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I got a text from the wife. O/D light flashing .... check engine light on, and now the transmission light is now on. .. I Googled it ....OMG .... I never knew this was an issue. We had the truck for years, never a problem till now. Looks like I need to drop in a chunk of change into the truck now. Perfect timing close to the holidays when I need to save money for other reasons ....
I heard there is a kit to buy and install .... or just put in a new trans .... I am researching a solution that will get us back in a family vehicle we can safely use.
I am open to others and their possible solutions.
- Charles M.,
Bethlehem, PA, US
The mechanic that I went to says this is a common problem for Explorers! First my transmission started slipping than the O/D Light started blinking went right to the mechanic he opened it up and the band was broken. Does anyone know if Ford is standing behind there transmission problems?
Freehold, NJ, US
I had bought an extended warranty and had noticed intermittent slippage before the warranty ran out, however, the mechanic said there was a small leak from a seal. Unfortunately they would have to lower whole transmission to fix leak. Was told it wouldn't be a problem. Within the last month, noticed it slipping more & just sounded different on highway. Took to dealership & turns out a band broke & damaged the casing. Am now having to spend over $3500 to replace whole transmission. The mechanics indicated this was a common problem in the 2003 explorer. Did some research and turns out there are a high number of transmission failures on this model at low mileage with consistent reports of "faulty box". Apparently Ford knows about this problem and will only say it's a good transmission, just doesn't last long. Why didn't they do a recall? I'm a 43 year old female and drive my explorer very carefully (no hotrodding, excessive acceleration, etc) and there is no way that a transmission should consistently fail at less than 100,000 miles. If it does, there is a problem & Ford should have stood behind their product...especially if they want people to buy more of their vehicles. In today's economy, I would think that would be a major concern for Ford (but apparently it isn't). I sent them a complaint, however, have never received any acknowledgment!!!
- Fawn F.,
Newton, KS, US