definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,110 miles

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2004 Ford Expedition transmission problems

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2004 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 202010


  • 124,000 miles


Shutter/grinding noise coming from rear axle.

- Statesboro, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 102009


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Expedition. After he started the ignition he applied pressure to the accelerator pedal, but the vehicle would not accelerate. After several attempts he was able to drive. However when driving the transmission kept slipping gears. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the failure was contributed to the forward clutch piston seal. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunction. The failure mileage was 38,000. The current mileage was 38,500. The vehicle identification number was unavailable.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 312007

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,594 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the vehicle would not move when shifted into reverse. The mechanic stated that the transmission failed. As of January 10, 2008, the mechanic had not repaired the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 88,594. Updated 3/4/08

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #4

May 102005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Humming coming from bottom of vehicle (rear axle). Knock is also heard when coming to stop in same area (rear axle). Dealer replaced gears and components May 2005. Got vehicle back but knock was louder, found out that needed the correct shims to prevent problem. Waited for parts for 3-4 weeks. Dealer said Ford will not replace the entire axle only replace components. Ford service log shows "repair rear axle as per tsb 050618". but problem still present. Waiting on parts again. As of October 10, 2005, have had dealer try to fixed problem three (3) times. Now my park brake does not work, dealer said need to get parts in to fix both problems (axle and brake) at same time. But I will take back to dealer to fix park brake even if axle parts are not available.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #3

May 192005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
I dropped my kids off at school then headed for work taking the freeway. Traffic began to build so I had slowed down to about 20 miles per hour (mpr), when I tried to accelerate the vehicle would only reach 30 miles per hour. I was in the far right lane so I took the next exit off the freeway. I put it in "park" then tried to drive again but it still would not go pass 30 mpr or go in reverse so I called road side assistance and had it towed to the nearest dealership. There was no noise or any indication that something was wrong. Luckily I wasn't trying to change lanes when the transmission went out, I would have gotten hit. The service manager told me that the "sun gear" had broken.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,078 miles
While down shifting gears there was a loud clung coming from transmission. Consumer took vehicle to dealer to be serviced. After picking up the vehicle consumer experienced the same problem. He then called dealer and asked what was wrong, and was told that the transmission fluid was low. He took vehicle back, and then was notified that there was a tsb for the transmission.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 132004

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,100 miles
When coming off a ramp and merging into oncoming traffic the accelerator became stuck. The driver had to slam on the brakes and place the transmission into neutral. At 1,470 miles while pulling into the driveway the truck suddenly stopped accelerating and would only go in reverse. The automatic transmission piston had disintegrated.

- North Huntingdon, PA, USA

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