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98 Ford Windstar 3.8 transmission shifts good but after driving for 20 minutes it stops shifting. The transmission oil doesn't smell burnt. This problem occurs the same way everyday, so what can be the problem?

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Sounds like the fluid has lost its viscosity. When the fluid is cold it is thicker and will cause normal shifting, when you drive for twenty minutes the fluid gets warm and thins out, it gets to "slippery" and the clutch bands do not grab good enough to shift. Auto transmissions also work off of hydraulic pressure, if the filter in the pan is very dirt it will also affect the way it drives. try changing the filter and fluid and see if it helps. A lot of Fords take Mercon V or Mercon 5 fluid. Check the trans dipstick to sure.

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