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The vehicle stopped running after driving about 80 miles, actually, the vehicle's trans. stopped moving the car, i stopped and saw trans. fluid loss from underneath, auto transmission was low, the car would only move in reverse. checked the filter, it looked plugged and the fluid was dirty, did not smell burnt, and the shaft seals are not leaking, the leak seems to be at the torque converter, what can I check? 1999 Ford Taurus w/ v-6 engine and AX4N metric overdrive auto transmission.

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  • Ursulo Robles Oct 02, 2010

    Which would be easier/faster to remove and replace, the engine or the transmission?

  • Ursulo Robles Oct 02, 2010

    what is the procedure for removing the transmission?

  • Ursulo Robles Oct 06, 2010

    I am removing the axle shafts; do I remove lower balljoints with a balljoint separator tool? Are the balljoints pressed on the lower control arm? Thanks

  • Ursulo Robles Oct 07, 2010

    yes, the balljoints have been separated; it seems the trans. has little space to move back to remove the torque converter to replace the seal; do I have to remove the crossmember frame that has two supports to chassis on the front and two rear supports to chassis on the rear, thus, allowing the trans. and engine to drop down a little to provide trans. movement to the rear, or left side?

  • Ursulo Robles Oct 11, 2010

    Thanks for the info

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The front pump seal is what is leaking,the torque converter is where the seal seals against.The engine,or transmission will have to be removed to replace the seal.

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  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Oct 02, 2010

    The transmission would be the easier to remove,but still is a good job

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Oct 02, 2010

    remove starter and battery cables ,both axles and torque converter bolts,and transmission linkage and all other small things,and transmission mount and transmission to engine bolts,brace the engine up with a over hang of some sort also.

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Oct 06, 2010

    Yes remove the ball joints from the spindle with a ball joint separator,then use a large long prybar to pry the lower control arm down away from the spindle to guide the ball joint stud out of the spindle.

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