Transmission Solenoid Problems of Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer owners have reported 120 problems associated with transmission solenoid (under the power train category).
#1 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer
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. This transmission solenoid problem happened on 09/26/13.
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#2 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
Tl-consumer has 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. This problem occurred on Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
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#3 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
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. It was 02/23/2012 when this transmission solenoid issue occurred.
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#4 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The vehicle involved is a 2004 Ford Explorer. The VIN of this vehicle is 1FMZU62K54_. First issue was with the solenoids now the issue is with 1-2 shift ratio. Shifting into neutral. The failure date was Aug. 15, 2012.
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#5 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
The car is a 2003 Ford Explorer. The vehicle involved is 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. It was April 10, 2012 when this transmission solenoid issue occurred.
#6 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Ford Explorer. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FMZU74K32_. 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. This transmission solenoid problem happened on Sunday, Apr. 15, 2012.
#7 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer
Tl-the vehicle is 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. This transmission solenoid issue occurred November 9, 2011.
#8 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer
The car involved was a 2002 Ford Explorer. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1FMZU73K22_. 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. This problem occurred on 10/21/11.
#9 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The car involved is a 2004 Ford Explorer. Original owner of vehicle,car shifts roughly into gear while driving feels like it is dragging,transmission has a hard clunk engagement when putting in reverse then engages hard with a sudden unexpected jolt backwards when car only had 3,945 miles in oct 2004. When car is in park I start the car it will sometimes jolt forward. Took car to dealer within 90 days of purchase for transmission & they replaced a solenoid in the trans. Took car back 2 more times within a year still having same problems now warranty up & Ford will not help car has 170k= miles & is 6 yrs old still running but same transmission issues daily. This is very unsafe with the car jolting into gear especially when I start the car. They need to recall & replace the transmission. This transmission solenoid problem happened on October 19, 2004.
#10 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The VIN of the car is 1FMZU74K24_. The owner has a 2004 Ford Explorer. The contact placed the gear shifter into reverse to drive and noticed that the transmission would hesitate before engaging. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians replaced the solenoid in the transmission. After the repairs were performed, the contact continued to experience the failure. There was also an abnormal grinding from the rear of the vehicle. The dealer replaced the rear end bearing, three rear axles, the pinion bar and seals and a shaft kit was installed. The dealer also advised that the failure was caused by an over torque by the manufacturer. In addition, the contact stated that the driver and passenger side sun visor joints were failing sporadically and causing the visors to obstruct the contact's vision of the roadway. The sun visors were not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000. It was Mon., May. 31, 2010 when this transmission solenoid issue happened.
#11 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The vehicle involved is 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. This issue happened on June 4, 2011.
#12 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The car involved was a 2004 Ford Explorer. When at a stop the automatic transmission fails to engage until engine rpms are too high for safe initial forward or rearward movement. According to the Ford dealership in my city this problem is due to a defective solinoid body inside the transmission. There was one attempt to repair the problem by the local Ford dealership in 2005 when the car had 11127 miles. At that time the automatic transmission solenoid valve was replaced, but the problem still persisted. That dealership went out of business about a year later. Just lately the new dealership thought that the original transmission might have to be replaced in order to return the car to a safe and normal driving condition. The cost was estimated at $3500. This problem with the 2004 Ford Explorer has been reported by hundreds of other owners to the us dot NHTSA , but nothing has come of these complaints. The Ford motor CO. Also refuses to do any repairs under warranty and/or due to a factory recall, etc. The problem described refers to a very dangerous condition in which the drivers of 2004 Ford Explorers do not know exactly when or at what rmp level their car will suddenly and rapidly accelerate from a stop. This problem occurred on Monday, January 31, 2005.
#13 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2010 Ford Explorer
The car is a 2010 Ford Explorer. On March 29 at 9pm while driving at 30 mph and passing a vehicle, my transmission stopped working. If felt like it dropped out of the bottom of my Ford Explorer 2004 with 63,445 miles. O/d light started blinking and check transmission was on the dash display. I immediately brought it to the nearest Ford dealership, unable to drive faster than 20 mph or shift gears. Reverse was completely not working. I had reported that I suspected transmission problems a year prior, and dealership stated that nothing was wrong. In October 2009 at 59,492 miles I brought it in to the same dealership and stated that while going into reverse and out of reverse the car made a clunking sound. Solenoid body was replaced under warranty. Approximately 3,000 miles later transmission was found to have a broken drum and needed to be replaced - warranty had expired. This transmission solenoid issue occurred 03/29/2010.
