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Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:07 am
by airman_hayes
This should be a recall item! OSS/TSS sensors bad after 150k miles and $1750 dollars later fixed. I should have purchased a Toyota! You should get at least 300k from any vehicle at this point without any major repair work. Not sure I will ever buy FORD again!

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:34 pm
by tbirdman
I get to join the club !!!!!!!!!!! 08, I bought new in Oct 08, 78000 miles and the wrench light, check engine light both came on. The transmission is shift wierd. the car has been well maintained. Going to the dealer Tuesday but reading all of this is depressing......................

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:19 am
by reggf
hi all, new to this board. Found this board because my Taurus X too got bit.

I've had the dreaded tranny thing happen twice now, got it towed yesterday. Getting the speed sensors replaced today, at least for now that is what i have been told will fix it.

I had my condenser replaced a few weeks ago also, that is another thing that seems to happen a bunch.

Had a really great experience with my TREX until I got close to 110k miles, no issues and now all hell is breaking loose. I looked up trade value and it seems now the make and model is not worth anything. It's been the perfect vehicle but now all that is happening sours everything.

With this being so frequent and typical I think Ford should be stepping up here. This may sour me on Ford forever after 4 new ones in a row. 300k+ trouble free files but now this may soil the whole Ford experience.

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:22 am
by reggf
05TegoMan wrote:I find it funny that nearly everyone with these issues has roughly the same miles and same symptoms with the same Ford bashing but in not one post do any of these people mention whether or not the trans has been serviced routinely. Just food for thought...
I've had three tranny services on mine, I believe. The first time i had mine serviced the person said these new six speed trannies had a lot of tight tolerances so maintenance was essential.

My previous vehicle to this i drove to 100k before servicing the trans and i did it and then the tranny went not long after i serviced it.

They need to design the internals of these things so they are much cheaper to fix and replace if they keep failing like this!

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:18 pm
by Meg's Dad
I posted a similar post to this on another thread, but here it goes. I had the same issues as I referenced a few posts ago, and cleaned the battery terminal after unhooking it for about 30 minutes. The symptoms occurred again after about 4 months. When recleaning the battery terminal, I noticed that it was really corroded after only a few months. I checked the battery and found a small crack in the case near the terminal. After replacing the battery and cleaning the terminal again, the car ran beautifully. So far, it hasn't reoccurred. I wonder if a lot of these problems are happening due to electrical system voltage and not due to other issues?

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:31 am
by elyons
Meg's Dad wrote:I posted a similar post to this on another thread, but here it goes. I had the same issues as I referenced a few posts ago, and cleaned the battery terminal after unhooking it for about 30 minutes. The symptoms occurred again after about 4 months. When recleaning the battery terminal, I noticed that it was really corroded after only a few months. I checked the battery and found a small crack in the case near the terminal. After replacing the battery and cleaning the terminal again, the car ran beautifully. So far, it hasn't reoccurred. I wonder if a lot of these problems are happening due to electrical system voltage and not due to other issues?
My wife experienced the wrench, low fuel, low air pressure, ... dash lights and the no power limp home issue Friday afternoon just 2 hours before we were to leave in the car on a 300 mile trip. She made it to a friend's garage 5 miles from home. When I went to pick her up, I started the car and all the lights were normal but putting the car into drive caused a very loud clunk so I left the car afraid to drive it. I worried all weekend that the transmission was bad and read through the experiences on this forum. Decided to try the battery disconnect procedure. First, I noticed that I had a lot of corrosion on the negative terminal. Cleaned terminal with wire brush and similar to Meg's Dad I found a crack in the top of the battery (original) near the terminal. Clean cable and post of both terminals and reconnected. I then went through the idle reset procedure found in the owners manual on page 311 and the car went into gear with out any clunking noise. Drove the car home and it ran perfectly. Going to replace the battery this afternoon and go through the idle reset procedure again.

After reading the forum and not seeing too many posts where the problem was fixed. I just wanted to share my story. To me, the fact that the dash goes crazy indicated it was an electrical issue and not a transmission issue. Buying a new battery is a lot cheaper than taking it to the Ford dealership and getting talked into a OSS sensor replacement or transmission replacement. Our 2008 Taurus X has 62K miles on it.

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:17 pm
by Mikew
Mikew wrote:I have a 2008 Taurus SEL AWD and I just had the wrench, low fuel, low air pressure, ... dash lights and the no power limp home issue tonight. All of the same issues already reported in here. After looking through a large number of threads here and other similar sites while waiting for the AAA tow truck. I found one article where the person had the issue on a Mercury and he simply pulled the positive battery cable which seem to reset the car's ECM systems and the problem. I decided to try it and I removed the positive battery terminal for about 5min and then replaced it. Low and behold the issue was gone. I've driven the car around the area after the 'reset' and it has been just fine. I shouldn't say this but I have never had any issues with my transmission and it has 75K miles on it but I had the fluid changed and flushed at 60K. This is the first time I've seen any of these issues with my car. I'm not sure this is a long term fix or not but it is certainly cheaper than the tow truck and shop. BTW it's a 8mm nut and I have put a wrench in the car if worst comes to worst.
Just to follow-up on this issue here's my update on my car. After resetting the ECM a bunch of times via the removing the battery cable I finally took the car into the local Ford dealer. The problem turned out to be a failed ignition coil. The engine has separate coils for each spark plug come to find out. The issue that I was seeing that finally got the problem fixed was a 'stutter' in the engine that was really noticeable after the car warmed up between 35-40mph. The issue has not come back since the coil was changed about 10 weeks ago. The part was $190 and about the same in labor to put in.

