Last post on Oct 19, 2013 at 4:11 AM
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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions
#389 of 398 Re: 2007 explorer goes into reverse hard [franco100]
Aug 13, 2013 (10:16 am)
Yep. It's a bad valve body. Not that hard to replace if you know what you're doing and don't mind getting terribly dirty and grimy. Part is only a couple hundred. But it will cost you considerably more to have it done by a shop. Nevertheless, it's a really disturbing condition, and I have had it fixed before. You should too.
#390 of 398 Re: 2006 Transmissoin [hupomeno]
Aug 23, 2013 (10:12 am)
This is the EXACT issue that I am having and I have not been able to find the problem anywhere else but in your post. The transmission repair guys are at a loss also....any help would be so appreciated.
#391 of 398 '04 Explorer Trans issues
Sep 16, 2013 (3:54 am)
A young man from our church is having what I suspect is a transmission problem with his '04 Explorer with the V-6 engine. I haven't had a chance to ride with him or do an evaluation(I do my own car maintenance). He says he hears a high pitched whine that he thinks is tranny related most(but not ALL)of the time he's operating the vehicle. He also told me that it hesitates to shift especially when getting on a highway. I suspect the torque converter is locking up. He told me that one time he had to pull over to the shoulder, shift to park and stop the engine and when he started again everything worked fine. This is a very good looking SUV and from what I've been reading on other posts here, these transmissions don't seem to be very reliable. I didn't even get a chance to check his fluid level yesterday to make sure it was full and to do a smell test to determine whether it may be burnt. I told him that it didn't sound very good, what he's experiencing and he just put $1200 into it for other problems he's had. Is it possible a fluid change just MIGHT help him here? It seems to me that his problems are, at least for now, somewhat intermittent and not happening all the time. Maybe a transmission fluid change and an additive would help. What do you think, folks? And can you suggest a good additive, maybe Z-Max, or nothing perhaps? Let me know and thanks a bunch!
#392 of 398 Re: 4X4 ENGAGES ON ITS OWN [annwarren]
Sep 21, 2013 (3:11 am)
I am having the same problem with my 4x4 light flashing. any suggestions?
#393 of 398 Re: 4X4 ENGAGES ON ITS OWN [rts1120]
Sep 21, 2013 (3:26 pm)
If your 4x4 light is flashing, you will need to take it to a good tranny shop, a hall effect/magnetic sensor is bad and will need to replaced.
#394 of 398 Re: '04 Explorer Trans issues [shopdog97]
Sep 30, 2013 (4:10 pm)
Well, for one thing, you can't check the fluid level or smell the fluid on these, they are sealed for life and there is no dipstick. So, if it's not leaking on the ground, the fluid level is probably fine. You didn't mention mileage, but if it's near or over 100,000, it's due for a new valve body. That's not a total rebuild, but most shops will charge you for one. $400 in parts, and some labor is what it really is.
A service may help, but when you have reboot issues (restarting the car makes it ok), you likely have an electrical or brain issue rather than a mechanical problem.
Sadly, you are right - the 04 Explorers had transmission issues. It's a long story why, but many of them were bad due to sabotage at the factory.
#395 of 398 2001 explorer trans problem
Oct 02, 2013 (11:32 am)
I have a 2001 explorer that I think the trans is shot but I'm looking for help here. I was having problems with my OD off light staying on and my car feeling like I was towing something. No matter what I did it wouldn't go off. Then yesterday after backing out of my driveway and putting the car in drive it wouldn't go forward. I tried to go in reverse and it wouldn't go. I put it in park and I started to coast backwards. I can put the car in park and still push it like it was in neutral. Any one know what my problem might be.
#396 of 398 2002 explorer limiter
Oct 11, 2013 (8:56 pm)
I was driving up to work tonight and I came to a hill and my explorer went to downshift and all I heard was like grinding or or loud vibration. I wasnt sure so I let off gas and tried again and same thing happened. Is that the tranny or the engine itself? Please help
Oct 16, 2013 (6:52 am)
I took my car in for inspection and it failed due to something with the transmission. I took it to someone local and they charged me over $200 to look at it and tell me it would cost me $3500 to replace it, $2600 for parts and $650 for labor, with a 3 yr/100,000 mile warranty. Seems a bit excessive based on other quotes I've seen online. I'm now considering Aamco and wondering if anyone has used them before.
#398 of 398 Re: 2003 Ford Explorer XLT [2003fordexplor]
Oct 19, 2013 (4:11 am)
I used Aamco a number of years ago for a transmission rebuild. Actually the car dealer recommended them, as he stated most of the dealers don't work on the transmissions themselves, but actually take the car to Aamco for repair. They had a guaranty at Aamco and the car ran great (actually shifted smoother than before the repair).
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