The Ford 5R55S, 5R55N and 5R55W transmission was used in both 2 and 4-wheel drive Explorers, and the 6R60 in V8 models. After it switched over to a FWD/AWD platform in 2011, the 6-speed 6F35 was used. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Ford Explorer transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.
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What Transmission Do I Have?
Ford Explorer Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate
Replacement Ford Explorer Transmission Prices:
|Transmission||Street Smart Transmission||Autozone||Advance Auto Parts||Dealer Retail|
|6F50 / 6F35||2295||2355||2649||3387|
What are the DTC codes related to Ford Explorer transmission problems?
|P0703||Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit|
|P0705||Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)|
|P0707||Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Low Input|
|P0708||Transmission Range Sensor Circuit High Input|
|P0711||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0712||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input|
|P0713||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input|
|P0714||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715|
|P0715||Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit|
|P0717||Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal|
|P0718||Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent|
|P0720||Output Speed Sensor Circuit|
|P0721||Output Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0723||Output Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent|
|P0729||Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0730||Incorrect Gear Ratio|
|P0731||Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0732||Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0733||Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0734||Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0735||Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0745||Pressure Control Solenoid 'A'|
|P0748||Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical|
|P0750||Shift Solenoid 'A'|
|P0751||Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0752||Shift Solenoid 'A' Stuck On|
|P0753||Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical|
|P0755||Shift Solenoid 'B'|
|P0756||Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0757||Shift Solenoid 'B' Stuck On|
|P0758||Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical|
|P0760||Shift Solenoid 'C'|
|P0761||Shift Solenoid 'C' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0762||Shift Solenoid 'C' Stuck On|
|P0763||Shift Solenoid 'C' Electrical|
|P0765||Shift Solenoid 'D'|
|P0766||Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0767||Shift Solenoid 'D' Stuck On|
|P0768||Shift Solenoid 'D' Electrical|
|P0770||Shift Solenoid 'E'|
|P0771||Shift Solenoid 'E' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0772||Shift Solenoid 'E' Stuck On|
|P0773||Shift Solenoid 'E' Electrical|
|P0774||Shift Solenoid 'E' Intermittent|
|P0775||Pressure Control Solenoid 'B'|
|P0777||Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Stuck On|
|P0778||Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Electrical|
|P0795||Pressure Control Solenoid 'C'|
|P0797||Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Stuck On|
|P0798||Pressure Control Solenoid 'C' Electrical|
|P0817||Transmission Fluid Pressure Manual Valve Position Switch Reverse with Drive Ratio|
|P0817||Starter Disable Circuit|
|P0960||Pressure Control Solenoid A Control Circuit/Open|
|P0961||Pressure Control Solenoid A Control Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0962||Pressure Control Solenoid A Control Circuit Low|
|P0963||Pressure Control Solenoid A Control Circuit High|
|P0972||Shift Solenoid A Control Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0973||Shift Solenoid A Control Circuit Low|
|P0974||Shift Solenoid A Control Circuit High|
|P0975||Shift Solenoid B Control Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0976||Shift Solenoid B Control Circuit Low|
|P0977||Shift Solenoid B Control Circuit High|
|P0978||Shift Solenoid C Control Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0979||Shift Solenoid C Control Circuit Low|
|P0980||Shift Solenoid C Control Circuit High|
|P0981||Shift Solenoid D Control Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0982||Shift Solenoid D Control Circuit Low|
|P0983||Shift Solenoid D Control Circuit High|
|P0985||Shift Solenoid E Control Circuit Low|
|P0986||Shift Solenoid E Control Circuit High|
|P1762||Nissan DTC: Direct Clutch Solenoid Valve|
|P2763||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit High|
|P2764||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Low|
Ford Explorer Transmission Technical Service Bulletins | TSB
TSB 01-10-2 – Fluid leak from the transmission cooler lines at the transmission case connection
2002 Ford Explorer – 2002 Mercury Mountaineer
Problem – On vehicles built from 11/13/2000-4/2/2001, there may be a transmission fluid leak at the cooler line-to-case connection. This can be caused by contamination of the tube nut, threads, flare, or improper installation torque.
Solution – The transmission cooler line and tube nuts will need to be cleaned and an O-ring installed in the case fitting.
TSB 01-10-7 – Transmission control indicator lamp On with P0713 DTC, along with other OBDII codes
2002 Ford Explorer – 2002 Mercury Mountaineer
Problem – On vehicles built between 11/13/2000-3/8/2001, various transmission trouble codes may appear due to water intrusion into the transmission solenoid body connector
Solution – Install an updated transmission wiring harness – part number 1L2Z-7C078-AB
TSB 01-22-3 – Buzzing noise from the transmission when the converter is engaged
2002 Ford Explorer 4.6L – 2002 Mercury Mountaineer 4.6L
Problem – On vehicles produced between 11/15/2000-11/11/2001, equipped with the Ford 4.6L engine and the 5R55W transmission, a buzzing noise may be heard when the torque converter engages, due to a higher fluid velocity inside of the valve body / main control unit.