-mike

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:32 pm
by bc10732
I have a 2008 Taurus X that I inherited from my brother. It has 20788 miles on it and has been serviced regularly. The last service 1200 miles ago included a transmission flush. Today I drove it about 80 miles. Parked it for about 10 minutes, restarted and when I was exiting the parking lot I was stopped on an incline. I took my foot off the brake and held the car momentarily with the transmission rev rate then tried to accelerate thru the intersection. It reved, but did not move. I shifted to low gear it clunked I revved no go. I shifted into reverse, it clunked and backed up. I turned around and was able to park, but was over reving in drive. The "wrench" light was on, no other indicators that I noticed. I had it towed to the Ford dealer and the tow truck driver was able to drive it onto his wrecker. It had been sitting about 2.5 hours at this point. I live 80 miles away and as it is Saturday afternoon they won't look at it until Monday. I will update on here until I have a conclusion one way or the other.
If Ford Service is monitoring the car is at D&D Motors in Greer, SC.

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:43 pm
by bc10732
Ford called today said TSS and OSS sensors need to be replaced. Is anyone confident this will fix problem?

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:55 pm
by VFord
This is not right, period! I bought a used 2008 Ford Taurus last summer and the problem in this thread is happening to it. As I investigate this I find the issue is all over the internet, there are TSB's like 7-21-11. Many people talk about replacing the TSS and OSS as the fix. Some say this does not work. Others cannot get Ford to acknowledge this is even a situation. The symptoms are the same, sometimes I have to pull over and shut the car off, wait and restart, then it runs fine for a while. (tense when in the middle lane of the expressway) Other times it is just a few clunks as you climb a slight incline. It does not matter if you are going slow or at HI way speeds, it will happen, it’s just a matter of time. Sometimes it works great for days. I see no codes, but have not read it after the major malfunction where I need to shut it off. The indication is that this is a 6F50 Transaxle issue. Whatever it is, it should be repaired as a recall. It is widespread and this is dangerous at times. I have not owned a Ford for decades. I made the poor decision to give one another try and here I am with a lemon again. As I found then, Ford cars and Ford service lives on. Nicely done Ford! Unfortunately I am stuck with this monster so I must try to tame it. Besides trading it in for something else, I have not found anyone who claims a real solution yet. Please advise if you have one.

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:29 pm
by melliott54
I had similar problems and it took multiple trips to the dealer before cleaning up the problem at least somewhat. Now the problem feels like a skip on a regular basis. Now the transmission slips and then bangs when it grabs. Very dangerous when pulling into traffic and the car wont move. I am so fed up with the dealers knowledge of the problem.

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:25 am
by ford hater
I am so happy I found this forum. :D
I have the same exact problem with the tire pressure light, gas light, wrench light etc coming on. I brought it into my local ford and paid $800 in diagnostic testing and left when they told me they wanted an additional $600 for more testing. I was so upset and frustrated after paying $800 and not having anything resolved, I didn't know what to do and on a whim I googled ford Taurus x. I am going to try to disconnect the brand new battery I just had installed and see if that helps. I need my car to get to work and was thinking I was going to have to get another car, but trading this junk heap the way it is won't get me much. I thought I was the only one with this problem so it's so nice to know it's not just me, I will keep checking this site for any updates.

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:04 pm
by MzLeggz
FordCustomerService wrote:
Wbmius wrote:My wife had the exact same problem last night. What did you end up doing? What should we do?
Hi Wbmius,

Please PM me your VIN, contact information, mileage, & servicing dealer name/state so I can review your situation. Talk to you soon!
sorensenj wrote:I responded to a post by a gal from Ford and was pm'd to go to the dealer and get it checked out. But I have received a phone message asking if I had taken the car to the dealer yet and to let Ford know if there was anything more they could do.
@sorensenj - Did you call the Customer Service Manager back? If you had difficulty reaching her, let me know and I'll pass the message along. Thank you for the continued patience!

~Natasha


I brought a 2008 Ford Taurus a year ago. I just recently started the same issue. Air bag, wrench, --- miles to empty, and speedometer reading 0 while driving. This is stressful!!!

