1998 Windstar Transmission & Electrical Problem

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Old 06-06-07, 11:24 AM
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1998 Windstar Transmission & Electrical Problem

The other day my Windstar van, approx 110,000, miles suddenly dropped into 1st gear (from about 35-45 mph) and wouldn't upshift. I stopped the vehicle, still running, briefly, then proceeded. It then upshifted, but the speedometer and odometer did not work for about 1 mile and then everything returned to normal functioning after a hard left hand turn and was ok the remainder of 5 mile trip home.

Note: about a week before had the transmission fluid exchanged at Jiffy Lube.

It has been suggested that electrical components may be losing ground that is provided via connection to the transmission thus causing these weird problems. Does this make sense and/or any other ideas or recommendations?

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Old 06-06-07, 01:18 PM
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would suspect a speed sensor problem in the transmission it usually causes a check engine light is your check engine light on if so go get the codes checked.
the problem may of not occured long enough to throw a check engine light as its not uncommon for obd2 vehicles to need to see the fault on 2 key cycles before it sets the check engine light.
 
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Old 06-07-07, 08:15 AM
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Thanks bejay.

Would this still capture the code even if the service engine soon light did not come on?
 
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Old 06-07-07, 11:10 AM
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I would suspect a sensor malfunction after the flush.

I deleted my previous post because it did not belong in this thread.
 

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Old 06-07-07, 06:25 PM
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Go easy on quick lube places, OKC. They do an acceptable job most of the time on their specialty - oil changes. Mostly the problems are from up-selling oil change customers on every conceivable auto service procedure under the sun; most of which are of little or no value to the average customer.
 
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Thanks. I am having a local tranny specialist check out the car today after being recommended to me by my trusted local auto mechanic.

As for the the quick oil change places, I generally use them when I can't conveniently arrange a drop off and pick up at my local auto shop.

I did have them do a transmission fluid exchange, I have often heard Jeff Clark, on a national car talk radio show recommend this procedure as cheap insurance and I had it done at about 65,000 and now at 110,000.

Expcept for possible sensor problem, I found the shifting at least sounded smoother following each time I did the exchange for some time. Do you think the transmission fluid exchange is a useful procedure?
 
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Old 06-08-07, 04:55 AM
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Short answer, no; not for the price they charge. As long as you are doing a regular filter and fluid change at the interval recommended for severe service (slightly shorter intervals than normal service) you should have no problems. All those "ups" that the quickie lube places sell you are largely intended to mostly improve their bottom line. Case in point, every time my sister goes in for an oil changes she'll call me from the place and read me off the laundry list of things they are "recommending" she have done. Last week it was (in addition to oil change): tranny fluid exchange, cooling system flush, air filter, and cabin air filter (which they retracted when somebody remembered her model didn't have one). This is an '03 with about 75,000 miles on it. Told her, as usual, I would take care of those items next time I see her at about 1/10 the cost. Air filters are a favorite selling point. They like to show her the filter and how it's "dirty". Well, you put a brand new filter in and within a couple of days the incoming side is going to be a little grayish. Think I've replaced hers about 10k miles back, so I can guarantee it didn't need replacing.

IMHO, stick to oil change only at the quickie places.
 
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