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1989 Town Car Shifting Question

Bill -

I just purchased this vehicle and had the engine professionally replaced since the previous owner overheated it and blew the heads. The transmission was also serviced. I was driving it and noticed that shifting from first to second was fine but from second to third there is a delay where the RPM's go up before shifting smoothly into third. Is this a normal function of that transmission type?



Greetings Robert -

What you are describing is certainly not normal behavior for that automatic transmission. The best advice is to take the car to a trusted transmission shop and have it road tested and evaluated for a possible internal transmission problem. A good transmission mechanic familiar with that era of Lincoln will also be able to ascertain if the transmission linkage and controls etc. were assembled and adjusted correctly during the recent engine replacement and transmission service.