In over drive it sometimes does not want to engage in gear when shafting gear. What could be causing it to happen?

Asked by Jun 12, 2014 at 05:05 PM about the 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It is an automatic. Does not do it in drive. And was just doing it from time to time. But now
it is doing it more. Help.

2 Answers


Sounds like a worn Overdrive band, common issue with the AOD's over 120K miles. Just keep the O/D locked out and you should be fine. If you want O/D, your looking at a rebuild.


Another thing to check is the grommet that attaches the kick down cable to the throttle. Those dry rot and then your trans is toast. They sell an updated bushing made from brass instead of plastic.this will make it shift improperly

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Ford Thunderbird Experts

  • #1
    Larry Sturgis
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
274 Great Deals out of 38,355 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Corvette
85 Great Deals out of 15,830 listings starting at $3,000
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
45 Great Deals out of 3,187 listings starting at $4,930
Used Chevrolet Camaro
236 Great Deals out of 30,155 listings starting at $4,980
Used Ford F-150
2,521 Great Deals out of 220,358 listings starting at $1,222
Used Pontiac Firebird
7 Great Deals out of 674 listings starting at $2,500
Used Mercury Cougar
157 listings
Used Dodge Charger
275 Great Deals out of 32,939 listings starting at $495
Used Jeep Wrangler
301 Great Deals out of 20,190 listings starting at $2,900

Used Cars For Sale

2005 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
88 listings starting at $7,500
2004 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 133 listings starting at $8,299
2003 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
165 listings starting at $7,995
2002 Ford Thunderbird For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 317 listings starting at $5,495

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.