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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-04-2008, 06:31 PM
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I have a 1994 Taurus 3.0. It shifts hard from 1-2 if I hold the accelerator steady. I can soften the shift if I "feather" the accelerator just before it shifts. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-04-2008, 10:48 PM
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I used to get that in my crown vic, probably your fluid levels...if thats not it then there is a series of possibilities:

bad clutch application pressure, damaged gaskets/separator plate, or could be a stuck main solenoid

start with the fluid, then come back
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The 94-95 axod-e transmission had an aluminum forward clutch piston that breaks or hangs up. My 94 had the opposite problem - downshifting from 2 to 1, especially at, say, a stop sign at the end of a freeway off-ramp, required waiting until the transmission engaged itself. Otherwise, you'd take off and the transission would slam from neutral to first.

Rolling downshifts in rush-hour traffic would slam back into first.

I never properly fixed mine, but most of the slamming went away with an application of Lubegard Red ( http://www.lubegard.com/automotive/trans_atf.html ) from, I think, a NAPA parts store.

The Lubegard might have just been snake oil, but the tranny certainly behaved almost perfectly after adding whatever the bottle said... had to take a little of the transmission fluid out prior, to prevent overfilling.

1986 MT-4 4-cylinder (R.I.P. circa 1990, rust, clutch)
1994 Station Wagon (R.I.P. circa 9/2005)
1991 Station Wagon (R.I.P. 1/2007, but the Benz that pulled out in front was bent much worse)
1998 SE Station Wagon (R.I.P. 2/28/09 at ~186k)
2004 Taurus SE w/Vulcan & AX4N | dark shadow gray metallic | gray cloth interior | still strong at 192K+
2000 Taurus SE wagon w/Vulcan & AX4S / tropic green metallic | gray cloth interior | purchased 6/12 at 51k miles
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