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Old 03-13-2008, 09:23 PM
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Ford AOD question

My elderly neighbor has a '99 Ford Torous (however it's spelled). The trans is giving them problems and she called me to see if I had any ideas on a good shop and price. I do not know milage or maintance history but she says it kinda grabs when taking off, like dropping the clutch on a manual.
She's been to 2 places and the scan showed nothing. She's getting prices from $1,950 at an independent repair shop all the way to $2,700 from Ford. Not sure if it's worth it.
One place told her since the scan was clean that the trans likely has a cracked piston?

Any ideas on this problem and what a reasonable cost for a rebuild would be?

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Mark

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Ok this is going to sound funny but bare with me. Check the valvebody bolts. Ford had an issue with these bolts loosening over time in AODs & AODEs of that era. This caused all kinds of funny shifting due to the valve body leaking and allowing the pressure to change. I was told this by a Ford tech about 6 months ago when the AODE in my 97 ford truck started acting strangely. I changed the fluid and tightened the bolts. two bolts were so loose I could back them out by hand. I can't rember the torque value off hand. its the cheapest way that I know of. I never heard of the piston cracked issue but I'm no means a trans tech guy. hope this helps some.
rebuilds in my area were about $1200-$1800.
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:19 PM
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sorry, I got busy , forgot your message. I know very little about domestic FWD stuff, I build performance RWD stuff for too many years now.

It is a FWD transaxle , not an AOD.

It will be a AXODE or variant of this trans. Engine size makes a difference of the trans as I recall.

Briscoe or Airworld2 would be of a great deal of help on this trans for questions

Try All Trans on 21 or 22nd ave , south of McDowell Rd .

Banging into gear is a an indication of pressure loss, excessive clutch pack clearnace.

mileage on this trans?

These trans are known for destroying the planetary gear train from loss of lube oil



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I'll have them call All Trans tomorrow. Thankfully, they have a spare car. Thanks.

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Mark this tarus, I don't know how to spell it either, will have an Ax4n or 4s or an axode, all variations of the axode.

Cracked forward pistons were a big concern in the earlier units, when they were made from aluminum, they have since updated them to steel.

Crosley, as usual, is spot on with his symptom possibilities, but another thing these units are famous for is the waved cushion steel in the forward drum cracking, causing engagement problems.

Either way the prognosis is not good for this vehicle.

As to the question, is it worth fixing, well, it is a ford, so that is one strike against it. I guess i'll hear it for that remark.
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Thanks to everyone. I'll give them a call and pass on the info.

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