6th Gear Poster
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Millbrook, Alabama
Strange 96 4R70W problem
My daughter's 96 4.6 bird did something strange lately and I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the situation...
All was fine when she parked it one day last week. The next morning she pulled out of the driveway on her way shcool, but the transmission wouldn't shift into 3rd gear. Instead it would slip and wouldn't catch 3rd under any condition.
I know the 4R70W trannies have thier share of problems, and this tranny does have 160K on it, but I thought they pretty much worked out the bugs in the 96 and it was supposed to last just fine.
I was thinking it might be an old-style accumulator problem, but I thought the 96 models had the new accumulator pistons. It already has the deep sump.
Any hints, ideas, suggestions, low-dollar solutions?
Glen "RustyUL" Weldon
94 Thunderbird SC - 5 Speed -- Picture Here
1 of 722 1994 SC 5-speeds made.
Soilid Engine Mounts, B&M Ripper Shifter, Tokico Shocks
95 Thunderbird LX - 4.6