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1999 ford windstar: 2nd when accelerating..faster..Fluid level..burnt

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1999 ford windstar shifts hard from 1rst to 2nd when accelerating at a faster speed. If slow accelerating shifts fine. Fluid level is good and clean smells like normal trans fluid not burnt. Just bought van yesterday.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Eric replied 5 years ago.

Is the check engine light on?

Did it shift like this when you test drove the van?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
The check engine light isn't on. I don't have a license so I was the passenger when the seller took me out for the test drive. He drove it normal i would say and it was fine. My girlfriend drives the van the tends to be a little heaver on gas when she takes off. Not flooring it or anything. This is the only gear it does it inbetween. I though possibly the trans mount was a little worn out also. The van has 114k on it also
Expert:  Eric replied 5 years ago.

A transmission mount will cause you to feel a lurch when you put in drive or reverse from park, as well as feel a lurch when it shifts thru any gear, so this is not going to be a transmission mount based upon your description.

The likely problem is the 1-2 shift solenoid inside the transmission. this sets the shift pattern for 1-2 gear shifting and will cause either hard shifting or a delayed shifting. The solenoid is accessed from the transmission pan as it is located in the valve body. Parts and labor to replace it will run about $300-400
Expert:  Eric replied 5 years ago.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Becuase the van has 114k on it in your professional opinion do you think it will need a transmission soon? or do you think by replacing the shift solenoid it will solve the problem? I'm a mechanic but not a transmission specialist so I'm sure I can change the solenoid myself. Just wanted to know if these symptoms show any concern for the transmission to be failing on me completly any time soon?
Expert:  Eric replied 5 years ago.

with just a hard shift between 1-2, I dont see any reason for concern that transmission is going to need to be replaced anytime soon. If it were a hard up and down shift in every gear, or also had slippage at highway speeds or after warming up, then I would say you would need a new transmission.

Replacing the shift solenoid should take care of the problem. their failing is fairly common on this transmission
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Is there seperate solenoids for each gear shift? And do I have to purchase it from the dealer?
Expert:  Eric replied 5 years ago.

yes, there are separate solenoids for each. they are dealer items only. I believe they run around $90 each
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Okay great thx

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