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Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (5%)

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Ford Explorer transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (20%)

$1000 - $2499 (23%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 142 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2016 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

16000 mi Complete Transmission rebuild. Dealer reported blown overdrive drum which was replaced. Also reprogrammed and replaced main drive valve to fix hard shifting after repair. 

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2016 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

9000 mi Leaky drain plug from factory. 

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2015 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

7000 mi Shifts hard thru the gears at times 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

35000 mi After extended time maintaining constant throttle at 70 mph and approaching a steep grade to go over a bridge experienced very harsh downshift. Experienced same issue when driving in mountains on vacation two weeks earlier. 2nd trip for this. 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

21000 mi Ba valve. Would not shift into 6th 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

31000 mi Rear differential was leaking fluid. Dealer replaced the vent with an updated part per a TSB. 
35000 mi Transmission fluid cap is covered in fluid. Dealer reports levels are good and this is normal. 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

12000 mi Transmission shifting erratically. 
59000 mi

US $100
Updated APIM firmware and replaced shifter and linkage for parking shift position issue 
66000 mi

US $100
Experienced driveline jolts when accelerating. Dealer said the jolts were due to driveline slack at the hub. Added a shim kit due to a TSB about the problem. 
63700 mi

US $100
The electrical button on the shifter goes bad and will not register being in park. The shifter was replaced under my extended warranty. 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

22940 mi Gear selector sensor not reporting that the vehicle was placed in park. 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

75000 mi

US $570
Car wouldn't recognize when it was in Park, so it wouldn't fully shut off. Dealer replaced shifter assembly, 100% out of pocket expense. Well known problem among ford auto shifters. Really should be a recall issue, honestly. 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

48360 mi Transfer case seal started leaking less than 2 weeks after car had its AC compressor replaced by the dealer. Covered by vehicle powertrain warranty. Cabin was filling with smoke as fluid dripped on the hot cat below the transfer case!!!!! 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

219000 mi

US $40000
The transmission went out. The car will not shift in reverse or go out of first gear. 
34100 mi Break pads, gear shifter assembly.  
65000 mi

US $300
Carriage bearing failed on passenger drive shaft. Replace drive shaft, seal and carriage bearing bracket. 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

99200 mi

C $300
Park sensor not working, they change shifter 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

37000 mi Not shifting it to park occasionally. 
9920 mi replaced leaking PTU seal for driveshaft 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

60000 mi

US $100
shifter not going into park always. needed adjustments. 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

25000 mi Axle replacement and CV joints replaced 
70000 mi

US $100
Shifter assembly repaired to fix occasional false reports where the vehicle did not realize it was in park. 
54000 mi Clunk when accelerating from a partial stop. Hesitation when shifting. Dealer rebuilt valve body. 
55000 mi 1-2 shift clunked when accelerating from around 20mph (like leaving a toll booth). Dealer re-flashed ECM, said it didn't take the first time. 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

49000 mi

US $250
Shifter will not always go into park 
92000 mi after reversing out of driveway would not shift into gear 

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2010 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

72700 mi Front differential replaced...pinion bearings went. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

48000 mi Front Driver axle seal was leaking. The dealer replaced the seal. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

80000 mi

US $1844
Transmission started to get a pronounced bang when shifting into reverse. It had a hesitation also when shifting into reverse. Total rebuild job. All parts that were worn out replaced. Found out it was due to design flaws from factory. 
107000 mi

US $358
Had to have solenoid pack replaced (again), after rebuild job 2 years ago. Water from ac condensation dripping down on wire terminal caused corrosion to short wires thus sending wrong signal to tranny telling it to shift when not suppose to. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

41000 mi

US $159
Leaking front axle seal. Replaced seal at local transmission shop. Topped off fluid. 
42424 mi

US $99
found front cover leaking, remove cover, reseal with RTV and re-check for leak and refill differential. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

54000 mi

US $100
The front differential began to make noise. A bad bearing from the factory that just showed up. There was grease in the pumpkin. Grease changed, additives added, noise the same. Ultimately will have to change out the bearing or swap out end. 
54300 mi