Solution – Install updated 5R55W valve body
TSB 01-20-7 – Ticking noise coming from the front or intermediate servo cover area
2002 Ford Explorer 5R55W – 2002 Mercury Mountaineer 5R55W
Problem – A ticking noise may be present when the vehicle is idling in Park or Neutral.
Solution – The separator plate or valve body may need to be replaced.
TSB 02-08-03 – Transmission fluid leak at servo cover
2001 – 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac – 2001 – 2002 Ford Explorer Sport – 2001 – 2002 Ford Ranger
Problem – On vehicles equipped with the 2.3L, 3.0L or 4.0L engine with the 5R55E transmission, operating in cold climates may cause a transmission fluid leak at the servo cover.
Solution – Install updated servo cover(s).
TSB 02-13-8 – Low line pressure at wide open throttle (WOT), slipping and or delayed gear engagement
1995 – 2001 Ford Explorer – 1999 – 2002 Ford Explorer Sport – 2001 – 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac – 1995 – 2002 Ford Ranger – 1997 – 2001 Mercury Mountaineer
Problem – Vehicles built prior to 12/1/2001 may experience a number of transmission problems including; no 2nd gear, no 3rd gear, no engine braking when in manual 1st, slipping and/or delayed gear engagements, DTC’s P0732, P0733 and/or P1762
Solution – Modify or install updated valve body
TSB 03-25-4 – No 3rd gear or slipping on the 2-3 shift
2002 Ford Explorer 5R55W – 2002 Mercury Mountaineer 5R55W
Problem – Certain vehicles may exhibit no third gear, slipping on the 2-3 shift and P0733 and P0745 DTC’s due to a broken intermediate band inside the transmission.
Solution – Install new 5R55W intermediate band, OD band and pistons. The direct clutch drum will also need to be inspected for signs of damage, cracking etc.
TSB 05-21-8 – Delayed or harsh reverse engagement – 5R55S Transmission
2004 – 2005 Ford Explorer – 2004 – 2005 Ford Thunderbird – 2004 – 2005 Lincoln LS – 2004 – 2005 Lincoln Aviator – 2004 – 2005 Mercury Mountaineer
Problem – Some vehicles may experience a delayed or harsh reverse gear engagement due to improper pressure control
Solution – It may be necessary to place the solenoid body assembly, valve body and/or an in-line filter
2002 TSB 190029 / 04-24-17
Certain 5-speed auto equipped 2002 models built before 03-04-2002, may experience slipping on the 2-3 shift, or a loss of 3rd gear altogether. This problem is most likely due to a broken intermediate band, which could trigger diagnostic trouble codes: P0733 and P0745
To properly fix this problem, you’ll need to replace both the intermediate and OD bands, along with the pistons. The direct clutch drum should also be inspected for damage.
TSB 06-25-10 – Shifter requires manual override to get the vehicle out of Park – 6R60 Transmission & 5R55S Transmission
2006 – 2007 Ford Explorer – 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac – 2006 – 2007 Mercury Mountaineer
Problem – Some vehicles may experience an intermittent condition where the shifter gets stuck in the Park position, requiring the use of the manual override function to shifted out of Park. This transmission problem may be caused by chemicals from the shifter lubricants corroding the shifter switch contacts.
Solution – If no electrical problems are found, a new transmission selector lever will need to be installed.
TSB 07-6-3 – DTCs related to the Mechatronic assembly – with or without the wrench light on – 6R60 Transmission
2006 – 2007 Ford Explorer – 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac – 2007 Ford Expedition – 2006 – 2007 Mercury Mountaineer
Problem – Some vehicles may experience transmission problems, along with the following diagnostic trouble codes: P0658, P0657, P0972, P0973, P0974, P0975, P0976, P0977, P0978|, P0979, P0980, P0981, P0982, P0983, P0961, P0962, P0963, P2763, P2764, P0985, P0986, P0711, P0712. This can be caused by contamination at the Mechatronic assembly (i.e. the valve body).
Solution – Install new protective barrier strip on the valve body.
TSB 11-12-10 – Sluggish acceleration from 0-5 mph (0-8 km/h) followed by harsh bump or slip on takeoff – 6F35 Transmission & 6F50 Transmission
2010 – 2011 Ford Taurus – 2009 – 2011 Ford Edge – 2009 – 2011 Ford Flex – 2011 Ford Explorer – 2010 – 2011 Lincoln MKS – 2009 – 2011 Lincoln MKX – 2010 – 2011 Lincoln MKT
Problem – Some vehicles may experience sluggish acceleration or a hesitation feel during a rolling stop, followed by a harsh bump or slip feeling. This can be caused by a design flaw in the 6F35 valve body / 6F50 valve body.
Solution – On transmissions originally built for Mercon LV transmission fluid (listed on the dipstick), the valve body will have to be modified by deleting one hole in the valve body separator plate, and removing the check ball in the area of the deleted hole. If this modification is not performed properly, the transmission may experience a loss of reverse or a 2-3 shift flare.
