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Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer



31 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter have been reported for the 2002 Ford Explorer.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 1
Failure Date: 08/06/2013

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the transmission became inoperable. The contact stated that the vehicle was unable to shift out of third gear as the rpms increased excessively and beyond 7000. The vehicle was able to be driven to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the torque converter and the shift sensor cluster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 2
Failure Date: 03/01/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the vehicle would not shift properly from second to third gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they performed a diagnostic test which concluded that the hydraulic pressure build up had caused the torque converter to pop out and advised the contact that they would need to replace or rebuild the transmission. A private mechanic confirmed the failure and rebuilt the transmission. The current and failure mileage was 115,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 03/24/lj.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 3
Failure Date: 08/12/2010

2002 Ford Explorer with 120,000 miles. Transmission began to slip 3rd gear. Stalling in traffic. Ford dealer could not look at it for 2 days so went to independent shop who knew the problem well. Not only had to replace solenoid valves, but also torque converter and rebuild. Had to drill out one port and install stronger linkage part Ford offered since 2006.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 4
Failure Date: 07/23/2010

The transmission in our 2002 Ford Explorer eddie bauer started flashing the od light @94,000 miles took it to Ford they said the valve body and torque converter was bad, Ford replaced the items above for 2600 dollars problem went away for 10, 000 miles problem is back torque converter and valve body needsto be replaced again.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 5
Failure Date: 06/14/2010

I have a 2002 Ford Explorer I was driving down the highway when I noticed the overdrive light flashing. Then the passenger asked me if I could smell transmission fluid and I had said yes. This ended up costing me $2800 and my mechanic told me that the torque converter was failing and sense he had it apart he should go ahead and rebuild it.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 6
Failure Date: 03/12/2010

I have a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT. It has 118,000 miles. About 2 month ago my o/d light start to flash really fast. I took it to aamco and they say its the torque converter clutch with error code p0741 tcc. They want me to fix this with $1700. This has happen to many people. The o/d off light comes on every time I drive my SUV past 40 mph and it doesnt come back off until I turn the car off and than it goes back again after 40 mph.


car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 7
Failure Date: 12/15/2009

Od light flickering. Diagnosed as transmission torque converter problem. Many have reported this problem with Explorer xlts and Ford has done nothing but make $1000 each time. Causes transmission to slip.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 8
Failure Date: 03/06/2009

I have a 2002 Ford Explorer limited v-8, four wheel drive with 47,100 miles. I started to notice a clattering sound coming from under the truck. I took it to the mechanic and he said it was the torque converter. It cost $1,200 to fix. He told me he sees a lot of problems with this automatic transmission. It seems to me that 47,000 miles is very premature for a problem like this. I see that many others on the internet have had similar problems with this vehicle.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 9
Failure Date: 12/10/2008

1. O/d light started flashing, car was jerking when slowing and accelerating. 2. Almost every time starting and stopping vehicle jerks. 3. Remove and rebuild the transmission, fm68 torque converter, transmission overhaul kit, overdrive band assembly, inter band assembly, servo bushing kit, bushing kit. As of April 5th 2010 o/d light flashing again and vehicle jerks when slowing and accelerating.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 10
Failure Date: 09/19/2008

I own a 2002 eddie bauer explore. At 70,000 miles was told after check transmission light came on and gears would not shift that I needed a new transmission. Ford wanted over 4,000. 00 to fix it. Unable to afford that much I took it to a trans repair shop and had a rebuilt trans installed as well as a new torque converter. Was told by the repair shop that they see alot of this. After taking my car apart the reason my trans went is because there was some kind of explosion in the torque converter and the debris went into the trans and caused the damage to the trans. Ford denies any such defect. Also my dual climate control air conditioning hasn't worked in 2 years and Ford wants over 1000. 00 to fix it. I also own a 2007 mustang gt with only 6000 miles on it and now the rear window is leaking when it rains!! Ford should not ask for any bail out money from our government if they are going to continue to build junk. Needless to say my next vehicle will be a foreign car.


 
car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 11
Failure Date: 06/26/2008

March ' rear gate split under window December '07 through Jan ' rear differential rebuilt twice, rear axel hubs and bearings replaced; differential noise still loud June ' torque converter replaced.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 12
Failure Date: 03/25/2008

