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5.7

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,397 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #40

Jan 162010

Explorer

  • 152,600 miles

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

1998 Ford Explorer transmission overdrive light started flashing and trans started slipping badly all at once. Can not drive now. I don't yet know how much a new trans will cost, but vehicle has been well maintained and serviced regularly. I believe this transmission should be recalled.

- Ellisville, MS, USA

problem #39

Jun 062009

Explorer

  • 78,952 miles
We were driving along in our 1998 Ford Explorer and the overdrive light started blinking and then it would not shift into 3rd gear. It occurs everytime we drive the car now. We took it to a Ford dealer, they said it was a torque converter and that it was 2000 dollars. About 2 weeks later it would not come out of third gear. Ford dealer said it was not the same problem, and the transmission needed replaced for 4000 dollars. We did some research and found that this is a very common problem from 98-04 Explorer, as they share the same transmission. Link: www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Explorer/2002/transmission/transmission_failure.shtml feel free to call me anytime.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #38

May 282009

Explorer

  • 96,112 miles
Reverse sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't.

- Louisville, ME, USA

problem #37

Mar 152006

Explorer

  • 65,000 miles

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

Faulty transmission in 1998 Ford Explorer. Vehicle was bought from Ford dealership, approximately 4 yrs. Old when purchased. Trans. Not shifting properly after first year of ownership or approx. 65,000 miles. Would not go into reverse at all shortly afterward. Hard and late shifting from 2nd to 3rd, and transmission will frequently totally disengage while driving at 55 to 60 mph, engine will rev., but car will start slowing down. Engine sounds like it's going to blow up while waiting for transmission to shift. Had transmission rebuilt by private mechanic and problem is still the same.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #36

Feb 122008

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,201 miles
Transmission slips when shifting into gear and clunks. Transmission disengaging out of drive gear; will not stay in gear when moving in the forward (drive) direction. Almost was in wreck due to transmission/drive failure. Had taken vehicle in to transmission specialty service station to have looked at. Faulty solenoid and stuck mechanism due to failure. Total cost of repair $1700.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #35

Mar 012007

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
Ford Explorer transmission problems ~ haven't had my vehicle in about a month due to continuining problems with the transmission

- Dellroy, OH, USA

problem #34

Oct 182003

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer heard a loud noise when attempting to back up. The vehicle failed to move because the reverse gear failed.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #33

May 022003

Explorer

  • miles
The transmission experienced problems.

- Shawnee Mission, KS, USA

problem #32

Aug 202002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle lost power to wheels, grinding gear noise in all gears - park selection would not hold.

- Partlow, VA, USA

problem #31

Jul 132002

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is a mild to moderate vibration that can be felt in the steering wheel, floor board, and center console while driving at highway speeds (most obvious at approximately 65 - 70 mph). It seems worse when applying slight throttle, and seems to subside when you let completely off the throttle.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #30

Apr 022002

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle would not move, rolled off of highway required towing. Very dangerous.

- Soddy, TN, USA

problem #29

Jan 092002

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tsb 99-14-02, repair cost $799.40, repair includes adding a jumper which should be considered a manufacturing flaw and this problem should be listed as a recall. The cost for reapir should be refunded by manufacturer. No safety defect listed.

- Lothian, MA, USA

problem #28

Dec 072001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After coming off a highway stopped at a red light, tried to avoid hitting another vehicle, and red light came on dashboard. Took vehicle to dealer, where they said that transmission had broken down.

- Vernon, CT, USA

problem #27

Apr 262001

Explorer

  • miles
The vehicle the consumer was towing caught fire, it appeared that the drivetrain/transmission possibly overheated on the towed vehicle damaging the engine compartment (all wheel drive - Ohio traffic crash report). Nlm

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #26

Aug 232000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
The transmission stop working on the highway at 70mph. Foward or reverse gears will not engage. To get off the highway I switch to 4W low. The dealer said the transmission gear broke and the 4W gear chamber were damaged. Dealer could not find the part needed it will not be available until 2001. Dealer used a subsitute part..

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #25

Feb 182000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
The transmission would not upshift and I would lose control of the car's accelaeration power until it would slide into gear. The electrical system has got out on me twice while driving. All of the instrument panel zeros out except for the speedometer and tachometer. This problem has still not been fixed.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #24

Jan 012000

Explorer

  • miles
Transmission makes noise.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #23

Jan 012000

Explorer

  • miles
Transmission makes noise.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 302000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Put truck in reverse - truck stuck in reverse - had to be towed to Ford dealer - waiting for response from dealer - they said never heard of this happening before.

- Horsham, PA, USA

problem #21

Nov 011998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission is leaking.

- Ventura, CA, USA

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