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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions
#313 of 383 Re: Ford Explorer transmission problems [tupimell]
by kirstie_h HOST
Sep 12, 2011 (6:05 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.
#314 of 383 Re: Ford Explorer transmission problems [kirstie_h]
Sep 12, 2011 (8:24 am)
I wish that worked, but having had one of these transmissions, I sincerely doubt it. Mine had to be frequently reflashed to resolve the problem, which it would do, only to recur in a few thousand miles. It was leased, so I let it go back, but my friend bought it, and has had the continuing problem. Having owned 8 Explorers, most of them being excellent vehicles, in my opinion, once you get one with a bad transmission, you may as well get rid of it, they seem to be cursed with no long term remedy. I've had two of them, an 04, and an 06.
#315 of 383 1997 Explorer AWD - Loud Noise on Speed Reduction
Nov 05, 2011 (4:55 pm)
OK, let me preface this with I have 232,000 miles on my Explorer and no complaints or problems (knock on wood). That said, starting a few days ago when I disengage the cruise or let off the gas at over 40 mph it makes a whining sound almost like a gear spinning or turbocharger sounds. If I tap the accelerator it stops. Know it has to be in the transmission or torque converter. Any thougths?
#316 of 383 Re: 1997 Explorer AWD - Loud Noise on Speed Reduction [msmyers73]
Nov 07, 2011 (11:51 am)
My only thought is, if you have 223,000 on it, it has served you very well. Sounds like my first Explorer, 1994, and my best one. Went 150,000 miles with only one problem. Eventually the shift motor for the 4WD went out.
But I digress.....
#317 of 383 Re: 1997 Explorer AWD - Loud Noise on Speed Reduction [nvbanker]
Nov 07, 2011 (2:13 pm)
Thanks nvbanker! Good info and it is a fix I may attemptmyself. Appears pretty straight forward and I have been playing with cars all my life. You were a great help!
#318 of 383 How do i check trani fluid pressure on a 02 Ford Explorer XLT?
Nov 10, 2011 (12:32 pm)
Hi everyone! I hope everybody's doing great!
Can anyone tell me how i can check the transmission fluid pressure on a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT?
I just found out how complicated it is to put the trani fluid in to this car, so i would like to check the pressure first =)
I think the fluid is low, but I'm not 100% sure...
It would be great if somebody could help me, thank you!
#319 of 383 Re: How do i check trani fluid pressure on a 02 Ford Explorer XLT? [miss_nikki]
Nov 14, 2011 (3:55 pm)
I think you want to check your fluid level? To do this make sure the vehicle is level and at operating temp. . On the transmission pan is a large hex with a smaller plug(may be allen or torx head)inside. Remove the inner plug and fluid should drip out. If it does not add the correct fluid until it does. (refer to manual, I believe its MerconV). To add fluid you will need something to force the fluid against the forces of gravity and through that small hole. This would be beneficial to do this because at this point you can add fluid. To check the pressure you would need an expensive pressure gauge(which you will probably never use again) and be unplugging and plugging an area that might leak, and you can not add fluid at this location. A pressure reading may indicate an extremely low level, but not necessarily the correct operating level.
#320 of 383 Intermittent Emty fuel guage on 2005 Mountaineer
Nov 14, 2011 (3:44 pm)
I have a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer which the fuel gauge intermittently reads empty. It is a 4.0 flex fuel model. I have read posts about 2002 models needing wiring kits or flex fuel modules to correct this. Anybody know where to start on this model?
#321 of 383 Re: Intermittent Emty fuel guage on 2005 Mountaineer [windcatcher066]
Nov 14, 2011 (4:04 pm)
More likely, it's your fuel pump, which has an attached float and provides voltage to the guage. Sometimes, whey they age, the float sticks. More often, they stick up and read full, but it's also possible the float has a leak in it and won't float all the time, and sinks to the bottom. This happens on virtually all cars, by the way, not just these. I'd start with replacing the fuel pump. If you're going to do it yourself, I think you have to drop the tank, and if so, make sure it's empty as possible! They're very heavy full. Good luck.
#322 of 383 Re: Intermittent Emty fuel guage on 2005 Mountaineer [windcatcher066]
Nov 16, 2011 (7:57 am)
"...intermittently reads empty..."
An open fuel guage sensor would indicate a full, OVER full, tank. A short, less than 30 ohms, would read empty. A "sunk" fuel sensor due to a leaking float would also indicate empty but would not likely be an intermittent situation.
So the most likely cause is a short, to the chasis, in the wiring between the top of the fuel tank and the instrument.