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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions
#254 of 398 Ford Explorer/A4LD
Dec 13, 2009 (7:17 pm)
I really want to make sure that I repair the right thing on my
I have 1994 Explorer with a 1992 A4LD Transmission. I have received a number of responses to my problem. I want to verify before starting the
I have been told that the problem is:
1. The Governor
2. Could be the Torque Convertor
3. Although not likely, it could be the Modulator.
I recently installed a 1992 A4LD transmission that was recently
rebuilt: I don't know if the Torque Converter was replaced at that
time. The only difference between the one removed and the new one is
the Modulator. The original Modulator was not adjustable and the one
on this transmission is.
When the vehicle is cooled down, it intermittently is reluctant to
shift i.e. It will start out in first but seems to lack power. The
same is true when it is cold however, it is not intermittent, it simply
lacks go-power. It takes more RPM than normal. It slowly shifts to
second, third. I can punch it and force it to shift although not
always successful. If it does shift it will then shift normally until
it sits for a little while and has the opportunity to cool down.
If I warm up the vehicle to normal operating temperature before
driving, the transmission will shift normally. One again, it may or
may not shift correctly when it has the opportunity to cool down a
Only thing I noted beside this is:
When I open the hood, when cold, I hear what appears to be a vacuum
leak in the area of the EGR Valve however, I cannot find. To be honest with you, I don't know if this is normal. I don't fully understand how the vacuum is created so any input in this area would also be helpful.
What I have learned is:
1. I know how to replace the Modulator and watch for the pin.
2. I also know how to replace the Governor however, "Whatever It
Takes" Transmission parts (WITTrans.com) lists a number of Governors so
I have been told to remove the old one and identify which is installed.
This is questionable from my perspective since I have to literally take
the transfer case off, remove the govener, and order and wait for a
3. It has also been recommended that I replace the 30mm Weight with
the Sonix 35mm weight.
I am willing and capable to do all that is recommended however without
confirmation I am hesitant for the following reasons:
1. If the governor will cure the problem great however, If it is not
the governor I will have wasted my time and had a lengthy down time
waiting for the part.
2. Additionally, if it is not the governor and it turns out to be the
torque convertor I will have to do the same process again but have to
remove the tranny on top of this.
3. I have not mentioned the modulator since I am going to replace that
What I am asking for:
Confirmation of what I need to replace before I begin and/or the
procedure to verify the problem before I tear it down. Additionally,
if someone can verify which governor to order without first removing
the one installed would be of significant assistance.
Thanks In Advance.
#255 of 398 Re: Ford Explorer/A4LD [disvnvet]
Jan 06, 2010 (1:02 pm)
I have a 1992 ford 4x4 explorer. 189 K miles.
IT WILL GO INTO REVERSE GREAT BUT NOT FORWARD GEARS.
I did a tranny flush, and replace the filter and the modulator.
I tried to do the external band adjustment, but not sure how. I think you go 10 inch lbs then back off 3 1/2 turns.
after doing the work, I can blip the engine 3 or 4 times up to 1500 rpms, and it will literally jump into low gear.
I need a little technical assistance, Thank You
Jan 16, 2010 (12:03 pm)
I have a 95 explorer and am installing a new engine but I can not seem to get the convertor fully engaged into the tranny input shaft any suggestions ?
#257 of 398 Re: tranny ? [bruce2222]
Jan 17, 2010 (10:46 am)
Is this a new engine or another engine. I gather you are trying to slide the converter onto the transmission shaft. When installing you should turn the converter clockwise while pushing towards the tranny. It will slip in two separate times. When you hear the converter bottoming out you will know that it is in all the way. If it does not go on at all, make sure there is nothing in the converter hole or on the end of the tranny shaft. If both are clear and it still will not go on, make sure you have the correct converter.
Let me know.
#258 of 398 2000 explorer sport transmition
Jan 20, 2010 (9:29 pm)
have a v-6 explorer sport 2 wheel drive and my question is;
the past few months it has been shifting funny and the RPM's
are climbing.Today from a stop light I counted the shifting between gears
and counted only 4 with the overdrive off.
Does anyone know why it won't hit that 5th gear?
#259 of 398 2003 Explorer Transmission
Feb 19, 2010 (3:37 pm)
I had the transmission rebuilt in my 2003 Explorer exactly 1year and 1week ago and my Explorer is now back in the shop, less than 10K miles later for the EXACT same problem; blinking O/D light and major tramsmission slipping and the RPMs through the roof before it shifts. It was so bad we almost didn't make it to the shop with it. We are 1 week out of the 12month warranty...GO FIGURE!!! and at this point we still don't know if they will take care of the repair but I bet I can guess the answer to that one. Not sure if the shop just did a crappy job or if it's just this crappy transmission but either way we are going to have to lump some more money into my car that I unfortunately still love even after all of the problems I 've had.
#260 of 398 2003 Ford Explorer O/D light flashing
Mar 07, 2010 (7:26 am)
Mine seems to be a little different. My O/D light is flashing on my 03 explorer. But, I have not gotten a service engine light or a check transmission light. Also, it may have a hard shift from 1st to 2nd or 2nd to 3rd. But, there is no excess RPMs and it has been doing this for about 10k miles. So, in my situation, what should I look to replace?
#261 of 398 Re: 2003 Ford Explorer O/D light flashing [ctownsell]
Mar 08, 2010 (8:16 am)
In the manual it says that the blinking O/D light basically means it needs to be checked out as soon as possible. Mine started blinking one morning and by the next afternoon it was shifting really rough and with the excessive RPMs. It may be a little different but I would still have the transmission check out...BTW I never had any other indicators other than the blinking O/D light.
#262 of 398 changing atf fluid and filter
Apr 13, 2010 (12:01 pm)
There is nom dipstick to check atf fluid levels. There is a drainplug on resevior. How will I refill? 4.0 liter 2005 explorer
#263 of 398 94 Explorer 2WD Tranny Issues
Apr 19, 2010 (4:47 pm)
Hello, I have a 94 explorer with the A4LD6 transmission. A couple days ago it started shifting wrong from 1st to 2nd. Here's the scoop- if started for first time of the day and driven it will high rev (lag) before shifting to 2nd gear 1 or two times then it will drive normal until it cools off, then it will do the same thing also if I let it idle for a while it will shift normally. I think it 's the torque converter but I'm not certain and was wondering if anyone has some input for me. There is another post on here with the same issue but I couldn't figure out how he solved the problem. Any info/help would be GREATLY appreciated.. thanks in advance!!!