Ford Explorer owners have reported 134 problems related to transmission solenoid (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.
From park, delay from 1 to 7 seconds for engagement for reverse (automatic trans), worse in warm weather. Serious safety issue, as you may press on gas thinking you're in reverse, and then accelerate!! heard 1st hand from Ford dealer this is well known, and sometimes severe. Something with solenoid pack? happens often!.
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Transmission failure. Shift solenoid "b" circuit failure transmission does not shift into 2nd gear until vehicle reaches 3000 rpm. O/d light flashes, service engine soon light activates and transmission stays in 3rd gear. Don't use vehicle and is out of extended warranty.
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We are original owners. Bought new in 2007 with ext warranty. Car with <than 60k mls, never in an accident, taken care of. 01/31/2016 sun while driving approx 10 mph on a side street it lost power and shutoff without warning. Restarted after a few min. On 02/01 mon 7:00 am the same happened on the highway at approx 45 mph. My husband was able to steer the rolling car off to the shoulder. After 15 min restarted and took it straight to the dealer. Wrench light was on. Promised to have it ready in 4 hrs. At 4:00 pm hasn't been looked at yet. At 6:00 pm it was allegedly looked at by 2 techs and determined it's a transmission issue and we were now in line for a transmission specialist with 14 cars ahead of us (by itself evidence that there is a transmission issue in Fords). On thur 02/04 (4th day) got a call at 6:pm that there is a short inside of the transmission and they would order the part and have it fixed the next day. $1,400 to fix. I called Ford customer service and opened a case as transmission complaints are frequent. We were lucky that there wasn't a semi behind my husband on the highway on mon. On fri 02/05 I'm told the part wasn't ordered on thur because of 4:00 pm cutoff. He said it was being ordered on fri and fixed on sat. On sat 02/06 I'm told they never have transmission mechanics working on sat and it will be fixed on mon. Noon on mon I'm told Ford offers no remedy for cars older than 6 yrs and case closed. Status of repair - he would check if the part came in when he gets back from lunch. A week without a car, no information, part maybe ordered, car not fixed and Ford doesn't care if we die on the road and we have to pay for a faulty solenoid and non-reusable parts that need to be removed in order to fix this. For the last 15 years bought 4 new Fords with ext warranty (not used). Ford couldn't care less about customers or their safety. No more Fords!!.
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Started with flashing of light went to check engine light code p0775 transmission control solenoid b. . . . From what I'm finding out this is just a symptom of the bigger problem the servo bore leaking and needing a brass sleeve insert fix. . . I think it's total crap I have to pay for a kit and find someone who will follow the proper refit procedures and pay them when Ford is well aware of this issue and should be forced into a recall retro fit. . . I am a 50 yr old disabled woman who can't afford to fix a problem the manufacturer should be dealing with. . . . The transmission is hazardous and can disengage from loss of pressure while driving. . .
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The o/d light has started flashing and my check engine light came on, it is not shifting when it should be, going up to 5000 rpms, I have to take my foot off the pedal to try and get it to shift into 3rd. Sometimes it works, other times not so much. After doing a thorough search, I have found a ridiculous amount of complaints identical to mine, most with similar mileage (mine is at 162,000), with the problem being either the solenoid pack or the o/d servo. Some are lucky and have this replaced first, but others end up having to rebuild/replace the tranny. That is an expensive fix for what seems to be a very common problem, too expensive for most people who drive a vehicle that is this old. I am a single mother of two small children, I do not have the money to fix this or buy another vehicle.
Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the vehicle would jerk violently when shifted into gear. It would losses speed when putting into drive. The vehicle engine lights illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the shift solenoid needed to be replace. The vehicle was was repaired. The failure recurred two months later. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure the failure 78,000. Aw.
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Unable to accelerate without jerking or hesitation. Felt like truck was going to stall out. Engine light came on along with wrench light. Shifted hard. Ended up having to replace the shift solenoid pack, had the transmission serviced and re calibrated and still have issues with poor acceleration . Problem still not resolved.
Timing chain problems; back chain 'plastic' tensor broke and affected critically entire engine. Many people with the same problem. Transmission solenoid problems; shift rough from 1st to 2nd. Put new solenoid block, problem still there. Ford does not know what the problem is. Many people with the same problem.
Starting date is approximate and mileage. When driving vehicle you could feel a jerk in the transmission when it was shifting. And on several occasions, it felt like you had been hit in the rear by another vehicle. We felt it was becoming a safety issue and not safe to drive the vehicle. We took it to a transmission center and they replaced a sleeve and solenoid block April 8, 2014. No problems since. Have been reading other people have and similar problems.
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The contact owns 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle came to a complete stop and the engine continued to revved up. The contact stated that as a result of the failure another vehicle rear ended her vehicle. A police report was filed. The driver and passenger sustained whiplash. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transmission solenoid was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 179,000.
Three familiar issues: * transmission slams!!! into reverse * when approaching a stop light/sign the transmission downshifts with a thump. * vehicle will surge forward shortly after placing in drive (under 15 mph). It will hesitate back and forth about 3 or 4 times. Had it at a dealership to reflash/reprogram in November 2013. Paid $100 for the test and was told the solenoid body failed. I declined the offer of a $937 plus tax repair bill. Ford should fix this issue at no cost to their customers. Transmission issues in a vehicle with only 54,000 miles does not speak to Ford's commitment to quality. These complaints have been noted for years. Needless to say the above three issues persist.