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#14 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer
The vehicle having this issue was a 2006 Ford Explorer. The VIN of the car is 1FMEU73E16_. Transmission is inconsistent when shifting. Sometimes engine roars when transmission is in between gears. Transmission will not downshift on occasion. Purchased this vehicle (2006 Ford Explorer in November 2006 while still under warranty as a used car) and experienced no problems until the first part of June 2007. Updated 01/11/08. The dealer replaced the transmission pan solenoid body. Updated. This transmission solenoid problem happened on Oct. 5, 2007.
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#15 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer
The car was a 2006 Ford Explorer. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Ford Explorer is 1FMEU74E76_. 9/9/10 Ford replaced gear shift circuit board. Shortly after there was a 2 second delay in reverse and a jerk. Ford replaced the solenoid pack in transmission at my expense. Ford Explorer eb at 45,304 miles. This transmission solenoid issue occurred Thursday, September 9, 2010.
#16 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer
The car is a 2005 Ford Explorer. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FMZU73K25_. The transmission started slipping and would not engage right away. Engine would rev but vehicle wouldn't go. The vehicle then started smoking from underneath. The dealer stated that the transmission had a massive fluid leak inside the converter housing and fluid was dripping on the hot exhaust. The leak was caused by a defective pump seal in the transmission, with only 39,200 miles. The repair cost $1100. 00. Last year I spent $800. 00 to replace the failed solenoids in the transmission body that were posted in a Ford technical service bulletin. However, Ford did not wish to cover the cost since I was outside of the warranty by one year although I only had 35,900 miles at the time. The failure date was 04/12/10.
#17 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer
The vehicle having this issue was a 2005 Ford Explorer. I own a 2005 Ford exploer with 74k miles that continues to have transmission problems including shifting hard when placing in reverse, as well as lurching upon slowing down and stopping. I purchased the vehicle may 2005 and the problem started around 65k miles. I've been told that I need a solenoid valve body by the dealership that will cost $1100 with no diagnostic testing. I've taken the vehicle to a transmission body shop to be informed that my year vehicle has such problems and why Ford doesn't do something about these problems. The transmission place did not find transmission code problems, but the problems still exist. They did receive get an engine code error and referred me to electrical specialist. I'm disturbed to find out on-line all the problems that other owners are having concerning transmission problems and the same issues that I am having. Ford motor company needs to be help responsible for these issues and cover the problem since they already know the issue even without doing a diagnostic. This issue happened on May 1, 2009.
#18 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The vehicle was a 2004 Ford Explorer. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FMZU73K64_. When shifting to reverse- step on gas - does not engage then suddenly a clunk and takes off very fast in reverse- worried about hitting someone- dealer has reflashed & then replaced solenoid in transmission problem still exists. It was Monday, October 4, 2004 when this transmission solenoid issue occurred.
#19 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FMZU73W24_. 2004 Ford Explorer,which was purchased in November 2003 hesitates when shifting into reverse, when it does shift there is a jolt and bang as it engages into reverse. SUV has been serviced on 3 occasions, the initial service performed apprximately 1 month after the purchase. Each time I was told that it was a computer problem & that the computer needed to be re-programmed. In short, the vehicle continues to exhibit the jolt/bang when shifting to reverse. The vehicle is scheduled to go to the dealership (island Ford) on staten island new york on Monday November 22, 2004, at which time, I am told that the solenoid will be replaced. My greatest concern is that when this problem is finally solved, whether any residual damage was done to the transmission or differential, which may not become apparent until after the vehicle is beyond warranty. This problem has existed for nearly a year. This issue happened on 11/18/04.
#20 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The car is a 2004 Ford Explorer. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Ford Explorer is 1FMZU74W94_. 2004 Explorer - eddie bauer purchased new on 12/03. At 29,000 miles - noticed that when turning sharp radius in parking lots - felt like the transmission would go in and out of gear. Simultaneously noticed hesitation upon auto shifting, and hesitation upon putting in reverse. Took to dealer replaced solenoid. 2nd trip to dealer - similar complaint - they replaced rear axle. 3rd trip - similar complaint, but now upon heavy acceleration - vehicle pulls hard left. Service manager at Ford says they called factory, but nobody knows why. This is now not only a lemon, but because it's steering has become affected - I believe it is a safety concern. 3 major failures in 10 mos ownership, and some problems remain unresolved. This is not a safe or reliable vehicle. It was Sep. 29, 2004 when this transmission solenoid issue occurred.
