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Hard Shifting Ford Expedition

Q. I recently bought a this car, and am feeling a little uneasy about the transmission, and since I have only a few hundred miles till the factory drivetrain warrantee wears out I wanted to see if you think it's a problem. When shifting from second to third gear with light to moderate acceleration, the shift seems hard, and slow.

Hard Shifting Ford Expedition

This only happens from second to third, and not when under hard acceleration. I am used to hard shifts because in my 1969 Chevy Camaro all shifts are hard due to the high stall converter, but this in this case its seems abnormal. I am not overly concerned, but just wanted to make sure that if it is a problem and could get potentially worse before I run over the 100,000 milage warrantee.

  • 1997 Ford Expedition
  • 5.4 liter Triton V-8
  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000
  • Fuel Injection
  • All disk ABS brakes
  • P/S, A/C, Cruise control, 4WD

Thank you,
Eric

A. I would take it to the Dealer, express your concerns and have a technician drive it with you. They can check the PCM for transmission codes to see if any are stored. Then I would suggest a transmission fluid and filter change. Don't flush it, just drop the pan, replace the transmission filter and replace the fluid that came out. Usually a hard shift like this is due to a dirty transmission filter.

If anything else happens, you have it documented that the problem existed before the warranty expired.

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