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2002 Ford Explorer Transmission Repair | Charlotte NC


2002 Ford Explorer Transmission Problems / Transmission Repair in Charlotte NC
2002 Ford Explorer Transmission Repair in Charlotte NC
About the 2002 Ford Explorer:

The Ford Explorer is a full-size crossover SUV sold in North America and built by the Ford Motor Company since 1990, as a replacement for the smaller but related Ford Bronco II. It is manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky (it was also assembled in Hazelwood, Missouri until the plant closed on March 10, 2006). The Ford Explorer was instrumental in turning the SUV from a special-interest vehicle into one of the most popular vehicle types on the road.

The Ford Explorer has a huge problem with transmission failure, mostly from the early 2000s -- especially the 2002–2004 Ford Explorer. Transmission problems in Ford Explorers are one of the most commonly complained about issues of any car on the road. One dealer even claims that 1 out of every 10 Explorer's from the early 2000 model years will have transmission failure at some point.

What signs can you look for when it comes to transmission failure with the 2002 Ford Explorer? A common first time symptom is the blinking O/D light and noise, such as rattling or clanking, while shifting gears. If you are experiencing any of these transmission problems (trouble shifting, noises, O/D light is on), please contact us for a free diagnostic. Transmission problems only worsen with time. Sometimes, if the problem is not too severe, you can avoid a complete overhaul, but if you wait too long it may be your only option.

2002 Ford Explorer Transmission Problems

* Difficulty shifting gears
* Difficulty shifting into park
* Shifts into gear, but won't go
* Makes a winding down noise when stopping
* Slips into neutral when stop
* Gears slipping
* Transmission fluid leaking
* Transmission Hesitates
* Loses gears
* Difficulty shifting from park into reverse
* Rattling noise from transmission
* Won't shift into 3rd gear
* transmission slips when shifting and clunks
* O/D light is blinking
* clunking sound

Possible Solution to Transmission Problem Symptoms as listed above:

Some transmission repair shops will recommend replacing the solenoid pack. Solenoid pack will only repair certain conditions, such as delayed, harsh shifting into reverse and harsh shift from 1st to 2nd gear, and / or 740 torque converter code.

Although, a 740 code torque converter clutch can also be attributed to a hydrolic cross leak or or worn valves in the valve body, or a bad torque converter. Also, shift codes can be attributed from worn cervo bores in the case. In that instance, this would call for the case to be fitted with new sleeves to repair the worn cervo bores. This would be done in a complete transmission rebuild process.

To determine the exact solution for your transmission problem, you vehicle needs to be tested. We can properly scan your vehicle and do a hydrolic pressure test. This hydrolic pressure test will determine if you have an electrical, hydrolic or mechanical problem. Call us at 704-821-3460 to schedule this test.

Transmission Trouble Codes with the 2002 Ford Explorer:

DTC Codes - P0700-P0899 - Transmission
P0700 Transmission Control System Malfunction
P0701 Transmission Control System Range/Performance
P0702 Transmission Control System Electrical
P0703 Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit Malfunction
P0704 Clutch Switch Input Circuit Malfunction
P0705 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0706 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0707 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0708 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit High Input
P0709 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0710 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Malfunction
P0711 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0714 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0715 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Malfunction
P0716 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0717 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0718 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0719 Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit Low
P0720 Output Speed Sensor Circuit Malfunction
P0721 Output Speed Sensor Range/Performance
P0722 Output Speed Sensor No Signal
P0723 Output Speed Sensor Intermittent
P0724 Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit High
P0725 Engine Speed input Circuit Malfunction
P0726 Engine Speed Input Circuit Range/Performance
P0727 Engine Speed Input Circuit No Signal
P0728 Engine Speed Input Circuit Intermittent
P0730 Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731 Gear I Incorrect ratio
P0732 Gear 2 Incorrect ratio
P0733 Gear 3 Incorrect ratio
P0734 Gear 4 Incorrect ratio
P0735 Gear 5 Incorrect ratio
P0736 Reverse incorrect gear ratio
P0740 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0741 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Performance or Stuck Off
P0742 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stock On
P0743 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical
P0744 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0745 Pressure Control Solenoid Malfunction
P0746 Pressure Control Solenoid Performance or Stuck Off
P0747 Pressure Control Solenoid Stuck On
P0748 Pressure Control Solenoid Electrical
P0749 Pressure Control Solenoid Intermittent
P0750 Shift Solenoid A Malfunction
P0751 Shift Solenoid A Performance or Stuck Off
P0752 Shift Solenoid A Stuck On
P0753 Shift Solenoid A Electrical
P0754 Shift Solenoid A Intermittent
P0755 Shift Solenoid B Malfunction
P0756 Shift Solenoid B Performance or Stock Off
P0757 Shift Solenoid B Stuck On
P0758 Shift Solenoid B Electrical
P0759 Shift Solenoid B Intermittent
P0760 Shift Solenoid C Malfunction
P0761 Shift Solenoid C Performance or Stuck Off
P0762 Shift Solenoid C Stuck On
P0763 Shift Solenoid C Electrical
P0764 Shift Solenoid C Intermittent
P0765 Shift Solenoid D Malfunction
P0766 Shift Solenoid D Performance or Stuck Off
P0767 Shift Solenoid D Stuck On
P0768 Shift Solenoid D Electrical
P0769 Shift Solenoid D Intermittent
P0770 Shift Solenoid E Malfunction
P0771 Shift Solenoid E Performance or Stuck Off
P0772 Shift Solenoid E Stuck On
P0773 Shift Solenoid E Electrical
P0774 Shift Solenoid E Intermittent
P0780 Shift Malfunction
P0781 1-2 Shift Malfunction
P0782 2-3 Shift Malfunction
P0783 3-4 Shift Malfunction
P0784 4-5 Shift Malfunction
P0785 Shift/Timing Solenoid Malfunction
P0786 Shift/Timing Solenoid Range/Performance
P0787 Shift/Timing Solenoid Low
P0788 Shift/Timing Solenoid High
P0789 Shift/Timing Solenoid Intermittent
P0790 Normal/Performance Switch Circuit Malfunction
P0801 Reverse Inhibit Control Circuit Malfunction
P0803 1-4 Upshift (Skip Shift) Solenoid Control Circuit Malfunction P0804 1-4 Upshift (Skip Shift) Lamp Control Circuit Malfunction

