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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,386 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac drivetrain problems

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 292016

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 170,000 miles


Driving one day the od off light began flashing now it shifts hard and clinks and clacks going down road

- Brookshire, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 122016

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 123,242 miles
On Feb.12 2016 still no dash warning lights my Ford trac..I left my home in drive moved onto highway 66, the truck would not shift as I tried to increase my speed up onto the 66 highway the RPM ran up only, I had to shift into second gear to get off road drove back home. Now the truck will not move when shifted into drive or reverse. I only had in 2nd gear this is a automatic transmission.fluid is still okay. What is wrong with this truck?.milage is 123242

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jul 152015

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 123,023 miles
There was not warning lights on dash, truck slowed down then engine raced up all on its own turned I turned off road shifted to nutral and sat until the racing stopped continued on to auto part store where they plugged into engine it read strange codes..

- Kingman, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jun 012015

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. While attempting to shift into park, the gear shifter fractured behind the cluster. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Pawtucket , RI, USA

problem #5

Dec 142014

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • 119,086 miles
After making abrupt stop half mile before incident to avoid accident, I came to a stop at a stop sign. When I went to enter a main highway, my transmission slipped and left me non mobile in the intersection, almost causing me to get hit broadside. Had to get out in traffic to push my vehicle off highway. Many exact transmission problems for this vehicle already posted on internet I see. Very dangerous.

- Caro, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 152014

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Transmission problem. O/D light blinking. Transmission instantly started to slip in 3rd gear under acceleration. Over 8,000 complaints listed but Ford says that is not enough for recall. This transmission has a history of problems, that can cause major problems while driving. Biggest one is lose of acceleration in traffic. This transmission has a lengthy bad history. It is the 5R55 series transmission, starting with the faulty solenoid pack. If you look at this transmissions history, you will find the same complaints about it over and over again, slipping while in gear failure to shift, O/D light blinks then goes out, trans failing at 50,000M, 60,000M. I am on my second pair of tires and the transmission is failing. I drive less than 8700 miles per year and maintain my vehicle very well. This type of failure should not have occurred. I think Ford is aware of the problem but refuses to do anything about it till they will be forced to do something.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 232011

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 52,120 miles


The body mounts have deteriorated to a point that they are crumbling and are not supporting the frame to the body and need to be replaced for safety reasons. The transmission failed without any warning and had to be rebuilt. Neither of these problems should exist on a vehicle that is well maintained and has only 52,000 miles. These problems appear to be common with this vehicle and need to be addressed by Ford.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 012011

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 158,000 miles
I come to realize in the automotive industry vehicles do not a transmission gauge. Transmission sensory light to let you know when your transmission fluid is getting low. This is a problem for me and many more americans. My Ford Explorer Sport Trac do not have a transmission sensory light or a gauge. The transmission is slipping and not shipping out gears right. Someone is responsible for this problem. We have all other fluid gauges except a transmission gauge.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 282009

Explorer Sport Trac

  • miles
Malfunction with 4X4 high and low settings. It initiates itself from auto setting causing difficulty making turns and may ultimately cause significant transfer case/transmission damage (as I am told).

- Lawndale, CA, USA

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