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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
22,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 122005

Explorer Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles


I was backing out of my driveway and I heard this loud bang. I thought I hit something, but it turns out that my Ford Explorer had become stuck in 4wd. I had never even used the 4wd. I didn't think much of it but every time I tried to take a sharp turn it would make a loud banging noise. I didn't get it fixed right away, but it was killing my vehicle. I finally got it repaired but the 4wd lights inside my truck continue to flash. Ford apparently makes the flashing lights difficult for a typical mechanic to fix so you have to take it to one of their dealerships.

- , Quincy, MA, USA

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