Problem Description and Possible Solution
Very hard shifting may be noted after the transmission reaches operating temperature. Most commonly this occurs in the higher gears and reverse. Replacement of the transmission may be recommended to correct this concern.
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Average mileage: 100,008 (45,000–185,000)
Drive Train affected: 3.9L V8
19 people reported this problem
I have an odd transmission problem...
2004 Lincoln LS -- 3.9L v8
Engine: Jaguar AJ-8,
What happens is the vehicle really pushes the gears hard after the vehicle has been driven for any distance further than 3 miles. Before this, everything shifts seemingly okay -- I can still feel the shifts but they're within the range of "normal".
After being driven for about 5 miles the following occurs:
-4th gear, whether going from 3rd-4th or 4th-3rd, will either bang violently or take 4ish seconds to shift (meanwhile it acts as if the engine is idle during this time - If I accelerate while it's in this neutral state the transmission will bang HARD when it finally hits -- I've learned to step off the gas every time it shifts from 3-4). The other gears seem to still have too much pressure but they're not NEARLY as bad as 4th is. If I'm in 4th and it goes directly to 2nd or 1st, it does NOT have this problem. Only 3-4 and 4-3.
-Reverse has WAY too much pressure once the vehicle is up to temp. When the vehicle is cold reverse acts normally -- if vehicle is at operating temp, the vehicle bangs violently when placed in reverse. If I put my foot HARD on the brake flooring it, then hit reverse, it doesn't bang as it offsets the pressure I think? I don't know but it works okay -- if the temp is high enough this doesn't work though.
Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be?
Thanks a ton for any advice!
Transmissions slips in 3-4 gear. Talked to my brother in law who owns a transmission shop and he says this is due to the Fact that Ford removed the reinforcement plate in this transmission and now we have this hard shifting problem which will eventually result in losing 3-4 gear and a tranny replacement!!! Says it's on all Lincoln and Mercury Grand Marquis/Crown Vics. THANK YOU FORD!!!
I have a 2003 Lincoln ls 3.9 and in shifts hard from 2nd to 3rd then shifts fine to 4th but it shifts back to 3rd then back to 4th then 5th. Just put a neutral safety switch in it and it didnt change. Took it to a tranny shop and it wouldn't bring up no codes. It stop for one cycle when the tranny guy cleared the codes that it did have
Our has same problem. Thanks to an extended warranty it is now at the Deaaler getting a new transmission. The Tranny is a sealed unit and we had no leakage. Just very hard shifting, and bad for the rear differential