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Transmission Noise Problems of Ford Explorer



Ford Explorer owners have reported 46 problems related to transmission noise (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 1
Failure Date: 03/19/2013

Check transmission indicator on in information center and overdive light on. Grinding noise from under vehicle.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2001 Ford Explorer 2
Failure Date: 11/02/2012

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 45 mph, the transmission failed to respond with an unusual whining noise. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road and the engine was turned off. Upon restarting, the vehicle resumed normally. The failure recurred on a separate occasion. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The failure mileage was unavailable.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2000 Ford Explorer 3
Failure Date: 01/30/2012

While backing up into my driveway, the transmission made a load noise. The vehicle stopped moving. The vehicle can not go into reverse. I barely got the vehicle in the driveway moving it forward when another load noise occurred and the vehicle stopped moving. Some owners have reported that the reverse band in the transmission fails causing this condition. Through reading on your own website, there are other 2000 Ford Explorer owners (exploder as Ford mechanics call them!!!!) with the same issue. This is the second time the vehicle will need the transmission replaced. The first time, it was covered under warranty.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 4
Failure Date: 05/31/2011

2006 Ford Explorer with 69,000 miles. Transmission failure. Makes a loud noise as engine is working but transmission isn't working properly. Have been told to either sell it or try to put in a new transmission. Also, control box on dash panel went out at 30,000 miles. $700 to repair. Transmission could be upwards of $4,000 to repair.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 5
Failure Date: 01/26/2011

The problem that I'm cocerned about is the transmission and rear end. For the transmission-this is the third time for this problem with our truck. Had it at the dealer ship just after the warrnety went out around 37,000 an paid a little over $600. 00 to fix it . Lasted till 80,000 them took it back and paid around $200. 00 to fix. Now at 136,000 and the truck will not move at all. Dealer ship want's another $3,306. 00 to fix it again. The rear end is making a loud wine noise.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 6
Failure Date: 12/13/2010

I have a 2004 Ford Explorer and it recently started making a rumbling noise. I brought it to my mechanic and he looked at it and said it was my transmission. He also said that it was an extremly common problem for 2004 Explorers. If you google "2004 Explorer problems" and click on any of the links the first problem is transmission issues. I have owned this car since it was new in 2004 and have not abused the car. For a 2004 car with only 75000 miles on it to have a transmission go it is a problem. I have been quoted $3000 to fix this problem the fix being a new transmission. When Ford knows about this problem they should do something about it.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 7
Failure Date: 12/10/2010

I was driving and my od light started flashing. A few miles later my cars rpms went up and my car slowed down, causing my to quickly pull over to the side of the road to avoid being rear ended. I tried to drive it to the store a few days later and I got about 1/4 of a mile down the road when I heard a loud noise and the car did the same thing. I have my car sitting in the drive way waiting to get it into be looked at. Since this is the second time that this has happened in under two years, I know that the transmission is having issues and more than likely I will have to have it replaced.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 8
Failure Date: 06/21/2010

O/d drive flashing and check transmission light is on, very noise on the back of vehicle,the truck only 58,000 on it.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 9
Failure Date: 02/13/2010

I own a 2002 Ford Explorer with 59,000 miles on it. My SUV has never been used for towing or unusual fast driving. The automatic transmission now randomly allows for unusually high rpms before changing gears. This resulted several times in rear wheel slipping and loss of control of the vehicle. When making a u-turn, the rear end of the car spun out into an unintended adjacent lane and nearly caused an accident. Also, a simple left turn onto a two lane road resulted in the rear end of the car going off of the road. The transmission is now making noises and changing gears slowly. From researching online, it is apparent that this issue has been reported thousands of times with the 2002 Ford Explorer. Estimated costs to repair design flaw range from $2700 to $4000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 10
Failure Date: 10/01/2009

2002 Ford Explorer v8 limited event leading to failure: loud grinding noise in trans. And lurching, slippage of gears. Failure: transmission needs replaced. Permanent failure. Could potential kill someone if lurches and hits car or pedestrian. No action done yet to costly.


 
car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 11
Failure Date: 07/16/2008

My od light starting blinking. Then I started hearing a clicking noise. Car shuttered numerous days, then would not go any faster then 25 mph. Had to get the transmission completely rebuilt. Had 92,000 mile on it. Evidently Ford IA aware of this problem and will do nothing.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 12
Failure Date: 06/10/2008

Indicator lights flashing on and off ,transmission rattling noise and failure at 99,000 miles.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 13
Failure Date: 05/12/2008

