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Will not go in gear when hot

1996 Taurus, When the transmission is cold it works normally but after it gets hot it will not go into gear when shifted from park, neither forward or reverse. When shifting out of park (trans hot) there is a slight "bump" as if it is shifting into gear but it will not even try to pull but usually after shifting back and forth from park to drive/reverse it will finally go into gear and drive normally UNTIL coming to a stop. When stopping at a red light or such (and left in drive) it will drop out of gear and will not go back in until it is shifted several times from park. If the brake is held when coming to a stop with the throttle applied slightly to maintain a slight "pull" against the transmission it will not drop out of gear and once underway it will work normally until the next stop. As long as the car is moving it works just fine with no slipping or unusual noises and shifts smoothly and at the normal times, but if it is stopped without holding brake/throttle it will drop out of gear and is VERY difficult to get shifted back until allowed to cool. My knowledge of automatic transmissions is limited to the very basics and I am not asking how to fix this it is just that I need to know something about what is wrong before I go to a shop with this thing, otherwise they could tell me anything and I would be in the dark about whether it is fact or not. With 76000 miles does this thing need a complete rebuild to fix this or is this something that could be repaired without going to the expense of total overhaul which one shop has already quoted at around $1600.

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Old 08-27-2007, 07:15 AM
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Those trannys were prone to issues like the Chryslers were and usually started between 70 and 90K miles. Almost sounds like something is sticking, I am not a tranny guy either but we have changed quite a few of those.
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:43 AM
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Sounds like the clutch pack. this is not what you want to here but here goes, I had a Taurus as a company car, do not mistake the company car comment as a car beat to death, it just means a car on the road 8 hours a day in city traffic..... hard on a car, liked it very much the down side...... the transmission, @ 50k slipping not wanting to go sitting at the lite tranny need a rebuild another 50k same. The car was serviced by ford OEM parts, that was the only problem that car ever had. I have since then heard the same over and over again. As I age I have found that the trannys of ford seem to have this, another quick example was a friend purchased a f150 NEW, two week later in the shop with a tranny on order I could go on .... same song different day. Not a ford knock just what is from where I sit. If you do need a rebuild compare the price of rebuild versa Amco full tranny replacement they do a pretty good job on a stock piece. Good luck but I believe the problem you are having will return another day........ say in 50-75k. Heck you got an extra 25k out of yours.
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:16 AM
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Have you changed the fluid and filter? My brother bought a 93 Taurus that he thought the transmission was bad. Was going to take it to a transmission shop for a $1500 rebuild but he noticed that it would drive when the transmission was cold. It sounded a lot like your description. He decided to change the filter and fluid and the thing has been driving normally ever since. That has been a couple of months ago.
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