Transmission Question: 1997 V6 Automatic Transmission ??
I own a 1997 Ford Mustang V6 3.8L with 71K miles, automatic transmission.
I have been experiencing performance problems with the car, specifically when I am accelerating on the freeway. It is most noticeable when I am driving on the freeway and trying to accelerate from 50-60mph. I feel a shake when I stepping on the gas at that range. Also, my gas mileage has dropped dramatically.
I also posted on Mustangworld and people have been telling me that the problem can be fixed if I simply changed the transmission fluid.
On Saturday, I brought my car into AAMCO, the transmission specialist. They told me the car has never had the transmission fluid serviced because they found this little plastic thing in the transmission fluid. Apparently, this little plastic thing is kinda like a piece of the dipstick or something like that that comes inside the transmission fluid from the original purchase of the car.
The guy recommened I need to repair the transmission. But the problem is I think I've brought my car in for servicing at the dealerships in the past. Could it be possible that at the 30K and 60K mile servicing, the dealerships skipped on the transmission fluid change? If so, and the transmission is slipping (My problem was that my car was slipping or shaking at 30-40 mph and usually at 50-60mph on the highway) is there any recourse for me against the Ford Dealerships?
So what do you recommend me to do? Do you think maybe the AAMCO guy is trying to recommend services I don't need and maybe if I just change the transmission fluid, it'll fix the problem? He said that it won't do any good to just change the fluid because the tranny needs to be repaired. I don't know if he's lying and I can solve the problem by having the fluid changed. What ways are there to tell if the transmission really needs repair? Or is the slipping feeling i get due to just old transmission fluid?
Please advice. Thanks.
P.S. The transmission guy didn't show me any pieces of metal in the transmission fluid, so will a transmission fluid change do the job? Or is there something more serious due to the performance changes that I've felt?