1994 T-Bird LX 8cyl. 146k - Transmission

Tiny
TBIRD146K
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  • 1994 FORD THUNDERBIRD
My 94 T-Bird (orignial owner) has had chronic transmission problems off and on for about 8 years now. It used to slip mildly in and out of gear usually during long runs in hot weather. Then the problem would disappear sometimes for as long as a year. Mechanics would always tell me they couldn't find anything or they'd seem to know about T-Bird tranny problems and would just say "it's chronic"

Lately, the tranny slips out and back in constantly and with great force. Sometimes jerking the car forward. The RPMS will climb up to 50000 before getting back into gear. It's driveable if you baby it just right but it seems like the end is near.

Is there anything to be done? This is a great car and I'd love to keep it but don't see pouring tons of money into someting with almost no resale value.

I have little mechanical skill or knowledge and appreciate any input.

Much Thanks
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Monday, October 1st, 2007 AT 9:03 PM

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Tiny
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I have the same problem, except mine feels more like a hesatation because the slipping is very mild.I changed the tran filter and oil and its not as bad.I think it has to do with the overdrive slipping in and out of gear. Try when it starts to slip go out of overdrive and see if it stops.I dont have the problems when im not in over drive or driving around town. Your more than likely due for a filter and oil change anyways. If you change filter and oil add some lucas transmission oil to it it helps prevent slippage and I think it works to a point.
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Monday, October 8th, 2007 AT 5:50 PM

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