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Lincoln LS Transmission Problems

mrjwkmrjwk Posts: 3
Maybe I'm just paranoid from reading about all the transmission problems with the LS, but I am wondering if I should be concerned by a vibration that seems to come from the transmission at very low speeds. The sensation is almost like a shudder, similar to when you try to start in too high a gear in a manual transmission car. The problem doesn't seem to be the engine, because the tach shows over 1200 rpms. Is this how the transmission problems in this model first manifest themselves? Or is this considered normal for this car? The car has less than 500 miles; If this is a problem, I'd like to get it documented and fixed now rather than have it be a bigger problem later. Thanks..


  • I've an 01 LS V8 130K Kms. Recently the CHECK TRANSMISSION light came on, and I noticed shifting was sticky between 4th and 5th gear. After a while it wouldn't shift into 5th, even at hwy speed. The condition resets if the car is turned off/on. Seems to occur after about 30min of driving, after which it quickly reoccurs, even if reset. I took it into the dealer, who said they weren't able to communicate with the car's chip! They upgraded their sw and everything, but still couldn't get in to see through their computer what the problem was. They serviced the transmission, but now, my advancetrac light is flashing, the engine light is on, and the check transmission light still comes on after 30min of driving! I've since brought it back in. Appearantly they called Ford for 3rd level support, but came up blank. Now they're basically telling me I'm SOL. Any ideas what I can do here?
  • lamarlamar Posts: 9
    I would take it to another Lincoln dealership if one is close by.
  • :lemon: My transmission problem is still not solved. I had the Transmission flushed and all the good deeds, still It misbehaves. I am constantly pulling over to the side of the road to turn the car off to place it back into gear. The "E" still appears where the D5-D4 normally appears. I was told the problem maybe a wire loose. I recently had one of my co-workers look at the car and was told by him that it is down-shifting and getting stuck in the low gear (1-2). However now as of two days after him looking under the hood it is running hot. I can hear a low whistling sound , like some weird fan blowing, and then the gauge starts to creep, car reduces power yada yada. I currently have 62,000 miles.I did notice that my co-worker didn't replace the coolant cap back on, I figured once I replaced it, and allowed the car to cool, everything would be fine.I added water to be sure that wasn't the problem. Unfortunately it is still running hot. Please help.This car cant be this bad. :confuse: :sick:
  • You can now add me to that club I have had this car for a year now. The car after owning it about a month started to jerk really bad on gear shifts got a tune up replaced spark plugs working fine. Now, the check transmission light is on and I have no idea what to do now. Could it be the Solenoid that should be replaced? Is it possible if I need a new transmission that I could put in the new transmission from the 2003 and up LS's [5R55S], when mine is from the 2001 LS V8-Sport package?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    Have the coolant replaced and get all the air out of the system. It's easy to get an air bubble trapped in the coolant which holds steam and when that steam hits the temp sensor it thinks the engine is overheating. Second possibility is a bad thermostat, followed by a bad cooling fan pump.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    Have the codes checked. Anytime there is an error indication there should be a code stored. I don't think the 03+ trannies are backwards compatible - one is synchronous and the other isn't.
  • ezaircon4jcezaircon4jc Posts: 793
    You're paranoid. My 2000 V6 LS had to have the solenoid pack replaced at around 85K (turned out to be the French made part in the trans, Bosch makes the replacement) and that is the only issue I have had. The car now has over 123K miles.

    Our '06 has ~3600 miles and runs flawlessly. If you think you have a problem, by all means, take it in!
  • mrjwkmrjwk Posts: 3
    Thanks for the reply. I scheduled an appointment with my therapist. :)

    The LS is the first American car I have ever owned (it's my 6th car in my lifetime), and I guess I am a little leery. But so far I love the car and hope it holds up.
  • I was driving my 01 LS when all of a sudden, with no red flags, My Transmission light came on. Then an "E" appeared in the mileage box. I do not know what to do, or what the cost will be. Can anyone explain what is going on? :cry:
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    How could we possibly know what's going on? You need to have the error code checked to see what the error is.
  • ford15ford15 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 LS V8 with only 36K miles and what seems to be the same exact transmission problem. The codes pointed towards the solenoid block. I replaced the block at a cost of $300.00 bucks, and still have the problem. Did you have any luck with resolving your problem.
  • Well it cost me $880.00 all together. I was told the exact same as you, and that was my problem. After the transmission shop had had my car for 3 days, I received it today, and the problem wasn't fixed at all. Actually it is worst off now than before.
    They have to keep it for about 2 more days, and told me it was an electrical problem, and the work is not warrantied because they can't warrant electrical problems..
    By the way, what was your total price including labor?
  • I had all the same problems that you are having with your car 4 trips to the dealer later and bills which totaled over $3000 which were covered by the dealers 60 day warranty, my car is running great. The first trip to the service shop was for an E on the dashthey hooked car up to diagnostics and it showed several error codes, they had to replace a bunch of solenoids in the transmission. Car still not running properly so at second visit the dealer told me that the new solenoids were not communicating with the CPU software which needed to be upgraded. Thrid visit to the service shop they kept the car for a few days as far as I could tell they did nothing. Fourth and final trip to the service shop I told them I wanted my money back, they asked me to give them one more chance to fix the car, they had the car for two weeks and they ended finding several valves within the valve body of the transmission that had broken springs inside, they replaced the whole valve body, as well another valve located somewhere in the engine which had failed and was causing the car to idle too fast, which caused the car to jump when putting car into reverse or drive. As for the overheating they replaced the fan motor as well as a hose with a small hole in it.
  • vdukajvdukaj Posts: 1
    Im looking to do a trans flush on my 00 lincoln ls v6 with a little over 100k miles. I had somebody tell me that flushing the trans can cause problems? I think he didnt know that he was talking about so i need some professional opinions.