My transmission has failed due to the torque converter failing catastrophically, sending bits of brass and metal shavings everywhere inside and destroying the assembly. The symptoms of this failure were as follows: shifting hard between 1st and 2nd gear, and the o/d light flashing very rapidly after 10 to 15 minutes of drive time. Upon an extremely simple investigation (google search), I find that this is a suspiciously common problem with these transmissions, even though my own dealer says he's never heard of it before now, which was also a common thread in these complaints I found online. The corrective action suggested by the dealer is the same as everyone else I've found: new transmission. They say it is totally destroyed inside, the pieces of torque converter have ruined virtually every part of the tranny.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 13
Failure Date: 03/23/2008

At 85k miles, under normal driving use/condition, the transmission and rear differential have failed on my 2002 Explorer. There are Ford tsbs that identify and acknowledge these problems as evident in many of their vehicles, yet refuse to absorb any cost of the $3200 it will take to repair them. The wheel bearings also continually fail at a cost of $500 each, and have been repaired at least 3 times at my own expense. The torque converter and bushings need replaced, and the transmission cooler is worn. My mechanic explained these should not wear as quickly as 85k miles, and from the current state of its condition, recommended a complete transmission rebuild/replace, along with a new rear differential gear set. I have come into contact with hundreds of Ford owners, of new and used vehicles alike, with the exact same problem and am seeking all resources available to initiate a suit against Ford for its evident manufacture defects.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 14
Failure Date: 02/21/2008

Transmission and bearing failure. Od light on tranny flashing. Took to dealer for noise and od light. They replaced bearings and associated parts to a cost of 1130. 00 to fix tranny problem they want to replace tranny and torque converter for a cost of 3500. Truck was purchased new and maintained on a regular basis. I've checked Ford recalls and TSB's and they are numerous referring to bearing and tranny failure.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 15
Failure Date: 01/15/2008

I bought my 2002 Ford Explorer used in 2005 with about 60,000 miles on it. In 6 months the entire car would shake if I went above 50 miles per hour. About a week later, while driving on the highway I felt the car shift extremely hard. I took it to a shop and was told that 3rd gear was already gone and that I was going to soon lose 2nd and so on. I had to spend $2000 on a rebuilt transmission. However, almost 2 1/2 years later this rebuilt transmission is failing again. This time the od light started to blink; I had a garage get the code immediately. It said there was an issue with the torque converter. I had them look at the transmission closer and they found that the transmission fluid was burnt and there were metal shavings in it. The transmission is fried again, and it will cost approximately $3200 to fix it this time. This is definitely a safety concern because these problems often come with no warning. Both incidents I was driving on a highway with my family in the car. Something must be done. This is definitely a defect in the sealed transmissions put in the 2002 Explorers!!!.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 16
Failure Date: 09/21/2007

I have been driving a 2002 Explorer for about 4 years now. I am currently experiencing a major transmission problem, and just found out last weekend that the rear differential was going out. Now, I don't know much about cars so I rely on others, but when 3 different mechanics repeatedly told me that the rear differential was going out, I think that means something is wrong. I would never have guessed that a transmission would go out after just 5 years, and the rear differential is just icing on the cake. The fact that I have read several other complaints regarding this same issue and yet Ford wants to do nothing about it just totally disgusts me. My family are very loyal to Ford, even have a few relatives that work for them. Ford needs to recognize that this is a major concern and do something about it. Having your tires lock up while you are driving is a very scary thing and honestly I never want to drive that vehicle again.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 17
Failure Date: 09/05/2007

2002 Ford Explorer - transmission failed at 65,000 miles, it was rebuild and failed again. My rear differential and bearing had to be replaced because it was grinding.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 18
Failure Date: 04/30/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the overdrive light was flashing on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, who stated that the transmission should be replaced. They further stated that the failure was caused by the torque converter clutch or the solenoid pack. The current and failure mileages were 88,000.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 19
Failure Date: 04/24/2007

2002 Ford Explorer / trasnmission failure.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 20
Failure Date: 09/01/2006

