Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems of the 2003 Ford Explorer

17 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter have been reported for the 2003 Ford Explorer. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2003 Ford Explorer based on all problems reported for the 2003 Explorer.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 1
Failure Date: 06/12/2016

My transmission light has been coming on. I was only at 117k miles when it happened. That's to soon for a transmission to be acting up especially since it's anew one according to carfax this is the second transmission for my Explorer. The first one was put in only at 3 years old. It will sometimes jerk into reverse or take a second to go into drive when I switch gears. My overdrive light also flashes which I assume means my overdrive no longer works. The light only comes on after driving over 40 mph. So if I'm on the highway I can't go the speed limit because I don't want this light coming on. I took it to a transmission shop it needs a torque converter and a rebuild. I contacted Ford and they won't do anything about it. They told me to buy a new car. When I go up hills my Explorer also has trouble even though it shouldn't. I also need a new solenoid pack.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 2
Failure Date: 02/12/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the vehicle has had two rebuilt transmissions. The contact stated that the transmission started slipping again and the torque converter had to be replaced. The failure and the current mileage was 77,000.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 3
Failure Date: 08/24/2011

Tl- the contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer eddie bauer edition. The contact was driving 30 mph when the over drive light illuminated, and the vehicle became hard to shift. The overdraft failed to work during the course of the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a failure testing diagnostic. The diagnosis was the transmission had broken overdraft band and possibly caused damaged to the torque converter. The manufacturer was contacted, but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,029 and the current mileage was 64,846. Rds.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 4
Failure Date: 06/30/2011

My 2003 Ford Explorer had a "thunk" noise from day one. Ford dealership "could not duplicate" the complaint even I took if back multiple times. Had to replace the torque converter at 70k miles and now at 135k miles the whole transmission and another torque converter for rattling again. Od/off blinking light and check transmission notice came on with erratic shifting and loss of 2nd and 5th gears. Replacement of trans eliminated "thunk" and my $4600. Similar complaints without any acknowledgement of faulty materials or engineering by Ford has plagued hundreds if not thousands of Explorer owners. Where is the expected investigation of these problems? why do we have to wait until accidents or injury to have faulty autos recalled? why are spark plugs ejected more of a safety concern than transmissions that leave drivers without proper moving capability on the highway? where is the recall for these units?.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 5
Failure Date: 02/13/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. The contact was traveling 45 mph when the over drive warning light illuminated and the transmission failed. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the torque converter, servo pack and clutch would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 100,000.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 6
Failure Date: 04/09/2010

I have a 2003 Ford Explorer that I bought brand new, it now has 135,553 miles on it. Have never had problems and it actually drives very well, but the o/d off light started flashing. Took it to the Ford dealer 3 days later, was told the torque converter needed to be replaced at a cost of $1,225. 00. The dealer has told me that the torque converter has been replaced twice, the o/d off light still flashing and after further diagnostics they have now determined the computer needs to be replaced at a cost of an additional $1,325. 00. According to the internet this is a persistent problem that Ford has yet to do anything about. It should be a recall issue.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 7
Failure Date: 10/01/2008

O/d light began blinking, later abs light on. Aamco said tranny was going out. . . Probably torque converter but could be seal. Recommended junk yard tranny. He said that Ford had all kind of trouble with this transmission.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 8
Failure Date: 04/03/2008

I was driving my 2003 Ford Explorer on the highway and suddenly the overdrive light came on and began flashing. I brought it in to get checked and was told it is a transmission problem. Supposedly need to change the torque converter. I am not the first and afraid that I won;t be the last with this problem. This needs to be addressed!.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 9
Failure Date: 02/23/2008

Transmission was fine and then it started having trouble switching from 1st to 2nd gear. Next thing the od light started flashing so I decided to take it to the dealer. By the time I got there the service engine soon light came on. They did a computer check ($90 cost) on it and recommended to install a remanufactured unit for $3829. After some more research, I decided to take it to aamco. They went beyond the computer check and discovered that the 2nd servo piston was broken and the od servo piston also recommended to be replaced along with the torque converter because there have been so many problems with them. In the end, the cost will be $2043.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 10
Failure Date: 01/03/2008

