Transmission Not Engage problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer

12 problems related to transmission not engage have been reported for the 2002 Ford Explorer. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2002 Ford Explorer based on all problems reported for the 2002 Explorer.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 1
Failure Date: 02/27/2014

I am an owner of a 2002 Ford Explorer. I have had numerous issues with the transmission. When traveling at highway speeds the transmission will intermittently disengage causing the vehicle to have to be pulled to the side of the road, shift into park, then back to drive. I have consulted with my local Ford dealership numerous times on the issue. I have been repeatedly told that this is a known issue with the Ford Explorer / Mercury mountaineer transmission. Ford motor company is failing to address this issue as being a safety concern. My mother owns a 2005 Mercury mountaineer with the same exact issue. The previous owner replaced the transmission shortly before I purchased the vehicle due to the same issue. The transmission was replaced with a new transmission from Ford. I wonder how many people have been in accidents because their Explorer/mountaineer transmission disengages? the Ford dealership in my area referred me to this website being that the service manage believes this should be a safety recall through Ford. I would have to agree with the dealership. Why has Ford or the NHTSA not required the manufactuor to correct this issue? do people have to die in car accidents before this is rectified? it is not safe to pass a vehicle since the transmission randomly cuts out without warning.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 2
Failure Date: 10/03/2011

I was driving in town when I accelerated from a stop light and the transmission would not engage into 3rd gear. The engine revved highly and then suddenly the transmission kicked into gear with a sudden jolt forward.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 3
Failure Date: 09/25/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. While the contact shifted into reverse the gear shift lever completely disengaged from the housing area. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and currently being repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 4
Failure Date: 10/01/2010

Transmission does not engage when put in drive until 3000 rpms. I was pulling out in traffic and was almost hit by another car because mine was not engaging to move the car. I understand that this problem is very common on the 2002 Ford Explorer.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 5
Failure Date: 08/15/2010

We own a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT with the 4. 0 v6 4x4 , the transmission we believe has a major safety hazard to occupants and pedestrians with vehicle serge from a long delay engaging the transmission ether forward or reverse possibly causing injury to driver/passengers and /or nearby objects/persons and or runaway vehicle from the transmission not disengaged from gear or from a sudden vehicle launch if the driver is attempting to accelerate thinking the transmission "is' in gear ,Ford has taken a blind eye to the problem in our opinion for fear of public backlash/ public relations and or dislike for there trucks/SUV's. Ford is not doing enough to ensure public safety from accidents this common transmission issue can cause and I understand from researching complaint forums , Ford has been aware of the problem for years.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 6
Failure Date: 08/13/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT. The contact stated when driving at various speeds, the vehicle would fail to engage in third and fourth gears. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer advised that the vehicle was not under recall and would not provide any further assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 11,250 and the current mileage was approximately 11,300.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 7
Failure Date: 11/15/2009

Taking kids to school transmission failed -pulled out into traffic from stop trans. Was in drive 1st ok 2nd ok third would not engage & engine overreved. This caused very dangerous near miss & potentially multiple car pile up- I received no warning light check engine anything was running fine with no signs of trouble just,went out.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 8
Failure Date: 08/02/2009

The 2002 Ford Explorer has a severe transmission issue that needs to be researched. My Ford transmission dissengages when you break. This is a defect and a safety issue. Since I don't know when the transmission disengages I will rev the engine (thinking the car should go forward ) and the engines revs then after a delayed response will slam the car into gear and jerk the car forward. This jerk could cause me to hit something or someone since I'm not expecting the car to make that response. . Read more...

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 9
Failure Date: 04/12/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the transmission will not engage in the reverse position and failed to accelerate. In addition, when the vehicle turned, the rear of the vehicle produced a loud thumping sound and almost stalled. The contact brought the vehicle to the dealer, who was unable to fix the failure. The current and failure mileages were 123,196.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 10
Failure Date: 03/06/2006

Automatic transmission began having shifting difficulties shifting up and down between gears. The occasion that prompted this occurred as I attempted to place the car in reverse and it did not engage immediately. I was almost broadsided by an approaching vehicle before reverse engaged and I was able to avoid the collision. It seems it took approximately up to 1 minute for reverse to engage and the vehicle lurched backwards once engaged.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 11
Failure Date: 09/13/2004

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. While driving at any speed, the gear would not engage when shifted. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission band did not connect. The technician recommended that the transmission be replaced or rebuilt. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 04v442000 (structure) and 09v399000 (vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was approximately 81,000.

car   Transmission Not Engage problem 12

2002 Ford Explorer 4 door v6 automatic transmission 4 wheel drive. I start my Ford Explorer and place it either in "reverse" or "drive" and there is a 10 to 15 gap of the vehicle not engaging in either gear. Vehicle just drifts and then engages after a period of 10 to15 seconds. I called the Ford dealership where I purchased the vehicle and they informed me it was normal. I told them I never drove a vehicle that ever had this problem. I believe it may be a safety issue especially when parked on a hill or you think you might have accidently placed it in neutral.

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