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I have a 2006 Mustang GT with an automatic transmission and have been having an issue with this car going into reverse for a few years now. Nothing serious, but when I would put the car into reverse, every once in a while it would pause for a second before getting in gear and then it would jump/lurch when it did get into gear. Originally this happened very rarely but as time has gone on, it has become more frequent and now happens about 1 out of every 4 times I put the car into reverse. Just this morning after driving to work (about 10 min), I put the car into reverse and for the first time, the car stalled out. Re-started the car, put it into reverse, and stalled again. Third time, I gassed the car pretty hard and it jumped/lurched when it finally got into reverse but didn't stall and I was able to keep the car running until I reversed into the parking spot. I left the car in park and it had no problems idling. Has anyone experienced anything similar or have any ideas what might cause this?
As a side note, I have been having issues with the CD/radio player that a friend says may be related to bad electrics/wiring. Not sure if this has anything to do with the reverse, but if it is the electrical system, maybe? Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
 

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What's the issue with your radio ? I don't a see anyway the two issues would be related. What RPM are you idling at ? It sounds like a torque converter problem if we narrow it down to tranny maybe lockout type issue.


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Thanks for the reply! With regards to the CD player, every once in a while (usually when the car or outside temp is cold), the CD player has problems reading CDs. It will start to skip during random tracks that it usually plays fine (no scratches on CDs) and then will not read any CDs and if I don't eject all and reinsert, the CD player will freeze and will not allow me to do anything (skip tracks, change CDs, or even turn it off). I do not have to clean the CDs to get them to work later. This always happens very randomly (lasts for a few days) and then does not recur for days, weeks, or even months at a time...very odd...thought it was a bad CD player, but a friend who knows more about cars than I do said it seemed more like it was related to a bad regulator of the electrical system or something...? But he said this was hard to detect and even if someone was looking for it, it might go unnoticed...Also, said may just be the alternator...? Didn't think this was related to the stalling issue, but thought I would mention just to be sure.
 

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That's weird with the CD player maybe you could trying a cleaning CD its a CD with little bristles to clean off the laser. But that's not the real issue here haha


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Just thought I would throw this one out there, but have you checked the oil level in the trans? I'm sure you probably have, but just thought I would ask. Other than that, I would take it to a trans shop and have them run a diagnostics test on it. I would have this fixed sooner than later before you do some serious damage.
 

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How many miles on the car? Has the trany been serviced regularly? Are you rough on the car at all? Track/aggressive driving? Probably due for a trany rebuild.
 

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I just checked and the car idles around 500 RPM while in park. The car has about 58,000 miles on it. I do not drive it hard, though I do tend to accelerate faster than most other cars (may be because it is an 8 cylinder car) and sometimes go fast on freeway, but no race driving or offroading. I got the 45,000 mile scheduled maintenance and get the oil replaced regularly (due to be replaced again in about 500 miles) though I have not had the transmission looked at by a specialist. Thank you all for very helpful responses! As per your comments, I will take it to a transmission specialist ASAP.
 
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