1994 Ford Crown Victoria V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 180000 miles
I have been having a bit of a headache with this car, as it has 180,000 or so on it (my odometer failed about 5000 into me owning the vehicle) put in about 4000 into the car in tires, breaks, power steering, Rebuilt Transmission, Etc. The day I got it back from my mechanic (Yesterday 10-21-08), I was driving it home and noticed it was shifting ruff. Initially when accelerating it didn't seem to catch into gear as it should and felt like I had no acceleration / torque. Then at about half throttle to the floor it seems it would slip into gear and would accelerate as it should. All shifts seem too slip and shift too hard. Also I heard a real loud squeaking, when I got onto the Highway. The Loudness would decrease at a stoplight, but was still there. I'm supprised I even noticed it, because I have about a 100-120 deceble sterio in the car and usualy have it at about 90-100 decebles while driving. The squeak continued for a few miles, tell I finally kicked the throttle down and hard accelerated to 70. Then the squeak stopped and I haven't heard it since. Not sure if this had to do with the Transmission rebuild or not.
I took it back in Today (10-22-08) to the mechanic and he is going to look at it. He said that he used a new torque converter, completely flushed the cooler, radiator, tranny, and the transfer case (or the thing at the end of the AT that couples to the drive shaft). Any way it should be all new fluid top to bottom. I had him use Amsoil Synthetic ATF due to word of mouth.
Also there was a metal rattle originally, that I was concerned with and he said it was probably the heat-shields on the Catalytic Converter. After the service it is still there. I was wondering could this noise be from the TQ? After the Trans rebuild he said they diagnosed it to inside the Catalytic Converter. Is he right?
Anyway, It didn't seem like there was a fresh rebuilt transmission or that there was one, but the TQ was shot, or wasn't installed right.
What do you guys think? We have had other issues from this mechanic similar to this but not transmission related.
Is it time to find a new mechanic?
Thanks in advanced!
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 AT 11:49 AM