I was sold a car yesterday, it passed.

  • 1998 FORD TAURUS
  • 158,000 MILES

I was sold a car yesterday, it passed emmissions this morning but this afternoon the check engine light came on with a code P1744, which after researching I know can be several problems. We had to add two gallons of antifreeze this morning due to it being empty, once we did that the heater worked fine. There is a whinning noise while running the car and it seems to eat gas a little faster than a v6 car should. Is it possible it may just be needing routine maintenence or is it more likely a problem with the transmission. The guy who sold me the car says it is not a problem with the transmission although the code states it is. Please help.

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 AT 1:05 AM

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First, find out why it needed so much coolant. Have it pressure tested.

1774 code is a bad torque converter. It definitely has a trans issue as you should have the whole trans gone over.

Have someone confirm this with proper testing


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