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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions
#284 of 383 Re: Ford Explorer transmission problems [wwest]
Feb 09, 2011 (11:24 am)
Really good question, but I don't think it did. I think the damage was done to that transmission by the initial fill, and rebuilding the valve body and reflashing was not sufficient to repair it. That's just a theory, it could be they had a batch of bad transmissions that year from France (where they were built), and the fluid thing was incorrect, although it was pretty well documented at the time. As I think I stated earlier, I had a good 2002, 2003, then got the badf 2004, and the 2006 was also a bit screwed up, so rather than repeat that experience of the 2004, I traded the 06 on an 07, which I still have, and has been excellent in every way. So, I don't know for sure. Each time they fixed the transmission for me, always under warranty, it was fine, but shortly started malfunctioning again. Cars like that, I often find just are never right, and I push them down the road. Some people never buy another of that brand after experiences like that, but the Explorer is just such a great design with those 3rd row seats that fold into the floor, the independent rear suspension that really cushions the ride, and the superior engine technology, I keep buying them. Some other brands have started copying them, but Ford had it way first in that class. We'll see what I think of the 2011, I'm a bit skeptical right now. I like the ruggedness of the old design.
#285 of 383 Re: Ford Explorer transmission problems [nvbanker]
Feb 09, 2011 (6:46 pm)
My '02 has had it's share of issues that have cost me some money, but I still enjoy driving it every time i do.
It drives well, sounds good and has a good sound system.
It's also my kids first choice for the above reasons.
I filled up my AWD Fusion about 3 weeks ago and have driven it about 60 miles since then.
Pretty much drive the Explorer every day.
Our weather has been pretty bad for the last month or more, so why use your second best tool for the job?
#286 of 383 Re: Ford Explorer transmission problems [explorerx4]
Feb 11, 2011 (5:40 pm)
I agree, my 02 was a good one as well.
#287 of 383 tranny problem
Mar 01, 2011 (12:24 am)
i got a 97 explorer and the tranny tonight was work fine i turned it around and switch it from 4 low to 4 high the light changed and i put it drive and hread a bang sound and then couldnt start my truck off in drive i had to start it in 2 gear then shift up to drive and i wouldnt start in 1 gear either only 2 gear i just need help to figure out what is wrong to i cant my some informed disicions thanks.
#288 of 383 Annoying little transmission issue
Apr 28, 2011 (12:13 pm)
I have a 2004 Sport trac and it has an annoying habit of slipping out of gear (No matter what the RPM, speed, weather or elevation... Yes ive monitored it that close) it will randomly drop out of gear for a split second and send my RPM's sky high. Sometimes itll make my truck buck a bit because the truck cant figure out what to do seemingly. Then itll all go away leaving behind a code for something to do with my fuel rail pressure sensor. Which the Ford techs cannot replicate to save their lives. I dont know if this is something like anybody else has been experiencing maybe?
#289 of 383 Re: tranny problem [gorski]
Apr 29, 2011 (4:56 pm)
Sounds like you broke a band in there to me. You need to have it looked at. At the least, you have possibly broken a shift motor for the 4WD.
#290 of 383 Re: Annoying little transmission issue [nyhtmare]
Apr 29, 2011 (5:00 pm)
In my experience, you may be low on fluid. There is no dipstick or add tube on that truck, so you'll have to have somebody look at it from under the truck, and if it's low, they can top it off and it may fix your problem. If you have 50,000 miles on the truck, and haven't had the transmission serviced yet, have them do that. If that doesn't do the trick, you could have a valve problem in there, or a programming problem. It may need to be flashed by the dealer. That may do it. Thirdly, and sadly, 04 was a bad year for Explorer transmissions, and many of them failed due to some sabotage at the factory that year. If you have one of those, sell the car, it's going to likely be chronic problems from here on out. I had an 04, so I know. It's the only bad Explorer I have had, out of 7 of them. And it was all transmission related.
#291 of 383 Re: Annoying little transmission issue [nyhtmare]
Apr 30, 2011 (8:36 am)
ATF overfill or more likely low.
#293 of 383 Re: 2002 Ford Explorer transmission [pjford]
May 16, 2011 (6:22 pm)
I have an 98 explorer. Transmission went bad in it. Can any other tranny fit in it?? It is an 6.0 sohc, 4wd. Please help