Typical Ford Explorer tranmission problem having to do with the torque converter. Od light flashing. Nothing done to envoke this problem and no events leading up to the failure. Just driving on the highway.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 11
Failure Date: 08/25/2007

Torque converter failure. Converter "rattles", needs replacement. Prior complaint to dealer about "lurching" and "clunking" were found to be "non-duplicative" during warranty period.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 12
Failure Date: 02/20/2007

I have a 2003 Ford Explorer with 51,000 miles. On 2/13/2007 o/d light started flashing and service transmission message appeared in message center. Took to an independent service shop and was told it was probably the torque converter. Had it transferred to a transmission shop where they removed the transmission pan and found metal shavings. They said it is the torque converter and I will need a partial or full rebuild, they will not be sure until they remove the transmission. They also mentioned they have seen this in multiple vehicles and have had to replace a large number of Explorer transmissions for similar problems.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 13
Failure Date: 10/25/2006

2003 Ford Explorer XLT torque converter causes transmission to lurch and slip unexpectedly. Fearful of driving this vehicle because the transmission might lock up. Ford is aware this is a common problem with their 2002 and later models.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 14
Failure Date: 08/21/2006

2003 Ford Explorer 63,000 miles od light started flashing 2 days ago. Took it to Ford dealership they ran a check on it and the code came po741-torque converter clutch solenoid inter/mechanical failure. I was told they would replace the solenoid pack and that it would be 218. 00 plus labor. Went to pick it up 3 hours later and was told the transmission needs to be replaced. This vehicle was bought new and should not need a transmission replaced!.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 15
Failure Date: 04/03/2006

Nhtsa 10003163. Noise from converter housing. SUV has 42,272 miles and dealer estimated $1200. 00 repair. Ford knew there was a problem with TSB #17050.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 16
Failure Date: 09/22/2005

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. Noise coming from the front of the car. The dealership could never find the origin of the noise. The fourth time when the contact took the car to the dealership, they found that the origin of the noise was the torque converter. The dealer changed the torque converter on 9-22-05. The contact sold the car a few days after 9-22-05. The contact was disappointed with the service they received from the dealer. When they were trying to make the trade, the dealership offered them $13,000. 00, and when they went back the dealership offering them $10,000. 00. The contact wanted to file a complaint because she felt there may be a defect in the torque converter, and she wanted to complain about it to the dealership'.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 17
Failure Date: 06/17/2004

Took my SUV into mr. Tire to replace all 4 tires. Left mr. Tire & my o/d light started to flash @ 35 mph. Took SUV back to mr. Tire to have them look at it. I wasnt sure if they might have cause it or not. They did a diagnostic on it & found a code p0741 tcc. They told me it could be just a selenoid or the converter. Either way, its not locking up to do a 1:1 conversion for overdrive to save on gas & prevent overheating of the transmision. They told me to go immediately to a Ford dealership. I went to purvis Ford service department & they did their own diagnosis. Purvis Ford found that the converter is bad & coming apart. They also said it was overheating & this type of transmission for my vehical for that year was a bad transmission. Also they've had customers w/ this exact problem w/ as little as 100 miles & some w/ as much as 100,000 miles. For a 120k mile "maintenance free" transmission (w/ exception of changing out the transmission fluid) this sure seems to be an expensive transmission. What is more interesting is that Ford wont replace the transmission w/ the original type of transmission. Instead they wanted to put a different one in that has an external cooler & filter. Totalling $3300 not including tax. It was also told to me by purvis Ford's service department that Ford has had numerous problems with their transmissions on these vehicals. 2 other people alone was in their shop for rebuilds on their 2003 Ford Explorer transmissions. Why doesnt Ford voluntarily recall on this & replace them w/ this "new" type of transmission at no cost to the customer. Right now I am not happy w/ Ford & I will not keep my SUV nor will I buy another one. This is the third problem I've had with this SUV that has costed me big $$$$. I would not recommend anyone buying a Ford SUV. At this time I have not had the transmission repaired due to high cost. The SUV is currently in my driveway not being driven to avoid furhter damage to the transmission.

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