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I have a 2006 Ford Ranger with 4 litre engine, auto tranny. when i come to a stop sometoimes my engine stalls. it shudders as if it wwas a muanual transmission and i forgot to put the clutch in. Shifting to neutral can catch it before it stalls but when i shift to drive it invariably stalls anyway. if i shift to neutral or park and start it up the problems goes away for a period of time. my vehicle has 120,000 kilometers on it and i had my mechanic change my fuel filter and air filter to no avail. i then had him clean the fuel into manifold suspecting the butterfly valve was sticking. still, no luck. should I replace my condenser coil?

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  • randalpoweri Nov 08, 2010

    I believe you are bang on, I have shown this to my mechanic and he is going to do a tranny flush and hope that eliminates my problem.
    I will keep you posted

  • randalpoweri Nov 08, 2010

    I would rate you as very helpful but I don't see an area that as for a rating

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This problem is caused by the transmission torque converter lockup clutch not releasing as you come to a stop (a torque converter is the fluid coupling that connects the transmission to the engine), this is not a fuel filter problem, you are exactly right in your feeling that is like a manual transmission and your forgot to depress the clutch coming to a stop (which I have done a few times). As for the replacement of the torque converter that will require that you remove the transmission, the torque converter is bolted to the flywheel and the other end goes into the transmission front pump and input shaft. I have seen this problem many times over the years with automatic transmissions in Ford products. I can make one last suggestion before you remove the transmission, have the fluid in the transmission flushed out, the problem can sometimes be caused by the friction modifiers being worn out in the fluid, it usually occurs in vehicles which have not had the transmission fluid changed every 60,000 miles as recommended by Ford.

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    yadayada Nov 08, 2010

    I would hope after 30 years as a Ford dealer technician I have seen and fixed a few things right, remember though most of these torque converter clutch hang up problems end in a new torque converter being installed to correct the problem. Could you please rate me as "HELPFUL" for Fixya? thanks

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