How Do I Know if my Ford Transmission Needs a Repair?

August 30, 2019 | By Mister Transmission

How Do I Know if my Ford Transmission Needs a Repair?

If you drive a Ford, you probably want to know certain things that are specific to your vehicle. Do Ford vehicles use brakes, mufflers, headlights, seatbelts, airbags, or any other components that are different from those found in other vehicles? Knowing these things can help you maintain your Ford vehicle for longer. It can also help you to identify if there’s something wrong with your Ford vehicle. But one of the most important –and complex– components of your vehicle is your transmission. What should you know about Ford transmissions? And what should you know about Ford transmission repair?

Automatic Ford Transmissions

A Ford automatic transmission uses sensors to determine when it should shift gears and changes them accordingly by using internal oil pressure. As with all automatic transmissions, it must be temporarily disconnected from the engine in order to shift gears. This process is controlled by the lock-up in the torque converter. A Ford transmission achieves its various speeds by creating different gear ratios. “Fluid coupling” is the process by which the torque converter transfers power from the engine to the transmission. This is not specific to Ford transmissions, but it’s worth noting that it is always very important to check your transmission fluid regularly to ensure this process is working properly.

How To Know When Your Ford Transmission Needs A Repair

Here are the signs to look out for that indicate your Ford transmission needs a repair:

  • Your Ford transmission is slipping, grinding, or jumping during acceleration when the car is shifting gears
  • Overheating
  • Contaminated transmission fluid
  • The Check Engine Light is on
  • The gears are changing at a high RPM

When Ford Transmissions Need Repairing

The most common cause of failure in a Ford automatic transmission is a malfunctioning torque converter. When a Ford’s torque converter is on the fritz, you will experience shifting problems. The torque converter controls the amount of fluid that is passed on to the automatic transmission and it allows your engine to continue running while at a complete stop. The manual transmission equivalent of the torque converter is the clutch, so if you drive a Ford with a manual transmission and you’re experiencing such problems, your main suspect is a malfunctioning clutch.

This is not unique to Ford transmissions, but any suspected problems must not be left to linger. If your torque converter is malfunctioning, it won’t magically fix itself. Rather, the torque converter will continue to fail again and again over the course of several weeks, or possibly months, before it finally completely breaks down. This can lead to the transmission fluid in your vehicle becoming contaminated with metal debris, and this is bad. Very bad. Contaminated transmission fluid can cause significant damage to your transmission, and this may require a costlier repair, up to and including a complete transmission rebuild/transmission overhaul. This means that, to repair your Ford transmission, it will have to be disassembled and inspected piece by piece, with the damaged parts being replaced.

Get In Touch

If you suspect your Ford transmission is in need of repair, please don’t hesitate to get it checked out. Please contact us at Mister Transmission and we can have a look at it and give you advice on how best to care for your Ford transmission going forward.

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