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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
165,800 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. transmission rebuild (2 reports)
1996 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 012013

Explorer Eddie Bauer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles


Transmission fails to engage when starting out. Once it is in gear, it shifts fine. But I have to rev the engine until it engages. The problem appears to be worse when the vehicle is cold. Transmission level is fine and there is no apparent leak in the transmission. Any ideas would be appreciated.

- , Racine, WI, USA

problem #4

May 252011

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

It was a nice summer day and I am going up a ramp and the car stays in 2nd gear then shifts hard to 3rd. I thought it just had a hiccup. Next day I drive it and it has the same problem. A transmission shop owner told me that, my 2nd gear was lost out of my transmission. He told me 2000 to re do it. A year later, after still driving it, I took my mom's advice to have AAMCO fix it. Turns out the more you drive it the more problems it causes. It creates problems for the mount, torque converter, and all types of expensive things. If you have this problem just move on. Its not worth fixing


problem #3

Sep 212011

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles

The transmission burned the clutches to a crisp shifting improperly, so we had the transmission cracked open and rebuilt, and about 500 miles later, the same thing happened, as well as the shifter linkage becoming jammed, only allowing me to shift into reverse, no forward gears. Luckily, that was covered under the shop's warranty program, but the only real solution is to drive it like a 95-year-old grandma.

- , Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Dec 022011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 186,000 miles

the truck wont shift 1 to2 and the o/d light keep flashing

- , Newport, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 302010

Explorer LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,000 miles

Driving on the highway - going down hill the car started to go faster and faster, took my foot off the accelerator but it kept increasing - then I started to brake, which slowed the car, but as soon as I took my foot off the brake it continued to accelerate.

I pulled off the highway using the brake to slow - practically standing on the brake pedal to stop the car.... the engine was still racing. I finally stopped the car enough to put it into park... then turned it off. After waiting 15 minutes I turned the ignition again and it was back to "normal".

Just starting to research the problem - anyone else had this happen?

- , Buffalo, NY, USA

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