fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
141,150 miles
Total Complaints:
30 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (20 reports)
  2. new transmission (4 reports)
  3. the problem- overdrive light flashing. replace sensor gear (2 reports)
  4. transmission belts were slipping, had tightened (2 reports)
  5. dissconnect the battery (1 reports)
  6. unhook battery for 10 mins (1 reports)
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problem #30

Jan 222016

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 186,302 miles

The truck has a hard time shifting out of first gear. O/D light flashes constantly. I would love the help to see what is wrong with it because the truck still has a lot of life left in it. It just had a gas tank put in it about two months ago.

- Joey M., Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #29

May 012015

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,560 miles

Just purchased this vehicle, and after reading all of the info on this site, I now realize what a dumb ass I am for not doing my home work.

- William M., Smithfield, USA

problem #28

Nov 052013

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Purchased my 1995 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD from a co-worker, shortly after O/D light began flashing constantly. Bogs down when accelerating, once gas is let off vehicle jerks roughly, usually returning to normal shifting and accelerating, occassionally it does not, and continues revving the engine up while gaining a couple MPH. This is the first and the very last time I purchase or drive a Ford vehicle. Everyone was correct when they said Ford vehicles are pieces of sh*t!

- Neil K., East Alton, IL, USA

problem #27

Sep 122009

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

Thing would shift hard and found out it was a 12cent part that i payed 400 dollars for a mechanic to do

- mansnow666, North Ogden, UT, USA

problem #26

Feb 142012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,016 miles

Transmission has been slipping for some time however today the OD on/off light started flashing. Please advise.

- D B., E. Orange, NJ, USA

problem #25

Dec 122012

Explorer SLX 4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 191,000 miles

Bought my '95 Explorer from the original owner in Louisville, KY at 139,000-great condition & no rust. Within the first year, had intermittent "electrical" problem when check engine light popped on and off. Was in a bad summer electrical storm on highway and headlights popping on and off. At one point Explorer just turned off. Ck engine light on/off & lack of accel.

After this had full tune up...plugs/wires/pcv vaulve/fuel filter/a fuse and then metal PFE sensor. Compression test done and EGR valve all good (165,000 miles). Ran ok after.

168,000 still has random missing.

Check engine light and random missing & now vibration at high speed 197,000. Cruise now surging when in use. Speed OM gauge bouncing around- had transfer case replaced, along with all breaks/rotors/bearing & arms/U-joints replaced along with new battery-$1,800.

Two months later - surging & missing- Ford Dealer replaced PFE sensor again $265 to a plastic one in lieu of metal. Ran fine but SOM and Ck Eng. remained.

At 201,000 bad random surging & shifting. Cruise surging and unusable. Had plugs replaced again & all vacuum lines good- ran fine with min. surging while accelerating & decel. Ck engine light still on, SOM gauge still bouncing. One week later, drove 1.5 hrs through storm & heavy wind. After this, O/D light flashing and there was shifting in/out of O/D randomly. Mechanic replaced speed sensor inside transmission & MAF sensor with no effect - unhooked battery-could not find problem. Took it home and cleaned grounds/fuses & had oil change. Ran fine for one more month.

Drove 1.5 hours through wind/rain and O/D light flashing again. With this came bad surging of speedometer/shifting of vehicle into random gears....sometimes not moving in or out of gear at all. Unhooked battery - did test drive and same bad issue....can't drive it.

Problem seems electrical somehow but cannot pinpoint where. Everyone's telling me transmission problem but I know its not mechanical. I've search internet suggestions and complaints and am running out of ideas. Should have been a recall for this same problem so many have.

Update from Mar 14, 2012: After 3 months, and several different mechanics, Honest Auto in Vassar, Michigan on M-15, located the problem! It did have an electrical short in the main wire harness (near the differential), stopping power to the back ABS sensor. But the main issue with the down-shifting and the overdrive light flashing was caused by a little round plastic "gear" attached to the speed sensor behind the transmission. My first mechanic tried a new speed sensor but not the gear. This gear was worn down and continued to slip. The part was $3.29!

- K M., Millington, MI, USA

problem #24

Dec 062011

Explorer LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

I took advice on calling to maybe get a "goodwill repair" maybe, and they told me that no transmission problems or recalls have been documented !!! COME ON !!! Well, like the man said about the same problem (I am on my own here.) Too bad, so sad , and Merry Frickin' Christmas one and all ...