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:20 am
by sorensenj
Wow, I haven't checked on this forum for a while but it looks like many more folks have had trouble with these transmissions. That is unfortunate, considering they are pretty decent cars otherwise.
I had taken the car to the dealership a number of times before giving up on them. Always "everything is normal" which is bs as we all know. I finally took it to an independent shop to have the fluid replaced at my own expense. While he hadn't worked on this type of tranny yet he was totally unaware that it required Merc5. I wonder how many other shops and even dealerships were unaware of that when they were fixing the pto seal that were a big problem when this car was new. Or how many were topped off with the wrong fluid while the seal was leaking?
Anyway, changing the oil seemed to make a difference right away but I wanted to make sure by driving it awhile to see if it improved with age. Well, it seems to work ok now, still makes odd shifts at times but works well enough to keep awhile longer. They aren't worth much now anyway and my wife likes the car.

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:55 pm
by NAILHEAD
Ours finally did this whole deal too. Lights, no speedo, ford junk. I will never buy another ford again. This was my second new Ford. I'm usually a firm believer that all cars are junk but this particular issue and how it's been a huge setback for countless people. It's helped me make the decision to put my 60's car back on the road. A car where I can wrench on it easily and there's no computer bullshit to deal with. It's bad on gas. But I'd rather pay an expected gas bill. Not a labor and parts bill continuously.

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:11 pm
by Tmwwest
So I have a 2008 Taurus x it has 160000 mi
and over this last year we are having trouble with two issues and they seem to go along with each other. The locks will start activating while driving as well as when it is parked, when this starts and we keep driving the transmission will all of sudden feel like it goes into neutral. It does not matter what speed we are going.
We love this vehicle and have owned it since new but now it can not be trusted as it has done this at busy intersections and almost caused several accidents

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:15 pm
by Tmwwest
I see similar discussions but have yet to see any permanent fixes. Replacing tranny is out of the question as we would probably purchase a new vehicle.

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:33 am
by Brownjessy2
I myself elf own a Ford Taurus x 2008 model. I have been doing some research and was happy to find this forum. I myself have been having problems with my Taurus x. I believe a transmission problem as well. I notice a hard jerk when driving at a slow speed through a parking lot. Or when accelerating from stop at about 10-20 miles per hour. Can also feel this same jerk when going down a hill . Have also felt this same jerk going at a 35 and 45 mph. Seems to be worse in winter.
The dealer put on for a diagnostic testing and of course came back with no problems. So I mentioned please just test drive and of course they don't. I thought putting only non-ethenoyln gas would maybe I prove this hard shifting jerk. Nope didn't do a thing. Still JERKS.........how can FORD be so aware of this issue with the transmissions and not be held accountable for the problem. Of course not covered under manufacture defects.

Unsure with the service department: I had another small issue my car, car alarm wouldn't stop going off on my car and remote key wouldn't work. So then I did all the workarounds per the manual. Had to unhook battery from car until I could get car in to ford shop.So I called and the service department said to bring in for a diagnostic testing of course for $89. 40 minutes later service department comes back and says don't know what's wrong we haveto call in to our 1800 # because his senior mechanic is gone on a training . So we waited for the tech to get a call back to give a work around. Workaround was they took the battery out of my key and said if this keeps the alarm horn from beeping problem solves you can come back and just buy a NEW key for $100+ . Wow, so I went home purchased a battery for $5 problem solved . Issue is FORD could have just threw a battery in my key chain and said that's the problem instead of trying to get hundreds of $ for (diagnostic & new key made). Wonder if because I'm a female?

I am so disappointed to hear/read that FORD obviously knows of this issue and seems as if just documenting and not resolving this issue (RECALLING)To me this is a safety issue and should be more than documenting the issue, period for all the TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS

2008 Ford Taurus X Transmission Recall--FORD ARE YOU READING THIS?

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:49 am
by Transmission_Blues
**FORD ARE YOU MONITORING THIS??**

Stumbling upon this forum I see we are not alone. From what I found the 6F50 transmission is a common problem in this model. We have not advanced to the leaky transmission stage or the wrench/no power/total mechanical failure but I worry we will be there soon.

Like everyone else the problem is not upshifting from a stop, either first thing out of the driveway or soon after coming to a stop sign. It is worse in cold weather months. Currently at about 86,000 miles, problem goes back 1-2 years sporadically and no one seems to see it besides us.

No leaks noted so far. Various trips to dealer/normal mechanic is the typical unable to reproduce/diagnose. No codes stored in the computer. Outside of the complete tranny falling off of the vehicle I don't know how this is going to be fixed before the whole damn thing needs to be replaced.

From what I read the TSS/OSS sensor replacement does no good. Valve body solenoids sticking? TPU seaks? Has anyone found a solution/fixed this damned problem before the tranny is completely fried?

Obviously I worry if the thing fails with my wife and kids in it waiting to turn left while in an intersection, or getting on the highway,etc -- this is a huge safety concern. FORD REP?

I have seen a Ford customer service rep reply on the forum....**FORD REP please REPLY**

Thanks all.

2008 FORD TAURUS X

Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:47 pm
by jackusa
This is an 8 year old car...!!! LOL