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#83 of 181 2003 Taurus burping up tranny fluid
Jun 16, 2008 (10:24 am)
Just purchased 2003 Taurus SEL w/88k. Don't know the history of vehicle, but appears to have been well maintain.When backing out the other morning, I notice a pancake size oil spill on the driveway. After inspecting the underside of vehicle, I noticed some transmission oil around the filler tube at the place it enters the transmission casing. Wiped it clean. The same thing the next day when starting up and shifting into reverse. Did noticed that there was signs of oil around the filler cap and down the tube. This only happens after car has been parked for several hours or overnight. I'm now starting the car, while in neutral, waiting a few seconds before shifting into reverse. This seems to have stopped the leakage, as I can't find any evidence of any fluid in those areas. The fluid level is right in the center of the hatch marks on the dip stick. I'm puzzled, has anyone out there experenced any such thing or knows of anyone that ever experenced this. I'm fearful of bad things to come.......It's my first Ford, and I read these dreadful comments on Ford trannys...have I made a mistake ?
#84 of 181 Re: tranny trouble [rix444]
Jun 16, 2008 (11:05 am)
car 1 issue broken pump drive. if car wont move either forward or reverse
car 2 tapping cooling lines will do no good. line pressure tap is located on top of channel plate under aircleaner small 7/16 tap bolt on front end of plate close to wiring harness use 0-300 psi guage to check line pressure if you use smaller guage it will be destroyed line pressure should be close to 65 psi at idle in drive and 150- or so at stall rev should be 125 psi at idle and 250-300 at stall
#85 of 181 Re: 2003 Taurus burping up tranny fluid [happyland29]
Jun 30, 2008 (2:02 am)
I had the same thing happen last night on my 2000 DOHC Mecury Sable. The car had sat for two days, and all I did was pull it ahead 5 feet in the driveway, when I noticed a large amount of tranny fluid on the ground. From what I've been able to research on the net I think this occurs when the tranny vent and/or cooling lines are plugged. Either way- it's going to the shop.... any luck wiht yours??
#86 of 181 Re: 2003 Taurus burping up tranny fluid [kevmo]
Jul 01, 2008 (6:16 am)
find out if anyone added fluid to the car. unlike the engine, the transmission has an overflow hole which allows for excess fluid to leak out. your oil pan could have a leak in it. this is a larger problem because in some cars the engine must be lifted to remove this. sometimes, especiallly if they are damaged, can rust through. or it could be a simple gasket. good luck.
#87 of 181 dunoo tranny toubles
Jul 10, 2008 (7:01 pm)
i have a 94 taurus 3.0 wagon..... tranny will not shift past 2nd(auto with o.dplzzz advize
#88 of 181 Re: dunoo tranny toubles [brokenfords]
Jul 11, 2008 (8:26 am)
does the trans neutral in 3rd gear?
#89 of 181 1990 Taurus Transmission AXOD
Sep 01, 2008 (8:37 pm)
Q: Went out and started car went to put it into reverse and the lunged backwards and stopped. Upon investigation, while engine is running the car will go into all gears but the park will not release. With the engine off and key in on pistion park will release. So.....why wont park release while engine is running?????? Please help!!!!!
#90 of 181 Tranny Maintenance
Sep 13, 2008 (5:08 pm)
87 Sable AXOD failed at 88k miles years ago. Tranny overhaul plus new engine mounts about $2k. Had 152k when car sold to family for $1 in 2008. "New" Sable was 2005 LSPrem with 24.5k AX4N tranny. Last of the AXOD line. I did service on 87 after tranny rebuild every 20k. PITA because no drain plug. Gasket seal also a problem solved only with NAPA seal. AX4N Ford service is 30k. Mine is color test or max 20k. Color test is simple drop of fluid on paper towel and check color against recommended Mercon drop. If dark or significantly dark then service. Same no plug with the AX4N but has a semi-permanent gasket meaning multiple services same gasket. Caution: Do not overtorque the bolts. Just 9 ft lb. Ford included a 2 inch magnet to pick up ferris debris. I added 5 30 lb quarter sized magnets. Service is key but expect overhaul 125k if lucky. It's a FORD!
#91 of 181 speedometer quit
Sep 21, 2008 (7:28 am)
while driving down road speedometer quit and od light keeps flashing, and car shifts harder. have driven it back and forth to work about 10 miles and notice it is getting worse?
#92 of 181 Re: 2003 Taurus burping up tranny fluid [happyland29]
Sep 29, 2008 (5:41 pm)
Have a 2003 ford Taurus with 93k. Has the Transmission fluid changed at 30k and 60 k. Just had the same thing happen to me. The car sat a week, went to pull it out of the garage and left a puddle of transmission fluid. Looks like the leak is in the same place you described. It has not done it again but I have not let the car sit. Did you ever find out where the leak was coming from?
Thanks for your help