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Transmission Solenoid Problems of Ford Explorer - part 1



Ford Explorer owners have reported 124 problems related to transmission solenoid (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 1
Failure Date: 06/11/2014

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.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 2
Failure Date: 01/14/2014

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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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 3
Failure Date: 12/03/2013

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.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 4
Failure Date: 10/25/2013

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.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer 5
Failure Date: 09/26/2013

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.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 6
Failure Date: 08/06/2013

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.


car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 7
Failure Date: 08/15/2012

First issue was with the solenoids now the issue is with 1-2 shift ratio. Shifting into neutral.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 8
Failure Date: 04/15/2012

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.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 9
Failure Date: 04/10/2012

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.

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car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 10
Failure Date: 02/23/2012

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.


 
car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 11
Failure Date: 11/09/2011

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.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 12
Failure Date: 10/21/2011

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.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 13
Failure Date: 06/04/2011

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.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 14
Failure Date: 03/01/2011

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.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 15
Failure Date: 02/17/2011

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.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 16
Failure Date: 02/16/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 35 mph, the over-drive and engine service warning indicators illuminated. The warning indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where a diagnostic test was performed which detected that the gear ratio and pressure control solenoid were defective within the transmission. The contact was awaiting the parts for the vehicle to be repaired. The failure mileage was 94,583. Updated 03/31/lj updated 04/05/11.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 17
Failure Date: 01/09/2011

Some sort of transmission failure dealing with the shifting solenoid. This leads to sporadic shifting between the lower gears. This lead to very hard driving in slow and icy conditions. The car would be at such high rpms at slow speeds such as 20-30 mph that the car would loose traction, so far I have had no accedents with this problem but the potential is very apparent.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 18
Failure Date: 10/13/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power, the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was towed to a transmission specialist who stated that the gear solenoid needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current and failure mileages were approximately 110,000.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 19
Failure Date: 10/03/2010

I have an 02 Ford Explorer eb edition. Not too long ago, my od light began flashing and my transmission was hesitating. I was 1. 5 hrs from home at 9pm (Sunday). Called my husband, he made a couple of suggestions and I was able to make it home. Same problem occurred twice the next day (Monday). Contacted my Ford dealership and dropped the truck off for a solution to my problem. Was told it was a solenoid body going bad. Thought my truck would be repaired in a day, but they had my truck for the entire week. I rec. 'd a call on Friday of that week and was told that they had dropped the pan on my transmission and found a "gear" laying in the pan. I was told I would need my transmission replaced. The following Monday, I took the truck back (as is) and took it to a transmission shop for a second opinion. A broken wiring harness in my steering column was diagnosed as the problem and it was repaired for $230. 88. I rec. 'd my truck back on a Thursday. It drove fine that day. I drove it out of town that Friday and returned home Saturday. Two weeks after this problem began, I left my home on a mid-Sunday morning and the problem started again with the flashing od light and a hesitant transmission. I was able to run my few errands and get back home. I, just like everyone else who has encountered this problem, thinks Ford should take responsibility. This is the first Ford I've ever owned and I, personally, don't want to get rid of my truck. I rec. 'd an exceptional deal on it and I truly believe it still has a lot of good left in it. I have no blame to place on my local Ford dealership or the transmission shop. The responsibility lies with Ford itself. A recall needs to be issued so that their dealerships can make the proper repairs to this vehicle. I have a 2yr daughter and I spend about 75% of my time in that vehicle with her. I need peace of mind that my vehicle is going to be there for me as I take care of it with proper service and maintenance. Thank you.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 20
Failure Date: 09/20/2010

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer XLT (n/a). While driving the over drive light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the mechanic located the failure at the transmission solenoid. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that there were no related recalls. The contact planned to have the vehicle repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 153,000 the current mileage was approximately 153,300.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 21
Failure Date: 09/17/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer XLT. When the contact shifted into reverse gear the vehicle would not move for approximately four to five minutes. The vehicle also made a loud noise and then moved in reverse. The vehicle was previously taken to the dealer in 2007 and the solenoid was replaced per the warranty. The dealer wanted to replace the solenoid a second time for $1000 at the owners expense. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 42,000.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 22
Failure Date: 09/09/2010

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.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 23
Failure Date: 08/09/2010

At 25526 miles took vehicle to dealer for delay in shifting. Dealer flushed with bg conditioner. At 26073 miles returned to dealer for clunking on shifting, dealer removed pan found debris, overhauled valve body and replaced solenoid pack. Continued to have issues but dealer was unable to replicate. Transmission failure at 63323 miles on 04 Ford Explorer, total replacement of transmission for the cost of $3527. 60 out of our pocket, no warranties honored.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 24
Failure Date: 07/15/2010

I have a 2003 Ford Explorer with approx. 70,000 miles on it. On July 15, 2010, I noticed that the overdrive light was flashing on and off and then the check engine light turned on. This problem happened on and off for about a week. On July 26, 2010, I took the vehicle in for repair and was told that I needed a new transmission and a new solenoid pack. The cost of these items was $2,500! I proceeded to do some internet research and found that this seems to be a common problem with the 2002 and 2003 Ford Explorers. The transmissions of these vehicles have major problems as no one should have to replace a transmission with only 70,000 miles on it. I feel Ford needs to issue a recall of this item as it has caused many people a lot of money to repair.

car image   Transmission Solenoid problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 25
Failure Date: 05/31/2010

The contact owns 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.

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