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2000 Cougar stalling/lunging fwd. upon acceleration

2000 Cougar
Car idling on slight incline at a stop sign. When accelerating to leave stop sign car felt like it was going to die, it seemed to want to choke itself out, but didn't. Upon accelerating immediately after ^ the same thing happened. The RPM's were revved way up, but car wasn't going anywhere. Then suddenly, it lunged forward as if it were a rocket. Very scary! If I had been directly behind someone it is possible that I might have plowed right into them. Car seemed to take on life of it's own as it lunged ahead. (I had stepped heavily on accelerator because any other acceleration was not moving the car.
Is this an accelerator problem, fuel injection, transmission problem? I probably need to mention that my rack & pinion is shot (so I've been told) Don't think thats part of the problem though. Some type fluid is leaking out from under the car in a massive way. Just noticed this recently. It always leaked power stirring fluid so I've constantly had to pour in power stirring fluid since I bought it. But this new leak is a big leak, haven't figured out what fluid is leaking yet.
Please help, any input will be appreciated!
Thank you!

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  • gretascakes Jun 19, 2009

    What is a torqut converter? Found out it was the transmission fluid that had leaked out.
    Was told that the 'bar' that holds the transmission up was just barely hanging on and that some bolts that hold this all up (transmission and bar that holds it to the frame had broken off and had to be replaced, virtually all the transmission fluid had leaked out of the car through the places where the bolts had broken off.
    Does all this make since/sound right?


  • Michael Grey
    Michael Grey May 11, 2010

    It seems like a transmission leak and the torque converter is not locking up completely.Is the leak red in color?

    For future I have used an ounce of brake fluid in a power steering and it solve my leak.Never use it in an engine or transmission though.

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Sounds like your transmission. if the fluid is red or in your case, a really dark red almost brown, then it is your transmission. you might be able to catch it in time to have the leak fixed and save the transmission.

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