- Mary Anne B., E. Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #23

Apr 122010

Explorer Expedition 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

Overdrive light started flashing on and off during normal city driving, just a few seconds before the car just stopped moving in the middle of traffic, and wouldn't go any further. Had to have vehicle flat bedded to repair shop, and the transmission ended up needing to be completely rebuilt, at a cost of $3,800. I can provide a copy of the repair invoice, if that would be helpful. I've been told that similar transmission problems are not unusual with these transmissions (also used in Ford Ranger trucks and some Mazda vehicles as well as Explorers).

- dan-in-dc, Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #22

Dec 032011

Explorer LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

O K, Here it is ---Christmas, I have little enough money for my family as it is , and all of a sudden THIS tranny thing happens, The O/D light is flashing, its straining to go into gears, and I have a HUGE bill ahead of me right? Yeah- RIGHT !--before Christmas!!! -holly jolly !! Is there a cheap solution to get me past the holidays? Please say yes!!

- Mary Anne B., E. Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #21

Jun 262009

Explorer LX 4.0L V6 Fi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles

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overdrive light is flashing overdrive light is flashing overdrive light is flashing overdrive light is flashing overdrive light is flashing overdrive light is flashing

well; i do things like a pro. the right tools and the books> i rebuilt the transmission, new full rebuild kit. $179. my cost. w/out book. torque converter>$100,

filter,fluids,gasket sealer and bolt grease and or locktight.$69 after total clean and inspect , i decided the valve body was not looking to good. so i got another one> $75

used just incase i needed it.. the only problem i had was the inter od servos springs were 2 dif type. 1> black ,1 green. didnt know where the went. book shows 1 color.

as u can see from pictures. i do quality work. put trans in veh.

filled and test drove. worked fine until i drove about 18 miles. o/d light started flashing

would not shift into o/d. so i call aaa to pick up veh. removed valve body and replaced with used. adjusted bands. test. drove fine shifted good . o/d light still comes on.flashing.. .trans. to find out was rebuilt 4 months before i bought the veh. found records and the plate tag. so. i think its in the computer. now. i have no reverse also. which was working fine.. started shifting hard and rpm way up to 3.5-4k . I've have worked on fords all my life and this looks like a recall. to many people have the same problems.... just like the 95 windstar van > 3.8 ltr ,mustang,,taurus, ect. oil pump blown heads. just like the radiator problem in the rangers. 1991-1993 4.0 ltr plastic steam back a blow out radiator. for, take responsibility for your mistakes. i have found and dealt with your mistakes and you have found ways to make it look like the consumer had neglected your product.. when you know. stepping up to your faults and correct them would only way to keep people from actual class action suits..

- Patrick P., Fresno, CA, USA

problem #20

Oct 212010

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

Well here's the thing,I parked the car one night, and came out in the morning to go grocery shopping (mind you the truck was fine the night before) got in and fired up the truck and the O/D light was flashing and as I drove I realized the tranny was not shifting into Overdrive I talked to a ford mechanic and he said he thought it was a shift sensor, no big deal right..........wrong now today I goto back out of my driveway and the truck will not move once shifted in to reverse and now I get a gear grinding noise when I place the shifter in reverse and now also in drive.I always loved my old explorer it was a 5 speed manual. Can anybody give me any ideas here short of replacing the transmission I'm out of ideas

- edwardlandry, Glastonbury, CT, USA

problem #19

Sep 232010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Really pissed i just had brakes rotors redone for the second time in a year my temp gauge is not working put in a new starter and alternator trying to get more time out the car dont mind putting minor work in but my dad already had a new transmission put in when he owned it that was 2000 dollars i'll be damned to put in a second. FORD should be ashamed and should be held accountable for these transmission errors.

- coahbear1, Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #18

Nov 012010

Explorer XL 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

i was shocked to hear that other people were having problems with their overdrive flashing...now im having even worse transmission issues

- janayr, Florissant, MO, USA

problem #17

Feb 012006

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Bought this vehicle used with just about 90,000 miles on it from Baril Auto in Murphysboro, IL (just in case you ever consider buying a vehicle there). Price was far below book. Got on Carfax and found out was rebuilt and issued a scrap title in another state. Dealer tried to pretend he didn't know- yeah right! It was his son's car!

