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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
44,650 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. rebuild rear differential (1 reports)
  3. replace entire rear differential (1 reports)
2010 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2010 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 162010

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,760 miles


Bought the car used with 12768 miles on it. It is our 2nd Explorer, the first being a 1991 which we loved. About the only thing we didn't like (at first) is the way the headrests shove your head forward. We turned ours around. Maybe not the safest but much more comfortable.

I noticed a milky substance on the garage floor and suspected a rear diff problem. I took it to the dealer and they accused us of driving through streams and towing boats, none of which was the case. Maybe the previous owner did so. They rebuilt the rear with new bearings and pinion flange and all was well for about 70,000 miles. During this time the diff fluid was changed with the appropriate synthetic replacement as we used the vehicle to tow a pop-up trailer. The rear began making that tell-tale whining sound again which got worse with more miles.

As I write this the vehicle is in the shop for a second complete rear rebuild. Our '98 AWD Astro has 270,000 miles and not a single diff problem, front OR rear.

- Mark F., Chattanooga, TN, US

problem #3

Nov 032011

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,904 miles

Drained and refilled until Ford finally replaced seals. Water again, replaced seals the 2nd time.

We fear we have the same issue yet again. Heading back to the shop for another stressful confrontation with Ford.

- dmae1023, Warrior, AL, US

problem #2

Nov 032011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,904 miles

Water found in rear end at 41,904 miles and again at 51,052. Repair at 65,947, seals replaced. Noise again at 82,766, repaired again. Problem still exits.

- H W., Warrior, AL, US

problem #1

Aug 262013

Explorer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

My wife’s 2010 Explorer had a rear differential failure at 65,000 miles. The Ford dealership found water in the differential as the cause. The repair manager said that water leaked into a vent on the differential. The 5 year/ 100,000 mile $1,695 Extended Service Plan she bought with the car when new did not cover the $1,352 repair with rebuilt parts. This Explorer has never been used in any situation such as boat launching or driving on flooded roads which might have caused water to enter the differential. I have never heard of a vent that could allow water into the differential. If it exists, then it is a design failure and not an owner responsibility. I am very disappointed in the implication of Ford’s Customer Service Division that this problem was caused by the vehicle operator.

- rfalkner, Orchard Park, NY, US

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