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Ford Explorer Transmission Questions
#48 of 383 ford explorer downshift issues
Feb 11, 2007 (9:59 am)
I too bought a 2006 ford explorer EB addition in Sept 2006.
I brought it in for the first time in Oct. 2006 with downshift issues..they replaced the computer chip...it was fine for about a month then brought it back again in Nov.2006 and they reprogrammed the chip...again fine about a month until it started having the shifting problems again. I brought it back in Dec. 2006 and they said they couldn't feel it or find anything but to drive it around till it was doing it more and bring it back again. Well guess what...it is back there again in Feb. 2007 with the same issues...this time they do feel it and are telling me that this is the way that all Ford Explores shift and drive....and that the car is adjusting to the way I drive. I don't believe this at all...especially after finding this site and everyone here who is having the same issues. I am going to keep fighting this and not stay quiet.
#49 of 383 Re: Ford explorer dowshift issues [dbroghamer]
Feb 11, 2007 (2:34 pm)
For the record, the valve body was on recall, and it was swapped out, the TCM and PCM was reprogrammed, and mind shifts like butter now, so I'm very pleased with my Explorer now. Took 2 visits, but that's pretty normal in my experience for Ford.
Feb 12, 2007 (3:41 pm)
Reprogramming did not work... so now they have replaced a valve and some other part of the transmission. The service rep said that this had worked when the reprogramming didn't help with other vehicles. Sounds like it fixed your problem. Hopefully, it will fix mine. If it wasn't for this transmission problem I would be totally satisfied with my 2007 Mercury Mountaineer. Jbuck2
#51 of 383 Re: jbuck2 [jbuck2]
Feb 13, 2007 (3:42 pm)
I hear ya - they are great trucks, best design out there, good value - but if they won't shift - you hate them. Keep at it, they'll fix it. It CAN be done. When it's finally shifting right, you'll love the vehicle.
#52 of 383 Resolved the Downshift Issue
Feb 15, 2007 (1:05 pm)
I too have taken my Eddie Bauer in 3 times for repair... the first and second they did a software update and that did not work. This week they replaced the valve body (I told them about it from this site!) and presto... no more down shift problems! Thanks to everyone here for the advice.
#53 of 383 Re: Resolved the Downshift Issue [t_silver]
Feb 15, 2007 (8:33 pm)
It's a miracle, isn't it? There is now a recall out on that valve body that's failing - so anybody bringing in that complaint, should have it fixed if the dealer has anything on the ball at all....
Once that is resolved, it's a sweet truck, IMO. My favorite so far.
#54 of 383 Re: Resolved the Downshift Issue [nvbanker]
Feb 16, 2007 (7:41 am)
Is it a recall or TSB? I have had minor clunking shift issues and intend to take it in, but was wondering if they will notify me, or if anyone here has access to the complete bulletin if it is a TSB.
#55 of 383 Re: Resolved the Downshift Issue [pnewby]
Feb 16, 2007 (5:09 pm)
Mine said recall on the invoice, but it's not directly safety related, so there is no active campaign - it's just replaced when complained about.
#56 of 383 Re: Resolved the Downshift Issue [t_silver]
Mar 08, 2007 (9:55 am)
I also have an Eddie Bauer and have the same downshifting problem you described. I see that it's been a few weeks since it was fixed----how's it going now? Still no problems? Your posting gives me hope that I won't have to trade off the vehicle that I love so much!
#57 of 383 Re: Resolved the Downshift Issue [cperk]
Mar 08, 2007 (2:01 pm)
I Had the transmission valve replaced like others on this site have and now after 2 weeks the Mountaineer is doing well! I'm cautiously optimistic. Now the only problem I'm having is in the parking lot.... I feel like I've got square wheels when I am just leaving a parking spot. I think the transmission stays in 1st gear too long.