OD light flashed when we were test driving it, but the tranny shifted fine, so we weren't concerned. Bought vehicle then moved to Wyoming, noticed it lost some power when going up those mountains, but nothing major. Then we moved to Michigan- way up near Canada. Didn't know we needed special anti-freeze up there and the radiator froze and leaked coolant into the tranny. We had that repaired and had them look over the transmission to make sure there was no damage. They didn't find any and the truck ran great.

One year later, we are back in So. Illinois and the OD light starts flashing again. Over the course of the next two years we had it checked out about every six months. All told we ended up taking it to three different mechanics. All three flushed it, all three looked over the tranny and found no problems. All three reset the light. Was still shifting just fine. Each flush cost us about $75 and we just figured it into the maintenance.

Vehicle had other problems, mostly stuff you would expect from an older high-mileage vehicle. Nothing major and we could still drive it to Chicago and back w/o any problems.

Bought a new vehicle and sold the Explorer to a lady for $1300 because it needed a wheel bearing replaced. She was really happy, b/c up until then she had been hauling her four children around in a tiny Sentra.

One month after she bought it, the tranny failed. I felt so sorry for her, but we had never had any problems with the tranny itself, just that stupid light! She still gives me the evil eye when I walk into the grocery store (where she works)!

- Amanda R., Newberry, SC, USA

problem #16

Nov 012009

Explorer XL 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 193,000 miles


- Lannette L., Ravendale, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 162009

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,224 miles

i buy it used two months ago without having any warning lights in dash. but now from two weeks i have two warning lights in dash.

1. engine exhaust air

2. overdrive off light

before i don't know what are this light for and what to repair cz i dnt have user manual for this 4wd. then i look it on internet and i found definition what are these lights for. but i still dont know how to fix these problems. problm no1 appers only whn i go for long drive with120 km per hour. pro no 2 appers continusly when i start the engine .and when i m diving first gear is not changing only it change when i relase accerlator a bit and also second in same way. plz help me that how can i solve my problems with my ford 4wd.

- iisrarhussain, Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

problem #14

Feb 232009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

When car is on the overdrive light flashes. It also thumps a little hard when slowing down and/or speeding up. Also I tried to fasten my sit belt and it would catch I took it to the ford shop and they told me that it was broke and would cost 112.00 to replace a damn sit belt

- Sheila Z., Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #13

May 142006

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Really easy to fix on mine, It started acting funky after I was driving it and realized I was in 2nd gear going 50mph so I switched it to from 2 to D while in motion and the O/D light flashed and the trans clunked and didn't like whatever I did from that point on. Little did I know that all you have to do is unhook the battery for like 10min+ to reset the computer and presto! the light doesn't blink any more... no more clunks.. and for me I've been 50,000 miles without clunks. I've got 110000 miles on it now and that includes about 5000 miles of heavy towing! orig eng and trans.

- kevinva, Centreville, VA, USA

problem #12

Jul 082008

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 228,043 miles

alright this is the last straw this piece of f*ckin sh*t FORD has caused me nothin but f*ckin problems i bought this vehicle used with around 300k on it fine and dandy so far i've replaced a fuel pump water pump intake manifold gasket and now this f*ckin transmission is f*cked i just came on here and read all these complains and yes ford is f*ckin bull sh*t dont f*cking buy one!!! F*CKIN GARBAGE you people are just as dumb as the f*ckin company for fixin the f*ckin things jesus f*ckin christ

- craigc, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

problem #11

Feb 182008

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,770 miles

Don't bother buying an Explorer. They're nothing but trouble. I've had mine for 5 years. In that time, I've replaced the transmission twice, and had it rebuilt once. The goddamn O/D off light is blinking again. You'd think I'd have dumped it after the first time!!! Other than the tranny, I've had to replace the steering wheel wiring harness twice, the wheel bearings twice, the brakes every three goddamn months, and the rotors with them. I've had to change the belt twice because the tensioner keeps breaking, and had one of the pulleys break right off the block.

I'm dumping this piece of sh*t. Think I'll buy a Chevy to spite Ford.

Anyone want to buy an explorer? it's in great shape! lol

- tranny_hater, Kelowna`, BC, Canada

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