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Old 01-06-2005, 07:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know I have the Vulcan because my eighth digit is "U" but how do you tell the difference between the two transmissions on a 2003? My car has 23,800 miles and I noticed that even though it runs flawlessly when it is in park the transmission sounds a little louder than any other gear and scruffier if that is even a word but everything performs fine. Is that normal and does any of yours do that? Also, I have a SES and how does that relate as far as trim level? I know F150's like the back of my hand and it goes XL, STX, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch in that order but where does an SES Taurus fit in in the Taurus lineup?
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Old 01-06-2005, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know if it's the same for the GenIV's, but in the GenIII's, there's a sticker on the drivers door panel. There should be two letters "TR" designating transmission. If there's an "x" under the TR, you have the AX4N tranny. Our 97 was never louder in park from what I remember, so I'm not ssure on that one.
Now I have a question to ask. Did the GenIV's even use the AX4S, or were they all AX4N's?

To answer your last question, the SES is one step from the top model, the SEL. The GenIV's started out with 4 models: LX, SE, SES, & SEL, and the LX was eventually dropped.
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I do in fact have the X under the TR on the door sticker so it looks like have the good tranny. Thanks
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All Gen 4's have the AX4N, to my knowledge.

What you're hearing when in Park is normal engine vibration transmitted through the park pawl, motor mounts, etc. Our 97 sounds the same way. If you park on a hill, try putting the ebrake on first, then put it in park. That way, it's not loading the park pawl in the transmission, and won't resonate the noise and vibrations.
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...always put your ebrake on before you put your car in Park period, especially on hills as Bob said. It keeps added stress of the tranny, motor mounts, ect. I know in my car if I dont put the ebrake on, on my hill...Its hard to shift out of park and feels the the transmission tore something loose when i get it into gear...it was the same with my tempo, aries, grand marquis, ect.
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Isn't the AXODE the problem prone one?
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Bob,s right; ALL G4's have the AX4N tranny. All G3 SHO's have the AX4N, and some G3 SLO's have them - the distrubution is seemingly random.

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I do in fact have the X under the TR on the door sticker so it looks like have the good tranny. Thanks

I also have the X on door on my 1997 Vulcan.
Transmission was replaced at 48,964 miles.
Done at a Ford garage.
Part Number F7DZ7V000CRM
Cost: $2,922.95

Done before I purchased car.

Parts $2,047.00
Labor $715.40
Misc $6.00

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All G4's after 2003 have the AX4N. 2000-2002 models can still have the AX4S on Vulcan-equipped models, iirc.
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