2002 Ford Explorer Transmission Fluid Flush / Check

Sometimes Transmission problems can be the result of a transmission not be serviced on time. If the transmission fluids have not been changed or if the fluids are low, this can very quickly cause a problem in any vehicle's transmission. The 2002 Ford Explorer does not come with a dipstick to check the transmission fluid, but there are ways to still do so. Ford did come out with a special tool needed for servicing the transmission fluids, which can be purchased, but it isn't commonly found. If you are in need of a transmission fluid flush for your 2002 Ford Explorer, please contact us at 704-821-3460 to schedule an appointment.

For a Free Diagnostic on your 2002 Ford Explorer transmission problem, please call us at 704-821-3460, stop by in person or email us at We have over 30 years experience with Ford Transmissions (and all other types of Transmissions). Ford won't move or don't want to drive? Free Towing is available with all transmission rebuilds (mileage restriction may apply).


I would really appreciate any input you could give. I just flew down and bought in Charlotte a 2002 Explorer in perfect condition. On way home the OD light began to flash. The trans right now shifts issues I can discern. My mechanic in Ohio said it pulled a PO740 code. He is suggesting trying a fluid change with an additive as a temp fix. Will this work. I didn't know 2002's were notorious for tranny problems. It has 99K miles.
Posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 10:28 PM by Michael Oyler
The answer to your question about your 2002 ford explorer is that a fluid service and additive will NOT fix you code. The 740, which is a torque converter clutch, can be set by three possibilities. One, it can be a bad torque converter. Two, it can be a soleniod pack. The third, and most likely cause would be the valve body. A valve body updated with sonex valves or a new valve body from ford would fix your problem. The only thing you should have seen was a drop in your fuel milage. This valve body can be changed out without having to remove the transmission. Prices can range from 650.00 to 1000.00 dollars. Thank you for reading the blog. If you need more infomation, please feel free to contact Paul, here at the shop, at 704-821-3460.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 7:50 AM by Beth Jackson
i have a 2002 explorer 4.0 , 142000, never change a transmition oil , now i have od blinking , and from 2 to 3 a clanking noise , went to shop and the computer said is p0796 solenoid shift , what could be the problem , i think is eletronic some kind of sensor or sometihng.Can you tell me more about? 
Thankyou very much Luis.
Posted @ Thursday, February 17, 2011 7:01 PM by Luis
My '02 Explorer xlt had many of the symptoms listed on this site. After doing some research and asking some questions, I decided to check the wiring harness going to the three speed sensors. after crawling underneath, the first thing that I noticed was the intermediate band adjustment screw was backed out about one quarter of an inch. I retightened the screw to spec. When I road tested the vehicle, all of the previous problems went away. You may want to check that first before condeming the valve body.
Posted @ Thursday, February 17, 2011 8:04 PM by Dan
Hey Luis! 
To answer your question, yes, it could be a sensor or even a mechanical problem. This transmission has several updates and so does the valve body. You would need more tests done to determine the problem, including a pressure test. Please contact Paul at 704-821-3460 if you have any questions or need additional information. We perform complete diagnostics to determine transmission problems and can help determine the problem you are having.
Posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 7:40 AM by Beth Jackson
HI...I myself is in need of some ford explorer 2002 ,xlt,4x4,v6,97kmiles, And just like explained in this really helpful page it does that rattling noise and gears slips.Has a OD light flashing with a Po976 code=(Pc solenoid C performance or stuck off) Mechanic told me he would need to change the block....for 5R55W being the this the right path I should take...I have had many problems with my truck (not trans problems) and I just don't wish to spend a bunch of money again...What actions do you recomend and can you give me a estimate on how much it would take to get it fixed ....I don't wish to get ripped off by some so call mechanic....thanks in anticipation....I would really apreciate it.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:45 PM by Mario HZ
The path of changing the solenoid block may NOT be the answer. The 5r55w transmission has alot of transmission issues. You would need to have a presure test done on the transmission to see were the exact promblem is. 1 of 3 things it could be is the soleniod pack, BUT what most people dont relize is that the computer controls the solenid pack --- So that means if there is a internal problem, like a hydulic pressure leak, the computer will max the presure sensor that is in the solenoid block. So what I'm saying is that just because you have a 796 code, it does not mean you should jump and spend 600 to 800 dollars on a repair on the transmission that may not fix your problem. You need to have this truck checked by a transmission shop and have a pressure test done to determine the exact problem. Let me know if you have any other questions -- thank you for your post!