US $75
Replace trans filter, change oil transfer case and trans.Repair made difficult by Fords none transmission filler on this model. it is very heard to get the fluid in correctly, the special adapter costs $20 at Advanced Auto. What a pain!!!!!! 
55000 mi

US $450
A factory bearing in the front pumpkin whining/growling. Inspection revealed bearing wear, however the pumpkin was full of grease. Replaced pumpkin with one front the junk yard, changed grease etc. not at all happy with Ford..cheap bearings 
74000 mi

US $500
had to replace the transmission 
60000 mi Left front bearing was noisy. Replaced by dealer under 30 day guarantee. U Joint was noisy as well. 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

125000 mi

US $2500
transmission not going into overdrive 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

134000 mi

US $800
replaced front differential 
112000 mi

US $1139
Transmission lines rusted out and needed to be replaced. At the same time, replaced rear radiator, which had been damaged for years.  
118000 mi

US $675
Electronics failure led to car unable to shift (stuck in 3rd). Dealer quoted $3,700 to replace transmission. Took car to transmission repair shop where they replaced solenoid assembly for $675. 
36000 mi

US $5000
transmission grenaded, needed to be fully reworked 
65000 mi Updated firmware controlling transmission to eliminate jerking experienced when shifting under load. Update was successful in eliminating problem. 
101000 mi

US $500
Bulkhead connector sleeve started leaking. To replace required dropping the transmission pan, so while in the transmission a filter replacement and fluid exchange was also done. 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

52000 mi

US $100
Worn sero bores on the 5r55s. Trans fluid leak with burned fluid and burned bands. Replaced whole trans. 
56000 mi

US $200
Transfer case issue plus u-joints Transfer case noise. Replaced transfer case. 
111000 mi

US $3585
Transmission starting slipping when going into reverse. Had to replace the transmission with factory rebuilt unit. Rarely under any load in reverse due to downhill driveway, so not really noticeable until I had to back up with a small load. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

31000 mi Transmission would kick when shifting into first when comming to a stop. 
108000 mi

US $150
Torque converter felt like it was going out, replaced transmission fluid and so far so good. 
12000 mi Common problem with Explorers with 6 speed transmission where transmission downshifts from 2 to 1 harsh when coming to a stop. Service bulleting was issued in November that reprogrammed the transmission and e-learned new shift strategy. 
15000 mi Two problems fixed; 1. Occasionally difficult to shift from park. Gear selector lever was replaced. 2. Ping or Click noise when reversing and going back to forward. Problem was found in right rear driveshaft, which was replaced. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

37000 mi

US $185
Axle gasket on 4WD system was leaking. Problem was fixed by replacing the gasket. 
37500 mi

US $50
Brake shift interlock working intermittently. You needed to jiggle the shifter, push the shift button in several times etc. to get the car to shift out of park. Turned out to be a sensor on the shifter. Shifter was replaced. 
94000 mi

US $900
Torque converter not properly locking into place. 
25000 mi Truck was at dealer for late engagement of shift into 1st gear from a stop and a bump feeling when coming to a stop. TSB 07-23-2 was performed. Truck still has same symptoms. Ford tech being contacted by dealer. Customer waits for answers. 
26000 mi Continuation of existing problem. TSB has been superceeded by TSB08-3-8. When dealer tried to reflash they received message of latest software installed. Delayed engagement and bump stop still exist. 
85000 mi

US $6100
The Transmission Valve Body is failing Transmission was rebuilt, Transmission Valve Body was replaced. 
72200 mi

US $1309
transmission fluid ran out due to a fitting coming loose (might have been caused by a car wash). Required R&R of radiator as well. 
29000 mi Transmission shifting hard into and out of 1st gear. Shifter intermittently not moving out of Park. Shifter replaced. 
930 mi right transaxle seal leaking 
25000 mi Hard shifting, mainly between 1st to 2nd, but noticeable though all gears.  
29000 mi Car was dificult to shift into gear from park 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

