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Automatic Transmission Torque Converter Problems of Ford Explorer



Ford Explorer owners have reported 67 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 1
Failure Date: 02/05/2014

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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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 2
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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 3
Failure Date: 05/09/2013

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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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 4
Failure Date: 01/31/2013

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 5
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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 6
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 7
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 8
Failure Date: 05/09/2011

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 9
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 10
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 11
Failure Date: 11/09/2010

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 12
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2000 Ford Explorer 13
Failure Date: 07/26/2010

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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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2000 Ford Explorer 14
Failure Date: 07/26/2010

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 15
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 16
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 17
Failure Date: 06/08/2010

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 18
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 19
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 20
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 1998 Ford Explorer 21
Failure Date: 06/06/2009

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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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 22
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 23
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2008 Ford Explorer 24
Failure Date: 11/03/2008

We have had transmission problems from the start with this 2008 Explorer. When slowing to make a turn the transmission gets hung between gears, then the engine revs up, then the transmission will drop into gear with neck snapping result, lunging forward quickly. I'm afraid that this could cause my wife to loose control of the vehicle. Also the locking torque converter disengages constantly at highway speeds, then re-engages, then disengages. I was finally able to get a Ford engineer named derrick to check the vehicle, but he refuses to acknowledge the problem. All he wants to talk about is how smooth the vehicle rides on the highway, just a lot of double talk to divert attention away from the problem. It is a constant problem, verified by david laughlin of Ford motor company, paul sanford of courtesy Ford, and dave adams of courtesy Ford.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 25
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 26
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 27
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 28
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 29
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 30
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 31
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 32
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 image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 33
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!!!.