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definitely annoying
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Average Mileage:
164,986 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

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1997 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012010

Explorer XLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles


issue of overdrive light indicator staying on occurred a day or two after having transmission serviced (fluids changed). Transmission also began slipping in and out of gear.

- , Parsons, KS, USA

problem #1

Jun 182010

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,973 miles

tranny started slipping took and had it rebuilt at a respectable shop, picked it up drove 21 miles it slipped again and the O/D light started flashing, took it back they said T/C switch was bad relaced that same thing again, has now replaced the new drum from the rebuild with another, brake pedel switch, wiring harness, vaule body, and is now replacing the mess air. Which may or may not fix it. Does anyone have the answer for this.

Thank you,

- , Flemingsburg, KY, USA

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