116500 mi

US $1900
Trans was slipping,acceleration, jerking problems. Finally threw wrench & check engine lights. Problem caused due to 3rd Gear Ratio Error causing Transmission to go into fail-safe mode, Transmission was rebuilt. 
121000 mi

US $2100
Transmission was not taking reverse and not shifting past second gear. The shop re-built the Transmission. 
133700 mi

US $400
and back right cv joint. 
73000 mi

US $283
rear drive axel needed to be replaced. 
96000 mi

US $736
drivers side rear axle snapped, looked like there were previous problems not repaired correctly 
21000 mi Selected Transmission/Drivetrain - Difficulty in getting gear shift to engage. 3rd trip to a dealership for this problem. This dealership finally got it right. This time was told that the problem is a 'known problem' at Ford but no recall. 
107700 mi

US $1300
Stop changing gear 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

108000 mi Transmission was rebuilt with 75000 miles on it. In March the transmission started slipping again. I decided not to put alot of money into a ten year old car. That year of Explorer has major transmission problems , look on the internet. 
35000 mi I was having a difficult time moving the car out of park. There was a TSB for the problem and they replaced the shifter. 
212000 mi

US $500
Recently rebuilt transfer case failed. Case was removed from vehicle and repaired, and reinstalled. 
109000 mi

US $1600
Slippage, noise in systems, diagnosed as loose pins that came undone inside unit. The same problems you would typically read reported from 30K mileage and later. 
102000 mi Transmission took several seconds to engage when put into reverse. Dealer wanted to replace transmission solenoid for $1000. I declined the repair. 
38440 mi

US $1700
A/C condenser drip shorted shift solenoid in tranny. replaced parts ($950) and labor came out to $1700. moved A/C drip elsewhere. Poor engineering on Ford's part 
89000 mi The right rear main axle seal on the Ford explorer xls is leaking oil. Not yet fixed. 
92000 mi

US $25
From previous rear axel leak, I changed the rear axel oil with w-mart 85-140 synthetic, added 4 ounces tranny stop leak and the LS additive. Rear end has stopped leaking and is much quieter. 92,000 miles 
43360 mi

C $650
Had to repair a front differential seal leak. 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

44000 mi Had a reputable transmission shop check trans due to somewhat hard shifts at times. They checked the trans bands, solenoids, fluid, pressure test etc. and found everything was good. Owner said that 'hard shifts' at times is common with this vehicle. 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

6500 mi Replaced gears in the differential. 
135000 mi

US $3500
transmission failed on trip 130 miles from home; OD dropped and by the time it was picked up for tow; 4th gear had dropped. 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

89000 mi

US $400
Cv boot 
153760 mi

C $2500
Unsure of parts - but my Check Engine Light came on and "Check Transmission" displayed on console. Per Mechanic - I had lost 2nd and 5th gear, with my reverse gear almost at failue. 
55000 mi

US $195
Transmission rebuilt, my cost $195 ("lubricated parts" covered under 6 month, 6k mile limited warranty). 
31000 mi Slow engagement into reverse. Intermediate band found to be burnt, valve body out of tolerance. Replace bad parts, rebuild transmission and flush system. Radiator also failed (side tank leak) and was replaced 
98300 mi rear differncial leaking 
67980 mi

C $3000
Transmission would not engage immediately when shifted into reverse OR drive from PARK. When it did engage it would jolt. 
78300 mi

US $2165
rear differential replaced 
123500 mi

US $3000
I could hear a loud grinding noise from he back of the Explorer. Differential failing. 
90000 mi

US $1800
Transmission needed to be rebuilt 

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2004 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

196000 mi Loud rhythmic whirring sound coming from the rear end of the truck. 
109000 mi

US $450
Front differential leak repair 
147000 mi

US $1500
These 5R55S transmissions are junk. It keeps grinding lots of shavings into the pan and the o/d comes on flashing on & off. Then it doesn't want to stay in o/d. It's a sealed trans w/ no dipstick. Wish I could find a rplcmnt unit that came w a dipstick. 
147000 mi

