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Automatic Transmission Torque Converter Problems of Ford Taurus



Ford Taurus owners have reported 119 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category).

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Failure Date: 07/16/2014

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, I was driving on us hwy 206 in flanders, NJ, when my car stopped responding to the accelerator. The engine was running, but pressing down on the gas pedal did nothing. I quickly maneuvered the car to the shoulder, almost causing an accident. The car wouldn't move in any gear, even reverse, however, nothing was wrong with the engine as it was still running. I was towed home and research the problem. Apparently, this has happened to many other Ford Taurus owners when the splines on the torque converter fail, rendering the transmission inoperable and the car suddenly unresponsive when pressing on the accelerator. I'm lucky I wasn't hit from behind on the highway. This is a dangerous situation that should be investigated. A recall should be issued to address this problem and replace the faulty torque converter. On July 8, 2014, Ford issued a recall for the Ford Taurus, and other models, for the same problem, but my year wasn't part of the recall. Why? in January 2012, Ford issued a recall for faulty torque converters for 450k suvs and vans. But the Taurus wasn't, again, why? are the lives of Taurus owners worth any less than SUV/minivan owners?.

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Failure Date: 05/05/2014

Started my 2003 Ford Taurus to go to work. My car was parked on a downward sloped driveway as it has been for several years. As I went to put it in reverse it rolled down the incline. Tried several times to put the car in reverse but each time it rolled down the incline. After almost hitting my backyard fence I cut the car off and called in late for work. I realize all cars have things that might have to be replaced or worked on but given the number of complaints of this same issue among this make/model/year with transmission problems Ford should make this right with people who trusted the company enough to buy their product. Many complaints have caused near accidents. I could have ended up destroying my fence and entering the creek that runs along my backyard. My mechanic said this was a defect in the transmission involving the torque converter. Ford please pay for the defect in your product so I can trust you again.

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Failure Date: 05/03/2014

Was going up highway,then without any warning rpms raced,managed to get to side of road no warnings nothing. Starts fine. Any gear seems like neutral or park. Looked online and found several complaints about torque converter splines not being thick enough.

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Failure Date: 10/13/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while stopped, the engine rpms abnormally increased and the vehicle would not accelerate as the engine roared loudly. The contact was able to coast onto the road shoulder. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed and the failure was located at the torque converter. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 107, 000. Updated 12/04/lj updated 12/6/2013.

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Failure Date: 10/10/2013

I was driving about 45 mph after exiting the highway. It was about 6pm in heavy traffic. I made a left turn and engine revved as hit the gas and suddenly the car stalled. I coasted to the left turn median. The car would not move, I put in reverse then in drive and no response. I turn my hazards lights on. I was almost hit twice in the back by other turning cars who could see me until they completed their turn. I called the police and he pushed my car with his cruiser 4 lanes over to get to side the road. I had the car towed home. Two mechanics advised me of a new/rebuilt transmission. A third mechanic advised me that it is likely the torque converter, which is a common complaint.

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Failure Date: 09/29/2013

Transmission failed while driving with no warning. Attempting to accelerate from a stop light there was a 'shudder' felt throughout the car and the car failed to accelerate. Park will work (no vehicle movement) but car will not move in any gear selection (r, od, d, d1). Mechanic states that it is probably stripped splines to torque converter. This an apparent known issue with this car. Had this occurred in heaver traffic or an intersection or interstate without the ability to pull over this is an accident (fatal) waiting to happen. Why this hasn't been recalled yet is unexplainable as there are several complaints on this and is known to mechanics.

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Failure Date: 09/27/2013

Automatic transmission:torque converter---I own a 2005 Ford Taurus se. Friday sept 27th on my way home I had issues with the transmission going out on a major, very heavily traveled road. I pulled away from a stop light and was traveling approx 35mph when the car stopped "pulling" and the engine rpm's reved past 6k. The car stopped partly in the road where I had to get out on the two lane road and pushed the car the to the side of the road in rush hour traffic. (very dangerous). I called for a tow truck and got the car back to my house. Wondering why the transmission gave out without any warning, I did some reasearch online only to find out that there is a major problem with the 2005 Ford Taurus torque converters where the pump shaft spline is only . 160 thick, and under normal use, the spline wears excessively and eventually fails without warning causing the vehicle to loose its motive power. Now what I dont understand is why hasn't the NHTSA investigated this problem because after more research and speaking with a Ford master mechanic I found out that there is a recall for the same exact problem with the Ford freestar vehicles!! why did the recall only stop with the freestar vehicle when its the same problem on the Taurus? is it going to take a wreck with a fatality to get something done about this problem? I uderstand when parts fail but when you read online to different fourums and there are hundreds if not thousands of complaints about the same problem of the 2005 Taurus this is a major concern which something needs to be done to make Ford accountable especailly whent there is a same issue with a different vehicle that has a recall. Even the master technician said he doesn't know why the recall stopped with the freestar, it's the same exact problem with the 2005 Taurus, and a dangerous one at that. Is any investigation going on with this issue?.

