I have a 2002 Ford Thunderbird with 93k miles. Just recently I have experienced a hard shift between 1st & 2nd Gear. It does it sporadically(Maybe once or twice a day). Can it be low on transmission fluid or is there some other problem it could be? It shifts properly about 99% of the time.


Asked by Sep 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM about the 2002 Ford Thunderbird Base Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My T-Bird has 93k miles on it.  Within the last few days I have experienced a shifting problem when accelerating.  It does it only once or twice a day.  When it shifts it hesitates then jerks into gear.  Has this been a common problem of the 2002 T-Bird?  Should I take it to a transmission shop and have them test it?

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Yes fluid is the first thing I would check and then the modulator valve.

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