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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions
#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.
my email is
#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.
#312 of 398 Re: Ford Explorer transmission problems [07imanexplorer]
Sep 11, 2011 (5:48 pm)
saludos, vivo en venezuela y tengo una ford explorer eddie bauer V8 2008 con un problema similar, el golpe de la caja, acudi a muchos concesionarios o agencias y siempre me dijeron que ese golpe era normal y ademas que no habia forma de quitarselo hasta que me comunique con FORD de VENEZUELA a traves de su pagina web y en pocos dias me llamaron para enviarme a un taller especifico donde me resolverian el asunto y realmente fue asi, despues de casi 3 aņos la camioneta definitivamente es otra, les cuento que le reactualizan el soft ware y para ello cuando se le esta cargando, la camioneta debe ser manejada durante al menos 15 minutos en una via totalmente plana sin frenar para que la computadora aprenda a cambiar sin brusquedad y debe ser manejada por un tecnico que tenga oido con el motor para asi acelerarla de manera adecuada y cambie apropiadamente, esto debe hacerlo 3 o 4 veces, en defecto de la via libre y plana, realizan el procedimiento sobre un puente dinamico que solo talleres bien especializados lo tienen. Por ello le recomiendo que se comuniquen con FORD pues seguro le resuelven el asunto.
#313 of 398 Re: Ford Explorer transmission problems [tupimell]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Sep 12, 2011 (5:05 am)
The member above lives in Venezuela and has a 2008 Ford Eddie Bauer V8 with a similar problem - the thunking - and he also went to many shops where they told him it was normal and there was no way to fix it. Then he contacted Ford of Venezuela via their website and they called him and send him to a specific shop where, after 3 years of having this problem, he was told that you need retrain the software by driving the truck for at least 15 minutes on a totally flat surface, without braking, so that the computer can learn to change without abruptness. This should be handled by a technician who can hear the motor and ensure that it is accelerating and changing properly. This may have to be done 3-4 times, and in the absence of a free & flat surface, specialized mechanics have equipment to replicate this.
He highly recommends contacting Ford to resolve this situation.