Per the answer from "KARJUNKIE" on Jan. 27th (we haven't had any problem with
the car cutting out again until last night and it was really bad) . If I am understanding
you correctly, you are saying that there are "two" gears....one inside the transmission
which is very hard and another "outside" the trans which is the VSS gear which is what you think our problem is. WHERE is the VSS gear located?? The reason we were told we might as well replace the whole transmission, is because they said that the trans would need to be pulled and taken apart to get to this sensing gear. So, hopefully the VSS gear that you are talking about is OUTSIDE the trans. Is this correct??
Also, an answer for a '95 Mercury Villager with a similar problem said to "have the
codes pulled and let us know what they are. Trying to guess without them is
pretty much useless. Your vechicle may be OBD1 (don't know what that means),
if so, codes might be able to be pulled by you" and he gave a website e-address
to go to: http://www.troublecodes.net/Ford/ Do you think this needs to be done?
Lastly, we went to the Car Talk's Mechanics Files site that you mentioned and only
found two listed in our area (within 10 miles). How do mechanics repair facilities get
on this site? Do they have to pay to get on after they are recommended by someone?
We will call these two on Monday and see what they think the problem is and
a ballpark figure for fixing. Thanks.