Posted @ Wednesday, March 02, 2011 7:08 AM by Beth Jackson
i have a 2003 ford explorer xlt and i'm having the same problems that the other people are talking about the blinking o/d light and shifts hard into 1st gear , i was told it was the external solenoid on the trans. is this true or should i take and get something eles done to it. thank you  
Posted @ Sunday, March 13, 2011 9:29 PM by keith spicer
I have a 2000 explorer that stalled at a stop light. Would kill when put into drive but would reverse. After sitting for 5 hours it would move forward but stalled again after about 5 miles. HELP? Solenoid or torque converter?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 29, 2011 9:10 AM by Tom
This could be the torque converter and/or the soleniod pack, or another thing it could be is the valve body. All of those things are common problems with this transmission. You would have to have the truck checked to determine the problem with the truck. 
Thanks for the question. You can contact Paul anytime at the shop here in Indian Trail, NC if you have any questions. The number is 704-821-3460. 
Posted @ Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:22 AM by Beth Jackson
I have an 02 explorer Limited2 wheel drive, 5r55w tranny. the only issues with the tranny is that it will take sometime for to go into 1st after sitting at al stop for a good amount of time. 3-4 slips a tiny bit also. Ihave flushed the tranny twice sence buying it, it has 122,000 now and bought it with 32,000. I have had no problems with this truck until now. please help. I will be going to a tranny shop tomorrow to have it checked but would like some input before I go. Thanx in advance
Posted @ Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:20 PM by Casey
Also, I have no tranny codes, no o/d light on, no check engine light, no history codes either
Posted @ Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:21 PM by casey
Hello Casey!  
Without checking the transmission, I cannot tell you definatly what may be your problem. Common problems include bad valve bodys or it just may be time for a overhaul and an update of the transmission. There are a lot of updates that need to be done during this time to help improve that model transmission. Contact Paul at 704-821-3460 with any questions.  
Thank you.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:49 PM by Beth Jackson
Another word of advice, whomever you are taking your vehicle to, do not be scared to ask about warrantys! We offer Charlotte's longest transmission rebuild warranty, 3 years / unlimited miles. 
Here is another blog article we wrote on tips when choosing a transmission shop, things to ask and look out for:
Posted @ Tuesday, April 19, 2011 2:56 PM by Beth Jackson
I'm in California and I wish you guys had a shop out here. 
I have a 2005 Ford Explorer and the CHECK TRANSMISSION notice came on, the OD light flashes on and off and now the trans is slipping a bit. 
One shop told me it was the torque converter, a second shop told me it was the solenoid and a 3rd shop told me I need the tranny replaced. 
This is not fun. I can't believe there haven't been any recalls.
Posted @ Friday, April 22, 2011 9:41 PM by Gabe
i have a 2002 ford explorer 4.0 the shifter comes out of park and goes to the other gears (RND321) but does not move. everygear is like neutral. what could this be? i was reading online an found out it could be the control seitch in the linkage on the tranny or the control mod under the kick panel on the pass. side? which do you think any help would be great. feel free to direct email me at
Posted @ Sunday, April 24, 2011 4:52 PM by James Anderson
2003 Ford Explorer XLT 110K miles.I replaced the filter, added some Lucas to my ATF. I didn't see any excessive metal on the magnet or in the pan. Prior to the change, it would shift hard when I would slow down to stop sometimes. Now I'm getting a OBD II Code 0795
Posted @ Monday, May 09, 2011 9:39 PM by Robin
Hello from Germany.... 
I hope you can help me. 
I have a 1996 Ford Explorer 4,0 automatic. 
I have a little bit trouble with my Transmission.The Car is lightning in Engine Lamps or blinking in O/D Lamp.I have 3 DTC Codes they will come igen after a Testdrive.Codes are : P 0756 , P 0732 , P 0741 
I have changed all 4 Shift Solenoids in Valve Body. 
Please help... 
Thanks Tino
Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:01 AM by Tino
I have a 2003 Ford Explorer EB, V6. My O/D light was flashing and it was having trouble shifting from 1st to 2nd. The error code was P0775 - Pressure Control Solenoid B. After lots of research, we replaced the solenoid pack & filter kit. It's now shifting properly and is quieter than it ever was, but the O/D light starts flashing anytime I get over 50 mph. Not sure if this is now a computer issue or another problem. PLEASE HELP! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time!!!
Posted @ Friday, July 01, 2011 4:24 PM by Kelly
i just bought a 02 ford explorer xlt 4x4,v8,4.6liter. the transmission is slipping the dealer said they had just put a used transmission in it it sounds like something metal rattling when u first take off then after a little while of driven it quits why is this
