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6.9

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$967.00
Average Mileage:
141,110 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)
1995 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1995 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Nov 032006

(reported on)

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Soon after purchasing the vehicle used, the OD Off warning light started flashing, of course there was no warranty. At first I disconnected the battery to reset the codes. This worked for about three days and then it started to flash again. I took it in to the transmission shop in Okanogan, WA and told them of the problem, and also mentioned the vehicle was surging. Just before I dropped the vehicle off for repair, the light went out, of course, and I told the mechanic about it. When I picked up the vehicle, they had not touched the transmission at all, as they said they couldn't find any problem with it. They did, however, do a half-ass engine tune-up to correct the surging problem, and reset the codes. The very next day, the OD Off light started flashing again, of course. I took it in to another repair shop this time, because the transmission shop guys seemed clueless and were going to charge another arm and a leg. The second repair shop took apart the steering column looking for electrical shorts, and not finding any, they reset the codes. The next day the light started to flash again and it is still flashing. They said not to worry about the light, as long as the OD still switches on and off, which you can tell by going down the highway at around 50 or 60 mph and pressing the button. You will feel and hear the transmission OD switching on and off if it is working OK. Got any duct tape to cover the light? Any bright ideas?

- , Omak, WA, USA

problem #9

Jan 042007

(reported on)

Explorer LX 3.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles

We did what one of the previous members had done and disconnected the battery for five minutes and the problem was solved thanks auto beef.

- , Springfield, IL, USA

problem #8

Oct 242006

(reported on)

Explorer LX 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

transmission problem

- , Lom, MT, Bulgaria

problem #7

Oct 242006

(reported on)

Explorer LX 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

overdrive light is flashing, had transmission belts tightened

- , Lom, MT, Bulgaria

problem #6

Nov 072006

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4.0 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,000 miles

I was driving down the road and happened to notice the overdive light is flashing on/off. I pulled over and checked the rear end. I recently had rear end work done and thought that was it. I didnt see anything. I then checked transmission fluid and it looked spotty couldn't get a real good reading. I then unhooked the battery and it is still coming on.

- , Lex, KY, USA

problem #5

Oct 302006

(reported on)

Explorer LX 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

automatic transmission, overdrive light is flashing

- , Lom, MT, Bulgaria

problem #4

Aug 102006

(reported on)

Explorer XLT

  • 120,123 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I've had this happen 3 times now. The first time it happened was about a year and a half ago. I had a complete transmission service done. It temporarilly fixed the problem. Then 3 months ago it went out again. I took it in and and paid over $250 to have it serviced once agian and to have one of the codes reset. They said it was due to a short in the cigarette lighter wiring. Then here 1 month ago guess what. This time my husband disconnected the battery for 5 minutes and reconnected and it reset the codes and it has been doing fine so far. I did take it back to the shop and they couldn't find a thing wrong. So my suggestion for anyone with this same issue is to disconnect the battery and reconnect it. I would only use this as a quick fix. But i will never buy a ford explorer ever agian. The third time was the charm.

- , Spokane, WA, USA

problem #3

May 062005

(reported on)

Explorer

  • 104,275 miles

All i have to say is that after the belts were tightened, the car ran better than ever. And maybe that i am 17 and drive the car crazy, is why the transmission gave out.

- , St. Charles, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 242005

(reported on)

Explorer

  • 150,000 miles

When car is on the overdrive light flashes. It also thumps a little hard when coming out of first gear

- , Sayre, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152003

(reported on)

Explorer

  • 145,000 miles

the overdrive light keeps flashing. sometimes when driving the gear jerks a little.

- , Milwaukee, WI, USA

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