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#161 of 189 2003 Slipping into 4 wheel drive
Dec 09, 2011 (1:27 pm)
I have a 2003 Ford Explorer that has trouble getting into 4 wheel drive in the snow/rain. It will slip when accelerating in snow. Most issues are accelerating from low speeds but it has slipped going as fast as 60 MPH on a rainy day. This may have led to transmission failure, just replaced my transmission so I want to get to the root of this before it snows again. Until reading posts on here I honestly didn't even know there was a 4x4 light so I guess that does not come on ever.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
#162 of 189 Re: 97 ford explorer 4.0 sohc [milkman13]
Dec 12, 2011 (9:37 am)
Starter commutator brushes are to worn, $4.00 DIY repair. Poor or low battery and the starter solenoid would be clicking in and out.
#163 of 189 2004 Ford Explorer misses at 56 mph
Dec 26, 2011 (1:12 pm)
When I hit 56 mph or there about, my Ford Explorer misses/jerks. It's when you accelerate to 60 mph, it's when you drop speed at 56 mph or so, it misses. It also does it somewhere in the 40mph range (the exact same speed). Any idea what's causing this or what to do to fix it?
#164 of 189 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer misses at 56 mph [daniel1978]
Dec 27, 2011 (10:32 am)
Doesn't sound like the engine - it should be RPM sensitive, not speed sensitive. That leaves Transmission. Any idea which gear it's in when it does that? Could be a clutch issue between 4th and 5th (overdrive)...
wwest? Any ideas?
#165 of 189 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer misses at 56 mph [nvbanker]
Dec 27, 2011 (4:25 pm)
I've seem failed motor mounts cause that effect. Our '95 LS400 exhibited those same symptoms due to loose rear diff'l mounts/cushions
#166 of 189 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer misses at 56 mph [wwest]
Dec 27, 2011 (6:55 pm)
UPDATE: It's basically a bump or it feels like an engine miss but we've determined it's not an engine miss. We unplugged the 4WD actuator on the transfer case and it stopped doing it. Could it be a wheel sensor or a selector switch? It does it in 4WD automatic. When we unplug the 4WD actuator, it doesn't do it.
#167 of 189 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer misses at 56 mph [daniel1978]
Dec 28, 2011 (9:05 am)
Check the rear diff'l, motor, and transaxle mounts. If the motor or diff'l is able to rotate in it's mounts even slightly during acceleration or decel the transaxle vehicle speed sensor will give momentary eroneous speed readings causing the transaxle to shift in and/or out of lock-up.
On the other hand at ~40MPH the "auto" 4WD system should NOT be engaged, perhaps that is part of the problem.
#168 of 189 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer misses at 56 mph [daniel1978]
Dec 28, 2011 (9:08 am)
Since the 4X4 spline/dog clutch cannot possibly be used how is 4WD "automatic" implemented in an '04 Explorer...?
Jan 13, 2012 (5:23 am)
Im have 4x4 issues. When i bought it it wouldn't go in to 4hi or 4low and no lights when you turned the knob to eachone. I changed the electric motor and volia i have 4hi and 4low lights..... but the front wheels they do not turn.... this is my issue i dont think its the transfer case because i can feel it shift into low when i turn it to 4low.....i also noticed while in 4hi if you tromp on it i feel a cluck or jerk like its slipping in and out of 4x4.....any suggestions? Would the TOD (torque on demand) relay have something to do with this? And another thing does anyone know how the front wheels lock up, does it have locking hubs or is it in the front axle?
#170 of 189 Re: 99 explorer [mabele87]
Jan 13, 2012 (2:02 pm)
You need to take your Exploder to an EXPERT R/awd/4WD/4X4 mechanic/technician for repair, possibly, but most certainly for a detailed TUTORIAL on the subject at hand.