Posted @ Tuesday, July 12, 2011 10:14 PM by cora
Posted @ Thursday, August 04, 2011 4:02 PM by EDUARD VILLA
I just bought a used a 01 Ford Explorer. The O/D light is periodically flashing (goes off when I turn off the truck), it is throwing a P0734 code and it slips back and fourth like its trying to go into overdrive but can't around 60-65 MPH. The mechanic (seller of truck) is suggesting a transmission medic to fix sticky valves but I am worried this is a temporary fix. I would really appreciate your thoughts on this!
Posted @ Tuesday, August 09, 2011 8:35 AM by Holly
Question- 2002 Ford Explorer 4.0 Automatic 88k miles, got trouble 
once in awhile, put in drive take 
off fine but at slow speed the tranny will slip into neutral, i 
put in neutral, pull back in drive 
and its fine rest of trip? also 
there is a noise coming from tranny 
that sounds like a smog pump pumping, kinda like air compressor noise? been driving for over a year with these problems and they 
don't get worse, still same? any 
ideas if these are serious or not. 
Thanks Tom
Posted @ Sunday, August 14, 2011 10:49 AM by Tom
I own a 1999 Explorer 4.0 4x4 the o/d light flashes and produced codes not sure which ones but wee told it showed it was slipping when shifting between 2&3 gear and 4 and into overdrive but i have been driving this vehicle now for many years 50k without a overdrive and seems to operate fine other wise, any way to fix the overdrive problem or dose it need a new transmission. Thank You Mark
Posted @ Monday, September 05, 2011 9:25 AM by Mark
I have a 2001 Eddie Bauer Explorer with the V-8. It recently began running very rough from 0 to 40 mph. My mechanic took it and said that it seem liked the transmission and when he looked it appeared that something in the tranmission had "varnished over". He said we can try to change the fluid and add an additive and see if that helps. He says he gets about a 75% success rate from this method when he sees this problem. Have you heard of this "varnishing" problem?
Posted @ Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:36 PM by Brantley Strickland
I have a 2004 explorer that is having a problem going into park. The shift needle for park will not go to P. It parks on R and when you move it a little to the right stiil on R its in reverse. What is causing this.  
Posted @ Monday, September 26, 2011 6:14 PM by Anthony Brown
I had my 2002 Ford Explorer 4.6L transmission replaced w/remanufactured trani. The O/D light started blinking with in 2 weeks. Under Warranty mechanic replaced with an other trani.(the other one had codes p0740 & p0744) with in 2 days it leaks fluid. Mechanic replaced all seals. It still leaks fluid. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Posted @ Tuesday, October 04, 2011 10:42 AM by pamela
I have a 2005 ford Explorer, the tranny just started slamming into reverse and times and a few time there is a delay. Is this most likely a solenoid assembly issue do to the fact that ford issues a TSB on adding an additive to tranny fluid?
Posted @ Thursday, October 06, 2011 2:47 PM by Todd
I have a 02 Ford Explorer with 153000 miles on it and had some of the same problems mentioned above. I found an artical after months of searching for a cure for a flashing O/D light and slipping out of O/D at highway speeds. The problem is the servos. I bought a set of new servos that have machined grooves & o-rings installed (to eliminate leakage from worn servo bores) after a few hours installing them, my transmission shifts like it was new again.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:33 PM by C.K. Johnson
Do you have any recoomendations for good transmission shopa in Montreal, Canada.
Posted @ Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:47 PM by kp
You say there is a "special" tool available to refill the transmission but it's hard to find. That is total BS. All that is needed is a 1/8" NPT x 27 brass fitting available for a couple of bucks at any hardware store, a $15 suction pump and 5.5 quarts of Mercon V trans fluid. It really urks me when shops try to confuse people by making misleading comments.
Posted @ Saturday, November 19, 2011 6:49 PM by Rich
2002 ford truck 4.6 engine running real bad so did some research and tried a few ideas,funny,when i unpluged the harness at the trans the engine runs great,plug it back and it runs bad,when bad i mean idels preety good but put it gear and it will not move on cement, it just sits there and spudders with my foot to the floor. the plug is on the passinger side of the trans, the other ones dont make a differenc. i already changed plugs wires fuel filter air filter and ccleaned the t b HELP
Posted @ Sunday, December 11, 2011 10:58 AM by boyd boudreaux
Hi, I just recently bought a 2002 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0 6clyn. 4x4 
The RPM reve up when starting out 2500 - 3000RPM before shifting...and the O/D light is flashing....I cam e home the other night and the Reverse clunked on me but did not do it again...had a friend put in on a hand held computer and got a code PO775....took it to Ford dealer got the PO775 but also got code PO732 and PO735...also the 4x4 is not working...I was told that the 4x4 is a module...can you please help with the other problems!!! 