Noticed a grinding and whining noise coming from right side of my 2002 Ford XLT Explorer. Also thought that I needed a new exhaust the car was making such loud noise. Went to 2 different garages for pricing, I needed both front and rear bearings replaced actually the front bearing was about to fall off both garages stated. Also the loud noise from my exhaust it was missing one bolt to the cover, covering the exhaust and or catalytic converter. Also 8months prior the cars transmission was replaced. All of this expensive and costly repairs happened at 79,000 miles. This is a very dangerous vehicle and reading all of the other complaints this problem needs to be considered for recalls from Ford. My family is very important to me and I use this car to travel and transport my family. I am very concerned and Fords needs to investigate the problems arising with the 2002 Ford XLT Explorer problems and fix them. So far I have invested $5500 into this car I would not even get this for a trade in value. Please consider my complaint and the many others very important. Thank you.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 14
Failure Date: 02/26/2008

Transmission making a horrible whining noise in both the front and back. From all that I have read the transmission and rear end is going to have to be overhauled. With as many complaints as there are on this vehicle Ford really needs to do a recall and fix this problem before there is a serious accident. They are aware of this but choose not to do anything until the government forces them to do something.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 15
Failure Date: 01/12/2008

Traveling on interstate when loud noise came from the transmission. Rpm's went up drastically. Tranny light came on. When starting and stopping the truck the transmission would make a horrible metal sound. Have not driven it for 1 month due to having to go get a loan to pay for the repairs. Took to aamco which stated today that the tranny needs to be totally overhauled at $2400.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 16
Failure Date: 11/12/2007

2003 Explorer eddie bauer 4. 6l v-8 awd, transmission failed during morning commute. I hear noise, the car lost speed, and "o/d off" was flashing. I could barely merge the car to the far right lane and manage to get the car to the office.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 17
Failure Date: 10/15/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving 30 mph, the contact heard a whining noise coming from the vehicle. The noise becomes louder as the vehicle travels faster. The whining appears to be coming from the rear suspension. The failure mileage was 120,000 and current mileage was 144,800. Updated 04/14/08. The consumer stated the transmission was replaced at no charge by Ford at 55,000 miles due to a defect. The 4-wheel drive makes excessive noise when in gear. Updated.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 18
Failure Date: 09/07/2007

The transmission in my 2002 Ford Explorer began to slip at 57,000 miles. From first gear into second it would rev high and then with a clunk and a grinding noise reluctantly go into second gear.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 19
Failure Date: 08/15/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. While driving 50 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle began to drastically decelerate. The vehicle would not exceed speeds of 20 mph. She heard a loud winding noise, but no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the transmission was defective. The vehicle was serviced, but she does not know what parts were repaired. The manufacturer stated that they would not reimburse her for the repairs. The powertrain was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 78,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 20
Failure Date: 05/18/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle began to make an unfamiliar noise. The overdrive indicator flashed repeatedly and the vehicle began to hesitate. The dealer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was taken to a transmission shop who replaced the transmission. The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 62,000 and failure mileage was 61,800.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 21
Failure Date: 05/10/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the transmission was faulty. While driving 25 mph, the transmission began making a roaring noise. The vehicle would jerk badly in traffic and the contact would lose control. He called the local Ford dealer and they stated that the repair would cost $5,000 because the warranty expired. Ford also stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle. He took the vehicle to a transmission specialist to have it rebuilt for $3,100. The specialist stated that imperial parts did not manufacture the transmission correctly. The current and failure mileages were 97,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 22
Failure Date: 03/09/2007

Car started making humming noise when going 30-45 mph, took to a mechanic who ref me to the dealership to check the transmission and then for transmission flush, still the same issue, I was advised that the tires needed to be replaced, I have 4x4 which requires the same 4 tires or the car will jerk. The brake pedal vibrates, and the 4x4 gauge doesn't work, replaced the component and still the same issue. Any who to make a long story short, now I am hearing a clinking and rubbery sound coming from the rear of the vehicle. I am now forced to take the car in. . . And of course be charged a ridiculous fee, for them to run diagnostics on the truck to diagnose the issue, and then of course pay for parts and labor. . . . My next car will be a foreign car. . They break down less, and the cost of maintenance and equivalent or less then the cost of maintaining a good ole' american made Ford vehicle. (Lexus, kia, and I believe either Mazda or Toyota are owned by Ford. . So steer clear of those brands). Timeline reflects the latest issue, and the amount of previous problems. . Amount to many.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 23
Failure Date: 03/03/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. While driving 40 mph on the highway, the contact was accelerating and heard a loud noise and the engine began to idle. The contact was thrown forward into the steering wheel causing the driver to steer to the right. The failure mileage was 31,350. The dealer stated that the third gear bang or the transmission needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 61,350.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 24
Failure Date: 09/22/2006

My transmission on my 2002 Explorer is slipping from 2nd to 3rd and making a hissing noise. I understand there has been alot of complaints on these trucks. I want it fixed or replaced. I hope there is a recall on this automobile from Ford.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 25
Failure Date: 04/20/2006

