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2007–2008 Ford Escape or Mercury Mariner Slipping Transmission

Do you own a 2007–2008 Ford Escape or Mercury Mariner?

  • Does it feel like your transmission is not shifting gears smoothly?
  • Can you hear or feel clunking when accelerating or decelerating?
  • Have you ever stopped at an intersection and when the light turned green, the engine RPM’s went up but you couldn’t move?

Although your SUV was designed for people who live on the go, if this sounds like your Escape or Mariner, your transmission is likely slipping and it may not be long before you come to a complete stop.

What causes an automatic transmission to slip?

Your transmission can slip for multiple reasons. Most commonly, the transmission fluid is low, or hasn’t been maintained according to the manufacturer recommended service interval. Additionally, a slipping transmission can be caused by normal wear and tear on internal components.

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Are there any warning signs of a failing transmission?

Unfortunately, transmission failure doesn’t always give you a warning sign. You could be driving along one minute without concern, and then blocking traffic and waiting for a tow truck the next minute. In most cases, you’ll first notice minor transmission slipping or lack of power, abnormal noise while shifting, and possibly a check engine light.

Can my transmission be rebuilt, or does it have to be replaced?

Depending on the specific diagnosis of your vehicle, you may be able to have the transmission repaired rather than completely replaced with a new or remanufactured unit. Replacing the transmission on your 2007–2008 Ford Escape or Mercury Mariner will cost you north of $2950.00.

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What should I do if I think my transmission is slipping?

To avoid a possible major repair or breakdown on the side of the road, you should not prolong a visit to a local transmission specialist. Openbay recommends you start with an automatic transmission diagnosis first. Using the Openbay app or website, you can easily compare local shops by distance, customer reviews, and price. Service estimates include parts, labor rate and taxes, so you’ll know the exact price you’ll be paying before you get to the shop!

We know scheduling car repair and maintenance can be stressful. But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be. Openbay is hassle-free car repair for the modern world. Get competitive estimates from high-quality shops nearby, then schedule an appointment and pay securely online. All services booked with Openbay are backed by our Peace-of-Mind Guarantee, and you’ll earn Openbay Rewards on every completed service.

Article written by an ASE Certified Technician

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  • Choose or describe your service

    Tell us what services you need, your maintenance interval, or describe your symptoms to request a diagnosis.

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  • Schedule an appointment

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