Thank you
Posted @ Wednesday, December 14, 2011 6:00 PM by Tammy
I have a friend that has a 02 Windstar that has a tran that is slipping bad. She has to put it in second to start moving and then pull it bck in first. She only lives a mile from work and will be able to replace with another vehicle in 6 weeks as soon as she get her tax check and I was wondering if there is anything that might help squeek a few extra miles out of this auto tran. I remember my grandfather warning me when I was a kid about used car dealers putting sawdust to quiet noisy gears (70 years ago) and was hoping there might be some thing that might buy her a couple weeks. Thanks.
Posted @ Thursday, December 15, 2011 1:44 PM by steve
It is a 95 Windstar, not an 02  
Looking at Bars Tran treatment and fluid change? Like I said, she plans on getting another car but just needs this to hold together a few weeks as she starts work at 5am and it is ot worth replacing the trans. The trans shop quoted 2500 and with everything else it needs its time to junk it. Thanks, Steve
Posted @ Thursday, December 15, 2011 5:00 PM by Steve
my explorer 2002 4.0 v6 wont work when i put in R GEAR , when I put Drive runs ok, but doesn't go on Return?Something can you explain? 
Thanks Luis Gabiatti
Posted @ Sunday, December 18, 2011 12:58 PM by Luis Gabiattiii
I have a Ford Explorer 2002 with 2 wheel drive. 
When I shift into drive at an iddle the truck begins to run rich and throw multiple random misfires. Iddles fine when it is not in gear.  
When the engine is cold I get a really long delay in the first shift point. 
The computer spit out a Transmission Control Switch error code. Along with a rich bank(2) code. As well as a random multiple misfire code. 
They all started happening at the same time. My last eight on VIN is 3UA83959. 
I've never heard of a TCS before. Im no mechanic. I'm just a guy who likes to work on my own truck for fun. 
Shade Tree Mech in Tampa
Posted @ Monday, December 19, 2011 3:00 PM by Dan Jerome
I have a 02 Explorer with a 4.6L V8. Recently it is having issues going from 2nd into 3rd. The O/D light starts flashing and the "service engine soon" light comes on. The error code is P0745. I have done a lot of research and have come to the conclusion that it is either replace the solenoid or the transmission. I am hoping that it is just the solenoid because it would be cheaper to fix. You guys seem to be the most knowledgeable site I have found so I hope you can help. Happy Holidays! 
Thank you, Jesse
Posted @ Sunday, December 25, 2011 1:46 AM by Jesse
Took my 2003 explore to auto zone thay said pressure control solenoid b fault not sure what code that is thay could not get it to pull up good you help
Posted @ Friday, December 30, 2011 4:37 PM by danny arnett
My mom has a 2002 ford explorer. Her truck reves up when in drive, in park, and when started. What could b wrong?
Posted @ Sunday, February 05, 2012 9:01 PM by courtney p
Sounds to me something with the engine control system or may be a vacum problem .Alot of your late model ford trucks have vacum problems need to ck pcv system paul
Posted @ Monday, February 06, 2012 5:56 AM by paul
I was recently looking into buying a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT with 126K. After finding this sight I determined that this is a terrible idea. If Ford Explorers suck so bad and have so many tranny problems, why are people still buying them. I think their comfy but so many mech probs. If these things are consistently faulty, why are people continuing to buy this junk?
Posted @ Sunday, February 12, 2012 12:15 AM by Dave
Dave, the rest of us posted here to discuss issues that we were having with our vehicles, not to listen to your purchasing decisions.
Posted @ Monday, February 13, 2012 5:47 AM by Dan Jerome
I have an 02 Ford Explorer XLT push button 4 wheel drive V6 4.0. The trany fluid and the power steering fluid are both milky pink. When you go to place it into gear it doesn't want to move even after it's been warmed up. Eventually it will go into gear and do okay. It shifts at 2500-3000 RPM's and has slowed down when you go to take off from a stop. I had the tranmission rebuilt 2 years ago. Any help would be appreciated. No blinking od lights I fixed that problem by finding the wire harness for the 4 wheel drive (near the top of the bell housing) and found that the ground wire wasn't attached. We re-attched the ground wire to the cross member and problem fixed. Od light stopped blinking and it works fine now.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 15, 2012 9:57 AM by Roni Sue
Hi,I have a 99 4x4 exp sport w 164k on it. The OD off light starting blinking at around 45-55 MPH.the gear shift button has no effect.RPM seem a little higher than prior. According to my mechanic who I trust said the turque converter is going and would need a new tranny. love this car but It's too old to spend $ for a new tranny but would a new TC surfice?
Posted @ Friday, February 17, 2012 2:43 PM by Bob Delanoy
