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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-15-2006, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Cold Engine/Tranny Problem

I'm not exactly sure what's going on here, but I have a problem when I first start the car up in the mornings before work or if it's been sitting overnight.

If I come to a full stop just after starting it up, I get no movement when I press the gas pedal. I have to rev it up a bit, then it will "catch" with the squeek of the wheels, and a jerk. After I get out on the road, it's fine with no problems at all. Even if I have it parked for a short period of time (say to go to the store or something) there's no problems.

It seems to be happening more often in the mornings, since it's starting to get cooler and more humid/foggy.

I was told it could be a sensor in my tranny, but I'm not sure, as I don't really know much about a vehicle's innards. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-17-2006, 03:32 PM
 
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Check the transmission fluid level
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Check the transmission fluid level
...then get it changed and replaced with Mercon V instead of Mercon III. It will cost less than $150 to have a shop power flush the tranny and put new tranny fluid.

I can almost gaurnetee that if your tranny is slipping, then the oil is burnt and no good anymore. Take care of this ASAP before it turns into a $1200 tranny replacement.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-19-2006, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks guys, I'll get this looked at as soon as I can. I'm also having to deal with a truck with a most-likely tanked alternator, so as soon as I get my wife's truck moving again I'm going to get this dealt with.
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im not sure if ur supposed to use Mercon V with an AOD trans. Alan or darrin should chime in here.


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Yes, it is a prefered replacement if you can afford it. Mercon V was designed to eliminate the slipping and shuddering of the AOD transmissions. Otherwise, use Merc III and some Lucas or LubeGard as an additive. Besides, he didn't say what tranny he has or what year his car was...
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it says in his info......


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I'll be damn'd! Thanks man.... I used it in my 89 Conti AOD and it didn't hurt it. Best to get some other advice on the matter just to make sure though. Never can tell. What I know and what is reality are two different things...
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I was actually getting ready to ask that because I was reading in the tranny tech articles NOT to use the Mercon V in a 93 TBird. So... some Mercon III+LubeGard then? And can I just add a little to get me through before I get it in a shop?
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I would just drop the Merc III in and see if you still have some problems. If you still experience some problems, add the LubrGard red.

Sorry about suggesting the Mercon V for a 93. I have a 95 Town Car and it works wonders for those trannies. Of course, they are the AODE trannies though.
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It's all good. I'm gonna at least check the fluid level this weekend (hard to with my wife driving it and we work opposing shifts) and plan accordingly.
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Hmm... ok, I just got back from the car. Where is the tranny refill resevoir? I hate to sound ignorant, but along with all the other horrible things the previous owners did to this poor car, they apparently tossed the manual as well. I can't see anything that pops out as "Fill Trannies Here" under the hood. I see the power steering, oil (obviously), coolant, wiper fluid, and what I am guessing is the brake fluid (white resevoir near the back of the engine compartment, right?) but no place to fill the transmission.
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Oh, ok... do I just pour it into that hole, or does it go in somewhere else?
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Yes! A funnel is critical otherwise it will go all over. I got one from AutoZone in Los Angeles on vacation to add some to my tranny. They are the long tunnel funnels with a small opening top so they fit behind the engine and down into the dipstick for the tranny.

So, was the tranny fluid low? Make sure to read the manual on how to check your tranny fluid. Usualy it has to be warm (after driving the car for at least 15 minutes), leave the engine running in park, shift through the gears once and back to park then check the dip stick.

Otherwise, you can get a service manual CD from www.fordcds.com and it will replace the owners manual you where SUPPOSED to get with the car. I feel your pain. When I got my Cougar, I had to go back to the dealer and make them give me, not only the manual, but a jack and lug wrench to boot! Terds.
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Nope, no manual, but I did go through all the motions of shifting and such. The fluid was brown, but did not smell burnt. I had to use two funnels to get it in there, a small one to go into the tunnel and a larger one above it, as it was what I had on hand. Regardless, I did end up spilling a little so I do know what burnt, smoking tranny fluid smells like now.

I put a little in three different times, running the car in idle for about 5 minute between each fill. The dipstick says it's at least full or slightly overfull (you're right, those buggers are hard to read) so now all I have to do is take her out on the road and put it through the motions to see how she's going to deal with the new fluid.

Thanks for all the help, guys!!!
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Things seem ok so far, I took her out for a short drive down the main strip and back, and no worries. I'll have to see how she reacts on a cold morning, but I'm pretty hopeful right now.
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If you do add an additive to your tranny fluid make sure you drain the same amount of fluid out of the tranny so you don't overfill it.

An overfilled tranny is as bad or worse for it than one with not enough fluid in it. You can drain the fluid out of your tranny cooler lines that connect into the rad on the right hand side. I think the top line is the feed out of the tranny into the rad.

You may want to install a tranny cooler in there too if you want your tranny to last longer.
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The fluid was brown,
THat is not good. It should be a deep red, almost purple and will look maroon on the dip stick. If it realy is brown, its time. Since you don't know the last time it was changed, I would take it in ASAP and have that oil changed (or do it yourself on ramps). When I buy a used car, its the first thing I do is change the tranny fluid and all other fluids and filters. My 95 had a 111k on it when I had it worked on after I bought it. THe mechanic said the factory dip stick plastic plug they use at the factory was still in the tranny when he dropped the pan. That means the tranny fluid was never changed or at least the filter was never changed.
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