Problem Description and Possible Solution
Transmission problems are common in this model, often as a result of a failed front pump. The pump loses its ability to create hydraulic pressure, which an automatic transmission needs to function. A sign of front pump failure can be a whine type noise.
Average mileage: 142,562 (375–244,000)
11 people reported this problem
Bought the car at city auction, Car was city Police car then transferred to city engineers where car sat for long periods .
Care was fine for two months then a whining noise , car seemed to struggle to move then wouldn't move at all
Mechanic: Most likely intermediate clutch seals have failed causing no pressure to squeeze and hold the clutch tight to achieve 2nd gear. The diag for this is going to be removing the pan and valve body, then do an air test on all the clutches and band servos. Addressing this is going to require trans removal and rebuild most likely. It is not an external issue. The air test will tell us if the focus is on the clutch or a valve body or solenoid issue.