TSB 15-0047 / 17-2219 – Push button start – Shift to Park or Transmission Not In Park message – discharged battery – unable to remove key
2011 – 2017 Ford Edge – 2011 – 2017 Ford Explorer – 2011 – 2017 Ford Flex – 2011 – 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan – 2011 – 2017 Ford Taurus – 2011 – 2016 Lincoln MKS – 2011 – 2017 Lincoln MKT – 2011 – 2015 Lincoln MKX
Problem – Vehicles equipped with a floor shift selector lever and push button start, may display a ‘Shift To Park’ or ‘Transmission Not In Park’ message, even though the transmission is actually in Park. It may also not be possible to remove the transmitter key, and the battery may discharge due to the warning message remaining illuminated.
Solution – Install new park detect switch
2013 TSB 365099 / 13-5-31
Problem:According to the Technical Service Bulletin: “Some 2013 Explorer vehicles equipped with 3.5L GTDI (twin-turbo EcoBoost 3.5L) engines may exhibit long crank-to-start times and delayed/harsh downshift when commanded in the middle of a 4-5 or 3-5 upshift and delayed upshifts from 3rd, 4th or 5th gear when transmission fluid temperature is below 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit).”
To fix the problem, a Ford dealer will need to update the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) software.
2013 TSB 365977 / ASI-32216
Certain 2013 Explorers with the 6R35 transmission may experience a fluid leak from the left hand half shaft seal. This is likely due to premature bushing or seal wear, caused by the half shaft surface finish.
Fixing the problem will require the installation of an updated case bushing, seal and half shaft.
Common Ford Explorer Transmission Problems
One of the most common Ford Explorer transmission problems is a failed solenoid. These little plunger like devices are used by the computer to route pressurized transmission fluid and change gears. To activate one of the solenoids, the computer sends an electrical charge though a coil of wire that wraps around the plunger mechanism. Heat and vibration can cause these wires to short out, which will lead to all sorts of transmission problems.
If you want to check the functionality of your solenoids, simply hook an ohmmeter to the two wires coming off of the solenoid. The reading should be somewhere between 20-30 ohms. If you get a reading above or below that number, it’s a safe bet that solenoid won’t function properly.
Ford Explorer 3rd gear shift problems
Although it’s an incredibly popular family SUV, 2001 and later examples of the Ford Explorer equipped with either the 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E, can experience a few rather pronounced shifting problems like 3rd gear slipping. It’s also common for there to be a lack of engine braking when the transmission is manually shifted down to 2nd gear.
Cause of the Ford Explorer 3rd gear slip
The most common cause for Ford Explorer 3rd gear slipping is either a broken overdrive servo piston ‘E’ clip or overdrive servo retaining snap ring. If this has happened, it’s very possible that the broken pieces can become stuck inside the overdrive server regulator valve, preventing the overdrive band from being able to fully apply.
To fix this Ford Explorer 3rd gear shifting problem, the broken retaining pieces will need to be replaced. But the overdrive servo regulator valve assembly will also need to be removed from the valve body and reconditioned in order to repair any damage caused by the break. Most transmission rebuilders will overlook this step, which can lead to more 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission problems down the road. Fortunately remanufactured transmission companies like Street Smart Transmission don’t skip this step, which results in a much more reliable reman Ford Explorer transmission.
How much is it going to cost to fix my 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission?
Unfortunately, the problem described here will require the removal and disassembly/partial disassembly of your transmission. Given the labor time involved to remove the transmission from the vehicle (this is not a simple task), most repair shops will recommend that you go ahead and rebuild the entire transmission while it’s out. Since they already have to tear it down to replace the 4R70W/4R70E or 4R75E transmission, it sort of makes sense to spend the extra money to do that. After all, you should get a lot more mileage out of your transmission once it’s rebuilt. And since they’ve already got the transmission apart, might as well, right?
Can I drive with a Ford Explorer transmission problem?
If your Ford Explorer can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.
How often does a Ford Explorer transmission need to be replaced?
The overall lifespan of a Ford Explorer transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Ford Explorer transmission last for between 80,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.
How are Ford Explorer transmission issues diagnosed?
It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Ford Explorer transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.
How is a Ford Explorer transmission replaced?
In order to replace your Ford Explorer transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.
Recommendations for Ford Explorer transmission issues?
To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Ford Explorer transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.
How to Solve Ford Explorer Transmission Problems
Solution A: Buy a Used Ford Explorer Transmission
The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.
Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Ford Explorer Transmission
Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.
Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Ford Explorer Transmission
Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.
Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.
What Transmission Do I Have?
How to Diagnose & Fix
- Check the OBD Codes
- Check the fluid level
- Test transmission pressure
- Drop the transmission pan
- Repair, replace or rebuild
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If you’re considering buying a used Ford Explorer, it’s useful to know what to look for before you drive one off the lot. Here are some of the most common problems encountered by owners, how much they cost to fix, and how to avoid buying a faulty Explorer.