US $800
5R55S sealed-up transmissions are a bunch of junk! 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

30000 mi I had a problem with the limited slip differential package. The vehicle was still under warranty so it cost me nothing. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

184000 mi

US $1500
Changed CV joint Repaired transmission 
35000 mi Pump seal on the transmission replaced under dealer warranty. 
94600 mi

US $3040
A belt in the transmission broke, which required a complete rebuild. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

79300 mi

US $270
Dirty Solenoids Remove clutch pieces from resevoir Replace Fluid 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

71000 mi

US $800
Replaced rear axle (limited slip) for the second time under warranty. ALso replaced radio subwoofer, and front wheel bearing.  
80000 mi

US $4300
Replaced transmission. I had reported hard shifting and other transmission problemds to Ford since the vehicle was new but they did not fix it. After the factory extended warranty (75K miles) ran out, the transmission failed entirely. 
107000 mi

US $200
The rear limited-slip differential started chattering again on slight turns. It has done this repeatedly since delivery. The temporary "fix" is to replace the rear lube with new 140W synthetic lube and add the special XL3 friction modifier. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

103700 mi

US $800
transmission very rapidly jerked. Mike Naughton Ford, Aurora, Colo had car for 3 days and couldn't find problem but charged me $800.  
98700 mi

US $3200
Transmission completely inoperable. 
67000 mi

US $20
Front differential seal leaking. Added grease will replace when warmer 
131000 mi

US $1000
Gear (or sprocket?) at the head of the drive shaft was severely damaged requiring immediate replacement. 
172980 mi

C $100
Leake from the rear axel oil seal i have change the oil seal 
109000 mi

US $20
front pinion seal was found leaking, removed and replaced seal and refilled with oil 
81000 mi

US $110
Rear U-Joint replacement. Only lessened shudder / chatter from rear end. Shop said probably also needed a new differential, though outright failure could be years away. 
82000 mi Shudder / chatter from rear. 
120300 mi

US $500
Front axle seal and rear bearing 
156000 mi

US $1050
Differential carrier bearing failed. Replaced all bearings and seals in differential 
80000 mi

US $180
Front Pinion Seal Replaced (Leaking). Also had Rear differential oil replaced (Maintenance) 
86000 mi

US $700
Rear Differential Seals Leaking - New Seals installed, TSB. 
122000 mi

US $250
Left front wheel bearing making noise. Replaced wheel bearing assembly. 
138500 mi

US $2300
Replace rear differential 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

75000 mi

US $40
Shudders occasionally at about 40mph, since towing with overdrive still on. Think I messed up the transmission a little bit. Mechanic couldn't find anything wrong, advised always locking out overdrive when towing. 
175000 mi

US $3500
Transmission fluid pump died and caused tranny to run dry. 
94000 mi

US $750
Failed drive axle seal 
49600 mi

C $2000
Don't remember all the dates but the transmission was rebuilt 2x out of warranty and then replaced completely and paid for by Ford Canada & the dealership. Also antilock & reverse sensors repaired 3x in warranty. Heater blower, cruise control and computer 
152000 mi

US $500
car just sounded wrong-at first planned to drive it till it fell apart- maybe a week later learned it probably needs rear differential rebuilt-parked it. 
27000 mi The following was covered under the Extended Warranty (and was told only because of Ext Warr!): New transmission & cooler. Timing chain rattle. Hood rust (since re-appeared). ECM reprogrammed. 
62000 mi

US $750
Transmission problem fixed with computer flash at owner's expense. Pinion seal and rear axle seals replaced under extended warranty. 
104000 mi

US $400
Replaced all seals and fluid in rear differential. 
126000 mi

US $2500
Transmission developed major leak while driving. Transmission rebuilt by local transmission specialist. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

115000 mi

US $2600
replaced w/ rebuilt w/ 1 year warranty. work done by trans specialist shop. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

