Thanks for your reply, the variius intermittent faults led me to think it was in the control system somewhere. Maybe the not going into OD was tyhe Shift SOlenoid C playing up? Last adjustment of transmission was language used by local Automatic Trans mechanic.
I note from your site a while back:
AX4N - INTERMITTENT NEUTRAL CONDITION/NO MOVEMENT TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN Reference Number(s): 98-3-7, Date of Issue: February 16, 1998 Related Ref Number(s): 98-3-7 ARTICLE BEGINNING TRANSAXLE - AX4N - INTERMITTENT NEUTRAL CONDITION - NO FORWARD OR REVERSE MOVEMENT - VEHICLES BUILT THROUGH 2/1/98 APPLICATION Model(s): Ford: 1994-98 Taurus Lincoln-Mercury : 1994-98 Sable 1995-98 Continental Bulletin No: 98-3-7 Date: February 16, 1998 ISSUE Some vehicles may experience an intermittent Neutral condition after driving and coming to a stop. This may be caused by the bonded seal on the forward clutch piston intermittently not sealing during the 3-2 downshift. ACTION Replace the forward clutch piston with a revised Forward Clutch Piston (F8DZ-7A262-AB). Refer to the following SERVICE PROCEDURE for details. SERVICE PROCEDURE Clean and reseal the transaxle completely including replacement of the forward clutch piston with revised forward clutch piston and replace the forward clutch plates if darkened or discolored from heat. Refer to the appropriate Continental Service Manual, Section 07-01, or the appropriate Taurus/Sable Service Manual, Section 07-01B, for details. Be sure to check end clearance on all three (3) select fit thrust washers (#16, #8, #5) and clutch clearances (forward clutch clearance is 1.02 - 1.50mm (0.040 - 0.059")). Be sure to clean and inspect the main control (pump and valve body ) and servos. Prior to returning vehicle to customer recheck fluid level at operating temperature. Page 1 of 2 AX4N - INTERMITTENT NEUTRAL CONDITION/NO MOVEMENT -1997 Ford Taurus.
Could also be part of the issue? Will keep driving for a while, have connectors checked next time and see how we go.
Best regards, Greg
Thursday, June 18th, 2009 AT 4:58 PM