Quick Answer: Avoid 2002-2006 Ford Explorers
Don’t buy Ford Explorers that were made between 2002 and 2006 because their transmissions are prone to problems. Other year models are safe.
If you were considering buying a 2002-2006 Explorer and we just ruined your plans, don’t despair. The CoPilot app is the easiest way to find reliable used vehicles in your area - just tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll create a curated list of the best deals in your area.
To learn more about the most common problems encountered by used Ford Explorer owners, read on.
Most Common Problem With Used Ford Explorers: Transmission Failure, 2002-2006 models
Average Cost to Fix: $2,800
The transmission is key to a vehicle’s operation, so unfortunately this isn’t a problem that Ford Explorer owners can put off or work around. While other year models are much more reliable, the 2002-2006 year models of the Ford Explorer were plagued by transmission failure issues that require full transmission replacements – which usually sets owners back about 3 grand. Check out the list below for some of the most commonly-reported signs of Ford Explorer transmission failure:
- Unable to switch gears
- Burning smell
- Leaking fluid
- Grinding or shaking
- Check engine light comes on
- Slipping transmission
Here’s what one Ford Explorer owner on Reddit has to say about the Ford Explorer:
As a general review of an explorer I’d say take the majority of reviews online to heart… I wish I did and I regret ever buying my 02 about a year ago now, since then it’s needed rear diff work, multiple wheel bearings (600 a pop), and as of right now it needs $1k worth of repair in the front end. Also, transmission shudders into overdrive and auto 4x4 does not work…, paid 4k for it exactly a year ago, haven’t gotten any private offers for even 2000 since I’ve listed it 2 weeks ago. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good handling vehicle, attractive, and aesthetically ages well, but this was ford’s experimental generation of truck and the mandatory full time 4x4 is the worst thing I ever ever had to deal with in any vehicle.
While the Explorer is a fine vehicle overall, the 2002-2006 years were plagued with problems. We recommend steering towards a different year model if you’re considering buying a used Ford Explorer, since a transmission failure will likely set you back a significant amount of your original purchase price.
How to avoid buying a Ford Explorer with a faulty transmission:
This one’s fairly simple – avoid buying 2002-2006 models, because their transmissions were more prone to failure than other year models. If you are considering a different year model, we recommend taking the vehicle for a thorough test drive. Try to get the vehicle onto a freeway or other high-speed road and accelerate aggressively through the gears. If you feel any slipping or stuttering while the vehicle is shifting, it might be worth finding a different SUV.
How to fix:
Unfortunately, there’s nothing that a non-mechanic can do to fix the transmission problems common to Ford Explorers. Take it to a reputable local mechanic to get it checked out.
KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Wondering what to look out for when buying a used car? With such a large purchase, it pays to be a cautious shopper. Check out this list of the biggest red flags to look out for when buying a used car.
Other Common Ford Escape Problems: Bubbling Paint & Cracked Body Panels
The second most commonly-reported issue with used Ford Explorers are much less severe – bubbling & warping body paint. While paint issues aren’t attractive and might lead to rust, they’re much less severe than a busted transmission.
Average cost to fix: Varies between $150-$5,000
Bubbling paint and cracked panels are among the most common body issues reported by Ford Explorer owners. Unfortunately, these issues seem to be fairly prevalent across all year models, with newer models (2017-2020) having high numbers of reports of bubbling paint, particularly on the hood and around the engine area. This is caused by the aluminum hoods of these models corroding under the paint, causing frequent bubbling, peeling, and other cosmetic issues.
A user on fordexplorer.org, ethanallen5877, detailed their issue with their 2017 Ford Explorer.
“I found about six small areas on the front edge of my 2017 Explorer with bubbling paint. Took it to the dealership and I guess it’s a known issue.”
That’s because it is a known issue – a class action lawsuit was filed against Ford for this issue back in 2019, which led to a recall on many Explorer models. Owners with bubbling paint should be able to get their hood fixed or replaced at the dealership at no cost with this recall. If you’re considering buying a used Ford Explorer, you should check with the seller to see if the hood has already been replaced under this recall.
Many users also report body panelling cracking underneath the rear window – replacement panels can be purchased, painted, and installed at most body/repair shops for $2-300.
SEE ALL FACTORY RECALLS ISSUED FOR FORD EXPLORERS
Factory recalls are issued when a vehicle fails to meet safety or quality standards, such as the bubbling paint above. Before buying a Ford Explorer of any year model, see what factory recalls have been issued.
Should you buy a used Ford Explorer?
With the exception of 2002-2006 models, which were plagued with a variety of problems, absolutely. The newer models are much more reliable, and what issues they do have are mostly cosmetic (and covered by a recall).
