The automatic transmission may develop shifting concerns. On lower mileage vehicles, upgrading the software in the powertrain control module (PCM) and the transmission control module (TCM) may correct the problem. As the mileage increases, internal transmission damage can occur. Repairs could involve replacement of the valve body or a complete transmission rebuild. Whenever major transmission repairs are made, it is important to be sure the PCM and the TCM have the latest software updates to help prevent these issues from reoccurring.
Harsh or Delayed Shifting of Automatic Transmission on Lincoln Zephyr
Average mileage: 93,804 (35,000–203,000)
1 model year affected: 2006
28 people reported this problem
18 people shared problem details
Was told by a lincoln service shop the car needs a new Valve Body. They say the diagnostic report came back without any codes. Problem began with the LED panel on the instrument cluster working intermittently. Then I noticed it sometimes didn't shift smoothly. Finally, there are sometimes clunking noises, and sometimes a different noise when turning. Other times the car drives fine. The care went from having a clean bill of health at 84K to all these problems at 90K. All regular maintenance and oil changes have been done and the car is not driven hard. I understand this is a known problem with Ford/Lincoln transmissions.
Car skips when driving up hill/or needing to increase speed intermittently. Dealer states no code upon diagnois referred to DTC update. Recommend 'value body' repair and reset codes. Still working to solve problem
2006 Lincoln Zephyr127,000Visitor
hard shifting from transmission. hard thump when car is put into reverse after that car has been running for 20 minutes
Shifts hard when I step on it, also sometimes at lower speeds decelerating.
2006 Lincoln Zephyr87,000Visitor
Car will not accelerate when merging into interstate traffic, it hesitates and slowly adjusts. I am afraid a semi will not see me. I am told to see a transmission person. Is there this not a know defect?? I just had to spend $2100.00 to fix this. Frustrating
I have problem with my transmission slipping and shifting hard. Now the problems has gotten worse...started experiencing slippage while driving and hesitation in acceleration.......
The transmission is now linking fluid. I noticed about a month ago slow going up hills and stalling when sitting at red light.
2006 Lincoln Zephyr150,000Visitor
Dealer also says it needs a new valve body. This will cost around $2200.00 to fix. I am seeing a lot of people are having the same issue. It has to be a manufacture defect.
2006 Lincoln Zephyr92,000Visitor
Transmission shifts hard when it gets warm. It shifts so hard it feels like it is going to come apart.
2006 Lincoln Zephyr79,000Visitor
noticed it after 24 hours of owning. we just try and baby the car.
Transmission shifts hard from park to drive, harsh and/or delayed down-shifts when passing, skips when driving in stop & go traffic. The dealer said there was no issue when last checked around 50k miles but did reset shift programming, which didn't solve the problem.
2006 Lincoln Zephyr203,000Visitor
car has a delayed and very hard shift from 1st to 2nd and from 2nd to 3rd. at its worst the transmission will not shift at all at speeds of 50mph or greater.
2006 Lincoln Zephyr88,297Visitor
Same, hard downshift at 35 and 24 mph, worse when warmed up.
2006 Lincoln Zephyr58,000Visitor
Will not shift. Can not get up to speed.
2006 Lincoln Zephyr83,000Visitor
2006 Lincoln Zeypher in Columbus, Ohio. The car will not shift out of first gear, it will not excel over 20 mph. Right now it's sitting at a garage where they have quoted me $3000.00 to replace. It ther a recall on this transmission? Purased only 9 months ago in Mayfield Heights, Ohio from a large well advertised dealership. They offer no help. Anyone know a fair, honest transmission shop in Cleveland or Columbus?
2006 Lincoln Zephyr130,000Visitor
Noticed issue over a year ago. Have been told by a dozen mechanics it could be a dozen different things. Has been going for well over a year with this issue and no complete failure yet.
once in awhile at about 25-30 mph when i step harder on the gas to merge or change lanes the transmission shifts really hard scaring the heck out of me. I thought for sure something was broken. Took to the authorized Ford repair and they of course said there was nothing wrong. this has happened at least 6 - 10 times over 2 years, so far it is still drivable. I now have about 66,000 miles and hope i can sell it before it breaks.
2006 Lincoln Zephyr62,000Visitor
Wouldn't shift into passing gear or shift while going up a hill, a knocking noise and a jerk would occur. Mechanic said the Main Controller (transmission) needed to be replaced. Just got it back from the shop yesterday and passed 8 people on the highway with no shifting problems :)
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