I’m new here, and have done some searching, but haven’t found anything exactly related to my issues, so hopefully you all have some input on this.
First off, the ZX2 is new to me, It’s been in my family since brand-new, but my sister didn’t maintain it real well. Now I’m trying to sort things out, and get it caught up to date. It’s bone stock with 130k miles, automatic transmission.
I have two main issues:
Heavy vibration while the car is in gear, and stopped. My first thoughts were motor mounts. The issue seems to be somewhat intermittent. Sometimes I’ll drive it all day and it wont vibrate, other days it’s practically unbearable to be in the car while sitting at a traffic light. I also thought that motor mounts would vibrate all the time, not necessarily only when in drive and sitting at a light. Nearly no vibration when in “park.”
Transmission issues. Seems like the transmission sticks in 2nd or third sometimes at a stop, and then has a delay and drops it into 1st hard. This doesn’t happen all the time, but this is my first automatic car in about 8-years, and I could be making this a bigger deal than it needs to be.
What I’ve done with the car so far:
- Replaced both front wheel bearings.
- I had a transmission service done, due to transmission fluid being “brown” (Replaced filter, gasket, and fluid).
- And lastly, a fresh oil change the day I bought the car from my parents.
That being said, where should I go from here? I am more worried about the transmission, than the vibration, however the vibration is ridiculously annoying. I have read that there are some solenoids that can go bad within the transmission, that could be affecting the shifting as I have stated. What all is included in replacing these? Is there a place I can go to look up the part numbers and such for the frequent items like this?
Also, not being familiar with these cars, how difficult is replacing the motor mounts, particularly on the ATX cars? I read that Ford released an updated document for positioning the motor? Where could I find this document?
Thanks for the help!