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04 explorer 4.0 5 no reverse and no drive
Hi guys, I have a 04 explorer, 4.0, 5 speed automatic, 2wd…
Last week I came home park the car on the parking lot, 5 mins. Later I wanted to use it, and it had no reverse and no drive, the 2 and 1 work for a little while and then nothing, when I put it in any gear you can hear that engage and the rpm goes up and it barely wants to move, someone told me that it need it a rebuild cuz the overdrive sprag was bad, I took the Tranny to the shop to rebuild it, and the guy replace the solenoid pack and the torque converter and another part( don’t remember)he said they were bad, at first he couldn’t find anything wrong with it and called me to know what was happening, and I told him was was it doing, and the next day he called me and said that those parts were bad and need to be replace, OK, I got the transmission back and I installed and I put the transmission back in and fill it up according to specs ( the repair manual was my best friend for that), I turn it on and same results…
There are no codes for the transmission either, any suggestions that I can check before I take it back to the shop…
Thanks in advance…
No explorer reverse ford 2006
- 2006 FORD EXPLORER
- 6 CYL
- 2006 FORD EXPLORER
- 6 CYL
- 107,000 MILES
This sounds like either a clutch issue or a band failure inside the transmission.
I attached a flow chart for you to view. There are many possibilities but most of the time they are internal issues, not external.
2005 Ford Explorer Two Wheel Drive Automatic 58000 miles
sometimes when I put my transmission in reverse it s slams into reverse after 2 or 3 seconds, doesn t matter warm or cold engine.
In drive it works normal altho sometimes I have the feeling/impression it s doing the same only it s a gently slam into the next gear
What could be the problem?
Let me know.
nope, transmission is not serviced yet, something i'm thinking of to do soon now to see if problem dissapears.
Can't tell if U joints are (too) tight, tranny doesn't make a weird noise, it's normal.
- 2003 FORD EXPLORER
- 6 CYL
- 90,000 MILES
Most parts stores will scan the OBD 2 for free; however, the trans light requires a different type of scanner and I don't know if they will have it. Start with the engine light and let me know what you find.
- 2003 FORD EXPLORER
- 70,000 MILES
- 2003 FORD EXPLORER
- 4 CYL
- 130 MILES
In the islands the Mechanic shops are different and need to know which one to take it to. The reason for the question above.
Thank you. I am a female and do not know much of these things, but you made me knowledge smart. This is a moment of magic. I cannot wait to tell all my family and friends. You are better than JUST ANSWER.
I can now take it to a Mechanic.
Thanks Mike. Merlin, Bob. Ken and all I missed.
- 2000 FORD EXPLORER
- 6 CYL
- 1,800,000 MILES
2000 Ford Explorer 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic
I put the transmission in reverse and its the same as neutral. All other gears work. There were no preceding incidents it just happened
2000 Ford Explorer 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic
my ford explorer 2000 just stop goin backward, when I put it on reverse, it goes forward but everything else is ok with it, it just won't go backward, please help me, what can it be, I hope that I dont have to get a new transmission
Let me know.
hi there, a friend of ours has a 1999 ford explorer. The vehicle move in drive but does not move in reverse. Is it a transmission problem or can it be something else?
- 1999 FORD EXPLORER
- 6 CYL
- 117,000 MILES
You do have to get this transmission stripped down, not sure what the bits are that you found but it will not be good news, best get it seen to and do not drive in forward as metal particles will be deposited around the transmission causing further damage if left to long.
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Transmission Solenoid Problems of Ford Explorer - part 1
1 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 05/01/2018
From park, delay from 1 to 7 seconds for engagement for reverse (automatic trans), worse in warm weather. Serious safety issue, as you may press on gas thinking you're in reverse, and then accelerate!! heard 1st hand from Ford dealer this is well known, and sometimes severe. Something with solenoid pack? happens often!.
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2 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 05/01/2017
I purchased a 2006 Ford Explorer, eddie bauer. I needed the transmission rebuilt and paid aamco almost $4,000. Not even a year later the transmission failed and had to be re-built again but it was under warranty. Back in March 2019, I took it back to aamco and was told nothing wrong with the transmission. August 2019, I went back to aamco and they replaced the solenoid pack is what I was told. Now, not even a month later the transmission has failed again. The SUV jerks when placed into gear and it feels as though someone rear ended me. The transmission is faulty by the manufacturer, Ford! there are hundreds of complaints regarding the transmission of this year Explorer with the same issues and Ford will not take responsibility! it's not right that consumers have to shell out thousands of dollars on this piece of junk they manufactured which can cause accidents! something has to be done.
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3 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 04/01/2016
Transmission failure. Shift solenoid "b" circuit failure transmission does not shift into 2nd gear until vehicle reaches 3000 rpm. O/d light flashes, service engine soon light activates and transmission stays in 3rd gear. Don't use vehicle and is out of extended warranty.