Blinking o\d light, transmission will only shift into overdrive under no load, late and hard shift from 1st to 2nd (or accel to about 20 mph then back off to minimize jar to drive line components), and 4-wheel drive will not engage. Safety issues: (1) pulling out in traffic, can't accelerate until shifts into 2nd gear (have to back off in 1st before it shifts) (2) 4-wheel traction lock does not function. From the day I bought this Explorer new, the transmission shifted later and harder than I though appropriate. Then at about 80 to 85k miles the od and 4-wheel drive stopped working and shifts between 1st to 3rd became much worse. The torque converter lock up still seems to be working (can tell when it's running road speed in 3rd gear). After some research using Ford shop manuals, there seems to be direct relationship between 1st to 2nd late/hard shifts and the overdrive problem but I can;t find an official Ford posting or tech bulletin to provide details. Internal pressures control the shifting and there are several valves, orifices, solenoids, etc that can cause improper control pressures. Ford must know of the problem and truthfully, I think the reliability of the tranny in the irs Explorer falls well below the publics expectations and should be even farther below Fords acceptance criteria. Despite the premature failure, I would probably be content if Ford provided their Explorer owners a detailed description of the failure, developed a long term fix, provided Ford owners some reasonable options to install the parts and/or make the modifications needed for a long term fix (to include self repair as an option), and establish a help desk to assist customers with this extremely high transmission failure rate.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 21
Failure Date: 06/29/2006

I purchased my 02 Ford Explorer 4x4 in oct 2005. This vehicle has a clean title and 71k miles. In June of this year, I was driving home from work and noticed that my overdrive light was flashing and check engine light was on. I noticed at the same time that my Explorer was having difficulty shifting gears. When traffic would come to a stop, it would shift into 3rd, then 1st, then 4th and back to 2nd. Never before had I experienced such a bizarre act with any previous vehicle. My Explorer was in the shop for the next 45 days and come to find out that not even a local authorized Ford dealership could figure out what was going on. Finally the private shop that I took it to fixed it after rebuilding the transmission 2 times. Very disappointing, since in the past I have driven several vehicles past 200k miles and oil changes and tires were required. Once I received the vehicle back after 2 transmission rebuilds, new torque converter and new egr value, the Explorer check engine light came on after only 1 day or normal driving. Ridiculous. Come to find out after doing some research to see if Ford had any recalls on the transmission, I discover that not only does Ford not have any recalls for this problem, but they are aware of the situation and have yet to issue a recall. I came across several websites that had 100's of complaints about the very same thing going on with my vehicle. Apparently, Ford is aware of the faulty 3rd gear shift failure and has refused to issue a recall. My husband found a ceo's number to Ford, left her a message and has not heard back from anyone. Now after $3k in total repairs, we are faced with the decision to try and trade the vehicle and eat our losses. Needless to say, I will not be buying another Ford built vehicle. Please help all of us in finding out why Ford is ignoring this costly and disappointing issue. Please help others out and get Ford to face the fact and issue a recall. Thank you for reading and your time.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 22
Failure Date: 05/02/2006

Automatic transmission failure (torque converter?).

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 23
Failure Date: 03/08/2006

This is the second time in less then two years I have had to have the transmission rebuilt. It was bought on 8/14/04 as is no warranty from a dealer (demo) unit it had 38547 miles on it, 10/13/04 the transmission blew with 41675 miles on it. The dealer wouldn't give me no help as well as Ford customer service, I paid 2181. 03 to have it rebuilt including the torque converter replaced, and the solenoid pak (which was replaced 2 more times shortly after being installed each time) it needed a LS kit, bas hing kit, 5 forward steels, filter and fluids. March 8th 2006 I find myself spending another 1412. 56 to have it rebuilt yet again now only having 64460 miles on it, it needed an overhaul kit, filter and trans fluids, intermediate band, od servo piston, int servo piston and another solenoid pak as well as the transmission case repaired. I have owned several cars in my life time and never had to replace a transmission especially twice in less then two years, this is my first Ford and will be the last Ford I own! I can't afford to spend this much money every two years and shouldn't have to the way I see it!.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 24
Failure Date: 08/05/2005

I own a 2002 Ford Explorer 4x4 and while driving the vehicle the o/d light begin to flash and at a stop light the vehicle would not engaged to drive. Finally after turning of the vehicle and re starting it and proceeded to go. Took it into the dealership where they informed me that they would have to drop the pan and if there was metal in it I would need a whole new transmission. They called me a few hours later to inform me that the technician saw lots of metal and the cost of a new transmission would be 3400. 00 dollars. I said are you sure that the problem has been diagnosed properly with a transmission with 50,000 miles and he said the tests don't lie. Well, I said I would be up to the dealership to see this metal and 2 minutes later he called saying that the tech. Didn't actually pull the pan down. I picked up my Explorer and they were so very nice to give me the technical service bulletin on it too; think that was a mistake. Took it to cottmans transmission right down from the dealership and they hooked it up to a computer and codes p0733 and p0745 were flashing: problem a broken intermediate band and o/d band. They said that it could have more damage but would see when transmission was down. They weren't surprised by the dealerships claim; it is all about money to them. After 2 days they informed me that the 2 bands would have to be replaced, a torque converter, transmission rebuild kit and a little thing called a planet gear was causing the whole problem it seems. The bearing in the gear was destroyed. They ordered the planet gear from the kentucky plant and low and behold that bearing in the gear was destroyed as well. I believe that the transmission problems that people are experiencing is coming from the defect. The cost of this little repair was 1500. 00 dollars more than half of what they said and they have the same TSB report on the problem. Crown Ford is the dealer.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 25
Failure Date: 08/05/2005

