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Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

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Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Post by NAPADICK » Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:21 pm

I too have had the same drill --- dashboard lights, no power, replace OSS and TSS sensors -- by a FORD dealer. Previous to that incident I had an very occasional "hiccup". After the sensor replacement it wasn't any better. I , too, had one bad coil pack which I thought was the problem but no dice. My issues here are if disconnecting an electrical source "solves" the problem,at least temporarily, then it probably isn't a mechanical transmission problem but some CPU etc electrical issue. Everybody has said they need an rebuilt trans. but nobody has said they got one and the problem is gone permantly. If the trans is the problem , then what part(s) in the trans went bad? I would assume whoever rebuilt the trans would look for the failed parts -- at least out of curiosity. I have been selling new auto parts for over 50 years and would like to find an answer and fix my car also. I have a 2008 Taurus X Eddie Bauer AWD with 106K miles.


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Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Post by 08blackx » Thu Mar 03, 2016 11:30 pm

I have endured all of the trans issues/wrench/warning lights that posters on this site and other sites have written concerning their cars. I was hoping someone on this board would write that Ford found what causes the wrench/warning lights/limp mode issue. I have reached out to several Ford service managers about the wrench issue and they don't have an answer either. Too bad, I do like my X. As others have written, my family has also owned Fords for generations. Sorry to say but this will be my last Ford. It isn't like other car makers are any better than Ford, but at this point I am willing to give them a chance. I have serviced my 08 X since new at each recommended interval so it isn't like I abused my car. I was hoping to keep it till it hit 200k. I have 98,000 to go, don't think I will make it. What a shame.

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Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Post by NAPADICK » Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:35 pm

Well here is the final update on my troubles. After all kinds of tests etc I brought it back to Ford and after a couple of days I got the phone call that it was fixed for sure. At 95000 miles I had new plugs put in by one of my customers. As you may know 3 plugs are real easy and the 3 rear ones require the removal of the plenum chamber/intake manifold. I guess he figured 3 out of 6 are good odds that I would not notice. Lesson --- get ALL 6 old plugs when you do a service and MAKE SURE that they really did come out of your car. That's all I have to say. Thanks everybody for their words.

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Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Post by leelectricco » Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:43 pm

08blackx wrote:I have endured all of the trans issues/wrench/warning lights that posters on this site and other sites have written concerning their cars. I was hoping someone on this board would write that Ford found what causes the wrench/warning lights/limp mode issue. I have reached out to several Ford service managers about the wrench issue and they don't have an answer either. Too bad, I do like my X. As others have written, my family has also owned Fords for generations. Sorry to say but this will be my last Ford. It isn't like other car makers are any better than Ford, but at this point I am willing to give them a chance. I have serviced my 08 X since new at each recommended interval so it isn't like I abused my car. I was hoping to keep it till it hit 200k. I have 98,000 to go, don't think I will make it. What a shame.
I just went through all the same issues with warnings lights on, odometer and speedometer went to zero, transmission clunked in reverse and would not go in drive. Thought the transmission was shot.

Had the car towed to my mechanic but he couldn't check it till next week. I did some research on this forum and read about the corroded battery terminal problem. Went to check mine and it was corroded bad. I cleaned the terminals and ends on the cables, reconnected to battery and all my problems were over! The transmission shifted into gear smooth as usual and all warning lights were off. Something to do with incorrect voltage getting to the computer, I guess. My battery was also defective when the mechanic applied a test load to it so I also replaced it.

I hate to think how many people have replaced sensors or whole transmissions and not even needed! Something so simple and Ford mechanics do not know to check this easy fix first! If Ford is monitoring this, I hope you send out bulletins to all Ford service departments to check this before rushing to more expensive and unnecessary repairs that do not fix the problem.

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Post by Transmission_Blues » Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:50 am

Good luck to everyone who still has this issue. We traded in the Taurus X and bought a Honda. Never had to unload a car so young before at 87,000 miles. Hopefully I will join the ranks of 200,000 miles Honda owners.

Goodbye Ford.

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Post by neish0421 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:00 am

I am having this same issue with my vehicle:

I am very baffled as to why Ford has not stepped up to fix this issue. I am sitting here reading about everyone's problems and how they are very much the same; but yet the company has not stepped up to say "we'll take care of this". These are not normal wear and tear issues. These are big , serious, life threatening problems.

I was merging onto the highway, when my vehicle would not accelerate! Do they understand this????? The HIGHWAY people. 55- 65 miles an hour in some places; even higher in others. Is it going to take for someone to be killed before you step up and do something. I don't have the funds, nor do I want to have another car payment. Which it is looking like I will have to do.

We should be able to send Ford our mechanic bills, or get a refund all the money we have put into these Transmission issues. Who can force them to step up about these dangerous issues????? Why is there no recall???? MY CAR DID NOT ACCELERATE ON THE HIGHWAY!!!!!!!!!!. Ford you need to do something. Somebody contact me please. I had my KIDS in the car! This is very serious. What can we do?

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Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Post by neish0421 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:07 am

elyons wrote:
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.

