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My car won't move. The engine runs fine, there's transmission fluid in there OK. Does it sound bad? It's only about 6 or 7 years old (Ford Taurus)

flaca BN-0 2009/09/17 23:05:02
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  • CyniqueCharme~La Patron Sup... 2009/09/17 23:30:05
    Maybe not that bad, it could just be this............
    CyniqueCharme~La Patron Suprême de P.H.A.E.T
    +7
    Your car obviously feels like you take it for granted. All it wants is a little recognition as a major and important part of your life. It has decided to teach you a lesson, and will not be running until you get your priorities in check.

    My professional advice is to give your car a great-big hug, and tell it that it's special and you love it.

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  • flaca BN-0 2009/09/22 22:40:56
    None of the above
    flaca BN-0
    ANNOUNCEMENT....ANNOUNCEMENT....

    OK, it was the torque convertor. It was bad, but not as bad as needing a whole new transmission.

    Thanks for the good pointers everyone. Some of you have good knowledge and have obviously had the same thing happen to you!

    T H A N K S S O D A H E A D S, flaca XX
  • Fingon Celebrindal 2009/09/18 13:37:59
    None of the above
    Fingon Celebrindal
  • Jan Fingon ... 2009/09/18 13:50:25
    Jan
    +1
    that's pure incredibility
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2009/09/18 09:49:01
    None of the above
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +1
    It's an American car, built in China
  • Denise 2009/09/18 08:25:07
    None of the above
    Denise
    +2
    Your problem may stem from the fact that you bought a Ford.

    Try this little trinket next time. American built with Japanese technology. Alias: Made of AWESOME.

    stem ford trinket american built japanese technology alias awesome
  • flaca BN-0 Denise 2009/09/20 02:09:16
    flaca BN-0
    You know Denise, I respect japanese cars greatly, but call me old fashioned, I really want to do something for America, and the next time I buy a car I will buy American.
    (Funny thing is, I'm not even American, but I have lived here for 18 years!)
  • Denise flaca BN-0 2009/09/20 15:32:41
    Denise
    Toyota's are built in America, they are just using the technology from Japan. Japan began developing the hybrid technologies (note: the Yaris is not a hybrid, but it is cheaper and higher quality than the Taurus) when GM released the EV in the late 90s, early 2000's. While I can understand the desire to support American car companies, up until recently, their technology innovation has been lacking (due to oil companies attempting to smooth everything over, including the fact that they are cashing in on a finite resource). It might be a better investment to explore your options, just to know what's out there.