In reference to the 99 Ford explorer --- the torque converter concern: Even though it appears it may be the torque converter that is bad, the one thing you have to remember is that a more common problem than a converter being bad would be a worn out valve body. So, if you are not going to replace the transmission with a different one and have the existing rebuilt, you would need to change the valve body as well as rebuild the transmission. The torque converter curcuit in the valve body is more likely your problem. It being the vehicle is a 99, the vehicle probably has high mileage so just a valve body replacement is not adviseable. Thank you.
Posted @ Saturday, February 18, 2012 5:26 AM by paul
2002 Exp;orer. On 3rd transmission rebuild in 6 years. Now sometimes when putting in any gear nothing happens. No sound or anything. Rev the engine a few times and it will usually jump into gear.Can't keep shelling out $2500 to $2800 every 2 years.What is with this transmission? One rebuild was a Ford Factory and 2 others by 2 different shops. Need Help. 
Posted @ Saturday, February 25, 2012 1:33 AM by Patrick
I have a 2002 Ford Explorer Sprotrac with transmission problems and the O/D light flashing after a recent rebuild. It logs codes P0732(Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio), p0733(Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio), and p0735(Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio). 
It goes into Drive fine and when trying to shift into 3rd gear it will rev high/slip and before going into 3rd. That i'm ok with, but the biggest concern which prevents me from taking on long trips is that it will not go into Overdrive. When in 5th gear it will rev all the way up to 4000rpms if you let it, but still not shift; therefore to go 65pmh, you have to run over 3,000rpms. It has not shifted into OD since the rebuild and the valve body was replaced in effort to correct. Any help will be greatly appreciated. 
Posted @ Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:39 AM by Shane
I have a 2002 ford explorer 4x4 4.6,  
Having transmission problem, when first starting the truck, it takes about 5 to 6 mins to shift into 1st gear, no matter how cold or hot it is outside. Then after that It drives good, it only does this when car is sitting idle for a few hours. Can someone help? could it need fluid, or is it electrical? Need help bad!!!  
Thanks Mark.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 13, 2012 1:19 PM by Mark
2002 Ford Explorer, rebuilt transmission 14 months old, put into gear and it does not move, put in park and it grinds? Ideas?
Posted @ Sunday, April 29, 2012 3:17 PM by Kevin
I have a 2003 Explorer4.0 2wd and also having automatic tranny problems. It is different than the others posted here so far. It seems to be stuck in 3rd gear. It doesn't slip or make any type of noise. It just happened all of a sudden with no warning. The service engine light is on and the o/d is blinking also. No matter what gear you drop it into it just seems like it's 3rd...(i say third because it takes a bit to get up to speed but drives perfect at 45mph or so. Any ideas? 
Posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:56 AM by Rodney
I jsut bought a 2002 Ford Explorer. I don't know anything about overdrive. Should I turn off or leave it on. The truck feels to me like it won't change gear propery. It feels like is holding back. I have no light blinking.
Posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:44 PM by mildred
i have a 2002 explorer and it has to be coaxed into drive once I reach 50 mph in 3rd gear. It also hesitates when engaging reverse . This has been going on for 50,000 miles and i have 147000 miles on suv.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:06 PM by
I've got an 02 explorer(5r55s), 2wd tranny that needs a rebuild. Does your shop offer bench builds?
Posted @ Sunday, September 16, 2012 3:39 PM by Rodney
I have an '02 Explorer with 237K miles (I am the original owner). The lines from the radiator to the extra trans cooler (behind the grill) are rusted and leaking. What is the least expensive way to get these lines fixed?
Posted @ Thursday, September 20, 2012 3:15 PM by Steve
2002 Ford Explorer XLT was shifted to me from Manchester USA to Nigeria. Am the owner. I need to know the type of Engine Oil to buy here in Nigeria so as to change the engine Oil. Also i don't know how to check the gear oil since there is no Gear Oil stick seen.  
I want to buy the following too for spare keeping. 
1. Fan/Alternator/Compressor belt. 
2. Fuel Filter and Fuel Pump. 
3. Gear Oil 
4. Brake pads 
5. Brain Box. 
Posted @ Sunday, November 18, 2012 7:15 AM by Ebede, Tobechukwu C.
02 Explorer...I think the transmission is slipping but not sure. Right around 45mph and 65mph I notice a hesitation in the gears shifting. Could this be something other than transmission? No way to check fluid. Runs smoothly otherwise. It felt like a little lack of power when this happens also??? Help
Posted @ Saturday, December 01, 2012 4:45 PM by Tracey
Have a 02 explore xlt won't shift into any gear had problem once I revved up jeep fully then it shifted now nothing any answers.
Posted @ Saturday, December 22, 2012 6:06 PM by kojax
my explorer 2003 makes little jumps wen gets to 40 to 50 milles. no o.d light blinking
Posted @ Saturday, January 12, 2013 3:42 PM by roberto