I own a 2002 Ford Explorer 4x4 and while driving the vehicle the o/d light begin to flash and at a stop light the vehicle would not engaged to drive. Finally after turning of the vehicle and re starting it and proceeded to go. Took it into the dealership where they informed me that they would have to drop the pan and if there was metal in it I would need a whole new transmission. They called me a few hours later to inform me that the technician saw lots of metal and the cost of a new transmission would be 3400. 00 dollars. I said are you sure that the problem has been diagnosed properly with a transmission with 50,000 miles and he said the tests don't lie. Well, I said I would be up to the dealership to see this metal and 2 minutes later he called saying that the tech. Didn't actually pull the pan down. Pick up my Explorer and they were so very nice to give me the technical service bulletin on it too; think that was a mistake. Took it to cottmans transmission right down from the dealership and they hooked it up to a computer and codes p0733 and p0745 were flashing: problem a broken intermediate band and o/d band. They said that could have more damage but would see when transmission was down. They weren't surprised by the dealerships claim; it is all about money to them. After 2 days they informed me that the 2 bands would have to be replaced, a torque converter, transmission rebuild kit and a little thing called a planet gear was causing the whole problem it seems. The bearing in the gear was destroyed. They ordered the planet gear from the kentucky plant and low and behold that bearing in the gear was destroyed as well. I believe that the transmission problems that people are experiencing is coming from the defect. The cost of this little repair was 1500. 00 dollars more than half of what they said and they have the same TSB report on the problem. Crown Ford is the dealer.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 26
Failure Date: 11/02/2004

Originally informed Ford dealer of loud shudder in vehicle upon starting when cold at about 11,000 miles and was told that is "normal" for this transmission and they do not know what causes it--"keep on driving it. " transmission over-drive light began to flicker at about 69,400 miles. Ford service department looked into the problem and had the vehicle for repair for over three weeks. Reported broken seal in trans and worn torque converter. Trouble "locking out" after repair so they replaced the warped valve body.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 27
Failure Date: 06/01/2004

My Ford truck began making a whining noise and didn't shift out correctly. The Ford technician stated that it was the torque converter and they didn't suggest that I fix it, and that "it was only a gas saver, and the truck would be okay without it. " after 2 weeks the truck got worst. After returning it to the Ford service center. I was told I need a new transmission. The truck only has 67,000 miles on it. To replace the transmission cost $2700. 00. The truck is off of warranty and Ford would not assist with any type of help despite the fact that this truck should not be having transmission problems so soon.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 28
Failure Date: 01/08/2004

I am the fleet manager of the buffalo grove park district and we own four Ford Explorers two of the four a 2002, and a 2003, Explorer 4x4 XLT have had numerous expensive problems such as wheel bearing failures three failures on the 02 Explorer and one on the 03, rear strut failure,seals leaking converter clutch failure,rear axle noise gear whine,clutch pack noise,all these problems on vehicles that are out of warranty by mileage but only a couple two or three years old. This year Jan 04 to Jan 05 3,500 in repairs for these two vehicles, not including the rear axle problems on the 03, this is "not acceptable" p. S. The mileage 72,000 on the 02, and 51,000 on the 03.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 29
Failure Date: 11/19/2003

From purchase there was a khkhhhkh noise that my brother noticed. I took it back to the dealer and nothing was found. On the 3rd trip back to the dealer, I was told the transmission shield was loose so they tightened it. The noise continued so I had my neighbor who has a trans shop listen and he said have them look at the torque convertor. The dealer did (34,000 miles), had the car for 14 days and fixed?? it. Its back in the shop now (16 days) (37,000 miles) and 1st gear and my forward clutches are being replaced. Did I get a lemon?.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 30
Failure Date: 06/04/2002

Flashing o/d instrument light.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 31
Failure Date: 05/14/2002

Had to have torque converter replaced and now or still have a whine that I fear is coming from the rear end.