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The car has been driving beautifully and was never driven long distances, until this past year when I started driving a long commute twice a day (if you consider 30 minutes a long commute). Suddenly, out of the blue, it won't reverse. It drives forward fine and I took it to a Jiffy Lube to have the trasmission fluid checked. The guy said it was level, but there was a slight burnt smell. Now I'm getting quotes of almost $2000 to replace the tranny (I have no savings, no credit cards), but I was reading a different thread and am hoping someone can help me with a different answer to replacing the transmission,[ohcrap]
 

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How many miles on your car?
 

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Not my area of expertise, but some people get lucky with a filter change and flush. If it smells really burnt, that usually means significant internal damage, but if yours doesn't smell too pungent, I would feel comfortable trying a flush. You would need a real shop that does a real flush, not just exchanging some of the fluid. All the gunk needs to come out.

So that all your bases are covered, go to your bank and get some information about auto loans. It doesn't hurt to have the information. Your car still has value, even without reverse. If you don't fix it or the flush doesn't yield results, you'll be ready for the next step.

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It is almost common for a car trans (to be abused) never have the fluid changed. When trans fluid is very old it will smell very bad, very pungent. This smell can be misleading; it does not mean the trans has internal damage that requires a trans replacement or rebuild.

Replacing the fluid and filter = wishful thinking.

Replacing the fluid and filter and all 6 solenoids = wishful thinking and is what I recommend. This process includes the same parts and labor as the Fluid and Filter job above -but- adds the cost of a set of solenoids. Additional labor is very small.

Autozone has Valvoline MaxLife ATF for $15.99 for a 1 Gal (4-quart) jug. Good deal. Two 1-gallon jugs and you can flush and replace most or all of the fluid in one swing.

Set of 6 solenoids + filter + gasket = about $150
http://www.ebay.com/itm/FORD-4F27E-...Parts_Accessories&hash=item3cd493997e&vxp=mtr

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l36SjcB0FuQ&noredirect=1

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=239722

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=167830&highlight=shift+solenoid

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=169493

C, D and E solenoids for "No reverse engagement only" according to Ford. That assumes you've lost reverse and everything else is functional and properly maintained.
 
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