Hi just wondering if this fixed your problem? I had my battery replaced and got a corrosion package; yet this is still happening in my vehicle. Thanks

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Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Post by gashouse » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:10 pm

my wife has had transmission slip, hard shift, and leak issues for past 2 years millage from 80K to now 95K. Leak was fixed but then had to take in again to fix 5months later. Complaint from beggining was hard shifts and every once in a while she felt it slip and heard grinding and car would not go. after shifting from park to d again it would go.

Now diagnosed with something in 3rd gear from ford cpu and they have to go in and see damage. cost range is from $800 to $3k for complete new trans. 95k driven by my wife should not need a new tranny.

FORD listening???

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Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Post by randumb0 » Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:09 am

I think the dashboard going crazy is just a warning for you to stop the car before doing serious damage. An electrical issue should not be causing shifting issues

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Re: Taurus X transmission woes. Any ideas?

Post by Heather3 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:30 pm

Hello-

I'm new to the forum, I see that it's been several years since comments on this forum. I'm having the same problems with my 08' Taurus X SEL as stated in all the post. I was wondering if anyone found a small solution to fix the repair or did you end up having to rebuild the transmission? I just recently purchased the vehicle about 3 mths. My son has had surgeries and needed better transportation to travel for Dr's Appts. I was very skeptical of purchasing this vechi

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Post by Heather3 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:31 pm

I was very skeptical of purchasing this vehicle but since I got the car for such a good deal, guess I should of knew something was up for selling so cheap. If anyone figured out a smaller solution than rebuilding the transmission you advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Post by Heather3 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:04 am

UPDATE: From my post last night, after reading this forum on several posts, I disconnected the positive on the battery and let it sit for about 5 mins, reconnect the battery and started car. It seemed to reset the computer, goes into gear now. I'm still kinda of scared to drive it. I'm gonna still have my mechanic run several diagnostic test on it. I hope this may help others with same problem than spending a fortune on a transmission and I hope it was a simple fix for my car also. Keep fingers crossed. Thanks for this forum.

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Post by Webmaster » Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:42 pm

Heather3 wrote:UPDATE: From my post last night, after reading this forum on several posts, I disconnected the positive on the battery and let it sit for about 5 mins, reconnect the battery and started car. It seemed to reset the computer...
I hate to break it to you but clearing the codes by disconnecting the battery erases the data the mechanic needs. Keep us posted on how you make out.
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Post by TauruxXIdaho » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:45 am

I have to say that I LOVE my Taurus X. It took me many many months of test drives and research to be comfortable that I wouldn't fall prey to the CVT transmission issues that the Freestyles had. However, my Taurus X started having the same transmission problems many of you are talking about right around 100,000 miles. Eratic shifting, downshifting issues, clunky shifts.....and never predictable or on schedule.

We had purchased the car certified pre-owned and bought an extended warranty to 112,000 miles. We took it into our Local Ford dealer at 108,000 miles. They did a transmission service on it, changed the filter, drove it all over kingdom come hooked up to their little diagnostic machine, but no codes, and no issues. When 2 more months and 500 miles from warranty expiring and the issues continued to get worse, my husband took the vehicle to the dealership and demanded they do something. Once again, they hooked it up and assured us there was nothing wrong with it.

So, long story short, I've been driving it for the last 35,000 miles with those issues, and it finally got so bad I took it to my local shop where they threw parts at it trying to save me a transmission rebuild, but to no avail. I guess I shouldn't be upset that my car got me 145,000 miles, but it's somewhat frustrating when my friends are bombing around in their GM vehicles with over 200,000 miles on them.

Kindof sorry I went this way. I should have bought the trailblazer.

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Post by CDSnipes » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:36 am

In March of 2014, after looking into getting a new SUV, I came across a TaurusX with 40,000 miles for $10,000. I was very impressed with the car, never seen one before and bought it on the spot.
Then I looked it up online and read about transmission problems so I bought a 100,000 mile extended warranty.
I had the car about 18 months without issue. Then I had the problem of sluggish upon starting, 0 on spedometer, warning lights on dash, after driving about a mile it went back to normal. About a week later, it did the ABS grinding, that also cleared up. I took it to the dealer where I bought it and they couldn't find any codes but said they heard a noise from the transmission.
They don't work on transmissions so we had it towed to Aamco. They said we need a new transmission or rebuild, up to our warranty company, who paid for a rebuild. ( I was a bit worried because nobody had ever dealt with this company before, Endurance )
Both occasions we had been drinking over 100 miles and had used cruise control.
The day after we picked up from Aamco we took a long trip and used cruise control, and I had another occurrence of 0 mph, warning lights, --- miles to E, tire pressure monitor failure. I drove 15 miles like this on I 75 at 70 mph. After stopping at a gas station and shutting the car off a while it still acted sluggish and 0 mph but immediately corrected to normal.
I called Aamco and they said if it did it again bring it in immediately, or to Ford deal without shutting off to hook up diagnostics. We were to bring the car back in 10 days for recheck. It did not act bad anymore and there check up showed no problems.
I will be doing as Meg's dad suggest and examine the battery and connections.
My TaurusX has 53,800 miles on it.

