Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: How can we give the 2001 model year a "seal of pretty good" when it has some problems with a slipping transmission and a known problem with the speed activation control switch? Because it's not the 2002. That's how.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
142,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace rear axle (1 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 102010

Explorer Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


Rear axle blew out while daughter driving up street in residential area. Rear axle fluid spilled out from quarter sized hole created directly on bottom back of housing unit. Spider gear shattered into several pieces. Seized vehicle up, undrivable, $85 tow truck bill. Local mechanic got rear axle and replaced for $900.

- , OVerland Park, KS, USA

problem #1

Nov 272008

Explorer Sport 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles

Has been sitting in the driveway since Thanksgiving weekend. Heard the problem is worse on 2002 models. Hope to have it checked out in Feb when money permits to see exactly what happened. Only driveable in 4 WD Low at this time.

- , Yadkinville, NC, USA

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