Ok here is my question i have a 03problem xlt now the other day i was driving and my o/d light started blinking and as i was driving notice my truck wasnt going into o/d so truck was at 70mph running 2300 rpm normally at 1800 rpm next day took it around to test what was going on now shifts slow between 1 & 2 then hits 3 then 4 but no o/d code said solenoid B circuit malfunction what is your opinion im about to change my servos should i also change the solenoid pack?
Posted @ Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:02 PM by Mike
hi i have a 03 explorer i recently had it rebuit and now i get clunk when releasing the gas before a shift point, was told it was a bag rear end replaced r&p and clutchpack but still have the problem no codes.
Posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 9:02 PM by xavier
hello i pulled codes p0775 p0732 p0735 with my snap on scanner also od light flashing its shift ffrom first to second from stop takes a while unless i let up on gas then shifts into gear no noises and when it does shift its smooth i did some research i found it may bee overdrive servo or solenoid body
Posted @ Thursday, February 21, 2013 9:42 AM by randy myers
I have a 2002 ford explorer xlt 4x4. It does not go in 4 high or low. And the transmission run fine.
Posted @ Sunday, March 03, 2013 8:33 PM by Justin Hamlett
My 02 Explorer 4WD had the shift solenoid replaced a few years ago but I still had a soft 2-3 shift. Yesterday the engine revved up real high when going from 2 to 3 twice, but today it's fine. Sound like a worn servo bore? 
Posted @ Thursday, March 07, 2013 1:53 PM by Razz
02 ford explorer od blinking for a few weeks then would not shift out of low noise from tranny on rack pan and fluid removed fragments of metal found fluid dark would it do any good to flush and put new fluid in..
Posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 9:03 PM by Brenda
To Brenda, 
Changing the transmission fluid is a maintenance procedure that doesn't really fix anything, it just helps keep the transmission alive. Sounds like you have hard part failure which may end up as an overhaul. I'd suggest disassembling the unit for correct diagnosis 
Posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 9:41 PM by Razz
I have a 2003 Ford Explorer. I, like everyone else has the hard shift when slowing down. I see that that is very normal for this problematic transmission. However, about a week ago, it started going in to drive slow. I will move it from park to drive and it may take 60 seconds to engage. I can go from drive to neutral and than back to drive and speed the change up a bit. SO, what do you thin this could be?
Posted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:50 AM by Brian
I have a 2002 ford explorer xlt I bought the o/d light is flashing when I'm driving it once it gets up to 25 to 30 mph it will hesitate then goes into gear what do u think might be causing the problem and how much will it cost
Posted @ Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:49 PM by cherie
Shift problems, O/D light blinking or staying on or transmission slipping for Ford 5R55N and 5R55W transmissions used on 2002-2008 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda may be due to worn servo bores . Usually this requires a transmission rebuild. But this site sells a fix that may solve the problem much cheaper. He machines grooves into the OEM part and adds o-rings which seal the clearance and restores the hydraulic pressure needed to operate properly. This is done from the outside of the transmission and does not require removing it from the vehicle; you don’t even need to drain the fluid or drop the pan. I changed mine and it fixed all the shifting problems. Great product and the website has lots of how-to info: 
Posted @ Tuesday, May 07, 2013 7:04 AM by Kent Snyder
Same problems as Shane: March 7, 2012 6:39 AM. 
Did notice several weeks prior, the O/D Off light would come on after 10-15 min driving. Then the revving @ 2nd-3rd shift and no O/D started (even even though OD/Off light is NOT on). Pushing button, toggles the O/D Off light. 
If I get to 50mph and manually downshift to 2nd, it does downshift. 
Everything else is good, 1st to 2nd shift is smooth, P,N work, Reverse is good. Fluid level is good, color is red and smells sweet, not burnt. Just under 100,000 miles. 
Advice ? thanks
Posted @ Monday, June 17, 2013 3:42 PM by James DK
i would greatly appreciate if anyone could put input with my 2002 ford explorer, i have her oil and filter changed recently but the message keep coming saying "low oil level pressure" and im having a little bit of difficulty inserting the ignition key on. furthermore the shift gear would lightly jump a little everytime i switch from park to drive??? thanks in advance...
Posted @ Tuesday, July 02, 2013 9:05 PM by dennis
I have a 2002ford explorer....I bought it in November 2012 with 114000 miles. About 3 weeks ago my o/d light came on flashing at night just after I made a u turn my vehicle would not propel forward, it seemed as though I was pulling a heavy load or something was weighing down the didn't make any kind of noise or sounds. So I gently push the accelerator and it began to move forward. Fortunately I wasn't buy about 2 miles from my house and so I didn't push too hard and farther getting it up my driveway (which was a struggle it seemed for the vehicle to do) I turned it off. The next morning I started the vehicle and put it in reverse, but it wouldn't move backwards. So after having someone tow it to ford and having them look at it, they told me that I needed a new torque converter and new transmission because there were pieces of metal all inside of it and it was going to cost roughly $6000 for a brand new one labor and all.  