#21 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The vehicle having this issue was a 2004 Ford Explorer. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1FMZU73K44_. Transmission was sticking when the car was put in reverse. After a few seconds of acelleration there is a bang and the car jolts back rapidly. I am still afraid to parallel park. I also noticed some sticking/hesitation from park to drive. I took it in for service on 12/07/04 and the solenoids were replaced along with some other work on the trans. The dealership told me that the parts were on hand because they know about the problem. If that was the case why no recall letter? there are only about 6500 miles (rounding up) on my vehicle and when I purchased it in June of 2004 it was brand new. I am deeply concerned that the problem will return or that some of the others that I've read about will develop. How many complaints/repairs before a recall is issued?. This transmission solenoid problem happened on December 4, 2004.
#22 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
2004 Ford Explorer clunks when putting into reverse. This problem has been reported before and I think Ford is considering a program. I have taken my Explorer to the dealer, and they said they couldn't replicate the condition. It does it all the time, and I think they are avoiding repairs. The carhas only 9,000 miles and is under warranty. Transmission has wrong fluid and faulty shift solenoid per Ford's own press releases. This transmission solenoid issue occurred Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004.
#23 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The VIN of the problem Explorer is 1FMZU73K24_. My 2004 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4 experienced delayed/harsh engagement when shifting into reverse. It would have a delay of up to 5 seconds and then would engage and make a terrible clanging noise. On several occasions it would squeal tires and then jerk backwards. This put me in danger of being in a wreck because when I would shift into reverse I would expect it to actually shift, but it did not. I took it to a Ford dealership and the pcc solenoid was replaced and transmission fluid replaced. This transmission solenoid issue occurred Tuesday, November 16, 2004.
#24 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
In may of 2004, I bought a new 2004 Ford Explorer. Two months later in July of 2004, I found problems shifting the car into reverse. It would pause for about 5 seconds, then jerk very hard before reversing. I complained to the dealership that I bought the new car from, who proceeded to tell me it was "nothing". The problem continued, and I continued to bring the car into the dealership where I bought it from with no resolve. This continued until January of 2005. I finally took the car to an out of town Ford dealership 2 hours away, who took my car for 5 days due to them having to replace the transmission solenoid. I waited for almost an hour the day I picked up my car for a service advisor to explain to me what this was, and the only answer I received was that it was a programming error. I since then looked up on the internet what this transmission problem was, and read an article that Ford knew about this problem and was not recalling cars since it is not a danger. This is a danger. It can cause numerous neck problems from the jerking. I have suffered from lower back pain before buying the car, and the jerking from putting the car in reverse was not helpful. If anyone or anything is around the car while putting it in reverse, they can be damaged badly. This issue needs to go public. The dealerships need to take responsibility before there are serious injuries due to responsibility neglect for a poor product. This problem occurred on 07/01/04.
#25 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The vehicle is a 2004 Ford Explorer. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FMZU73K04_. Driver was backing out of a parking space and vehicle hesitated. Then, the transmission shifted on its own. Mechanic determined that the solenoid body needed to be replaced. The failure date was Fri., Feb. 18, 2005.
#26 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The VIN of this vehicle was 1FMZU73K14_. 2004 Ford Explorer XLT 22,000 miles. Vehicle will not shift into reverse unless you step on the accellerator. Then it engages with a loud bang, slams into gear and lurches backwards. Car also pauses between shifts during acceleration. Have a service appointment with dealer yet was told transmission solenoid to fix the problem was on back order. This issue happened on Wednesday, March 9, 2005.
#27 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
VIN of the vehicle was 1FMZU73K84_. 2004 Ford Explorer-delayed then harsh shift of transmission into reverse, was in shop to replace solenoid and bad transmission fluid installed at the factory"-problem persists-car was purchased Nov 2004 and has only approx 4500 miles. Problem is ongoing so there is not just one incident date. It was 12/15/04 when this transmission solenoid issue occurred.
#28 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The vehicle is a 2004 Ford Explorer. The VIN of the car is 1FMZU63K34_. Transmission has been slipping gears since purchased new in 2004. It hesitates considerably to engage into reverse. When engaged in drive it's initially nonresponsive to light acceleration then surges forward. After taking to a certified Ford dealership for solenoid work, it continues to misengage into multiple gears. This is not my first Ford Explorer and is radically different from the transmission performance of any SUV I've driven. My concern is that after this problem is fixed, residual damage done to the transmission will be still present, which may not become apparent until after the vehicle is beyond warranty. This transmission solenoid problem happened on Dec. 10, 2004.
#29 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FMZU73K24_. My 2004 Ford Explorer XLT has a delay and then hard shifts from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd gear. I have already replaced the solenoid because of harsh reverse engagement and now am going to have to replace the valve body. The failure date was May. 5, 2005.