: the contact stated while driving 50 mph there was a loud noise heard coming from under the vehicle. The vehicle then lurched forward and came to a complete stop on the highway as if the rear wheels were locked causing minor injuries to the driver and passenger. After restarting the vehicle, the over drive light illuminated. The vehicle was driven to the local dealership and they determined there was metal in the transmission pan. They replaced the crank shaft pulley assembly, compressor, power belt, bolt, vibration damper, screen assembly, bearings, output shaft, pistons, rods and the carrier over drive. The manufacturer was alerted.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 26
Failure Date: 01/18/2006

. 3- now it has actually began to die instead of just stalling and hesitating. Now they advise its the throttle sensor. In all 3 cases - when putting the car in reverse there is always a hesitation, then it will jerk hard into reverse. When slowing down at a stop sign or red light there will be another banging noise coming from the transmission. When putting the car in drive from the reverse there is always a delay then will jerk in forward drive. Now the little wrench comes on and the check engine light comes on, when driving down the highway the car will die for no apparent reason, when this happens I can not do anything!!!! when is this going to be fixed? Ford waiting on someone to get killed first? I have almost caused two wrecks with my car stalling out on the highway, as you can imagine going from 65 mph and then die without a warning and what am I to do with the traffic behind me? this is serious!! I took my car in and had it hooked up to the machine to read what was going on and the mechanic should me that the car would read nothing on any of their machines! the consumers need your help! we have these new (2004) vehicles that are dangerous and we should not be having to pay for a lemon. Ford motor company had to know when this happen in their plant and should have not sold these cars!!!! please help and issue a recall, thank you for all of your help.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 27
Failure Date: 01/16/2006

On January 16, 2006 while driving on the highway I noticed a shaking feeling under the driver's side floor. There was also loud noise. I slowed down and continued to drive. On Saturday, January 21, 2006 I brought Ford Explorer 2002 to a Ford dealer for them to drive and take a look. The result was vehicle all over the road, was unstable and needed all 4 wheel bearings, upper rear ball joints. Replaced. Not safe to drive for very long, must go slow and a $3,000 approximate cost to repair. I contacted Ford to complain and to see if they could help out by reducing the cost of fixing it for free. Their response was sorry but they could not help. I cannot see how Ford can tell me there was nothing they could do when every mechanic I have spoken to said it was unheard for all 4 wheel bearings to go at the same time, especially with only 73,000 miles on the truck. I drive my 6 year old sun to school, left to Ford I'm supposed to take my chances with his safety while driving one of their poorly made vehicles. All this after I had to replace the transmission in October when than went while I was on vacation in new hampshire.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 28
Failure Date: 11/18/2005

Transmission failure and rear axle noises as well as rear wheel bearings.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 29
Failure Date: 09/15/2005

When moving gear selector from park to reverse and sometimes drive, there is a lag of about 3 to 5 seconds and then a loud clunking noise followed by a power surge of vehicle going into gear. Worried transmission is failing again. Took in for repairs same on same incident they said it was fixed. And guess what, I believed them.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 30
Failure Date: 09/02/2005

I brought this SUV last year at bill heard Chevrolet dealership. Even though this was a new vehicle. When I went to the dealership they told me that I could pay this car in three years but in reality it was five years. I signed all the paperwork I had to but they didn't give me any papers when I left. However when I went to apply to buy another car they didn't accept my application because they told me that I was already being finance a car for five years. This car has had many problems like the transmission would just make really loud noises when I drove the SUV; the transmission was simply not functioning properly. When I drove the car 60 mph or more the vehicle would just start vibrating. I contact the dealership to make a complaint but they simply just ignore my complaint.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 31
Failure Date: 05/19/2005

Transmission will not go into reverse, and there is no neutral. There is only 57,000 miles on the vehicle. The vehicle has had regular maintenance and checkups. Transmission was making clanking noise when put into drive or reverse. Vehicle has been making noise since 2002. It was taken to the dealership, and it was checked. Dealership did not find a problem with the transmission. Vehicle was put in reverse, and it started jumping. Then it went and stopped in reverse. Then, vehicle was put in park and t switched to reverse. There was no reverse. It was put into neutral, and it went forward. When the vehicle was put into drive, it would go forward.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 32
Failure Date: 05/11/2005

Transmission and rear-end. Sealed transmission was serviced at dealership at 29,000 miles. Since then transmission has a whirr and then a clunk while decelerating back into first gear. Whining noise from rear-end since 12,000 miles. Ford replaced faulty rear-end seal 6 months ago, whining still there. I feel that Ford is stringing me along until warranty expires. Ford knows there are problems but wont fix until part fails completely.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 33
Failure Date: 01/01/2005

2002 4 door Explorer 4x4 eddie bauer transmission replaced at 40,000 miles now the rear end has a humming noise at 50,000 miles.