Transmission

Tiny
TOPAZGMB
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  • 1991 FORD TEMPO
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 197,000 MILES
I have a 1991 ford tempo gl, the car was completly warmed up, but no matter what gear I put it in it would not budge, I held my foot on the brake and ran it through the gears one at a time, did that a few time would not budge in any gear, didnt even move, like the tranny is completely locked up. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 AT 5:31 PM

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Tiny
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So have you checked the trans fluid level? Must be done while car is running. These cars are notorious for leaking trans cooler lines.
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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 AT 6:02 AM
Tiny
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Hi, the first thing I did was check the fluid and the car was completley warmed up and running. If u have any more suggestion they would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Topaz
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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 AT 3:17 PM
Tiny
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This was a sudden thing? There were no warning signs/other indications of a problem before this event?
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Thursday, December 16th, 2010 AT 12:06 AM
Tiny
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When you put out of park into any other gear, can you push the car? Can you move it by pushing?
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Thursday, December 16th, 2010 AT 1:13 AM
Tiny
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Hi, yes I can push the car forward & backward when I take it out of park. And about 6 month ago it was having problems shifting into gears, so I brought a tranny screen kit and it seemed to be pretty good after that, except sometimes when the car was cold and not warmed up good it was having problems going into gear mostly drive. So do u think the tranny is gone. And is it common for all gears including reverse to go at the same time. Thank you so much for ur respones. Greatly appreciated
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Thursday, December 16th, 2010 AT 4:43 PM
Tiny
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Not common for all gears to quit simultaneously. None of the gears working points to something simple you might say. Possibly a valve body inspection cleaning would clear it up. I'm not a trans expert myself. I've owned 3 tempos with no trans problems at all. The only question I have is if your trans has any solenoids. I dont think so but i'm not sure. If so, then that may have gone bad. Be sure to check if your kickdown arm is still connected from the throttle body.
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Thursday, December 16th, 2010 AT 8:03 PM
Tiny
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Hi, as far as solenoids i'm not sure, I called aamco and the man said it could be a electronic problem not sending a signal, but as far as anyone looking at it I am waiting for my son to get time to at least see if any things broke or disconnected. And like u he know alot about cars but always owned manaual trannys, so i'm hoping it something simple, if I find out anything I will email u back and if u hear anything about a solenoid or electrical. Please let me know. Again thank you
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Thursday, December 16th, 2010 AT 8:24 PM
Tiny
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Take the oil cooler lines off and place in a bucket, start the engine and check for oil flow, if none the trans oil pump or torque converter is at fault, a scan will check for any electrical problem as well, start here.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Sunday, December 19th, 2010 AT 12:37 AM
Tiny
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Hi, I will check them, I really need to know and what I read online about the tranny its a FLC ATX-3 SPEED HYDRAULIC AUTOMATIC TRANAXLE. It was controlled by a throttle or "kickdown" cable, and had no computer controls. So would u know if that means no electronics or solenoids or anything like that. If u know it would be greatly appreciated and would solve the problem it being electrical. Thank you for responding
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Sunday, December 19th, 2010 AT 5:08 PM
Tiny
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I will check this transmission out and let you know, but I do feel it will be a fully mechanical box with no electrics involved.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Sunday, December 19th, 2010 AT 10:11 PM

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