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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions
#302 of 398 2007 Ford Explorer Transmission
Jul 24, 2011 (2:06 pm)
I am looking for any ideas I can find on a solution for this. I have a 2007 V6 Explorer Eddie Bauer with 140,000 miles. My transmission died recently, so I had it rebuilt. Ever since I got it back, I have had intermittent problems with the transmission going into reverse or first gear. It only happens one out of every 4 or 5 times. When I put it into gear, I have to rev the engine a lot just to get it to move a little. Finally, it will kick into gear.
The valve body has been replaced twice since the transmission was rebuilt a little over a month ago, and i am still haveing the same probelm. the repair shop has been great. They thought they might have been getting a bad batch of valve bodies, so they used a different supplier last time. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the problem.
Any ideas on what the problem could be?
#303 of 398 Re: tranny fluid change [quentens]
Jul 24, 2011 (3:22 pm)
Don't do it that way. But first of all, what year are we talking about? Because, many of the newer transmissions do not have a fill tube or dipstick. Assuming yours does, disconnect one of the transmission lines from the radiator, and put a hose on it that points downward to your collection pail. Start the engine and begin pouring fluid down the fill tube, it will pump the old stuff out the hose on the bottom. When the color changes on the discharge tube to the red color of what you're putting in, you have changed all the fluid. But now, what are going to do about the filter?
#304 of 398 Re: 2007 Ford Explorer Transmission [2bennett]
Jul 24, 2011 (3:27 pm)
I really hate saying this, because I love my explorers, and have had 7 of 'em. However, I have had 2 with bad transmissions, an 04 and an 06. I have never been successful at getting them to run right once they go bad. I can't tell you why, the dealers have tried and tried, all under warranty. No luck. Eventually, just sold the cars and got another one.
One may ask, why do I keep buying them? Because, they are engineered so well, are tough as nails, and generally are pretty bullet proof. The 07 I have now, is great.
#305 of 398 Re: 2007 Ford Explorer Transmission [nvbanker]
Jul 24, 2011 (8:11 pm)
You might be in for a BIG surprise with the new Explorer/Taurus X/FreeStyle.
#306 of 398 Re: tranny fluid change [nvbanker]
Aug 09, 2011 (8:28 am)
NEED HELP! 1998 ford explorer sport SOHC V6 4.0L: i have recently change my transmission fluid, filter and gasket. now im having slipping on all gears. i ask the dealership and they said that changing the transmission fluid at over 100k miles would cause some problem because the old oil is whats keeping the components together.
so after changing the transmission, i took it for a test drive and it would engage in gear. so i warmed up the car and after a few minutes i took it for a another test drive and it was good. three days later i took it again to drive a it started slipping. it wouldn't even stay in drive. its like its having a hard time engaging.
anybody out there that can help me
thank you for your time.
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#307 of 398 Re: tranny fluid change [mike_pabros]
Aug 09, 2011 (12:00 pm)
I have always had trouble with what the dealer told you about not changing old oil on old transmissions, but oddly enough, there always seems to be some anecdotal evidence that it's true. Nevertheless, I would try some of the various TransCure treatments you can buy at a retail auto parts store, one that says, "cures slippage", and see if that helps. If not, you're done for. You'll need a rebuild. Sorry!
#308 of 398 97 Ford Explorer low gear
Aug 21, 2011 (4:30 pm)
Low gear seems to be out in my 97 Ford explorer. All other gears are working. Any advice on what the problem may be.
#309 of 398 Re: 97 Ford Explorer low gear [dwsford]
Aug 22, 2011 (3:20 pm)
Probably a band has broken, but it's going to need a rebuild to fix it. No other way.
#310 of 398 Re: 2007 Ford Explorer Transmission [2bennett]
Aug 30, 2011 (5:07 am)
Are you sure it is a trans problem and not an excessively loud coolant fan,the coolant fan is the cause of thousands of trans complaints
#311 of 398 Re: 2007 Ford Explorer Transmission [jsaper]
Aug 30, 2011 (7:36 am)
No it's not a trans fan. It's making a little ticking noise on the trans. I talked to the ford dealer and they said I shoulnt have change the transmission oil if it wasn't done regularly. The sludge on the transmission was keeping the gears together. I talked to several mechanic and they said the same. But it still doesn't make sense to me why this would happen. I added some Lucas transmission additive and it seems to help. But I really have to warm up the truck and drive it around before I can drive it on the street. This is what has to happen when it's cold. Thank you so much for responding.