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Old 03-15-2006, 09:31 PM   #1
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Well I'm new to this forum but I'm active with others (explorerforum.com, therangerstation.com) so I know how they work.

Anyways my dad has a 99 SLE with 160,000 and he started having trouble with the trans yesterday. I guess he put it in drive and the engine revved without moving the vehicle much, then it caught and he was able to drive hit home.

It'* been his daily driver for the last 5 years and he'* kept up with, but not gone crazy with, maintanence over the years. Lately we've been having trouble with the front end, had it worked on 3 times, $800 later and it'* almost right. My question is is this a typical milage for that tranny to go out?

I'm pretty inclined at car repair but I've mostly only worked on my explorer and other trucks like it. I've never really gotten into the serpent windings of FWD (as I call it) but I've had plenty of experience with the computer and emissions systems, etc.

It'* a 6th vehicle and my dad just got a 99 F-150 to replace so It'* not like he doesn't have anything to drive. Is it worth fixing it or should we just dump it. We all like the car, it gets great gas milage for it'* size and it'* pretty comfy and fast, but it seems to be falling apart lately.

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moved topic here to 92-99. these guys will get back to you sooner.
you can read this also.
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...c.php?p=456804


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These transmissions are a little slow at shifting when you move the gear selector from PND321. Well, at least mine is. If its shifting fine while driving and doesn't drop out of gear when you are at a light, it may just need a fluid change. What is the color of the fluid? Is it burnt? When exactly does the rev occur? If it happens when its shifted from reverse to drive after backing up, it might just be taking its time engaging drive. At higher mileage it seems to be the norm for any auto tranny. My old 89' Crown Vic took a good 2-3 seconds to shift between R and D and revved up in between. My current car is starting to do the same. Like I said try a fluid change.
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Well, the tranny is getting old and worn, I'd say its about time for it to go (dont quote me on that though). You got a lot of mileage out of it, thats for sure. There are people on here with the same tranny that go at 75k.

The 4T65e trannys (what your dads car has) dont last as long as the 4T60s (92-97 NAs).
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It sounds like the end of life is near. Does the fluid smell burnt? How often was the fluid flushed? Have you ever dropped the pan and changed the filter?

My 99 is getting sloppy, too. I have 143,000 on it.
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Well this isn't just the time it takes to engage drive. He put it in drive, waited for it to engage (as always) and then tried to go and this is when it slipped.

The fluid was changed at about 50,000 when his employer was still maintaining the car. He bought it from them at about 80000 and has done basic maintenance such as tune up, brakes, and oil changes, and a few other things (like a camshaft position sensor). The most I've ever done to it is change the brakes. I'm not even sure I could find the transmission pan (like I said I'm not at all familiar with FWD). He said that he'* going to check the fluid soon. He'* going to start driving the F-150 to work until we get it figured out.
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Well I'm new to this forum but I'm active with others (explorerforum.com, therangerstation.com) so I know how they work.

Anyways my dad has a 99 SLE with 160,000 and he started having trouble with the trans yesterday. I guess he put it in drive and the engine revved without moving the vehicle much, then it caught and he was able to drive hit home.

It'* been his daily driver for the last 5 years and he'* kept up with, but not gone crazy with, maintanence over the years. Lately we've been having trouble with the front end, had it worked on 3 times, $800 later and it'* almost right. My question is is this a typical milage for that tranny to go out?

I'm pretty inclined at car repair but I've mostly only worked on my explorer and other trucks like it. I've never really gotten into the serpent windings of FWD (as I call it) but I've had plenty of experience with the computer and emissions systems, etc.

It'* a 6th vehicle and my dad just got a 99 F-150 to replace so It'* not like he doesn't have anything to drive. Is it worth fixing it or should we just dump it. We all like the car, it gets great gas milage for it'* size and it'* pretty comfy and fast, but it seems to be falling apart lately.

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Mmm.

I had that problem last week. There wasn't a rev limiter though either. It caught then stopped again.

The pin holding a spider gear or something like that was broken off.

I needed a new differential.
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