That transmission failed December 2006 78k miles. Whenever i get one in the shop that just stopped moving suddenly with low mileage after the trans is out i take an input shaft of the shelf and put it in the convertor and turn it. Your department sent me a service technical bulletin stating that Ford knew of this problem in may, 2002. Old transmission may be available after work is complete. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the transmission was defective and needed to be replaced. Bad slippage occurs when reverse is engaged with the transmission being warm.
Dealer won't admit there is an issue. All depends what someone's willing to pay. She contacted the mechanic, who replaced the two sensors on the vehicle. Keeping old converter after hearing of similar problems with other vehicles that share same transmission. I have been unable to get anyone dealer, insurance company, finance company, or manufacturer to help me with this issue.
Car has been at dealer several times, for days, they test drove it, had an engineer from Ford drive it, state unable to duplicate any of my concerns. And he has no reverse either so it's not the band. The contact asked for the old parts and the service dealer refused to supply those parts. But it is still a fairly common problem on those transmissions. Avoid anything of the likes of Cottman, Aamco, or those guys. The engine was running, the electrical system was in order; the car simply would not move.
An investigation on the internet will clearly reveal thousands of failures and data is available at transmission and garage shops. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The sudden acceleration caused an accident with another vehicle and a police report was filed. It previously failed with the car in motion on a highway! Occurred one time, almost rear ended. There was a grave issue of safety for me and my granddaughter when the airbags deployed.
They told me to file the claim with my insurance company. Would it be possible that a sensor quit and that's why the car won't go into any of the gears? In February of this year 2009, the fuel pump, driver, computer, and transmission went out in this car. Because the car is now out of warranty, they wont do a fix. I know it's probably unlikely but I figured I would ask you guys since you are the experts. She put the vehicle in park and was able to restart it. If this had happened in traffic, I could have had a serious accident. While driving close to home, the dash 'transmission' light came on, but almost instantly went off.
Any help, opinions, and suggestions are greatly appreciated. The vehicle is still having the same problem. The failure and current mileage was 59,000. The mechanic made identical repairs and stated that because the converter was manufactured out of plastic, it would continually fail. Ford motor company said there was a 50,000 mile warranty. Second time same issue in 12 months.
Unlike engine oil, transmission fluid does not require regular changing because the transmission does not burn the fluid. The service technician at the repair shop told her that it was because she was pulling a trailer with her vehicle. There were no warning signs. At that time Ford voided my warranty saying I had abused the car drag racing. I had to have it towed to a garage and have it diagnosed. A leak may develop which requires adding transmission fluid to the vehicle.
I'm being handed a line of crap by Ford. Mechanic could not duplicate the problem. In other words, nothing was done to correct the problems. I am now very confident that the transmission's torque converter failed just as it is described in the recall for my Ford freestar. The third time was June 15, 2005. I have yet to this day see the input shaft strip out either way in the converter or the the shaft itself. This transmission failed without expectation and suddenly.
The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and they replaced the converter, transmission fluid, bolts, and joints. You need to use both feet when on a hill, one on the brake and the other on the gas to avoid rolling back into another car. It is a much more common failure than stripped pump shaft splines. Advised me there had not been a recall. An investigation on the internet will clearly reveal thousands of failures and data is available at transmission and garage shops. I have contacted every transmission repair shop in a 75 mile radius and they all give me the same price.
However the recall stops at 2003. If no or little change then the pump is not sucking fluid. No official recall for 2002. Before you decide, ask any lawyer you are considering to send you free written information about their qualifications and experience. My power train transmission stopped propelling my car. If not covered and you do the fluid check procedure pull trans pan and filter. The 2004 Mercury Sable has an automatic transmission that requires transmission fluid to operate.