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Post by Teddi Mon May 25, 2020 2:31 pm

I'm in bumper to bumper highway traffic, got it in neutral because there is no movement.  Drop it into D and there is nothing.  Called a mechanic and got towed.  First I thought the linkage from the shifter got unattached but it's not that.  Anybody ever had or heard of this?  Ford Aerostar, old. I don't walk well. I need this van. No way I'm dropping thousands of Pesos into a new transmission.

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Post by cypress Mon May 25, 2020 2:54 pm

Teddi wrote:I'm in bumper to bumper highway traffic, got it in neutral because there is no movement.  Drop it into D and there is nothing.  Called a mechanic and got towed.  First I thought the linkage from the shifter got unattached but it's not that.  Anybody ever had or heard of this?  Ford Aerostar, old.  I don't walk well.  I need this van.  No way I'm dropping thousands of Pesos into a new transmission.

Nothing worse that car problems on a hot, hot day.

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Post by CanuckBob Mon May 25, 2020 4:10 pm

If its not the linkage the tranny is shot or terribly low on fluid. What happens in 1, 2 or R?

Ford Aerostars were lemons......

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Post by rafterbr Mon May 25, 2020 4:18 pm

Know nothing about the Aerostar but when this happened in my pickup, I thought it was my transmission but actually my rear end had gone out.

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Post by Teddi Mon May 25, 2020 5:39 pm

It was a noiseless event. Tranny fluid level normal. Yes, could be the rear end, cheaper than a tranny.

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Post by mattoleriver Mon May 25, 2020 5:44 pm

I had something similar happen many years ago with an early '90s Pontiac. I came up a ramp very similar to a cloverleaf and when I finished the curve and tried to accelerate there was just nothing there. There was nothing unusual that happened, no bump, no thump, no grinding, etc. I had sheared the input shaft between the torque converter and the transmission. It just picked that particular time and place to break. And, oh yeah, it was expensive to fix.
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Post by Teddi Mon May 25, 2020 7:34 pm

It's par for me to check before I buy. I must have Googled and read at least 20 1991 Aerostar customer reviews. They got good marks. That's what got me over the hump.

So far two local mechanics and Canuk Bob have said Aerostars are sugarless lemonade. What can one do to give himself a slight edge in weighing product testimonials? Is there no place to hang my shabby hat?

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Post by CanuckBob Mon May 25, 2020 7:37 pm

The biggest problem with them was the onboard computers. They kept blowing and cost about $600 back then. I used to have one but got rid of it after the first blown computer.

Sorry amigo!! If it is the tranny or rearend have them find a used on at the junkyard. Should be lots of them. Labor is cheap here.

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Post by Teddi Mon May 25, 2020 7:46 pm

Thanks. Maybe I can part it out and get some return. It has a groovy set of potato-hole mags and a perfect motor. Thing is we're in the wrong country to enjoy smiling easy-going takers, at any price.

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Post by Trailrunner Mon May 25, 2020 8:20 pm

Just wait until you get a diagnosis from a good mechanic. Don't freak yet. Maybe it's a nothing. About 2 years ago I started my car and prepared to back out of the driveway. Put it in reverse - nada. Put it in drive - nada.two days with the mechanic and done. It was a fuse. 100 pesos. Don't freak.
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Post by Teddi Mon May 25, 2020 9:00 pm

CanuckBob wrote:The biggest problem with them was the onboard computers. They kept blowing and cost about $600 back then. I used to have one but got rid of it after the first blown computer.

Sorry amigo!! If it is the tranny or rearend have them find a used on at the junkyard. Should be lots of them. Labor is cheap here.

Thanks for your concern.


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Post by Teddi Mon May 25, 2020 10:16 pm

Trailrunner wrote:Just wait until you get a diagnosis from a good mechanic. Don't freak yet. Maybe it's a nothing. About 2 years ago I started my car and prepared to back out of the driveway. Put it in reverse - nada. Put it in drive - nada.two days with the mechanic and done. It was a fuse. 100 pesos. Don't freak.

Wow! Could it be the famously defective brain controls the tranny too? Last one of those I bought was about 15 years ago for 1000Pesos. That's doable.

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Post by CanuckBob Tue May 26, 2020 7:59 am

Could be. $1000 is reasonable. I assume that's probably a used one from the junkyard? A Google search may tell you something about what it controls.

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Post by Plan B Tue May 26, 2020 9:37 am

Had this problem in a Pontiac and it was the torque converter.
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Post by CanuckBob Tue May 26, 2020 9:38 am

That would be an inexpensive fix too.

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Post by CanuckBob Fri May 29, 2020 1:05 pm

Guess teddi decided to leave?

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Post by Zedinmexico Fri May 29, 2020 1:59 pm

Well the tranny and engine are the same as the Taurus. We had two hundred of them and the number of tranny breakdowns was very high. Nothing like a fleet of the same cars to show you the problems a car has.

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Post by slainte39 Fri May 29, 2020 10:23 pm

CanuckBob wrote:Guess teddi decided to leave?

Did he jump.....or was he pushed...……. lol!

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Post by Trailrunner Fri May 29, 2020 10:29 pm

More like he got busted for being that guy again and he bailed.
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Post by slainte39 Fri May 29, 2020 10:53 pm

Trailrunner wrote:More like he got busted for being that guy again and he bailed.

Good God, he stands out like a fox in a hen house.

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Post by Trailrunner Fri May 29, 2020 11:22 pm

His stories are always different but his MO is always the same.
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Post by CanuckBob Sat May 30, 2020 9:37 am

Yeah I didn't do anything. Once outted he disappeared.........poof.

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Post by Trailrunner Sat May 30, 2020 9:55 am

I remember him best as NavyVet and another name Tolt. . . . the Aztec god. I think. He's had many names here, he checks in around once a year and stays until outed or run off. In that time, he starts out with a sad or funny but ALWAYS an engaging story, which slowly escalates to confrontation and soon after verbal aggression. From there it goes to very angry scary-aggressive PMs, of which I was once the receiver of. Just another sociopath. 

We actually know someone else like that here, exact same MO, but fortunately we don't have to read his snorks anymore.
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