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New Owner Of Old Car With Problems

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I just recently got a 88 Taurus with a 3.8L V6 engine from a friend of mine to hopefully get me by until I can save and get something else. Supposedly this car has about 50,000 miles on it. I was told this car had a problem with the transmission a few years ago with a pin that fell out and was glued back in instead of having the transmission replaced. As of now, the transmission seems to shift fine. I was just told one day that pin could slip out again and it would need a new transmission. However, I am having current problems with this car, and I don't have really much money at all to fix it. So I would like to try to fix what I can myself to keep this thing going for awhile if I can. I was hoping you guys here might be able to help.

1. The check engine light comes on... I jumped the EEC-IV connectors and got a code 89 (torque converter solenoid circuit). In memory I have codes 39(Transmission Torque Converter clutch not engaging ) and 69 (AXOD transmission (O) 3/2 switch closed (possible short circuit) ).

2. My a/c was working when I got the car a few weeks ago, then started spsporaticallyot working, and sometimes it would stop blowing out the panel vents and would blow out the defrost vent. Now the a/c blows hot all the time. I listened for the compressor to come on tonight and I don't think it was coming on. Bad switch?

3. My temperature gauge is showing the car is getting hotter recently. I did replace a small question mark shaped hose when I got the car because it was leaking. The car could use a flush, and there is some rust in the overflow tank and the top of the radiator neck.

My questions for you all are, can anyone help with any of these? Secondly seeing I don't have a lot of money right now, which is more important to fix right now?
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Run a string around all your components except for the A/C then go to NAPA and ask for a belt the length of the string.
I spent $12 at a local rad shop to have them test my coolant for combustion gases. If the gases are present, you have a bad head gasket or cracked casting.

What you dont know cant hurt ya? No really if there is a problem that bad with the car I wouldnt fix it (i dont have that kinda money right now plus I dont have that kinda knowledge) I would just drive it until it died
I would get that checked and if thats the problem and you cant fix it and are gonna drive it till it dies,then dont spend any money on anything else either.
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