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4 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2007 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 01/31/2016
We are original owners. Bought new in 2007 with ext warranty. Car with <than 60k mls, never in an accident, taken care of. 01/31/2016 sun while driving approx 10 mph on a side street it lost power and shutoff without warning. Restarted after a few min. On 02/01 mon 7:00 am the same happened on the highway at approx 45 mph. My husband was able to steer the rolling car off to the shoulder. After 15 min restarted and took it straight to the dealer. Wrench light was on. Promised to have it ready in 4 hrs. At 4:00 pm hasn't been looked at yet. At 6:00 pm it was allegedly looked at by 2 techs and determined it's a transmission issue and we were now in line for a transmission specialist with 14 cars ahead of us (by itself evidence that there is a transmission issue in Fords). On thur 02/04 (4th day) got a call at 6:pm that there is a short inside of the transmission and they would order the part and have it fixed the next day. $1,400 to fix. I called Ford customer service and opened a case as transmission complaints are frequent. We were lucky that there wasn't a semi behind my husband on the highway on mon. On fri 02/05 I'm told the part wasn't ordered on thur because of 4:00 pm cutoff. He said it was being ordered on fri and fixed on sat. On sat 02/06 I'm told they never have transmission mechanics working on sat and it will be fixed on mon. Noon on mon I'm told Ford offers no remedy for cars older than 6 yrs and case closed. Status of repair - he would check if the part came in when he gets back from lunch. A week without a car, no information, part maybe ordered, car not fixed and Ford doesn't care if we die on the road and we have to pay for a faulty solenoid and non-reusable parts that need to be removed in order to fix this. For the last 15 years bought 4 new Fords with ext warranty (not used). Ford couldn't care less about customers or their safety. No more Fords!!.
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5 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 11/28/2015
Started with flashing of light went to check engine light code p0775 transmission control solenoid b. . . . From what I'm finding out this is just a symptom of the bigger problem the servo bore leaking and needing a brass sleeve insert fix. . . I think it's total crap I have to pay for a kit and find someone who will follow the proper refit procedures and pay them when Ford is well aware of this issue and should be forced into a recall retro fit. . . I am a 50 yr old disabled woman who can't afford to fix a problem the manufacturer should be dealing with. . . . The transmission is hazardous and can disengage from loss of pressure while driving. . .
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6 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 11/01/2015
The o/d light has started flashing and my check engine light came on, it is not shifting when it should be, going up to 5000 rpms, I have to take my foot off the pedal to try and get it to shift into 3rd. Sometimes it works, other times not so much. After doing a thorough search, I have found a ridiculous amount of complaints identical to mine, most with similar mileage (mine is at 162,000), with the problem being either the solenoid pack or the o/d servo. Some are lucky and have this replaced first, but others end up having to rebuild/replace the tranny. That is an expensive fix for what seems to be a very common problem, too expensive for most people who drive a vehicle that is this old. I am a single mother of two small children, I do not have the money to fix this or buy another vehicle.
7 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2008 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 05/26/2015
Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the vehicle would jerk violently when shifted into gear. It would losses speed when putting into drive. The vehicle engine lights illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the shift solenoid needed to be replace. The vehicle was was repaired. The failure recurred two months later. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure the failure 78,000. Aw.
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8 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2007 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 01/05/2015
Unable to accelerate without jerking or hesitation. Felt like truck was going to stall out. Engine light came on along with wrench light. Shifted hard. Ended up having to replace the shift solenoid pack, had the transmission serviced and re calibrated and still have issues with poor acceleration . Problem still not resolved.
9 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 06/11/2014
Timing chain problems; back chain 'plastic' tensor broke and affected critically entire engine. Many people with the same problem. Transmission solenoid problems; shift rough from 1st to 2nd. Put new solenoid block, problem still there. Ford does not know what the problem is. Many people with the same problem.
10 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 01/14/2014
Starting date is approximate and mileage. When driving vehicle you could feel a jerk in the transmission when it was shifting. And on several occasions, it felt like you had been hit in the rear by another vehicle. We felt it was becoming a safety issue and not safe to drive the vehicle. We took it to a transmission center and they replaced a sleeve and solenoid block April 8, 2014. No problems since. Have been reading other people have and similar problems.
11 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 12/03/2013
The contact owns 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle came to a complete stop and the engine continued to revved up. The contact stated that as a result of the failure another vehicle rear ended her vehicle. A police report was filed. The driver and passenger sustained whiplash. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transmission solenoid was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 179,000.
12 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 10/25/2013
Three familiar issues: * transmission slams!!! into reverse * when approaching a stop light/sign the transmission downshifts with a thump. * vehicle will surge forward shortly after placing in drive (under 15 mph). It will hesitate back and forth about 3 or 4 times. Had it at a dealership to reflash/reprogram in November 2013. Paid $100 for the test and was told the solenoid body failed. I declined the offer of a $937 plus tax repair bill. Ford should fix this issue at no cost to their customers. Transmission issues in a vehicle with only 54,000 miles does not speak to Ford's commitment to quality. These complaints have been noted for years. Needless to say the above three issues persist.