On September 26, 2013, I took my 2005 Ford Explorer to the Ford dealer (freeway Ford in bloomington, mn) because I was having problems when I put the vehicle into reverse. At times it hesitates to go into reverse and then clunks into the gear. This has been happening for about 1 year. The diagnosis was of course my transmission solenoid. I cant afford to have my vehicle repaired at the cost of $1,300 plus taxes and I don't feel safe driving my Explorer in this condition, but I have no choice at this point. I went online to carcomplaints. Com and found 94 complaints with the same issues on the 2005 Ford Explorers. In one of the complaints sent to carcomplaints. Com - a woman wrote that she sent a complaint letter to the dept of consumer affairs about the issues with the 2005 Ford explores, they get back to her to tell her that the Ford dealer will put the repair under some type of warranty program and just charge me $100 bucks to replace the solenoid. This seems to be a defect in the Ford Explorers made in 2005, so why have the vehicles not been recalled and why should I have to be responsible for the repair cost? jp.
Tl-the contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the over-drive warning light illuminated as a message appeared stating to check the transmission. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the transmission had defective rings and bushings. The dealer also stated that the transmission solenoid block was leaking. The contact did not have any repairs performed on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 233,577. Kmj.
My 2005 Ford has been in the dealership service center 3 different timesfor the same problem with the transmission. First time 2006 second 2010 this 2013. I'm told the solenoid pac the od bands are to blame all three times. I'm getting very frustrated with this car and Ford motor companies inability to take care of this problem or to atleast except some responsibility for this. With this last failure they have given me to options rebuild again or put in a new transmission. Why would I want to replace a crappy transmission with a new crappy transmission. Is their any help with this?.
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving on an incline at an unknown speed, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the overdrive warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the solenoid pack and the oxygen sensors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact also mentioned that the check transmission and check engine warning lights illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.
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First issue was with the solenoids now the issue is with 1-2 shift ratio. Shifting into neutral.
Vehicle transmission has suddenly quit at only 120,000 miles. Because of a code p0775 "pressure control solenoid". Shopped the fix (which all repair shops say is very common on early 2000 Ford's) and it will need a $2500 rebuild. Did some online research and found more complaints on this than I can account for. I contacted Ford customer support line and was transferred to my local dealer. Local dealer said I fall outside of any customer appreciation programs and there is nothing they can do than fix it for me for $3200. With the amount of complaints on this issue along with the cracked tailgate that I see on all Ford Explorers I drive by, there should be some sort of forced recall.
The contact owns a 2003 Ford explore. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph the transmission failed. The over drive warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact then depressed the brake pedal and everything seized before stalling. The contact restarted the vehicle and the vehicle functioned properly. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where they stated that the solenoid was defective in the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance because the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure mileage was 100,000.
I was driving down TX hwy 190, and my o/d light started flashing on my 2003 Ford Explorer, it was found that the shift solenoid pack was going out, it was an electrical issue with the solenoids, the pack was replaced and now it is doing it again, ran the diagnostics on it and it is the exact same problem, the shift solenoid pack electrical problem on a solenoid pack that is barely a year old and the mileage is now at 201000.
Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 30 mph, the transmission began to slip gears in a jerking motion. There was also a hesitation and the engine revved continuously. In addition, the over drive and transmission warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was diagnosed by two different independent mechanics and they informed the sensor solenoid would need to be replaced and possibly the transmission. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to an authorized dealer for a third opinion. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000. The VIN was unavailable. Js.
Transmission (5r55) solenoid pack and servo both went out at same time servo is terrible design. There should be a recall from Ford on these problems on this transmission.
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving, there was an abnormal increase in engine rpms yet the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the transmission solenoid was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 64,000.
On July 12, 2013, I took my 2005 Ford Explorer to the Ford dealer where it was purchased because I was having problems when I put the vehicle into reverse. At times it's very difficult to put into reverse and when I put in reverse the vehicle jerks or lunges into gear. This has been happening for about 2 1/2 years. The diagnosis was of course my transmission. I cant afford to have my vehicle repaired at the cost of $3946. 20 and I don't feel safe driving my Explorer in this condition, but I have no choice at this point. I went online to carcomplaints. Com and found 94 complaints with the same issues on the 2005 Ford Explorers. In one of the complaints sent to carcomplaints. Com - a woman wrote that she sent a complaint letter to the dept of consumer affairs about the issues with the 2005 Ford explores, they get back to her to tell her that the Ford dealer will put the repair under some type of warranty program and just charge me $100 bucks to replace the solenoid. This seems to be a defect in the Ford Explorers made in 2005, so why have the vehicles not been recalled and why should I have to be responsible for the repairs??.
2004 Ford Explorer. Consumer writes in regards to having to replace the solenoid for the third time. The consumer stated the vehicle would not engage into reverse without jolting and hard shifting.
Going out of town driving on the highway in trafic at 65mph. O/d light started flashing on and off. Transmission started acting erratically and I felt that I lost 5th and 2nd gears. Shop ran diagnostic test and codes p0732, p0735 and p0775. Codes confirmed problems with 2nd and 5th gears and solenoid b malfunction.
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|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||