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Ford Thunderbird, Transmission, Sedan
#7 of 16 It's good to know that they are pregreased for the life of the bearing.
Jun 23, 2003 (9:28 am)
Thank you Alcan.
#8 of 16 the other way to say that, kinley,
Jun 23, 2003 (10:03 am)
is that once the grease is gone, the life is over.
#9 of 16 swschrad: Can't use my wheel bearing grease kit on our T B.
Jun 24, 2003 (7:32 am)
So, just wait for the tragedy?
#10 of 16 well, don't wait for a tragedy
Jun 24, 2003 (1:53 pm)
but when it starts squeaking or sounding/feeling rough, you are going to have to make a replacement. periodic regreasing buys more time in lubricatable parts IMHO.
#11 of 16 swschrad: When having the tires rotated
Jun 25, 2003 (8:07 am)
I ask the tech to check the pads and the bearings.
#12 of 16 Ford Automatic Transmissions
Jul 07, 2003 (4:09 pm)
The "shudder," which can take place between the 2-3 shift or 3-4 shift, is a common problem with the Ford AODE or 4R70W automatic transmissions. I bought a '97 Crown Vic in 2002 with 33k miles on it that had the same problem. After a lot of research, I found that the majority of the cases can be resolved with a relatively simple and inexpensive fix: go to your Ford dealership and have your tranny & torque converter *completely* flushed, then refilled with Motorcraft Mercon V synthetic tranny fluid. Make sure they flush it completely and refill it with the synthetic fluid. Refilling it with standard tranny fluid isn't likely to help much, if at all. This is something you should plan on doing about every 2 yrs or 30k miles, whichever comes first. It's good basic maintenance you should do for any car. It only cost me about $100-120, and the shudder went away immediately and hasn't returned.
Here's the TSB for it:
#13 of 16 RE:shuddering transmission
Jul 30, 2003 (2:59 pm)
what years were these shuddering transmissions installed on t birds?
Jul 30, 2003 (5:40 pm)
I read the TSB a few years ago as my '95 Cougar had the same problem. I may be wrong, but I think it went all the way back to '92 and pretty much included all their RWD cars with the 4.6L V-8. I'm not sure when the tranny changed, but I know it went up through '97.
#15 of 16 Ford does not recommend Mercon V before 98
Jul 31, 2003 (2:12 am)
except for the 5R55E in 97. They say that the formula can cause the clutches to delaminate.
#16 of 16 Opera: On the other hand.......
Jul 31, 2003 (8:12 am)
Mercon V semi synthetic was installed in our 95 TB 4.6L, 01 Sep 00 and 34,000 plus miles later nothing has delaminated around here except an old pair of skis. No shuddering.