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Remanufactured Ford Thunderbird Transmissions 

  • Learn about common Ford Thunderbirdtransmission problems 
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a Ford Thunderbirdtransmission for sale 
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured Ford Thunderbirdtransmission 

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    Remanufactured Ford Thunderbird Transmissions 


    When it was first introduced in 1955, the Ford Thunderbird was intended to be a two seat sports car along the same vein as a Chevy Corvette. Unlike its bow tie competitor, the little Ford offered V-8 power and striking the flux. All the best celebrities of the day of the one, and songs were even sang about it. Years later, the Ford Thunderbird had morphed into sort of a personal luxury coupe, but still offered loads of comfort and performance. However Ford Thunderbird transmission problems can happen with the 4R70W and 5R55S. So let’s find out if installing a remanufactured Ford Thunderbird transmission will solve your problems. 


    Common Ford Thunderbird Transmission Problems  


    Slipping, Erratic Shifting, Harsh Forward or Reverse Gear Engagement: Some of the most common 4R70W transmission problems are slipping between gears, erratic up or down shifts, or a hard slam when the 4R70W transmission engages Drive or Reverse. There are a number of design flaws in this transmission, and any one of them could be causing these symptoms. 


    Another common problem is overheating. This happens when the moving parts inside the transmission are creating more friction heat than the ATF can remove. The most common cause of this condition is towing heavy loads, driving in stop/go traffic, or on mountain roads where the transmission has to shift a lot. 


    The 5R55 transmission is electronic, meaning that many of its components are controlled by electronic solenoids. These include the gear shifting mechanisms and the torque converter. 

    If you have a multimeter, you can easily check the solenoids to determine whether there are problems. 


    You can also cause the transmission to overheat with improper maintenance or abuse. The main things you need to watch out for are overtowing and revving too much. These cause the transmission to rev too high and strip gears or use too much transmission fluid. The best thing to do, if you think the transmission is overheating, is to pull to the side of the road and let the vehicle cool down. 


    Also, make sure you check fluid levels every 20,000 miles. 

    If you notice the transmission fluid is dark or leaking anywhere, its a sure sign that damage is imminent. At that point, it should be repaired if possible to reduce the costs involved in a full transmission replacement. 


    How to Solve Ford Thunderbird Transmission Problems 


    Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Thunderbird Transmission  

    Going to the local junkyard and picking up a used Ford Thunderbird transmission might seem like the cheapest and fastest option. But you need to consider the fact that you don’t know what the actual shape of the internal components are. It could very well be on the verge of transmission problems of its own, which would leave you in the exact same predicament that you’re in now. And that 30 – 90 day junkyard warranty probably won’t cover labor charges to install the replacement transmission if something goes wrong. 


    Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Ford Thunderbird Transmission  

    Getting a rebuilt Ford Thunderbird transmission would probably seem like a better idea. However, a lot of mechanics and transmission shops will only rebuild your Ford Taurus transmission back to its original factory specifications. Which means that all of those factory design flaws are still going to be inplay. And that rebuilt transmission warranty might only be good at certain shops, which could do you no good if you have transmission problems while you’re traveling. 


    Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Ford Thunderbird Transmission  

    If you want to get the most service life out of your little luxury SUV as possible, then you really should consider a remanufactured Ford Thunderbird transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Each one is completely disassembled and re-remanufactured, so nothing is left to chance. Theyre also modified to correct the factory design flaws, which will greatly extend the service life. Plus, you get a 3-Year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty. This will cover parts and labor charges at any licensed repair shop in the Continental United States, giving you a lot more flexibility and coverage.