Ford Explorer owners have reported 51 problems related to transmission noise (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.
"driver side door ajar" light continues to come on each time I start the car. I have to open and shut the door to get it to turn off. That occurred for one month. Now the light will not turn off and the "transmission is not in park" light turns on while I am driving. In addition, the dome lights will not go off when I park the car unless I constantly adjust the light dial and eventually the dome light will go off when the doors are locked (30 minutes to get it off the other night). Regarding the rear transmission noise. Over 50 percent of the time when I am backing out of a parking spot, I hear a clunking sound as though I struck an object only to find that nothing is behind me. Finally, when I enter my car and start it, I hear a loud popping sound in the front windshield like the windshield glass is cracking. No idea what that may be.
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While driving the vehicle started to make a grinding noise coming from the front area. Pull over and tow to dealer . The transmission pto had a internal failure. The car onle has 51k miles normal driving. I search on the internet and found that Ford had several issues with this part breaking in low time. This could be a safety hazard.
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While driving in traffic there was a loud noise and the car lost power and the wrench light came on. Was able to roll out of traffic transmission went out.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while trying to reverse at a low speed, an abnormal noise was heard before the vehicle suddenly jerked backward. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The contact mentioned that the gear lever in the reverse position failed to operate after three months of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000. Jo.
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Check transmission indicator on in information center and overdive light on. Grinding noise from under vehicle.
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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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I bought this vehicle used through a certified Ford dealership where my father works and I had bought all my previous cars in April 2012. It only had one previous owner, no major history and was completely upgraded by the previous owner. I had it completely checked out, had the tranny flushed, twice, and all seemed okay. No warranty of any kind was available due to Ford policy. . . Supposedly. I moved to texas in June of 2012 and it did okay. Then one day, in September, I had my husband and children in the SUV and all of sudden it just started acting strange, wouldn't speed up, the rpm's would go crazy, the noise sounded horrible and then it just stopped moving. Luckily we were just heading out of town and not yet on the major highway. We got it moved to a service station and had to call our insurance company to tow our vehicle to a Ford dealership. We had to wait more than an hour for a ride home. We were now without a vehicle in a new state. I was told that the only fix was to replace the transmission. I put $4000 down on this vehicle, financed the rest and spent the rest of our savings to move from ne to TX. I had no extra cash to spend $4000 to fix it. I was told to let the bank take it and get another vehicle. I had to come up with $1000 down and get a lower quality vehicle and have the bank take it back. They sold it at auction for only $4000 so we still owe $13000! I had the vehicle for only 5 months and because of a Ford problem I owe $13000?!?!?! this is not right. I have been a loyal Ford girl and Ford mechanic's daughter my entire life and this is what I get?! I want to know what can be done or what Ford will do about this. I'm broke and my credit destroyed because of this. I don't like how everyone sues people but I am ready to sue! ugh!! I just want answers and results!!!!!!!.
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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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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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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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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.
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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O/d drive flashing and check transmission light is on, very noise on the back of vehicle,the truck only 58,000 on it.
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.
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.
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.
Indicator lights flashing on and off ,transmission rattling noise and failure at 99,000 miles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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||