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Exploring Ford Explorer Transmission Woes
The Ford Explorer replaced the Ford Bronco II in 1991. It became an instant hit among customers.there were more Ford Explorers sold than all import sport utility vehicles combined. Despite its popularity, controversy marred the first and second generation Ford Explorers due to faulty factory-installed tires. In recent years, disgruntled Ford Explorer owners have complained about transmission failure. Here we are going to explore the causes of transmission failure in the Ford Explorer and solutions for this issue.
Technical Service Bulletin
Problems on the Ford Explorer\'s 5-speed automatic transmission are common. This is especially true on 2002 Ford Explorer models that were built before March 2002. Many Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) describe the diagnosis and repairs for Ford Explorer transmission failure such fluid leak repairs, transmission software updates, or internal failures requiring a costly repair.
Ford\'s TSB 11-12-10 dealt with sluggish acceleration on 2011 Ford Explorers during a rolling stop followed by a harsh bump or a slip on take-off from a stop followed by a bump. This TSB issued a new calibration and a change of the transmission valve body. On the other hand, TSB 13-3-18 covered sluggish acceleration from a rolling stop, followed by a harsh bump or slip, on 2011 and 2012 Ford Explorers. This TSB instructed owners of affected vehicles to reprogram the powertrain control module to the latest calibration using IDS release 83.05 and higher.
Transmission repair tips
Transmission failure on the Ford Explorer is commonly due to excess wear on the case or valve body. These symptoms can recur even if you have rebuilt the transmission. Transmission case premature deterioration occurs on the Overdrive and Intermediate Servo bores. You can repair this without replacing the case by drilling the servo bores and installing a brass sleeve, which is more durable than the aluminum case. A valve body repair or an update kit, on the other hand, can fix a worn-out valve body.
Faulty solenoids also cause transmission failure. To check if your solenoids are faulty, get an ohmmeter and check solenoid resistance by hooking the wires from your ohmmeter to the leads from the solenoid. Failure to get a reading indicates a faulty solenoid because of an internal coil wiring break. If you get a very low reading, the internal coil may have a short circuit. An acceptable reading is between 20 ohms to 30 ohms. Solenoids are not expensive and easy to replace so you won\'t really have a problem.
Don\'t exceed maximum towing load or push the throttle hard should your Ford Explorer ascend a steep hill on high temperature conditions because this will cause the transmission to overheat. Overheating the transmission is the leading cause of transmission failure. If your transmission is overheating, pull over and let the transmission cool down.
A transmission cooler can help prevent your transmission from overheating. Buying one is a good investment because transmission life expectancy is reduced by a factor of two for every 20 degrees that you go over 200 degrees. Buying a hand held tuner is also a good idea because line pressure can be increased electronically. A higher line pressure gives more holding pressure for the bands and clutches.which helps in preventing them from slipping and creating excessive heat.