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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Torque Converter Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Mercury Mountaineer transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 192003

Mountaineer 8-cyl

  • miles


The problem persisted and concern with stalled vehicle, serviced and problem still continue. These problems elevated to vehicle stalling, the alternator was replaced, there were continuous occurrences of the battery fail/check engine indicator light, vibration when braking, and the torque converter locked. The consumer requested a new lease and or early termination of the lease.

- Wesley Hills, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 012004

Mountaineer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,501 miles
While driving on the highway at 65 mph suddenly made a wining like song, then stopped accelerating and stalled. Consumer was able to coast over to the truck medium. Then, it was then towed to a dealership. It indicated that this occurred because a catalytic converter was plugged. Dealership was going to replace the plugged catalytic converter part, but was having difficulties finding the part.

- Wichita, KS, USA

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