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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
168,000 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace transmission (2 reports)
  3. complete overhaul recommended (1 reports)
1992 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1992 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 152016

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 199,000 miles


I was told to replace the entire transmission because the front pump seal is the problem, it's leaking pretty bad. I was told fixing the seal wouldn't entirely fix the problem, so I'm probably going to either sell it for parts (mechanics special) or have it scrapped.

I bought this vehicle from a friend who was selling it for their mother in law, who had apparently had the entire transmission replaced a little while ago (maybe within 5 years? She's old and can't remember and has no paperwork at all for anything about this vehicle and it's repairs), now either she is remembering that wrong, or the guy that replaced it put in a really sh*tty one or didn't replace it and totally screwed over an old lady... So now I'm back to vehicle searching so my girlfriend and I can get back and fourth to work without relying on other people (which we dislike doing), or walking (which will suck once it starts snowing).

- timfrey, Missoula, MT, US

problem #4

Apr 012012

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

I had bought this Explorer with really low mileage with only 84000 miles when I bought it, only two owners. I had no problems. then one day went out to take kids to school and would not go into gear. I waited a bit then tried it again. It worked so I thought it was a vacuum modulator. I replaced it and still had the same problem so we took to shop. Cost 150 dollars and they stated the don't know what is wrong with it. So now I have to either tear into it and see if it has shavings in the pan or not . It still shifts but at 4,500 rpms.

This is not the only Explorer I have had and that other one I had to do the same thing. 8 transmissions I put in it. Tired of Fords problems. I'm going to sell all of my Fords and go to another company. And I WAS RAISED FORD.MY FATHER HAS STOPPED BUYING FORDS ALSO.

- aughe, Fallon, NV, US

problem #3

Dec 182008

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 199,859 miles

On 12/18/08 The Transmission got stuck in 3rd Gear while driving home from My parents house, had a friend look at it & he said the transmission was bad, wanted to get it fixed but i couldn't find a place that had a transmission, just recently i found one in a city 5 hours away from here, the place i found delivers, so i saved a trip, i hope this transmission lasts longer...

- Paul L., Mission, SD, US

problem #2

Dec 032008

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

this has happened to me twice now. Back in Feb of 2008 my Explorer was

in the shop getting an emissions test. My Ford is a 1992 by the way. The shop ran the engine in park up to 2800 rpm for a minute or so. Then did the idle test. When finished they tried to back out of the shop and no reverse! No problems before!

The transmission felt as though it was stuck in forward regardless of being in the "park", "neutral" or "forward" settings!! Shop said tranny overheated and the plates were welded together. They said a complete overhaul was necessary. It cost me $2150!

Well it's that time of year to get emissions and inspections done. This time with a completely new trans. Went to a different shop and the SAME THING happened! And it was directly after the emissions test. The technician could not reverse out of the shop! NO REVERSE! Even with the new transmission! Feels like it is stuck in Drive. Even in "park" setting the tranny is still engaged while not moving!


- Quinn H., Kaysville, UT, US

problem #1

Jan 282007

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

This vehicle is pretty good at times, but ever since this problem with not going into reverse and sometimes it won't shift into drive either, it just really sucks and is embarrassing.. I have to have people push my vehicle just so I can get out of a parking spot. I can't park in a driveway, or at a store does not have double parking spaces which I have to park way at the end so I can just go into drive instead of having to wait forever or having someone to push my vehicle out of the parking area.. sometimes if I'm on a hill or a driveway that has a bit of a hill it will help it to shift into reverse, but other than that I am so upset about this problem.. I can't afford to have this crap happen to my vehicle, I'm a single mother of three and it's hard enough trying to keep up with gas prices and maintenance too.. FORD really does stand for Found On Road Dead and Fixed Or Repaired Daily..

- jramos, Elgin, IL, US

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