13 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 09/26/2013
On September 26, 2013, I took my 2005 Ford Explorer to the Ford dealer (freeway Ford in bloomington, mn) because I was having problems when I put the vehicle into reverse. At times it hesitates to go into reverse and then clunks into the gear. This has been happening for about 1 year. The diagnosis was of course my transmission solenoid. I cant afford to have my vehicle repaired at the cost of $1,300 plus taxes and I don't feel safe driving my Explorer in this condition, but I have no choice at this point. I went online to carcomplaints. Com and found 94 complaints with the same issues on the 2005 Ford Explorers. In one of the complaints sent to carcomplaints. Com - a woman wrote that she sent a complaint letter to the dept of consumer affairs about the issues with the 2005 Ford explores, they get back to her to tell her that the Ford dealer will put the repair under some type of warranty program and just charge me $100 bucks to replace the solenoid. This seems to be a defect in the Ford Explorers made in 2005, so why have the vehicles not been recalled and why should I have to be responsible for the repair cost? jp.
14 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 08/06/2013
Tl-the contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the over-drive warning light illuminated as a message appeared stating to check the transmission. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the transmission had defective rings and bushings. The dealer also stated that the transmission solenoid block was leaking. The contact did not have any repairs performed on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 233,577. Kmj.
15 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 02/06/2013
My 2005 Ford has been in the dealership service center 3 different timesfor the same problem with the transmission. First time 2006 second 2010 this 2013. I'm told the solenoid pac the od bands are to blame all three times. I'm getting very frustrated with this car and Ford motor companies inability to take care of this problem or to atleast except some responsibility for this. With this last failure they have given me to options rebuild again or put in a new transmission. Why would I want to replace a crappy transmission with a new crappy transmission. Is their any help with this?.
16 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 01/19/2013
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving on an incline at an unknown speed, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the overdrive warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the solenoid pack and the oxygen sensors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact also mentioned that the check transmission and check engine warning lights illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.
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17 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 08/15/2012
First issue was with the solenoids now the issue is with 1-2 shift ratio. Shifting into neutral.
18 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 04/15/2012
Vehicle transmission has suddenly quit at only 120,000 miles. Because of a code p0775 "pressure control solenoid". Shopped the fix (which all repair shops say is very common on early 2000 Ford's) and it will need a $2500 rebuild. Did some online research and found more complaints on this than I can account for. I contacted Ford customer support line and was transferred to my local dealer. Local dealer said I fall outside of any customer appreciation programs and there is nothing they can do than fix it for me for $3200. With the amount of complaints on this issue along with the cracked tailgate that I see on all Ford Explorers I drive by, there should be some sort of forced recall.
19 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 04/10/2012
The contact owns a 2003 Ford explore. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph the transmission failed. The over drive warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact then depressed the brake pedal and everything seized before stalling. The contact restarted the vehicle and the vehicle functioned properly. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where they stated that the solenoid was defective in the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance because the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure mileage was 100,000.
20 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 02/23/2012
I was driving down TX hwy 190, and my o/d light started flashing on my 2003 Ford Explorer, it was found that the shift solenoid pack was going out, it was an electrical issue with the solenoids, the pack was replaced and now it is doing it again, ran the diagnostics on it and it is the exact same problem, the shift solenoid pack electrical problem on a solenoid pack that is barely a year old and the mileage is now at 201000.
21 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 11/09/2011
Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 30 mph, the transmission began to slip gears in a jerking motion. There was also a hesitation and the engine revved continuously. In addition, the over drive and transmission warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was diagnosed by two different independent mechanics and they informed the sensor solenoid would need to be replaced and possibly the transmission. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to an authorized dealer for a third opinion. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000. The VIN was unavailable. Js.
22 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 10/21/2011
Transmission (5r55) solenoid pack and servo both went out at same time servo is terrible design. There should be a recall from Ford on these problems on this transmission.
23 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 06/04/2011
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving, there was an abnormal increase in engine rpms yet the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the transmission solenoid was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 64,000.
24 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 05/19/2011
On July 12, 2013, I took my 2005 Ford Explorer to the Ford dealer where it was purchased because I was having problems when I put the vehicle into reverse. At times it's very difficult to put into reverse and when I put in reverse the vehicle jerks or lunges into gear. This has been happening for about 2 1/2 years. The diagnosis was of course my transmission. I cant afford to have my vehicle repaired at the cost of $3946. 20 and I don't feel safe driving my Explorer in this condition, but I have no choice at this point. I went online to carcomplaints. Com and found 94 complaints with the same issues on the 2005 Ford Explorers. In one of the complaints sent to carcomplaints. Com - a woman wrote that she sent a complaint letter to the dept of consumer affairs about the issues with the 2005 Ford explores, they get back to her to tell her that the Ford dealer will put the repair under some type of warranty program and just charge me $100 bucks to replace the solenoid. This seems to be a defect in the Ford Explorers made in 2005, so why have the vehicles not been recalled and why should I have to be responsible for the repairs??.
