What broke if the car no longer moves. Engine runs fine, transmission appears to be ok.

Asked by Feb 14, 2016 at 09:09 PM about the 2007 Ford Five Hundred SEL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was entering the freeway and just like that, the car acted as if it were
shifted into neutral. There is no drive to the wheels. There was no warning,
like bearing noise, any abnormal sounds. The car was running fine as it has
for 170,000 miles. I have never had a vehicle break like this without some
kind of tell tale sound or vibration. Nothing to warn me that something is
about to break. This car has not had one mechanical issue since I bought it.  
(tires, battery,, headlamp bulb, and the windshield) It has had all of the
suggested maintenance requirements completed at the mileages as
provided by the owners manual. I bought this car brand new in 2006.

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90,795

Hard to say really, it could be a computer problem as the tranny is computer controlled, could be control solenoids, and these do fail a lot, could be a transmission pressure pump failure, no pressure it won't work, could be total transmission failure. With that kind of mileage I would prepaid myself for the worst. Have a good automatic transmission shop check it out, but stay away from the dealer, parts and labor rates are way too high for what you get.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

I can check the solenoids, but I am not sure how to check the pressure pomp. If I hooked up a small analyzer, would it recognize an issue and provide me with a code, or would it just be a generic response that could mean a number of problems??? I can borrow an analyzer if it can help me pinpoint the problem.

90,795

It could help if it was a very good scan tool one that had live data would tell you if the signals from the computer were being sent to the solenoids, and if there are any solenoids out of specs, it would not tell you if they are plugged and not flowing. Line pressures is something that should be left to a shop. Is there a check engine light on when the engine is running?

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