I have a learning disability so please forgive me if I do not make sense. It is difficult to really understand what is going on. I have been to 3 mechanics and none of them have been able to help me.
I drive a 2004 Taurus and it has always done fine until about three weeks ago.
Around that time it became really slow going uphill and this got progressively worse over the course of a few days. I could not figure it out so I bought some Techron fuel cleaner to see if it would help. It did not.
My car would also shift really hard, and, if I had to stop (like at a stop sign), when I got going again it would jerk.
Two days later the “CHECK TRANSMISSION” light light came on so I took the car to a mechanic right away.
The mechanic said that I had almost no transmission fluid and that there must be a very tiny leak because he looked everywhere and could not find it. He refilled my car with transmission fluid and sent me on my way.
However, that did not help. I had to go out of state for a couple weeks so I did not drive the car for this time period.
When I came back, the problem was the same so I took it to a second mechanic. He said that the dipstick area for the transmission fluid was bubbling out air which meant that I did not actually have a leak, but it was coming out of the dipstick area. He cleaned a little breather cap of some sort and the car did get somewhat better for a couple of days.
However, three days ago the car began releasing lots of thick, white, smoke out of the exhaust. The transmission light had not been on for a couple of days, but an “ENGINE OVERHEATING” light came on. I put more coolant in the car right away and I have not driven it since.
I asked a mobile mechanic to come look at it and she said that she could not figure out what was wrong. She apologized and did not charge me anything, but this is pretty frustrating because I do not know what to do next.
I have a low income and I drive this car to get to work. I have only about $600 in savings to get it fixed if I need to. I would really like to know what is wrong, but I don’t understand how to figure it out if three mechanics cannot help me. In the meantime I’m taking Uber to work and depleting my savings.
Do you have any advice for me? I am sorry to bug you. But this is making me a little bit crazy.