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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions
#143 of 398 Re: 2006 Explorer V-6 Transmission [dave1309]
Oct 26, 2007 (5:45 am)
Just a quick update on my Explorer.
Dealer still has it. They are going to reload the updated code to see if that takes care of the transmission problem. The service person couldn't recreate the problem I had with the shifting.
They did find a small pin hole leak on the lower right side of the radiator. Dealer is installing a new radiator today, all under warranty.
Should have the vehicle back this afternoon and time will tell if everything is fixed.
I'm giving serious consideration to buying an extended warranty for this car, first time I've thought of it with a Ford vehicle.
Would like to hear from any other owners about the transmission shifting problems and hear how they managed to get the problem fixed.
#145 of 398 Re: 2006 Explorer V-6 Transmission [lesullivan]
Oct 27, 2007 (8:13 am)
Got my Explorer back from the dealer last night. They reflashed the codes again and checked the solenoid they replaced last time and everything seems to be okay for the moment.
They also replaced the radiator (under warranty) after finding a pin hole leak. Now here's the kicker........my wife picked up the car and drove it home. 50 feet from the driveway the upper radiator hose blows off. She pulls in the driveway and says smoke is pouring out from underneath the engine hood. I go out and check and see that it's just steam and there's antifreeze dumping all over my drive. I could see the trail from the street into the drive. I open the hood and see the top radiator hose has blown off from the radiator and sprayed antifreeze all over the inside of the engine well. Checking more closely I find that the mechanic forgot to slide the hose clamp back on. I call the dealer and the service manager is gone for the day but the asst. service guy is there. I explain what happned to him (also addressed the mechanics family background and mental disability issues) and he apologizes all over himself and tells me to bring the vehicle in first thing in the morning and he will have the detail shop clean out the engine well and any other areas hit by flying antifreeze. After I hang up the dealership owner calls about 10 minutes later and aplogizes and ask me for the service ticket number and says it will never happen again to me or anyone else.
I go out and the car is cooled down, reattach the hose and clamp, put fresh antifreeze in and thank God that the wife didn't drive any further and risk damage to the engine.
Took the car back at 7:30 this morning and the service guy gives me a loaner car and tells me to come back in a couple of hours. I come back to pick up the car and they cleaned out the engine well and the entire undercarriage of the car so it looks brand new. It also looks like they did a quick clean on the inside as well.
As I get ready to leave the service guy pulls me over to the side and ask me not to tell anyone but the owner fired the mechanic yesterday evening.
So now I'll drive the car for a while and see if the transmission problem is solved............another day in the life of my Explorer.
#146 of 398 99 Sport Manual 4x4 - Tranmission "Groaning"
Oct 29, 2007 (5:50 am)
99 Ford Explorer Sport 4x4 AWD
Major repairs: new steering rack; "something" to do with the 4WD driveshaft (apparently the truck wouldn't move, the local service facility pulled the shaft so that it would function as a 2WD to get it home from vacation and then another shop repaired it - I have no idea what all was done here...)
Recently took ownership of this truck from a family member and have a tranny question for you.
When starting out in the morning, engine cold, first gear makes a bit of a groan/whine when the truck first gets moving. It only lasts as long as it takes to get the truck moving and once the engine/tranny warms up, it goes away.
Now that it has gotten a bit colder out, it does this when changing from first to second gear as well, but again, only when a load is applied and only for a second or two.
Any idea what is going on?
#147 of 398 RPMs up, gutless 94 Explorer
Oct 29, 2007 (9:16 am)
My issue sounds common? I have a 94 explorer with 136,000 miles. I have NEVER had any problems. It has been completely reliable and great with honestly, very little maintenance. A couple of days ago something started happening but it doesn't seem to be consistent. Maybe worse when it's cold (?). The RPMs jump up to 3000 when I shift then go down to normal after 1 second or so. Acceleration after a shift is not happening. There's no jerking, justing the rev as if the clutch is still engaged. I can't climb hills...absolutely no power. This morning climbing a small hill 20 mph in 2nd gear at 3000 rpm. Could my clutch be slipping? My fuel filter need changing? Is my car at the end of it's life? What can I do to make her better? I guess I'll start at the basics (plugs, filters, etc) but any advice would be so appreciated! Thanks!
