between 40 and 50mph it starts to shudder, I think I'm now having a problem with the toque converter. I have been reading online that when you replace a trans that it is common practice to replace the toque converter when the car has high miles on it

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  • jbeard Jan 16, 2009

    I have the exact same senario with the exact same problem. I know that the torque converter was swapped with the tranny. I heard that there may be some moisture / corrosion issues with the engine that may cause this?

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I have a 2004 Freestar with the 4.2 and at 110,000 the tourque convertor splines stripped out. Noticed some shudder before but not bad. When i had it replaced the shop told me that the factory tourque converters from ford had weak splines so I went we a reman that has better material for the splines. When the convertors was replaced the sun gear and bushings needed to replaced in the trans. I would suggest replacing the convertor. We now have 180,000kms on the van and no problems and we pull a tent trailer with it.

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Do yourself a favor and go to town hall on edmunds.com and look up 2004 Ford Freestar engine problems. You'll be amazed.

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