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95 mazda protege transmission loses gear in a corner or from a stop

I took my protege in for a transmission service today, daughter was talking about it acting different when going through traffic circle. Fluid and filter were changed, used valvaline 75000 plus fluid along with the green bottle of transmission additive. Once fluid was added and vehicle started it took longer than usual to go into gear. It eventually did, moved through all gear range. Topped off the fluid and all seemed fine. Left the shop and on the drive home occasionally from a stop or rounding a curve it would lose gear, essentially like it was in neutral. Revved it a few times and away it would go. The fluid level is within limits i.e. lines on dip stick, and with it warmed up. While driving down road no problem, would downshift and accelerate normal even while passing. I plugged in my innova 3120 once home and their was no codes to display, none found.

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SOURCE: Automatic 97 Mercury Tracer Transmission?

There's a good possibility it's a transmission issue. The clicking is indicative that the gears inside are not meshing. Only way its repairable is to drop the transmission and once there, rebuilding it would be the next course of action. A used tranny would be less expensive but not by much and you never really know what you're getting. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news and best of luck to you.

Posted on May 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Added Power Steering Fluid, Checked the Automatic

The Automatic Transmission Fluid is supposed to be checked with the car running so there's a chance if you added fluid you've overfilled it. Also, Ford products require Type-F transmission fluid. Using the wrong kind can adversely impact the transmission's performance as well as do damage. Re-check the fluid level with the car running (preferably after 5 minutes or so to get it warm) and see if it's been overfilled. If not, verify if you've added fluid what type you used. If you used the wrong type, you should take the car (or tow) to a service station to have the fluid changed.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009

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Spark Plugs--every 70,000 miles
O2 Sensors -front 2 every 100,000 miles
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Posted on Mar 30, 2011

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SOURCE: '95 Mercury Tracer automatic transmission;

sir .
it is a torque converter problem not a gearbox problem
it contains oil also if it lost no power transfer between engine and gearbox could be th oil sealing of your converter
have a good day

Posted on Jun 11, 2011

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SOURCE: What could be wrong with Transmission?

1st let me explain how the transmission in this car is shifted, there is a computer control module, it is called the "Powertrain Control Module" or PCM, some cars have a separate computer that is just for the transmission, this is a TCM, your cars PCM does both jobs of running the engine and shifting the transmission. The actual shifting is done by electric solenoids inside the transmission which the PCM controls by grounding them, when the computer determines it is time to shift based on vehicle speed and transmission fluid temperature and other inputs from the engine sensors it grounds the proper solenoid that shifts the transmission up or down to the appropriate gear, it monitores the shift electronically and if it doesn't see that the transmission has done what it was commanded to do it sets a fault code in its memory. I have read your problem and no mention is made that "Your Mechanic" scanned the system for fault codes, if he did and nothing shows up then you have a mechanical fault in the transmission and it will need to be torn down and rebuilt to correct this shift problem.
My experience is 25 years as a Ford factory trained repair and diagnosis technican.

Posted on Nov 04, 2011

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