If the fluid is dirty, likely tranny is seriously worn.
So he pulled the trans out and showed me the damage to the torque converter
today. Honestly, the fluid wasn't that dirty. it was definitely dark, but still was more on the red side off the scale than the brown. I was given the option to go with the rebuild, or just the torque converter, my choice.
Considering the fluid not being too dirty, not having any problems with the trans prior to the TC break down, and my last taurus went 215,000 on the original trans, I decided just for the torque converter.
I asked if he was going to use the DACCO torque converter, but he kind of dismissed it and says he uses Precision brand torque converters
I can't find the price on the Precision, Automotive Torque Converters by Transmission
, but it looks like I'm getting a cool blue torque converter!
The only thing I wish is that I did the paper towel
drop test the other person mentioned, but I forgot when I was at the shop.
I do wish the mechanic could have diagnosed the torque converter quicker, but this problem is unique to just a few model years so I understand that he wanted to rule out other failures he has seen in taurus transmissions. He was very thorough with the diagnosis and spent at least an hour explaining transmissions and talking about the condition of my car. would have been nice to have my car turn around in four days instead of 7 split over a weekend, but I feel my car is well taken care of.