Ford Explorer owners have reported 49 problems related to transmission slip out of gear (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.
Loss of drive control transmission shifts out of first gear and rpms go up to rev limit, but no or extremely slow forward motion like the vehicle is stuck between 1st gear and neutral. Happened twice from a cold start several months between occurrences. Start vehicle, back out of driveway, stop, change to drive, move forward about 200 feet and the shift from 1st to second gear does not happen correctly like the vehicle is stuck in 1st gear or neutral. Very unsafe, can cause accidents. Also some unexpected hard upshifts / downshifts.
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My 2012 Ford Explorer would all of a sudden sound like it was slipping out of gear while driving. I would lose all control of the accelerator & vehicle would idle very rough. The "wrench" light would appear on the dash display. I would have to drift over to the side of the road, turn the vehicle off, & then re-start the vehicle. This happened without warning & became more frequent. Dealership replaced the throttle body (at my cost) & explained no recall had been determined yet, but expected it to be issued in the future due to the number of complaints. I also had to pay to have my selector lever assembly replaced again since I was again having the issue of vehicle problem of "shift to park" appearing once again. The first time this part was replaced it was covered under TSB 15-0047, but this time it was at my expense.
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Transmission intermittently slips out of a low gear preventing acceleration. Appears to jump into a neutral revving engine only before catching in gear. Very dangerous for merging onto highways. Only occurs periodically and at low speeds. Had several transmissions replaced continues to do same.
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Transmission shifts out of gear, from drive into neutral or stalls out. Safety hazard while driving. 6f35 transmission. Dealer(s) refuse to acknowledge issue or repair despite customer complaint and transmission fault code. Vehicle stalls while at all speeds on highway, city streets, or while in intersections. Too dangerous to drive.
When I accelerate immediately after turning on engine between 10-20 mph my car will slip out of drive into manual. This happens randomly, and has happened for the 2 other drivers of this vehicle. I have to stop, move gear shift to either neutral or manual and switch back to drive, for the transmission to then remain in drive. It has happened at least 25 times-my vehicle now has 16,000 miles on it. I took into Ford dealership and after 2 days they could "not simulate" what was causing it and told me to "take a picture of the display screen" when it happens again so it could be simulated. They told me I was hitting the controls on the steering wheel! I am not hitting the controls on the steering wheel they made a vehicle with faulty power train and the computer can't tell them how to fix it! I was able to quickly snap one picture and will try to get another one prior to taking into dealership again.
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I was accelerating onto the freeway when the transmission started lurching several times. It continued to do this until I got home. I took it to a local mechanic and he could not make it do the same thing. It did not do it again for several weeks until I was pulling a trailer. At that time, it would not shift into a lower gear. I stopped and shifted it into park. I then shift it into drive and started driving but it would not shift out of first gear. I again stopped and turned the ignition off and waited several minutes. When I started the engine and began moving, it would shift into the higher gears but not into overdrive. The lurching continued to this day.
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Going 55 miles an hour truck slip out of gear.
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Traveling the I-95 corridor in north carolina at approx. 3am the transmission over drive light began flashing and the check engine light came on shortly after. Vehicle began to have shifting problems. Had to ease into 1st gear and play with accelerator pedal to shift out of 1st gear. Not a good feeling when 500 miles from home and in the middle of nowhere. Researched and found that this is becoming a common problem for these vehicles. Brought vehicle to aamco and was informed again common in the Explorer. Cost estimate for repair $2500. 00. Vehicle had 77000 miles at time of failure. Called Ford for "goodwill" repair. Should have talked to a door knob. Standard reply "vehicle out of warranty". Driving over forty years, never experienced transmission failure. This is a design flaw that they are not acknowledging. They may not pay now but in the long run the cost will be great. Drove my last Ford.
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Sticks in park, bangs when shifted to reverse or other, slips out of gear when driving then engine will rev as if in neutral, sticks in park when on hill will not shift to drive or reverse ( out of park), when the vehicle looses gear it will rev and I am unable to accelerate and have to pull over to allow other vehicles by until I can get it to engage and go into gear otherwise the car just revs and goes nowhere.
Vehicle transmission slips out of gear and sometimes wont engage. Frequently occurs at stop/start movements. Ocurrs in forward and reverse. "o/d off" light is frequently displayed. Unsafe to drive anywhere!!!.
There was no indication that there was a problem, the vehicle suddenly stopped shifting correctly, started making bad noises, won't shift out of second gear, and the overdrive light is flashing spastically. The vehicle is almost undriveable, and this appears to be a systemic problem from what I have read. I am about to take it into a transmission shop for diagnosis.
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The contact owns a 2006 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the parking gear shift would not shift out of park to drive. The contact stated he would have to continually depress the brake and rattle the gear shift in order for it to move. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where he was advised that the vehicle was not under recall and referred him to the manufacturer. The manufacturer was contacted but provided no additional assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 66,000. Updated 06/02/11.
2002 Ford Explorer transmission jumped when put in reverse hit a parked car. When you slow down it slips out of gear and wont go. I have transmission problems with the vehicle. Im scared that it will fail again while on the freeway and my family and I will be hurt or even killed. Its not safe to drive.
Ford Explorer would not shift out of 2nd gear. The vehicle is a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT with 4. 0 l v-6, and automatic transmission. Took in to my mechanic and he advised me to take it to a transmission shop since the readout fault codes indicated major failure. Vehicle has less than 80,000 miles and has been well taken care of since it was new.
