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Last night on the freeway my transmission appeared to go out of gear and I had no power. There was a loud cranking sound and the engine revolutions went into the red zone. It did slip back into gear but now I have little power when I accelerate from a stop. No warning lights have come on. Obviously I need to take the vehicle for service. Is it dangerous to drive ? It is a 2006 Lincoln Zephyr with only 32000 miles. Is it a transmission problem. I have had the car serviced regularly and did a 30000 full service recently.

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If it is unpredictable on how it will drive,I would say it is a bit dangerous to drive.If you are taking it to the dealer for service,if you are the original owner or are unsure about warranty status,You should call the dealer and find out if they will tow it at no cost/low cost,whatever they can do to assist you.If the drive to the dealer is mainly slow speed roads with not a whole lot of stops,you could probably drive.If there is no warranty and you do need a transmission,which sounds like a good probability although there are sensors and stuff which could affect performance,I have seen mostly poor results on ones which were used or rebuilt.Replace is the best to do.Also,if you do not go to the dealer,try to find a AAA approved garage.Aamco is not all it claims to be and is $$$.Also have the shop make sure that there is the proper transmission fluid level.Even if the dealer did the 30k check and had to replace transmission fluid,they could have missed it.Stranger things have happened.You should at least check it yourself before going anywhere because of liability issues if they did miss it.If you take it to the dealer and they did the 30k check and they find no transmission fluid,I seriously doubt that they would tell you what happened because bad news would hurt them.To check yourself,let the car run about 5 minutes,with car still running on flat level surface,check transmission fluid dipstick,should be between the engine and the firewall,do several dips and wipe with rag or paper towel after each to ensure accuracy.By the way,it is a little strange that a car with only 32k miles would have a transmission go bad.Good luck! Greg

Posted on Sep 05, 2010

  • FunEgirl52 Oct 05, 2010

    I just posted this for someone else but I'll repeat. I have the 2006 Zephyr with similar issues. In June my dealer "reset" the transmission, which helped but the car began acting "confused" again quickly. My son is a certified Master Ford mechanic but now owns his own business and cannot work on the car because of the ESP Premium warranty I have on the car. He provided me with TSB's (technical service bulletins) that were issued by Ford for the 2006 Zephyr,2007-08 MKZ and a few other models equipped with an Aisin transmission. The service bulletin clearly states that if there are no codes present and the car has over 20,000 miles, the VALVE BODY on the transmission should be replaced. It's an expensive part, lists over $1,375. I've taken my car back to the dealer, giving them copies of the TSB's. Before doing that I called the warranty company and began my own "claim" for the problem but it had to be verified with a Ford/Lincoln dealer. My dealer is replacing the Valve body, it's being covered by the warranty company without a new $100 deductible. Ford is well aware of the issue but it's not on a recall. My suggestion is to be "informed" of the TSB's, let your dealer know you are aware. Good luck, if you need any further help, TSB #'s, I'll be happy to assist.
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