I have a 2000 Windstar which seems to be having one problem after another this past year (there is 220 K on it) the latest problem is that while stopped at some traffic lights today, the car suddenly kind of made a loud noise (kindof like a tire bursting) and the engine fell out of gear, although the car was still running. The car has been towed home, but I am wondering if anyone can give me a sense of what this might be and if it is likely to be very costly.
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you could try a transmission service, but what your are describing indicates a dirty or clogged throttle body. Try to have a facility that does a trans service to do a complete flush of the trans, and refill with Mercon V. If you let this go much longer you will end up replacing the trans.
you have to look in two things first the ignition distributor in some cases that i have seen this can make the car **** and lose power. the ecm use the signal from cam shaft sensor(in distributor) to calculate engien speed.the second posability is the air intake valve on the throdle body have to look see if is leaking coolant or manualy feel it may be stuck open cousing the tps to send the wrong signal to tcm giving the wrong gear reange to trany if you are in the nyc are i can help you with this call me 718-821-1640