So I had it towed to a tranmission place where he rebuilt my transmission for half ($3188.95) the price with a warranty. Everything was fine, I even brought it back a week later for them to just check everything they had done, and it was fine. Until last Tuesday when I turn my vehicle off for about 10minutes, try to restart it again and it won't start. Just hear click click click. I didn't think it was the battery, or the started because that sounds different, I thought it was the alternator.  
Well the next day was Wednesday day before the holiday and I had to work so after barely making it to autozone after I jumped it, they said I needed a new battery. So I bought a battery, $150. After they put it in I ask them to run another diagnoics just to ke sure...and they tell me the alternator is showing something is wrong. So I had to wait over the 4th of July and through the weekend before I could have anyone look at it. So I brought it to my mechanic and he replaced the alternator $300. My question is did the transmission have anything to do with the alternator? I didn't bring it back to the place that did the transmission because I was afraid that I wouldn't make it and I didn't want to kill my new battery. And I didn't have a chance to run around town from place to place because I had to work. So can you please tell me are the two related or was it just by chance that the alternator went out too?
Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 2:43 AM by Concerned 2002 Ford Explorer Owner
I have 99 Explorer 4wd 200,xxx miles. For the lasts 50,xxx+ miles, trans has given problems. It started w/ shift indicator being 1/2 click off (for Park, needle is halfway between P and R, Reverse halfway between R and N, etc). Since trans still functioned normally, I didn't fix that problem. 
20,xxx+ miles later, OD light started flashing intermittently (resetting @ each engine restart) and we lost 4th and 5th gears. Hwy speeds tach @ 3,000. About a week later, we lost Reverse. Often, when in D, vehicle will not move. Downshift to 1, it moves fine. Manually upshift will allow up to 3rd, but no higher. Sometimes, trans needs help upshifting by lifting foot from gas pedal for 3-5 sec, then accelerating again (as if shifting manual trans). 
I'm tempted to drive as-is until SUV Found On Road Dead, but is there an inexpensive fix that may likely at least improve performance until the vehicle's ultimate demise? Thanks for your help!
Posted @ Thursday, September 05, 2013 10:04 PM by Mark
Amost forgot: 
Error codes P0455,P0174 (related to fuel/vacuum) w/ no noticable symptoms 
Error codes P0732, P0733, P0734, P0735 (incorrect gear ratios for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th gears) No error codes shown for Reverse. 
Thanks again.
Posted @ Thursday, September 05, 2013 10:09 PM by Mark
Is there a transmission that works correctly in an Explorer 2002 6 cyc or should i walk away
Posted @ Saturday, September 21, 2013 6:57 PM by Lee
Have a ford ranger that wont change gears,only when removing your foot from the exelarator peddal it changes gears,some times the overdrive light comes on.The fault codes are P0715,P0717 and P1270 are there any known fixes for these fault codes.The autogearbox was repaired 1 year ago by Mayfaer gearboxes.Please help
Posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 8:49 AM by Dawie Maritz
2002 explorer 4.6 transmission works fine, shifts great o/d light keeps flashing, shows converter code ??
Posted @ Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:14 PM by explorer
I have 2000 explorer went out one morning put in reverse to back out and I get this loud whining noise forward gears fine. I tried putting into 4x4 see if changed and it didn't thank for help in advance
Posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 9:36 AM by Dan
03 explorer 4.0 makes a rattling sound coming from the transmission but only in 1st 2nd and 3rd gear..over drive is completely quiet and shifts perfectly fine except for the rattling sounds .. Any ideas what it could be?
Posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 12:50 PM by Duane Miller
my trans seems to go to neutral when coming to a stop and sometimes it seems to not upshift. dies from time to time when coming to a stop. seems like my tc stays locked sometimes. 
what is the typical problem for this neutral when coming to a stop?
Posted @ Saturday, April 26, 2014 5:19 AM by brian
I bought a 2002 explorer. At 137thousand miles the transmission started in. O/d light on. So I checked fluid getting the code for the solenoid was present. I was told it would be 1500.00 to fix. You would think that ford knows this and they should have to fix it. This really sucks to have a nice car and than find out that ford know the problems. I can not afford this at this time so I will be with out a car when it finally goes. I have to really thank ford for this.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:55 AM by wendy VanEtten
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