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Hello all. I recently purchased a 2001 Mercury Sable GS. Great solid vehicle, unfortunately the transmission was not. Thankfully, it's covered under warranty, so I'm getting a new one installed (probably a rebuilt one) for a $100 deductible.

Anyway, do you have any recommendations regarding preventive measures for this new born trans I'm getting. I'd love to have this new trans last for a good long time. The car is in great condition, so I'd like to try to baby it.
 

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Hello all. I recently purchased a 2001 Mercury Sable GS. Great solid vehicle, unfortunately the transmission was not. Thankfully, it's covered under warranty, so I'm getting a new one installed (probably a rebuilt one) for a $100 deductible.

Anyway, do you have any recommendations regarding preventive measures for this new born trans I'm getting. I'd love to have this new trans last for a good long time. The car is in great condition, so I'd like to try to baby it.
Tranny cooler and 30K service intervals. Can you have upgrade kits installed when it's rebuilt?
 

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Perhaps, what do you think a tranny cooler install would cost? If that's what you're thinking.
No, I'm thinking of shift reprogramming kits-Transgo, Superior, Sonnax. They are less than $100, but require disassembly to install. Since it's already apart it's almost free to install. I used the Superior and Transgo kits when I rebuilt mine. The tranny cooler can be done any time, since it's external to the trans.
 

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+1^ An aftermarket brand name shift kit should only be the cost of the better parts, R&R is the same. Ask the shop why installing BETTER parts than they normally use would invalidate the warranty or cost more than the price of the kit.
 

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I'm very unfamiliar with all of this, so bear with me.

The shop said that they have a new transmission (probably a rebuilt one) on order for me. This tells me that they will not be rebuilding my existing transmission. Would this make any difference in the labor involved? Would they still be able to install an upgraded shift kit without added labor? Or would the shift kit be something already installed on an already rebuilt tranny?
 

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I'm very unfamiliar with all of this, so bear with me.

The shop said that they have a new transmission (probably a rebuilt one) on order for me. This tells me that they will not be rebuilding my existing transmission. Would this make any difference in the labor involved? Would they still be able to install an upgraded shift kit without added labor? Or would the shift kit be something already installed on an already rebuilt tranny?
It would already be installed. Have them order one built that way, and you pay the difference.
 

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I don't think they're outsourcing a rebuild, it seems like they're getting a fully build unit delivered, meaning it's already assembled. With the tranny out, it's significantly easier to throw in a shift kit, but you'll still be looking at some labor to get the valve body out. Just so when you ask; inquire about the additional labor involved to get at the valve body. From a tech's point of view, it gets frustrating when your client suggests work that was incompletely explained on the internet.
 

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Stupid Dipstick

Sorry about the late update on the Sable, but it's been a hectic week.

I called the shop, Monday morning, about the shift kit upgrade. They told me they were going to have a Ford transmission specialist look over the vehicle before ordering anything. (Don't know if there is such a thing, but that's what they told me.) Tuesday afternoon they call me back with a huge update.

The specialist looked over the vehicle and noticed that the dipstick seemed a little shorter than what he was used to seeing. So he compared to another, and it was way too short. Turns out, someone at some point lost the original dipstick and replaced it with a different one. Because the dipstick was too short, the transmission was getting overfilled.

I originally called the shop about the car because the vehicle was shifting really sluggishly and shuddering a lot. Then to top it off, I found a large puddle of transmission fluid under the vehicle last Wed. I checked the fluid level and the dipstick was completely dry (keep in mind, this was the short dipstick). I tried to pour fluid into it, only to have it spill right out the back. That's when I called the shop. They immediately assumed the transmission was wrecked.

So, the shop replaced the dipstick with the correct length ordered direct from Ford. They resealed whatever needed to be resealed and topped off the fluid to specified capacity.

Drove the car today and everything is running fine. Car shifts really smooth and fast. And best of all, no money out of my pocket.

Btw, I'm still looking into getting a shift kit installed.
 
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