    Good luck with your problem!
  • Woots 2009/09/18 07:24:47 (edited)
    None of the above
    Woots
    +1
    It's a Ford Taurus, That means the transmission went out. 1,800. Bucks
  • flaca BN-0 Woots 2009/09/20 02:08:09
    flaca BN-0
    hey, I need to live near you. That's cheap. But I think it's the convertor or the pump, not the whole transmission. Just waitin' to find out for sure.
  • Woots flaca BN-0 2009/09/20 03:49:22
    Woots
    +1
    I think it's every time you make a hard left turn with a Taurus the tranny cant suck up any oil so after a 100,000 left turns the clutch pack gets burnt and slips. Or so I'm told. If they charge you more than 1400. to fix it, your getting screwed.
  • Gun665 2009/09/18 05:54:51
  • Watch t... Gun665 2009/09/18 23:33:43
    Watch this, I saw it in a cartoon once!
    +1
    The Engine RUNS! = Not the timing belt!
  • Gun665 Watch t... 2009/09/19 05:27:14
  • flaca BN-0 Gun665 2009/09/20 02:07:25
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    that's OK. It's certainly weird when the car runs but it won't move. It's definitely something to do with the transmission. Just waiting for Ford dealership to give me the news.
  • Gun665 flaca BN-0 2009/09/20 04:37:07
  • flaca BN-0 Gun665 2009/09/20 05:34:35
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    you got that right LOL! and I'm saving up for something. Ah well, the best laid plans of mice and men......................
  • Bo 2009/09/18 04:41:46 (edited)
    None of the above
    Bo
    +2
    It sounds like it could very well be the converter, (but it can also be in the valve body of the transmission). Figure about $68.50 an hour for labor charges plus the cost of the parts.Most places have about a 10% markup on parts.Also remember the hourly charge mechanics are only allowed to charge so many hours for any given job.I'm not sure how many hours are given to complete a torque converter,but 14 hours are given for a motor job a torque coverter should be much less.I just priced a torque converter at Napa for $145.00
  • flaca BN-0 Bo 2009/09/18 22:04:54
    flaca BN-0
    Initial checks show it is either the convertor or a pump. Only has 56K miles. They don't think it's the whole transmission, but will find out later today. thanks!
  • None of the above
    Jerry (Iron Priest)☮ R ☮ P ☮ 201
    +2
    Go to the Library. Sign out the "Chilton's" manual for you car. Follow the instructions. Then you'll know.
  • Robert 2009/09/18 02:54:20
    Maybe not that bad, it could just be this............
    Robert
    +2
    do you have repared or reassembled the transmision before
  • flaca BN-0 Robert 2009/09/18 03:17:17
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    no. Ford thinks it's the convertor, but won't know for sure until tomorrow.
  • Robert flaca BN-0 2009/09/18 03:19:52
    Robert
    +2
    hope your car will be okay
  • flaca BN-0 Robert 2009/09/18 03:22:20
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    thanks Robert. I'm hoping it won't be $3K for a transmission and then another K for the labor.
  • Robert flaca BN-0 2009/09/18 03:27:45
    Robert
    +1
    oh no for that money you can get new one
  • Isabel-Publius 2009/09/18 02:31:56
  • Fef 2009/09/18 02:12:08
    Flaca, you're gonna be living on easymac for some time
    Fef
    +5
    Don't worry, your car may last longer than the makers of its American competition.
    flaca gonna living easymac worry car american competition
  • krayzrick 2009/09/18 01:27:31
    None of the above
    krayzrick
    +1
    do you by chance, live up north?? chance live north
  • flaca BN-0 krayzrick 2009/09/18 02:29:47
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    north of the equator - Texas LOL
  • jrtmanmd 2009/09/18 01:23:48
    None of the above
    jrtmanmd
    +3
    Well... It is a Ford! "Fix Or Repair Daily" LOL
  • NathanBedford55 2009/09/18 00:55:32
    None of the above
    NathanBedford55
    +1
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but it takes more than transmission fluid to make the tranny work. It might be a simple shift linkage problem, or it could be the torque converter, or bands out of adjustment, or it's just worn-out! You didn't mention the mileage, or if the fluid was ever changed. Best bet, take it to a transmission specialist.
  • flaca BN-0 NathanB... 2009/09/18 02:30:51
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    the mech thinks it's the convertor but has to do a test to be certain tomorrow!
  • NathanB... flaca BN-0 2009/09/18 23:56:08
    NathanBedford55
    I seldom hear of a converter going bad. In all my years, I don't recall of that ever happening. Most often than not, it's the clutch packs inside the transmission that are worn. Mileage, towing, and never changing the fluid and filter will lead to that. Good luck!
  • tooner259 2009/09/18 00:42:02
    Flaca, you're gonna be living on easymac for some time
    tooner259
    +1
    Does the tranny fluid smell burned???Universal joints???
  • flaca BN-0 tooner259 2009/09/18 02:31:32
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    no, prob the convertor. Will know tomorrow.
  • ibow2no1 2009/09/18 00:36:25
    None of the above
    ibow2no1
    +2
    First it`s a FORD.
    Second it`s a Taurus!
    Taurus`s and Airostars were the worst things FORD MADE, unless there is something new i do not yet know about.
    Oh yeah, the windstars suck two.huh?
    Your looking at about 3,500 for the tranny, and another 1,500 to install it.
    Good luck with that.
  • flaca BN-0 ibow2no1 2009/09/18 00:40:57
    flaca BN-0
    +3
    how dare you call American cars names! The mechanic thinks it's the converter, not the transmission as a whole, but says he will find out for sure tomorrow.
  • Archer ... flaca BN-0 2009/09/19 00:09:49
    Archer ~ The Limit Break of PHAET
    http://www.carbuyingtips.com/...

    check out all the car nicknames.
  • NathanB... ibow2no1 2009/09/18 00:59:56
    NathanBedford55
    +1
    Where do you get inflated prices like that? A transmission and installation around here is no where close to that price. It's Aerostar, I believe.
  • Archer ... NathanB... 2009/09/18 02:41:16
    Archer ~ The Limit Break of PHAET
    +1
    Some areas of the country you're going to pay more for labor and parts than others. The Northeast (where I live) is notorious for it.
  • NathanB... Archer ... 2009/09/18 23:59:12 (edited)
    NathanBedford55
    +1
    Absolutely. I noticed a big difference in localities actually. Recently I had to get an alternator for a 02 Mustang. Advance Parts wanted $214, NAPA wanted around $176, Autozone was about $160, and a little parts store close by, was selling it for $130. Go figure....

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