Mercury Sable 1998 - starts with jerks

Tiny
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  • 1998 MERCURY SABLE
Recently I took my 1998 sable with 119000 miles for a 500 mile drive. On the way back, one day the car would shudder when stopped and the brakes applied. When accelerated, the car would move fine. By evening the problem went away.

the next day, the car drove for about 150 miles. Then when the car is driven at a 15-20 mile speed the car would start with jerks. When you release the brake, the car would not move forward. On acceleration, the car would jerk and start. Eventually after a few more miles, even after giving a raise, the car's rpm would increase but the car would not gain speed at the same pace. On checking the transmission oil, the oil was brown and diagnosed as "burnt".

what can be the potential causes for this issue? Urgent help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Friday, January 5th, 2007 AT 11:24 PM

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Tiny
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Hey ab,
I would recommend a complete trans fluid flush and filter change too, as the first order of business. Let us know

Chris
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Saturday, January 6th, 2007 AT 4:29 AM
Tiny
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Thanks chris. What are the chances do you think that the fluid and filter change will help? I am planning to sell the car and if this needs a transmission change, am hesitant to invest any more $$. Also, what do you think is a good value of the car in its current as is state.

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ab
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Saturday, January 6th, 2007 AT 5:25 PM
Tiny
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One more thing - when I had started on the trip, after about 100 miles, the check engine light came on and remained on - is that any more helpful? Thanks again.
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Saturday, January 6th, 2007 AT 5:44 PM
Tiny
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Some auto part store or auto zone offer free computer scan. Check for the engine light.
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Saturday, January 6th, 2007 AT 6:27 PM

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