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Loss of power from engine to wheels

The engine on my car works fine, Or at least I can hear the engine rev and such. But there is very little power going to the wheels. Like the car goes about as fast as I can push it. It feels to me like driving manual and pressing the gas while not fully releasing the clutch like only getting 1% of the power i should be. So is there some sort of auto clutch? When I was driving it trying to get back home this one part started smoking. it's located toward the back right side of the engine area (that's under the hood, if you are standing at the front bumper looking back at the car). Also when i change from reverse to drive, I do not feel the gears hitting or anything (that bang or jolt that comes from switching)

Thanks a lot.

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  • Kei H Jul 12, 2008

    btw 165k miles or so on the car

  • Kei H Jul 12, 2008

    The transmission fluid levels are pretty high. It's possible that there may be a clog.

  • Kei H Jul 12, 2008

    I've had the car for at least 75k miles. And I don't remember getting the transmission serviced. I'm going to try and exploring the problem more in the morning. Thanks for the help

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Hi,

check the automatic transmission fluid level, I believe the dipstics are colored yellow or red under the hood of 90s fords and theyre kind of hidden. You check the level by starting the car and letting it warm up, leave in park, set the parking brake, pull the dipstick out wipe it off with a rag, put it back in and pull it back out, hafta look closely on the end of the dipstick for the level. It should be in between the the low and high marks of the dipstick, refill the fluid with automatic type mercon fluid or whatever the dipstick says on it, to refill the fluid-it goes right in the dipstick hole with a specialty funnel with an extremely small end on it, fill it a half quart at a time checking with dipstick in between pours untill you reach the top mark. while you have the dipstick there smell the used fluid, if it smells burnt kinda like sulphur then you have transmission trouble, take it up for an estimate. I dont recommend driving it anymore untill you have topped off the fluid and have it looked at. putting a piece of cardboard under the engine compartment on the ground will give you a general area of where the leak is overnight.

J

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

  • Jude Meredith
    Jude Meredith Jul 12, 2008

    hi,



    I made a spelling error above , the transmission only has one dipstick and the engine has another. The engine takes engine oil and the transmission takes transmission fluid. They are completely different fluid so be careful. sorry for the confusion. yes, sounds like you may have transmission problem like that, if you overfill the transmission that can cause serious problems also. Do you have the history of the vehicle? Did you buy the vehicle new? Can you see any stickers in the engine compartment from a transmission repair shop from an earlier repair possibly? Has the transmission ever been serviced?

    J

  • Jude Meredith
    Jude Meredith Jul 12, 2008

    hi again,



    To check the engine oil the engine must be off and the vehicle has to sit for at least ten minutes for a good reading. The levels are checked in different ways as well, something I overlooked in my earlier solution, sorry for any inconvienience.

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