#30 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The car involved is a 2004 Ford Explorer. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FMZU72K34_. Transmission leaks, has been repaired 4 times by dealer. Transmission has no dip stick to measure level and no way for user to add fluid. When leak is noticed user does not know oil level and can be left stranded in dangerous locations. Has also been repaired for slamming due to solenoid problems also. This issue happened on Thursday, May. 19, 2005.
#31 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1FMZU73K44_. I have a 2004 Ford Explorer . When I go from drive to reverse there is a 5 to 6 second delay then a loud bang. Also from park to reverse there is a 5 to 6 second delay then a bang sometimes it has the 5 to 6 second delay and lounges backward even with your foot on the brake. This could kill someone that is walking behind your truck this is a very dangerous problem if you need to back up fast for emergency vehicles or move out of the way of on coming vehicles. Ford motor company released a statement on Nov 22 Ford spokeswoman kristen kinley said they know about the transmission problems it was due to the wrong transmission fluid put in during manufacture they are replacing the solenoid and the fluid. My Ford dealer knows nothing about this? and are saying there is no recall because there are no reported injuries. Why do we have to wait for someone to get killed before the problem is fixed? Ford motor CO. Knows about this there spokeswoman has commented about it but nothing is being done??. The failure date was Thursday, June 16, 2005.
#32 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The VIN of the problem Explorer is 1FMDU74W14_. Within 7,000 miles of purchasing my 2004 Ford Explorer (eddie bauer edition) I began noticing a progressively worsening slamming into gear. At first it was just into reverse, then it was from reverse into forward drive gears, then it would slam every time it changed gears. When I took it in, Ford replaced the valve body for the transmission, the rear differential, and a solenoid. Seemed to correct the problem for about 10k miles. Then the reverse slamming started again and some slight slamming when going from reverse to the forward gear. So I took it back and also asked them to do some routine maintanence inspections, during which time they informed me my rear left wheel bearing was bad and the vehicle was not driveable. At this time they also told me they could not duplicate the transmission problem. Now, 10k miles later, it's back in the shop with slamming gears and whining noises coming from wheel area. The slamming transmission is basically shaking my vehicle apart bit by bit. My fear of course is the safety of the vehicle. I'm hoping I can get resolution before a part actually falls off while I'm going 70 down the highway. I've been reading news releases and owner forums and this seems to be a rather common issue, though luckily no one has been hurt as of yet. This transmission solenoid issue occurred Mon., Oct. 25, 2004.
#33 - Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer
The car involved is a 2004 Ford Explorer. When we purchased the vehicle it went into gear rough and I asked the sales person about it and he said that is how this vehicle goes into gear. We started to notice hesitation when we accelerated from either a stop or while driving. We brought it in and they said they calibrated the computer. Then we started to get rear end leaks and had to be repaired 3 times. The transmission problems continued and we brought it to another dealer because of the poor service at the purchasing dealership. They replaced a solenoid valve and overhauled main control. This did not help and then the problem began to show new symptoms. Now when we back up it locks up and then jerks back into gear going backwards. I have told both dealerships of my concerns about residual damage to the transmission and was assured that it would not happen. It has. Our last couple of visits we have been lied to and the work order has not been correctly reflecting what we said and what was found by the tech's. There is no mention on the report that two of then had the reveres problems happening to them. I did not want to leave with it like that but they would not change it. I do have a tech's statement written on it and signed. Now they replaced the rear end abs sensor and followed the 05-3-8 recall 4x4 control module per hotline. They said they did two road tests but I checked my mileage and they only drove 1. 9 miles. How can you do two transmission road tests within 1. 9 miles? we are very concerned and afraid to drive this vehicle and injure or kill our family and possible someone else. After doing some research we have found out that this is an on going problem with the 2004 Ford Explorer and that there are hundreds of people in the same situation with no resolution in sight. This at the very least will cost us all thousands of dollars for Fords mistake and lack of responsible action. But in truth our families will end up either injured or dead first. Why will no one help us with this problem? r. S. This problem occurred on Friday, Feb. 4, 2005.
Other Power Train related problems of Ford Explorer:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||732|
|Overdrive Light On problems||319|
|Power Train problems||235|
|Differential Unit problems||225|
|Transmission Failure problems||160|
|Transmission Solenoid problems||120|
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||119|
|Automatic Transmission Column Shift problems||83|
|Axle Assembly problems||76|
|Transfer Case problems||69|
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||65|
|Power Train Driveline problems||52|
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||50|
|Transmission Noise problems||46|
|Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problems||42|
|Noises During Shifting problems||37|