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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
143,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1997 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 242009

Explorer XLT 4.0L Sohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles


not really a rant just wondering how to fix this problem sometimes because my road leaving my house is a long reverse out, sometimes the reverse when shifting to drive it will get stuck in neutral even though it goes to drive but only on occasion its a very durable suv and has gotten me out of a lot of pickles. how and what do you suggest i do?

- , Waimanalo, HI, USA

problem #1

Apr 012007

(reported on)

Explorer XL 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

i don't know how to explain it but trying my best. i have ford explorer 1997 when i drive its giving me weird noise. it runs smooth like no gear change problem but when i pull gas noise comes like fan rotating with high speed ( but no effect on speed seemed like transmission is ok) but suddenly when i press accelerator noise goes keep doing that. after few days when i put in reverse gear and it wont go in reverse and giving me same noise then i have to change to parking then then put in reverse again. i went to few mechanics some says its a pump some says transmission, some says rack and pinion. what should i do

- , North York, ON, Canada

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