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Failure Date: 09/25/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph the engine began to rev and the transmission responded as though it were in the neutral position. There was no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and currently being diagnosed. The mechanic informed that the failure could possibly be related to the torque converter. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000. Js.

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Failure Date: 09/05/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate from a stop sign, the vehicle failed to move forward. After several attempts to accelerate forward and in reverse, the vehicle still would not move. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and upon further investigation, the contact diagnosed that the torque converter would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 146,000.

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Failure Date: 08/14/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The engine failed to restart after several attempts. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the torque converter was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 66,700.

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Failure Date: 07/31/2013

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was found that the torque converter had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 182,580. The VIN was unavailable.

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Failure Date: 07/18/2013

I was made to believe that Ford authorized for the transmission to be replaced at 80,000 miles(see previous transmission complaint on this VIN). I recently discovered that the only work that was done was a Ford authorized repair to the torque converter, and not a replacment of the transmission as the repairing dealer recommended. At the time of the repair the vehicle was under Ford's extended warranty plan. The vehicle now has 130,000, and it has an intermittent jerk while going from 0-20 mph. The local Ford dealer, along with another independent repair shop, has informed me that the transmission needs to be replaced. I contacted Ford and they informed me that since the vehicle is no longer under warranty there is nothing that they will do. It's my belief ,since the original transmission problem at 80,000, the transmissions in the 2005 are defective.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Ford Taurus 13
Failure Date: 06/21/2013

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated they were in a parking space and when they tried to put the vehicle in gear it would not move. When they were able to shift into reverse gear, the vehicle moved forward. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic who did not identify the cause of failure. The contact stated the failure was associated with the torque converter. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 130,000.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2013

Minnesota: transmission torque converter completely failed. Car would not move from standing position. Park is only gear that worked, all others were like neutral. No forward nor backward motion when in r or d. Replaced transmission with rebuilt. Cost: $2550. 24.

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Failure Date: 04/04/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle would not respond to acceleration while in drive. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and was advised that the torque converter was defective and needed to be replaced. The contact did not have the torque converter replaced. The contact called the manufacturer but the manufacturer did not provide any assistance to the contact. The failure mileage was 83,000.

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Failure Date: 12/28/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the transmission failed without warning. The vehicle was towed back to the contact's home. After searching the internet he surmised that the torque converter was the cause of the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The contact was advised that the splines inside the torque converter were the cause of the failure. The entire transmission was overhauled. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 113,000.

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Failure Date: 12/26/2012

2006 Ford Taurus. Consumer requests reimbursement for transmission failure in vehicle. The consumer stated the torque converter was replace.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2007 Ford Taurus 18
Failure Date: 12/10/2012

Vehicle suddenly lost power to the wheels in the middle of heavy rush hour traffic, though the vehicle was still on. After coasting into a parking lot, I tried to move the car both forward and backward and it just wouldn't go. There was no noise to indicate something had broken. After taking it to the transmission shop, I found out from the owner that the torque converter was at fault and that they saw this all the time on this generation of Ford Taurus around 60,000 to 90,000 miles driven. It cost about $3,000 to repair but luckily won't happen again because a few after market auto parts manufacturers have realized this issue exists and have made strengthened torque converters. If transmission shops have noticed this is an issue and parts manufacturers have noticed this is enough of an issue to make a profit from, then this is something Ford needs to rectify. The torque converter failing at 75,000 miles is alone unacceptable and potentially quite dangerous, though I was lucky. Please investigate.

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Failure Date: 12/03/2012

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus wagon. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was inspected by a personal mechanic. The mechanic advised the contact that the failure could have been caused by the transmission or the torque converter. The manufacturer was notified who advised the contact that there were no recalls for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 103,000. Kmj.

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Failure Date: 08/29/2012

Vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the mechanic confirmed that the torque converter needed to be replaced.

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Failure Date: 08/15/2012

"check transmission" has come up three times on display over the past 2 months. I am not sure of the dates of the first 2 incidents but each time I found transmission fluid underneath the car as I drove away. I also found fluid on the engine block after the second incident. I took it to a local mechanic after the second incident, and they said my transmission was starting to go but they could not be specific on when this would happen. The last incident happened last week, and I decided to take it to the local Ford dealership. They spent time looking at my car and found the problem to be the torque converter! again, I was also told that there was no telling when the transmission will fail.

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Failure Date: 08/15/2012

I was accelerating from a stop light, when all of a sudden the engine speed increased and the car slowed down. As the car was slowing down in heavy traffic I attempted to accelerate but all that happened is the engine revved higher. I was in heavy 2 way traffic and was lucky enough to notice a turn off into a parking lot before the car came to a complete stop. I proceeded to try the car in all gears but no movement occurred. It is like it is like the car is stuck in neutral. I had to have it towed to a local garage where it was diagnosed with a known problem with these transmissions. I was told the splines inside the torque converter strip out and fails to spin the shaft that spins the fluid pump. This is a know problem and a recall was issued (11s25) for Ford freestar using the same transmission. I called Ford and was told this car does not fall under the recall even though it is the same transmission.

