Ford Explorer owners have reported 71 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Explorer based on all problems reported for the Explorer.
Transmission failed badly at 50,982 miles (under warranty still). Brought in for repairs on 1/31/17 and picked up on evening of 2/8. Dealership overhauled transmission replacing front pump/torque converter/center support and seals/gaskets. On 2/9, at 75 mph on interstate with semi-truck behind me, transmission suddenly dropped gears and red-lined to 6500 rpms, before I was able to re-engage it by manually dropping to the m setting and then up to neutral and back to drive. Lost horsepower and if I had not thought to try the above or panicked like a lot of folks would do, I would have been run over by the semi-truck as I was quickly losing speed. Called dealership that night and brought back to them the next morning (2/10/17). They could find nothing wrong, refused to replace the transmission and gave back to me in the same condition on evening of 2/27/17 (though receipt is dated 2/25) advising me to monitor it and contact them if it happens again (provided I am still alive to do so)!! I am now deathly afraid to drive this vehicle for fear it will happen again, and this time I would not be able to get it back in gear before something bad occurs. And a transmission should not go out at 50,000 miles to begin with!!.
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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.
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When trying to give gas it esatates, stalls and jerks. When this started we thought it was the fuel. The car was under warranty. We got it to the dealer it had 59000 miles on it and we were 20 days over the warranty. We were told that we might need a torque converter or a new transmission for $2800 or $5400. They would not cover it under warranty. It is still doing it and we worrey that it may cause a series accident.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Nissan maxima. The contact stated that upon inspection, there was a visible transmission leak. No warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they diagnosed the problem. The authorized dealer stated that the parts to replace were the torque converter and transmission. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000. Dyd.
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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.
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The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the transmission failed. The vehicle would sporadically surge and would exhibit an abnormal grinding sound. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was determined that the fly wheel was spinning because the torque converter had failed. The vehicle had not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 129,000.
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The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer. The contact stated while the vehicle was parked, the gear lever would not shift in and out of gear until after several attempts. In addition, the transmission would slip gears while driving. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The contact was advised to rebuild the transmission and replace the torque converter. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 89,456.
While driving the car in town traffic, began to notice a stuttering or shuddering in the engine every time I got to around 40-45mph. Once accelerated through that it would go away. This became noticeable about 6 weeks ago, and I watched to see if it went away or got worse. After about three weeks it also started to shudder around 30 mph, especially when going uphill. It also began to jerk substantially when I stopped at a red light, almost like I had been rear ended. I took it in to my regular mechanic and we assumed maybe we had engine misfire and a fouled spark plug, as it had done some shuddering previously last fall. We had replaced all the plugs and coils at that time(74000k) and the problem went away until August. There were never any engine lights or error codes. The mechanic took one test drive and said no way, take it to a transmission place. Took it where it has been the past two weeks. I was quoted 2400-2800. 00 to rebuild, stated that the torque converter had internal pressure issues and would have to be completely torn down to see what it needed. Called four days later to up the estimate, stating this particular model had a mercedes transmission so now we at a minimum of 4000. 00. We had an old Ford Explorer, 1998 v8 awd that had over 165000k on it that never had tranny issues. I am shocked and disappointed that a 2006 with less than 85k that had never pulled or hauled anything other than people would have the transmission go out, just outside of warranty. And when it was taken in initially the problem was 'spark plugs', which were also an issue because they were so rusted in that they required a special tool to extract and still cracked one. Ford has a serious quality control problem.
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.
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.
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?.
The wrench appeared on my dash , took it to aamco and they diagnosed it as the torque converter was bad. This is a 2006 Explorer with 96,000 miles. I had the torque converter replaced and wrench still on.
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.
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.
Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle began to jerk intermittently. The failure recurred whenever the contact was driving between 45-65 mph. The vehicle was taken to a specialized transmission center where the torque converter and other related parts were replaced. In addition, the computer system was updated. The malfunction became worse after the repair was performed. The vehicle had not been further repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. Kmj.
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.
2000 Ford Explorer [xxx] XLT 4 dr 4x4 ohv "x" VIN 4. 0 ohv engine. 2 re-built 5r55e transmissions. Both times po-741 codes torque converter clutch system stuck off. Had to start in low and shift to drive to move thru gears. No reverse unless you gun engine then slowly moves in reverse sometimes. Re-built at 113k and again at 195,000 miles. Sometimes no gear when driving. Have to switch overdrive off to gain traction. Trans finally quit again. Dangerous condition. Ford dealers tell me nothing extraordinary. Have never experienced so much transmission problems with all the suvs and sedans I've owned. I believe a safety re-call is in order. It is no coincidence that retail shops refer to the Ford Explorer as the Ford "exploder".
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2000 Ford Explorer,transmission will slip,lock up in overdrive,place in reverse car lurches forward. The o/d off light flashes engine rpms are very high. There are thousands of people that keep having the same problems with this vehicle. It has 4. 0 engine and the 5r55e automatic transmission. This vehicle is dangerous to my family and to the public you never know what type of reaction will come out of this transmission. The vehicle has 100,000 miles on it. Taken to aamco they quoted $2300. 00 for repairs. My warrant companycomplete automotive repair servives (c. A. R. S)will only pay for a salvage yard transmission. These transmission were only made fro a short time. Any transmission from a salvage yard will have the operating problems. While at aamco a customer brought his 1999 Explorer in his transmission was rebuilt by aamco Feb of this year. It is stuck in overdrive and will not go into reverse. Warranty company sent a used transmission to the aamco shop at 4210 red bluff road pasadena texas,it was installed,transmission would not go into overdrive and set a computer code of torque converter failure along with solenoid failure. Ford motor company has turned loose a very unsafe to the public they must be held accountable and made to repair this type of transmission.
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.
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.
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer. While driving at speeds of 50 mph, the transmission warning light illuminated and there was an unusual noise coming from the wheel bearings. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the contact was advised that the torque was defective and caused the transmission to malfunction. The dealer was contacted and also advised having the transmission replaced. The failure and current mileages were 84,000. Updated 08/27/10.
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.
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.
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.
We were driving along in our 1998 Ford Explorer and the overdrive light started blinking and then it would not shift into 3rd gear. It occurs everytime we drive the car now. We took it to a Ford dealer, they said it was a torque converter and that it was 2000 dollars. About 2 weeks later it would not come out of third gear. Ford dealer said it was not the same problem, and the transmission needed replaced for 4000 dollars. We did some research and found that this is a very common problem from 98-04 Explorers, as they share the same transmission. . Read more...
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|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Power Train problems||
|Overdrive Light On problems||
|Differential Unit problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Transmission Solenoid problems||
|Automatic Transmission Column Shift problems||
|Transfer Case problems||
|Axle Assembly problems||