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Post by CDSnipes » Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:37 pm

In March of 2014, after looking into getting a new SUV, I came across a TaurusX with 40,000 miles for $10,000. I was very impressed with the car, never seen one before and bought it on the spot.
Then I looked it up online and read about transmission problems so I bought a 100,000 mile extended warranty.
I had the car about 18 months without issue. Then I had the problem of sluggish upon starting, 0 on spedometer, warning lights on dash, after driving about a mile it went back to normal. About a week later, it did the ABS grinding, that also cleared up. I took it to the dealer where I bought it and they couldn't find any codes but said they heard a noise from the transmission.
They don't work on transmissions so we had it towed to Aamco. They said we need a new transmission or rebuild, up to our warranty company, who paid for a rebuild. ( I was a bit worried because nobody had ever dealt with this company before, Endurance )
Both occasions we had been drinking over 100 miles and had used cruise control.
The day after we picked up from Aamco we took a long trip and used cruise control, and I had another occurrence of 0 mph, warning lights, --- miles to E, tire pressure monitor failure. I drove 15 miles like this on I 75 at 70 mph. After stopping at a gas station and shutting the car off a while it still acted sluggish and 0 mph but immediately corrected to normal.
I called Aamco and they said if it did it again bring it in immediately, or to Ford deal without shutting off to hook up diagnostics. We were to bring the car back in 10 days for recheck. It did not act bad anymore and there check up showed no problems.
I will be doing as Meg's dad suggest and examine the battery and connections.
My TaurusX has 53,800 miles on it.

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Post by hxcmilkshake » Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:38 am

Webmaster wrote:
Heather3 wrote:UPDATE: From my post last night, after reading this forum on several posts, I disconnected the positive on the battery and let it sit for about 5 mins, reconnect the battery and started car. It seemed to reset the computer...
I hate to break it to you but clearing the codes by disconnecting the battery erases the data the mechanic needs. Keep us posted on how you make out.
well what is she supposed to do??? have you been reading the posts here? short of a new tranny there is no fix. ive owned this heap for 5 yrs it does this about every 6 mo this is the only workaround . i keep a screwdriver handy and un hook my battery when it does this. dont waste your time with the dealer i highly urge anyone with this truck to look for something else. email me at hxcmilkshake@gmail.com if anyone needs any more advice.

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Post by gashouse » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:18 am

Did it again after tranny rebuilt. From dead stop when accelerating the car slipped and wrench light came on got real jerky and had to shift to park to D again to proceed on. They are saying now it is a Throttle Body issue. It is being replaced no charge due to the history...

If you're having similar issues have them check the Throttle body.

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Post by Fed-up » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:21 pm

I have been periodically reading this thread for the past few years. My 2008 Taurus X starting having the issues of "chugging" at speeds of 50-70 mph followed by limp mode, at least 4 years ago. We had it tested by Ford, who could not find anything wrong with it. I did notice that it happened when the car was warm. We quickly learned to disconnect the battery, thanks to previous posters, and wait several minutes. It would only happen a couple times a year, so we learned to deal with it. But now it is a regular occurrence, happening a few times per week. If I had confidence that the issue would be corrected by Ford service (short of a new transmission), I would gladly have it serviced. I think it would be better to sell it, but I can't in good conscience sell it to someone without letting them know the issues (but why would they buy it after that?). I do believe that it is an electrical issue, because after I had the spark plugs replaced, it was good for a year or so. I think the ignition coil previously mentioned, is something I am going to have checked out. Has anyone that repaired this had long term relief from this issue?

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Post by jottoh12 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:46 pm

Some thoughts to consider:

In a nutshell, this transmission:

1. Is so difficult to service and maintain properly that you might have paid for a service that was never performed. This could be true of a dealership, an independent shop or a backyard mechanic.

2. Is very sensitive to the WRONG fluid being used. If any amount of fluid that was NOT rated Mercon V was ever added to its filler tube...it has been damaged.

3. Is easily damaged if any METHOD other than the Ford recommended method of a fluid change is used. check a genuine Ford service manual to see how counter-intuitive the recommended method really is.

4. Is sensitive to the wrong fluid LEVEL as are most automatic transmissions. If you haven't checked your fluid level personally, regardless of anyone who says that its fine...do it again using the method in your owners manual. Nobody is as invested in your Taurus X as are you.

5. Is possible one of the the least liked transmissions ever made and your average repair person will do anything to avoid actually tearing into its innards. Fiddling with the throttle body, the ignition system, the battery terminal or replacing the battery itself seem popular. More sensible would be the transmission output speed sensor (VSS) yet has been discounted by most. In short, lots of dollars are spent to avoid even more costly repairs.

Note that on top of all these areas in which this tranny can be led to the dark side...it MAY have other problems that could be attributed to poor design or materials. Unless you are willing to finance the expedition by a team of talented automotive technicians you might as well junk your T-rex because no-one is coming to your rescue at this late stage. Its just been too long.

So for those dropping by for an easy fix...there is none and never will be in our lifetimes. Its just too hard to work on this puppy.

Yet...I still retain the hope that someone...someday... will respond and prove me wrong.

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