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1996 Ford Taurus - sudden downshift

After driving at highway speeds in 90+ weather for 4 hours, my Taurus started to periodically downshift into first for no reason. The transmission has been checked and the shop can't find a problem, nor get it the car to duplicate the problem after driving 40 miles. Any ideas?

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  • danincolo Aug 31, 2008

    I have had the transmission serviced. Pan pulled (no metal), filter replaced, fluid replaced (it was burnt according to the transmission tech), no check engine light or codes to explain problem.

  • danincolo Aug 31, 2008

    Possibly

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Before replacing the filter and fluid or any parts in the transmission , it’s important that the wiring between the computer and the transmission be thoroughly inspected. Many intermittent problems are attributed to poor electrical connections or problems with wiring.

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You may have caught the problem early enough that it hasnt dine any real damage to the transmission,,keep an eye on the fluid levels and drive it normally and you should be fine

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Were you in cruise control mode? because that is what it sounds like. if you have no problems with the trans mission and your cruise is on and it slips in and out of gear either your losing the signal from your cruis moduleor the solenoid in the trans that interfaces with the cruise module is the culprit chances are you have developed a small pin hole in a vaccum line in the cruise circuit that could cause this glitch as well. i would check this asap. good luck

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The burnt fluid tells most of the story, it means that you have burned the clutches inside the transmission, along with the damaged clutches, this burnt material has been circulating around inside the transmission, which will really gum up moving parts. You will not get codes for a purely mechanical problem, and there is no sensor for mechanical failures, so it sounds like you need a removal and repair of the transmission. This is sad news, but when you discover burnt fluid there is no easy fix for any automatic transmission .

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    bill willis Aug 31, 2008

    One more thing, when you do have the transmission repaired, remember to have the transmission cooling lines and cooler flushed out, don't need any of this trash flowing around your fixed unit.

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Check if there still a fluid on your transmission.

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    micromaster Aug 31, 2008


    1. Check the transmission fluid level, if it's low, you
      have a leak & Look for fluids that have leaked on the ground below
      the transmission. Check the transmission case as well. Fluid can leak
      from seals, gaskets, fluid cooler and lines. Pinpoint the exact source
      of the leak to make proper repairs.

    2. Place a few drops of transmission fluid on a white
      paper towel. Red or light brown fluid that spreads easily over the
      towel is in good condition. Dark brown or black fluid that is gooey or
      thick fluid needs replacing to allow proper pressure and lubrication
      within the transmission.

    3. Replace the fluid filter to ensure it's in good
      working order. Check the old filter for metal shavings, which are a
      sign of wear and require a fluid flush.

    4. Look at your check engine light to verify it has not
      come on. If the check engine is on, take the car to a mechanic who can
      pull the code and pinpoint the problem. Electronic transmissions can
      detect even small faults in operation, and you may want to drive the
      car to verify that the problem was not a one-time or erroneous error.

    5. Seek the assistance of a professional if the car is no
      longer going into gear, slipping out of gear while driving or a
      substantial amount of fluid is leaking. Fixing a transmission problem
      on your car early can save you money and help keep you on the road for
      a long time to come.


  • micromaster
    micromaster Aug 31, 2008

    Seek the assistance of a professional if the car is no
    longer going into gear, slipping out of gear while driving or a
    substantial amount of fluid is leaking. Fixing a transmission problem
    on your car early can save you money and help keep you on the road for
    a long time to come.

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    micromaster Sep 01, 2008

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