96500 mi

US $3600
Transmission rebuilt with newer 07 -08 parts 
118000 mi

US $1200
Had Ford kit installed to reduce differential noise 
43623 mi

US $660
Front pinion seal leak; Power window (rear) drive/switch replacement. Covered by ESP. 
66900 mi

US $2000
Rear differential bearings; front sway bar bushings; both front lower ball joints; solenoid pack for the transmission. Covered under ESP plan, $2k was quoted cost w/o plan. 
72000 mi

US $100
Shifter was difficult to place in park after driving; TSB addressed the problem, part repaired. 
32000 mi Transmission failed, repaired under warranty 
65000 mi

US $100
Transmission shift solenoid pack failed. Repaired under certified warranty. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

39000 mi front end boot 

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2002 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

89000 mi

US $2600
Bad torque converter. Replaced transmission at transmission shop. 
237000 mi Stalling at stop signs. 
131000 mi

US $1900
Transmission was going for the last three years and finally had to get it rebuilt. Chose this because the trans had lasted this long and worried about an unknown transmission. Still bangs slightly when I back up. 
70000 mi

US $3000
Third gear clusters out on 5-speed automatic transmission. Common occurance on 2002 Explorers with this particulr transmission. 
145000 mi

US $2500
Transmission went out completely at 145,000 miles. Terrible transmission in this car. I am replacing to sell it. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

76000 mi

US $1200
4x4 not working. discovered in middle of blizzard. after hours of troubleshooting, determined needs new part that may or may not completely fix problem. decided not to throw more money away in this car leaking differential. not worth fixing 
107000 mi

US $2200
Replaced transmission 
109000 mi

US $2200
Transmission shifting very roughly, had to be rebuilt 
130000 mi Rear end of the vehicle making loud whining noise above 30 mph, research says might be differential or wheel bearings but had not had it diagnosed at time of sale. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

179180 mi

C $3200
Transmission failed at 288,000 km. Bores worn, overdrive planetary gear destroyed. Rebuilt. 
230640 mi

C $450
Replaced U-Joints Rear differential failed. Has been howling for 250,000 km and finally died. 
10300 mi

US $150
4x4 Light flashing. Replaced 4x4 computer module behind glovebox. 
178000 mi

US $2500
Rear differential has made noise since new. Was repaired under warranty few years ago. At 178,000 rear finally went - car barely drivable. Drove to dealer and traded in for new Honda. 
58740 mi

$50
4X4 selector malfunctioned 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed manual 4WD w/low range

85000 mi

US $600
gear failed in transfer case - rear wheels could not drive engine in engine braking mode - also very noisy clutch engagement - so replaced a gear and 2 other small parts in transfer case. 
92000 mi

US $1124
4wd module in dash failed needed to be replaced 
164700 mi

US $175
Rear diff. Pinion seal. 
59000 mi

US $1200
transmission rebuild was told transmission case servo bore worn and needed to be bored an sleeved,bad pressure valve, planitary and input shaft worn and torque converter needed to be replaced 
67000 mi

US $2800
full transmission rebuild on privious repair they did not bore and sleeve transmission case servo bore or replace pressure valve wich I was told was cause of original failure and the reason for second failure 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

32000 mi rear seal on rear differential 
2400 mi rear seal on transfer case leak 
35000 mi Rear seal on differential leak 
52000 mi

US $250
rear seal on differential leak 
72000 mi

US $1250
Rear seal on differential leak, noise in rear end. Replaced the bearings in the rear, brakes also and the seal AGAIN!!! Drove home much quieter. Have had a grinding noise in the engine when cold for about 40000 miles, according to forums it's a timi 
76000 mi

US $1200
Replaced clutch in rear differential. complained about cruise control, everything checked out and dealer said he couldn't repair it. Still doesn't work 
89000 mi

US $500
Rear end howling. Was told by dealer couldn't be fixed. It's a factory defect problem and I ended up shimming the pinion in the rear end myself. 
92000 mi

US $100
Replaced the rear differential oil in an attempt to shut up the rear end which failed. 
119000 mi