#148 of 398 Bad Transmissions on Ford Explorers
Nov 11, 2007 (9:16 am)
m never buying another Ford. I used to be a staunch "Buy American" consumer. As American car companies market share continued to plummet, I continued to feel that it is my patriotic duty to buy American.
Well, I finally woke up and realized that everyone else is right, and that I was naive.
Last week the O/D light came on in my Ford Explorer. I drove it right home and got the manual out to see what the problem was. "Transmission problem" was what the manual indicated, as well as several websites I reviewed.
I didn't worry at first, since I figured this would be covered under warranty. My Explorer is just under 5 years old and just under 60K miles. Surely there would at least be a 60K power train warranty. No one would buy a vehicle if they knew the transmission would only last 59K miles.
Well, the dealer told me a new transmission was needed (5th and 2nd gears were worn down), that it would cost $3500, and that it is not covered by warranty. And to add insult to injury he charged me $90 to tell me the transmission was bad (something I obviously knew) - isn't this similar to stealing?
I then asked him what trade in value I could get (not that I really would buy another poor quality Ford, but I wanted to explore all options). $5500 is the most they could give. I laughed - since I had taken very good care of the vehicle. It told me that they didn't want the vehicle either - so much for them really standing behind their product. They know the quality is poor.
Obviously I was quite irritated. I asked what caused this. None of the possibilities applied since I took good care of the vehicle and had it serviced according to the maintenance manual. In fact, the dealer (Cover Ford in Austin) did the 30K checkup. I spent $1K on that (and probably got ripped off).
I took it to a transmission specialist and had it fixed for under $2500. He informed me that he sees a lot of issues like this with Explorers - probably a poor design and poor quality. Also, judging by various websites there are indeed lots of complains like this.
I wouldn't be surprised if Ford knew of the poor design - since the warranty that came with the vehicle was only 3 yr/36K even for powertrain. If Ford had good quality, why couldn't they step up to the plate and offer 60K or even 100K power train warranty. They must have known the poor quality. In my mind, this is deceptive practice - and I kick myself for not recognizing this as a red flag.
Well, for the 2008 Explorer I see Ford is offering 60K powertrain warranty. So they must have made some improvements (which further underscores their recognition of the poor quality in earlier years). But it's still a far cry from 100K that some vehicles come with. You also have to wonder what other quality issues are lurking.
I think the choice is now clear to me. In the future I will be considering something like a Honda Pilot. Ford deserves the trend of lower market share. Consumers are very wise, and the quality the provide is reflected in their declining sales and marketshare.
Please don't make the same mistake I made. The foreign competition provides much better quality and customer service.
#149 of 398 Re: Bad Transmissions on Ford Explorers
Nov 23, 2007 (12:32 pm)
Quick update. Had my explorer back from the dealer since 10/27 and not sure what they did to the transmission but have not had any problems since or maybe I should say yet.
Did pickup a Ford ESP that covers me to 75K, first time I've ever felt the need for one.
So far everything is okay but I can't shake the feeling that something will happen with the tranny again.
#150 of 398 Transmission Shot at 36.7K
Dec 15, 2007 (7:38 am)
Transmission Shot at 36.7KHas anyone had any luck getting Ford to stand behind its product? Their Customer Care is a joke, and given the known transmission problems with the 2001 Explorer Sport Trac, we were offered ZERO assistance even at 36.7K miles. Since we put low mileage on the vehicle, we are past the time deadline on the warranty. We loved the truck up until now but after researching Ford's all-around shoddy transmission record (too late) we strongly recommend considering other vehicles to Ford - especially if you are buying used. Does anyone have any suggested recourse?
#151 of 398 1995 ford explorer transmission question
Dec 23, 2007 (3:09 pm)
I have a 95 explorer and the transmission is junk. i have a friend the has a salvage yard and has a 94 explorer trans with 30000 miles in great shape. my question is will the 94 trans. fit in the 95 vehicle.
#152 of 398 Re: 1995 ford explorer transmission question [mmorse44]
Dec 26, 2007 (7:51 am)
I posted another message after the one you replied to stating that I was able to get $1,000 from Ford to assist with funding the new transmission as a good will gesture, even though the warranty had expired. That says to me 1) They know the trans was bad in those models and 2) They value the Ford brand and will stand behind their product. I don't know the answer to your question about the 94/95 but wanted to make sure you knew how my situation was resolved since first posting was so negative.