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Failure Date: 07/15/2012

While returning to lubbock, TX from carrollton, TX with the cruise control on the engine began racing but the car slowed down. Applied brake to turn off cruise control and coasted off the highway. The temperature was about 105 degrees outside and was 20 miles away from nearest town. Was stranded until tow truck could make it out there. Car would not engage in any gear. Shop determined that torque converter failed. Car has never towed anything.

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Failure Date: 07/10/2012

Was driving down I-74 in the quad city area at approximately 50 mph, when my 2003 Ford Taurus quit moving - just stopped while driving down the interstate! would not move in either forward or reverse directions. I was very lucky I was not hit from behind. Had it towed to my mechanic, and it was determined the pump drive splines inside the torque converter were defective. Had to replace the torque converter at a cost to me of about $2,000. My mechanic said he's seen this exact same issue in about three dozen Taurus' in his shop alone, in 2003 to 2007 models. He is wondering if all torque converters are made at same location and shipped to various plants for installation?? Taurus' built at some plants are part of the recall, but mine isn't because it wasn't built at the "recall" plant. But my vehicle had the same problem as the other torque converter recalls!.

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Failure Date: 06/28/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact was traveling 35 mph when the vehicle jerked and failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the mechanic confirmed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 110,000.

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Failure Date: 06/02/2012

I was driving my car to the store,came to a traffic light and accelerated and it shifted fine until I pressed the gas pedal and nothing besides high rpms. . . Also it happened with no signs or warnings and transmission wasn't slipping or acting up. . . Had it towed to a mechanic and he said it was my torque converter that ruined the splines that engage. ! something needs to be done!.

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Failure Date: 05/11/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The mechanic advised the contact that the torque converter would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

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Failure Date: 04/08/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was coasted to the shoulder and towed to a local mechanic. The mechanic performed a diagnostic which located the failure at the torque converter. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 51,581. Updated 05/10/lj.

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Failure Date: 04/03/2012

Car was slowly approaching red signal at major busy traffic intersection. While car was still moving, signal turned green. But, with neither unusual sounds nor other advance warnings, the engine lost all ability to transmit power to the transmission, creating an urgent emergency situation for safely transiting the intersection as well as bringing the car to a full controlled stop out of way of considerable fast moving traffic. Then had to deal with my visually-handicapped wife and significant foodstuffs just purchased, plus tow arrangements to our Ford dealer. Ford service determined cause clearly resulted from catastrophic failure of faulty torque converter because of stripped splines. Repairs cost over $1,300 just for torque converter replacement. However, transmission could still fail suddenly from undiscovered internal damage caused by broken torque converter, requiring significant additional cost for rebuilt transmission. Now, it's like a "russian roulette" experience each time we get in the car, something two elderly seniors really are not well-equipped to deal with!.

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Failure Date: 04/01/2012

As I accelerated after stopping at a stop sign , there was a noise, the car coasted a short distance and stopped. I could not put the car in drive or reverse. I had no warning of this failure, no slippage or noises, and had I been in traffic, I would surely have been hit in the rear by any car behind me. I understand this is a common problem with the Taurus and shudder to think how many accidents may have been caused by similar failures. I am the original owner of this vehicle and have religiously followed Ford's recommendations for service. I realize this is a 2003 vehicle, but with only 52,000 miles I did not expect this failure. I received estimates up to $2600 to repair, but was told by one knowledgeable and honest mechanic, that the torque converter is usually the cause of transmission failure in a car with low mileage, dismantling proved the converter to be the problem. By rebuilding my transmission I saved a substantial sum, but this information is not easily available to consumers; leading many to spend more money than necessary to repair. Although well past any warranty, I do feel the transmission was inferior. This repair might have been covered if I were a high mileage driver.

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Failure Date: 02/28/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle would lose power without warning. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic and a diagnostic was performed. The failure was located as the transmission torque converted having failed due to defective material. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileage was 69,000.

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Failure Date: 02/14/2012

For no apparent reason, the car was driving fine one moment and then there was no drive in any gear. Total cost for towing and repair was $3086. Transmission shop said reason for failure was failed torque converter. Transmission was rebuilt due to overheating. Transmission cooler was full of torque converter clutch material. I have found 113 incidents of dangerous torque converter failure related complaints in this national highway transportation safety administration (nhsta) database from 1994 through 2005. . Read more...

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Failure Date: 01/09/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus station wagon. The contact was entering a parking space when the vehicle stalled on without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the torque converter and pump shaft failed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The failure and the current mileage was approximately 159,000. The VIN was unavailable.


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