US $900
Replace rear end, later fix seal leaks on new rear end. 
122000 mi

US $1250
Transmission failure, replaced with rebuilt transmission. 
143000 mi When sold had some noise coming from the rear end, a high pitched whining sound when accelerating, but we didn't do anything about it. 
154000 mi

US $7000
car started slipping, jerking and lurching. brake band was discovered broken in half along with most of the gears and plates worn out.Repair shop repaired the transmission by replacing the worn out and broken components. 
103000 mi

US $2400
1st, 2nd and reverse gears were all damaged by a failed pin-bearing in the transmission. A complete overhaul was required. 
140000 mi Past transmission overhaul failed at 40,000 miles. Shop covered the second overhaul for free. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

106640 mi Transfer case I'm told was toasted. I think it was/is a culmination of electrical and transfer case and electronics. 
120000 mi

US $700
4x4 high and 4x4 low lights flashing 3x / 5 mins. No ability to shift in / out of 4x4 / 4x2 mode. Replaced 2 4WD control modules. Did not fix. Required trip to shop to repair / replace transfer case actuator motor. 
103000 mi

US $1800
Broken band, drives but won't shift properly. 
145000 mi

US $440
Bad valve in transmission at 146K miles OD light flashing 
139700 mi

US $900
Transmission failure 
95000 mi Over the last 3 years I have paid around $6,500 to repair this truck. Replaced transmission, front and rear wheel bearings, rear seals, differential including gears and bearings and more that I can't remember. Never hit & garage kept. 
65000 mi

US $1800
Had the differential rebuilt. The 8.8" rearend is notorious for failing, just like the transmission which I had replaced 2 years ago. 
167000 mi

US $1875
Lost transmission 
174700 mi

US $300
Replaced front axle seal; after looking to see what kind of effort repair would entail, decided to let mechanic fix. 
175300 mi

US $365
Replaced rear axle seal; had replaced rear differential fluid which leaked out; decided to let mechanic replace the seal. Noted fluid still leaking after seal replacement; would need to take vehicle back to repair again. 
176000 mi 2nd attempt to R&R rear axle seal; this time, dealer procured revised 1pc assembly and repair seems to be successful - no further leakage noted. 
128000 mi transmission started slipping, for sale as-is. 
60000 mi

US $272
front pinion seal replaced 
209300 mi

US $4000
Had to have the transmission completely rebuilt 
212000 mi

US $2100
rebuilt rear end 
88000 mi transmission was stuttering and surging nearing failure when traded. 
132000 mi

US $800
transmission shift lever does not always engage drive, or may pop out while driving, but this was not repaired successfully 

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2001 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

184000 mi Column transmission shifter would not settle into "1". Would also not always settle into "P", resulting in the car being able to roll. If the shifter did not catch into Park, the truck would not start. 

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2001 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

156000 mi

US $500
Replaced Valve body in transmission myself. Using knowledge from Explorer forum.com and have driven 1500 miles since and problem hasn't came back. A lot of Explorers see problems as early as 80,000 with regular maint. Mine was an exception. 
116000 mi same problem intermittent jutter took to three other shops all said differnt thing had first tech tested fuel pump pressure ok said torque converter. one tech had it for two still no resolution. ready to trade the car in never buying a ford 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

215-horsepower 5.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

192300 mi

US $75
the Universal joint went bad after moving a heavy load. Easy Fix. Quick repair. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

148800 mi Transmission was slipping, especially driving in the city. 
58280 mi

C $700
Drivers side CV joint broken. Replaced entire axle 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

160-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

216000 mi

US $2500
Lost 2nd and 4th gear. Took to Earlington transmission who diagnosed a broken 2nd gear band plus other worn parts in the transmission. They rebuilt the transmission. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

112000 mi

US $2500
transmission failed all sensors and torque converter 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

175000 mi Transmission is begining to slip badly. Not worth repairing. Purchased a new vehicle. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

261000 mi

US $785
Replaced 1st gear synchronizer with used unit. Replaced transfer case (slipping in coast mode) with used unit. 

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Ford Explorer Transmission Problems

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