2002 Ford Explorer transmission continues to need repair. I've rebuilt the transmission twice and it has gone out again. It began with the o/d light flashing, then, without warning, it slips out of gear, never to return. I spend about $2,000 with each rebuild. I can no longer afford the cost. Having read the voluminous reports of the identical failure, I believe it's time for a recall by Ford!.
I have a 2001 Ford Explorer and at first the truck would slip in and out of gears so I took it to a certified mechanic and was told I needed a neutral safety switch. I had that replaced about a month ago. Yesterday, I was driving and the truck slipped out of drive. . . . And it would not accelerate. I pulled over and attempted to restart the vehicle and the o/d off light started flashing. This truck is going to cost me over 2,000 dollars to fix and it seems as if I am not the only one experiencing the same problems. Please help!.
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I have a 2005 Ford Explorer, I bought the vehicle new in 2005. The vehicle's first major problem was in 2008 when the transmission "lost" 3rd gear. It was rebuilt by Ford and has never been the same. Yesterday 21 may 2010 the transmission did the same thing it did in 2008. . . Slammed hard into reverse and now it won't shift out of 1st gear. This is twice I'm having to pay to have the transmission replaced in a 5 year old vehicle.
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2004 Ford Explorer v6 transmission od light flashing and transmission slips out of gear at times.
My transmission on my 2000 Ford Explorer XLT over drive o/d light started to flash on and off. I only have 169,000 miles on the truck. When I was driving it started to jerk and slip out of gear. Now it only let me drive only in one gear. I've called the Ford dealerships and says there is nothing we can do. It should be a recall on this problem because so many Ford Explorer owners up to the 2002 model has the same problem with their truck and they the same response when call Ford dealerships. . Read more...
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I was driving my 2003 Ford Explorer, and all of a sudden when merging onto the highway, my overdrive light started flashing, and the transmission won't shift out of 1st gear. Absoultly unacceptable! an 03?! please!.
Our 96 Ford Explorer transmission has slipped out of gear at unpredictable times, speeds, and inclines. Only have had a back bumper "bumped" when this happened, but would really like for some dept or entity to refer us to a truly knowledgeable and experienced transmission shop or other helpful source.
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2002 Ford Explorer automatic transmission problems. Various problems. When I first got it (at 45k miles), it would take about 20-30 seconds to engage into first gear after being in reverse. When it did engage, it jumped forward while doing it. That does not happen much anymore. If I have to slam on the brakes (dog, kid, deer runs out, light suddenly changes or someone cuts me off, etc. . . ) the tranny slips out of gear into neutral stays there for an indefinite amount of time, then lurches forward 3-4 feet as it kicks back into gear. This has not caused an accident yet! have seen a dealer for both of these problems - 3 times. Was not able to even get the problem diagnosed, much less repaired. As time has passed, I have learned to be careful and ginger with the vehicle. I shift softly and slowly, I don't gun it and do my best to ensure there is plenty of room between me and the car in front of me. Now the transmission has begun slipping. I have seen multiple accounts online of people having transmission problems with the 02 Explorer. I firmly believe Ford needs to issue a recall. The lurching forward problem is huge! very dangerous! today it was scary. I was approaching a crosswalk and only doing 25. Hikers and bikers notoriously just walk/ride through the crosswalk without looking. There is brush that blocks the view of bikes in one direction. Today, a bike made no effort to stop to look for cars and bolted out into the crosswalk. I did not see him coming for the brush. I had to slam on the brakes. As he was in front of me, he caught some gravel and slid and fell in front of my car. My car lurched forward nearly hitting him. I can't get the problem fixed if the dealer can't figure out what is wrong. Short of having the transmission completely rebuilt. . . Which is what I am going to do. I really feel that Ford should be responsible for the cost of doing so.
2002 Ford Explorer. Shortly after I bought my Explorer after about 40,000 miles on the odometer I began to experience slipping of the transmission every time I drive it. The slipping out of gear happens at all times when I accelerate at speeds under 50 mph. What is dangerous about this is when it happens at a time that I want to get into traffic while crossing the oncoming traffic lane and the transmission won't go back into gear to allow me to complete the road crossing while cars have to apply their brakes to stop for me. When the transmission finally goes into gear, it does so with a big clank. I have personally met a number of people who own this same type of vehicle and every single on complains of the same symptoms and have had close calls in traffic due to this transmission failure. Some of these people have had the transmission worked on and have paid anywhere from $1700. 00 to over $2500. 00 for repairs and the problems return. I have done searches on the web regarding this problem and in every site that has blogs dedicated to people who are victims of this problem, there are literally hundreds of complaints. From what I've heard this was an experimental transmission that was bought by Ford from an outside manufacturer, in order for Ford to save money and now we, the consumer have to pay for this problem. I feel that it is negligent and irresponsible of Ford to allow people to drive their vehicles with this type of dangerous transmissions. People can cause accidents and injure passengers or cause pedestrians to be hurt or killed due to this problem. Please, please look into this matter and consider declaring a recall of this transmission. Please don't wait for people to get hurt before doing something about this serious problem. Thank you for your attention.
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. When he attempted to turn the ignition switch, the steering column fractured. Secondly, the rear lift-gates panel split in half. Thirdly, the transmission intermittently slipped out of gear. None of the failures have been remedied. He previously filed a complaint. The failure and current mileages were 80,000.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The driver stated the transmission in his vehicle is faulty. When the vehicle is in reverse it slips out of gear as you depress the brakes the vehicle continued to jerk back and forth. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they stated certain valves within the transmission need to be replaced or the entire transmission. The manufactured was notified and the driver was told it is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to repair the transmission. The failure mileage was 96,000. Bl.
|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||