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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 182002

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Torque converter did not disengage when trying to stop the vehicle. Vehicle went through a stop sign and stopped when braking stalled the engine. Ford recommended replacing the solonoid that controls the torque converter. This is a safety issue. This failule is totally without warning and makes the vehicle difficult to stop. Stopping occures only when the brake is applied hard enough to stall the engine.

- Marshall, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 272000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Torque converter failed, it lost internal integrity & experienced internal clutch damage. Metal exiting the torque converter caused occulussionary blockages at rear section lube orifices elevating internal ambient temperatures while elevating stress to geartrain components. Clutches & bands became metal impregnated. Bearings bushings & washers became pitted due to metalized fluid passing through inner surfaces. Sprags became flat spotted at cam surface - damaged the race & created more metal. Solenoids were metal contaminated. Internal seals were hard, indicating metal contamination. Vehicle would only run in reverse after this catastrophic failure and requires $2400 in repairs. Car only has 46000 miles on it.

- Houston, TX, USA

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