It would seem so. If it's due for a fluid and filter change, that might take care of it. I don't want to tell you to ignore it in case it is going to lead to further damage, but in the case of the Chrysler products that do this with the wrong fluid, it's an annoyance that most people just live with and put up with until they get the fluid changed. Most mechanics are aware of the need to put the right fluid in and the complaints are more prevalent after a do-it-yourselfer changes the fluid and doesn't know special fluid is needed.
If my diagnosis is right, I suspect you should be able to vary the characteristics of the shudder by changing how hard you're pressing the gas pedal or how hard you're accelerating. Transmission temperature might affect it too meaning it might act differently when the engine is still cold compared to when it's hot from driving at highway speeds for a while.
If the shudder gets worse or lasts longer, then you might think about a leaking internal seal that is limiting how much fluid pressure is applying the clutch in the torque converter. My reasoning is this is not a common complaint on Fords so something more than just the wrong fluid might be going on.
Thursday, July 5th, 2012 AT 1:01 AM