    Also My TRAC/ABS light has been on for about a month. Im sure my ABS wheel sensor is shot. Can i damage anything by driving it this way?

  • aiutoaiuto Posts: 46
    Flushing the tranny is a very good idea. I've done this once before at 45k and will do again at 90k.

    Sorry but I don't know about the sensor
  • Thanks, I found that the jiffy Lube had not replaced any of the coolant that supposedly "they filled." Anyways... also as far as transmission problems were concerned I had to get a new transmission all together. Supposedly , water had entered into my fuse box which caused all the fuses to corrode and, destroy my electrical line leading to the transmission.
    I now have a problem with the airbag. The airbag sensor light is constantly on. According to the only Lincoln dealer on this Island , the Airbag harness needs to be replaced. The part cost $60.00 and to have it replaced cost $400.00 Go figure...
  • hi, i have the same problem seems my idle is to high and car bangs into drive and reverse (reverse sometimes) seemed to happen right after had car serviced by lincoln . do you happen to know valve they replaced in engine which was causing car to idle to fast? much thanks .
  • HAD WORK DONE AT DEALERSHIP ON 2000 LS. AFTERWARDS started to feel car bangs when put into drive and sometimes reverse. car shifts perfect when at speeds . seems as though idle is alittle high or something which is causing this surge when i put the car from park to drive. dealer had worked on my coil packs and cleaned out the air intake also he had the car on the computer alot to TRY and diagnose which coil was bad . since then car doesent engage smoothly from park to drive and sometimes reverse. does anyone know what could cause this?
  • If you also have a delay from "D" to "R" or "R" to "D" my bet would be the solenoid pack. It'll run ~$200 from Bill Jenkins @ He has the best prices for parts and has hooked me up many times. I did it myself so I don't know what a dealer would charge for installation.
  • no, i mean the car when i first start up in the morning put the car from park to drive the car jumps alittle , its not smooth. this happened after i had fliud drained and put back by dealer. does anyone have this problem?
  • giggles3giggles3 Posts: 1
    my fiance bought a 00 lincoln ls v8 it is only a year old and it has a problem shifting in to 4th gear we got it checked but they don't no what it could be. Transmission light keeps coming on as well but when we bring it to get checked the light turns off before we can get there. Anyone have any ideas on what could be the problem?
  • ah another lincoln issue still love my ls tho ...

    my ls is making a funny noise it actually sounds like a deisle engine the noise seems to b cumin from tha tranny but i havnt put it on the lift yet has any1 else ever encountered this prob becuz im gettin the hard shftin from "D" and "R" aswell ... :mad:
  • bigo08bigo08 Posts: 102
    mine has the same problem as ur :sick:
  • what did u do 2 fix the problem
  • nomolincnomolinc Posts: 2
    Good luck! The transmission in my 2001 LS has been a nightmare for me. I actually had the transmission replaced and the new one is leaking. With all the accounts of this problem I have read and what I have personally been through, I believe it is a major problem.
  • kitty14kitty14 Posts: 1
    I have had my LS for a couple of years now. It stranded me on the interstate about 6 months after we bought it the mechanic that fixed it had no idea what was wrong with it he changed the fuel filter and sent me on my way. It hasn't done that since. However, when I accelerate from like 20 to a speed of 55 or 60 the car will cough or shudder but if I let up off the gas and accelerate a little slower the car is fine. My husband has heard at 100,000 miles the transmission goes out and is in a mad rush to trade it in. It has 91,000 on it now I do not want to trade it in. Can anyone tell me, is it my transmission? :confuse:
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    It's not the transmission and they don't go out at 100K either. It's probably the coils. Sometimes the valve cover gaskets leak and fill up the spark plus wells with oil. Each spark plug has a coil that sits on top of it (called a COP - coil on plug) as opposed to the older design where the coil was centralized and you had large plug wires going to each plug. The COPs can fail even without the leaking oil. A good mechanic can test them but I'd just go ahead and replace all of them along with the spark plugs and valve cover gasket if it's leaking at all. Common problem.
  • black0black0 Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 v8 ls and it feels like its holding back when i floor the accelerator, then it will all of a sudden go. seems like sensor or something is holding it back. Is this my tranny or somethin else????
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,062
    See my previous post. Most likely the COPs. Although it could also be a clogged fuel filter if that hasn't been changed.
  • rbardrbard Posts: 3
    We purchased a 2001 LS in January 2007. It had 48,000 miles on it. 5 months later with 53,000 miles we are having transmission problems. I was pulling out from a stop and it would not shift into the last gear. The "E" appeared in the shift indicator and the engine light came on. I shut the car down and after starting it back up was able to drive another 15 miles before it happened again. We have taken it back to the original dealership. They said they had never heard of this before. I find that a little hard to believe. Just got a call that they are replacing the solenoid pack in the transmission to the tune of $790.00. I hope this fixes the problem as I truly love this car.
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