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#372 of 1936 Solenoid Body Assembly
May 03, 2003 (6:34 pm)
Today I had to take my 2002 Ford Expedition XLT to the dealer. The check engine light went off, and the overdrive lights went on and off intermitently. My Expy, is 1 year old, with 15K and a 5.4L engine. SM said that the Solenoid Body Assembly needed to be replaced based on problem codes P0740, P0741, and P0743.
The dealer replaced the problem part, change the gaskets and filter, and replaced all of the transmission fluid. I don't have a clue what all of that means, what caused the problem, and what can be done, if anything to avoid it in the future. Any feedback regarding this subject is greatly appreciated.
#373 of 1936 2003 Expedition
May 07, 2003 (10:50 am)
I, recently purchased a 2003 Eddie Bauer Expedition. I've got 2500 miles on it and it has been in the shop twice with whining in the front end, sounds like bearing, most noticable between 30 and 40 mph. Also when going into four wheel drive, it kind of slides in over a couple of seconds and then finally engages with a heavy clunk. Anyone else have these problems ??
#374 of 1936 03fordexp
May 07, 2003 (10:58 am)
This is a well known issue. There are two TSB's on it, 02-25-07 & 03-06-04. I had the repair done on my 03. My front end growl is gone and there is no noise at all now when I engage 4Auto. The only cautionary note I have is to not frequently engage 4Auto while moving until you have it fixed. In theory it could damage the hubs. Get it repaired, it is well worth it.
#375 of 1936 Torque Converter Failure
Jul 31, 2003 (12:24 pm)
I had the 30K service on my '01 Expy done in late May (my actual mileage was 35500). I had it up on ramps this past Sunday, looking at something else, and noticed that there appeared to be a minor transmission leak at the back of the trans. fluid pan. I called the dealer and scheduled a visit to get it checked/fixed. They replaced the pan gasket, topped it off, and sent me on my way.
Well, naturally, as soon as I hit the road I experienced a problem. At first I got a hard thunk between first and second. I then heard a whine, then the transmission would kick out of and then back into gear. This made the vehicle basically undriveable (except to reproduce the problem, which I was able to do).
Both the service writer and a/the service manager think that it is the torque converter. Has anyone heard of any TSBs, recalls, etc. with torque converter failures for Expys with 5.4l and electronic trans.? I have 39k miles on it right now.
#376 of 1936 If you could do it over
Aug 04, 2003 (9:41 am)
If you could do it over, what would you have changed.
I'm looking at trading my '01 supercrew for a '03 expedition. 0-48/60 looks better than the 6.9 I have now.
#377 of 1936 go for it with caution
Aug 05, 2003 (8:59 am)
Whatever you do, stay away from 03 expeditions that have an "A" before the last 5 digits of the VIN. They were early built (2002) models that had numerous problems. Look for ones with a "B" or better yet, a "C" before the last 5 digits of the VIN..........Mine had a "C" which was built in May of this year, has just gone over 10,000 miles with nary a problem. The other expedition I had was an "A" model and was in the shop more than I had it on the road.
#378 of 1936 RE:go for it with caution
Aug 05, 2003 (9:19 am)
thanks for the info. I'm looking at the sticker dates, what I'm seeing is build dates from 4/03 to 6/03, did saw one from march.
#379 of 1936 good to go tkenny
Aug 06, 2003 (5:57 am)
Those dates should be good, as long as they're the build date. One positive way to tell is to open the drivers door and look at the sticker attached to the door post. good luck!
Aug 08, 2003 (12:00 pm)
WE have a 2002 XLT when we go to the drive in theatre we back up the vehicle and open the back door. The vehilce lights inside and outside perimeter and running board lights all turn on. I asked Ford if there was a way to disable the lights or turn them off they said NO thats just the way it is.
Aug 09, 2003 (9:23 pm)
I believe the dealer is correct. It's a courtesy feature and security issue. You'd have to pull the fust for those lights, and live without them all the time.