2001 Ford Windstar transmission problem

Tiny
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  • 2001 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 3.8L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 117,000 MILES
My 2001 windstar kicks or harsh shift (it throws my neck back and to the front when I'm in a stop and hit the gas or when driving and want to go faster I can fill the van quick jump back and front the motor sounds really good I changed the trans oil and filter but still the same. Before this started I put some break oil in the canister some oil spilled. I took the air filter out to check if that had anything to do with it and notice oil in the first electrical connection that goes into the transmission not the one that have to do with the shifting but the one next to it cleaned it but still the same any help will be more then appreciated thanks
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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 AT 8:50 AM

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Tiny
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Have a trans guy scan for codes you may have a valve stuck in valve body
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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 AT 10:36 AM
Tiny
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My engine light turned on today took it to Autozone and read code p1744
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Monday, February 24th, 2014 AT 5:35 PM
Tiny
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That means excessive slip is detected. Have a trans guy look at it.
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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 AT 6:36 AM
Tiny
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All this problem started when I put brake oil in the van and spilled some so the 2nd day after trying to find out what was the problem I checked to see if the brake oil had anything to do with it I found oil inside the connection next to the transmission range sensor I cleaned it with electrical cleaner and connected it back but it didn't help, Changed oil and filter in the transmission and motor plus spark plugs added lucas to the transmission, Tranx x, Transmission stop leak since it started leaking I been trying all this since I don't have money to take it for repair.

Today I decided to disconnect the cable that had oil inside and test drive the van sorry don't know the name is the one next to the Transmission Range sensor and when I turned the van on the first thing I notice that the o/d off light was flashing but the minivan was driving with no problem drove it 30 miles up hill was more harder before but it went up like nothing and is driving with power shifting OK can you please advice thank you
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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 AT 4:46 PM
Tiny
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When you disconnected the plug it took away the torque converter clutch that is slipping causing your code 1744. It's a bad torque converter at least that is my opinion but have atrans guy look at it.
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 AT 7:11 AM
Tiny
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Thank you Hmac300 your opinion is greatly valued I will have it check what is the name and purpose of the connection that I took out thanks again
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 AT 7:40 AM
Tiny
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It's probably the turbine shaft speed sensor
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 AT 7:49 AM
Tiny
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. Searching I found out that is also called the Transmission Bulkhead Connector this is the cable that had brake oil inside both the female and male connection especially the male that is attached to the transmission see image please thank you
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 AT 12:40 PM
Tiny
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Also is this cable that I disconnected and the windstar drive good is it possible that a problem with this connection give code p1744?
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 AT 12:43 PM
Tiny
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Yes it is clear codes and see if it stillhas it if it does then have a trans guy look at it I have no further suggestions.
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 AT 12:51 PM
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Thank you Hmac300 I appreciated it
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 AT 12:58 PM

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