25 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 03/01/2011
2004 Ford Explorer. Consumer writes in regards to having to replace the solenoid for the third time. The consumer stated the vehicle would not engage into reverse without jolting and hard shifting.
26 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 02/17/2011
Going out of town driving on the highway in trafic at 65mph. O/d light started flashing on and off. Transmission started acting erratically and I felt that I lost 5th and 2nd gears. Shop ran diagnostic test and codes p0732, p0735 and p0775. Codes confirmed problems with 2nd and 5th gears and solenoid b malfunction.
27 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 02/16/2011
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 35 mph, the over-drive and engine service warning indicators illuminated. The warning indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where a diagnostic test was performed which detected that the gear ratio and pressure control solenoid were defective within the transmission. The contact was awaiting the parts for the vehicle to be repaired. The failure mileage was 94,583. Updated 03/31/lj updated 04/05/11.
28 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 01/09/2011
Some sort of transmission failure dealing with the shifting solenoid. This leads to sporadic shifting between the lower gears. This lead to very hard driving in slow and icy conditions. The car would be at such high rpms at slow speeds such as 20-30 mph that the car would loose traction, so far I have had no accedents with this problem but the potential is very apparent.
29 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 10/13/2010
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power, the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to a transmission specialist who stated that the gear solenoid needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current and failure mileages were approximately 110,000.
30 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 10/03/2010
I have an 02 Ford Explorer eb edition. Not too long ago, my od light began flashing and my transmission was hesitating. I was 1. 5 hrs from home at 9pm (Sunday). Called my husband, he made a couple of suggestions and I was able to make it home. Same problem occurred twice the next day (Monday). Contacted my Ford dealership and dropped the truck off for a solution to my problem. Was told it was a solenoid body going bad. Thought my truck would be repaired in a day, but they had my truck for the entire week. I rec. 'd a call on Friday of that week and was told that they had dropped the pan on my transmission and found a "gear" laying in the pan. I was told I would need my transmission replaced. The following Monday, I took the truck back (as is) and took it to a transmission shop for a second opinion. A broken wiring harness in my steering column was diagnosed as the problem and it was repaired for $230. 88. I rec. 'd my truck back on a Thursday. It drove fine that day. I drove it out of town that Friday and returned home Saturday. Two weeks after this problem began, I left my home on a mid-Sunday morning and the problem started again with the flashing od light and a hesitant transmission. I was able to run my few errands and get back home. I, just like everyone else who has encountered this problem, thinks Ford should take responsibility. This is the first Ford I've ever owned and I, personally, don't want to get rid of my truck. I rec. 'd an exceptional deal on it and I truly believe it still has a lot of good left in it. I have no blame to place on my local Ford dealership or the transmission shop. The responsibility lies with Ford itself. A recall needs to be issued so that their dealerships can make the proper repairs to this vehicle. I have a 2yr daughter and I spend about 75% of my time in that vehicle with her. I need peace of mind that my vehicle is going to be there for me as I take care of it with proper service and maintenance. Thank you.
31 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 09/20/2010
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer XLT (n/a). While driving the over drive light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the mechanic located the failure at the transmission solenoid. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that there were no related recalls. The contact planned to have the vehicle repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 153,000 the current mileage was approximately 153,300.
32 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 09/17/2010
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer XLT. When the contact shifted into reverse gear the vehicle would not move for approximately four to five minutes. The vehicle also made a loud noise and then moved in reverse. The vehicle was previously taken to the dealer in 2007 and the solenoid was replaced per the warranty. The dealer wanted to replace the solenoid a second time for $1000 at the owners expense. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 42,000.
33 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 09/09/2010
9/9/10 Ford replaced gear shift circuit board. Shortly after there was a 2 second delay in reverse and a jerk. Ford replaced the solenoid pack in transmission at my expense. Ford Explorer eb at 45,304 miles.
34 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 08/09/2010
At 25526 miles took vehicle to dealer for delay in shifting. Dealer flushed with bg conditioner. At 26073 miles returned to dealer for clunking on shifting, dealer removed pan found debris, overhauled valve body and replaced solenoid pack. Continued to have issues but dealer was unable to replicate. Transmission failure at 63323 miles on 04 Ford Explorer, total replacement of transmission for the cost of $3527. 60 out of our pocket, no warranties honored.
35 Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
Failure Date: 07/15/2010
I have a 2003 Ford Explorer with approx. 70,000 miles on it. On July 15, 2010, I noticed that the overdrive light was flashing on and off and then the check engine light turned on. This problem happened on and off for about a week. On July 26, 2010, I took the vehicle in for repair and was told that I needed a new transmission and a new solenoid pack. The cost of these items was $2,500! I proceeded to do some internet research and found that this seems to be a common problem with the 2002 and 2003 Ford Explorers. The transmissions of these vehicles have major problems as no one should have to replace a transmission with only 70,000 miles on it. I feel Ford needs to issue a recall of this item as it has caused many people a lot of money to repair.