pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
113,875 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace transmission (2 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 102016

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 224,000 miles


the transmission was working fine when I parked it 3mos qo.i put it back inservice reciently.i worked fine for a week.then one morning it refused to backup now I find that maybe low gear has a problem.still looking. BUT it seems to me that history proves the problem been around for long time.l a 1987 thunderbird that I replaced the trans 3 times befor i gave up.and junked the evel thing.I,m starting to get that feeling of DREAD!!So l think it,s Time FORD pays ,for its flaws,defects short comings.I want my money back and what ever the law allowes I'm tired of being tredded on.. just try not to take my option to say yes away.It dos,es not go well for anybody when the only answer i can give is NO! wtf ive became one of them..there is no problem.shame

- , Hesperia, CA, US

problem #5

Dec 102009

Explorer Sport Trac ED 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

My explorer 01 sport track is having transmission problems again after a new transmission. I really hope people continue to complain because ford sell us a junk f*#ken car.

- , China, FD, Bahrain

problem #4

Dec 102008

Explorer Sport Trac V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,250 miles

Having trouble shifting from park to reverse or drive. Happens randomly, makes no sense at all. Happens on or off of an incline, anywhere and at anytime.

It sometimes takes me OVER 15 MINUTES to shift the damn thing.

I will never ever buy a Ford again.

- , laredo, tx, USA

problem #3

Jan 092008

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles


I'm a diesel tech this is my 15th year and when I bought this vehicle it was the newest i have ever had with only 52000 on the vehicle. I was so happy with it then just last month i had a noise I never heard before and the o/d light was flashing..what is this no signs of problems , leaks weren't present nothing. I go to a good resource for cars he lets me know that it needs a transmission...what the hell there isn't that many miles on it. it had failed internally..well close to 3,000.00 later it moves again. Ford well all I will say is never again.

- , Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #2

May 242007

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Transmission would shift hard, then overdrive light would flash. Replaced with a 'new' transmission. Noticed that the invoice said it was a rebuilt transmission when I was told I would get a new transmission. Dealer actually said "if it's new to you, it's a new transmission." I'm now at 106,000 miles and this one is doing the exact same thing. Should have learned from my Taurus - had transmission problems with it as well. Camry here I come.

- , Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #1

Mar 292007

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

The transmission failure came on gradually, but now is shifting poorly all the time. The OD light occasionally flashes that the transmission has failed. There is no engine braking when you manually put the auto transmission in its lowest gear. In my research I've found many references on the internet about failed internal shifting solenoids causing low line pressures inside the transmission.

These problems are in line with what I've been experienced nursing the truck along as my daily driver. By adjusting my driving style I've been able to modulate the shifting into an acceptable range. Basically, I accelerate somewhat aggressively(thereby increasing the internal pressures of the transmission), and the quickly drop off the accelerator when I feel a shift would occur in normal driving. It will then shift in an acceptable manner. I repeat this pattern until I am in top gear. I am not "flooring" the pedal, I just accelerate slightly faster than normal. This driving style has kept the OD light from flashing the catastrophic failure light at me.

The frustrating part is that I've found a Ford Technical service bulletin on this website and others that lists the failure characteristics exactly: TSB#0282, but I've been unable to find one Ford dealership who can tell me the resolution for this TSB because they can't seem to find it.

The Aamco Transmission repair center disappointed me with their inspection , proving they didn't really know anything, by quoting me a repair price of $2300.00 but all the paperwork listed the wrong transmission(scary).

As of yet I'm still trying to find a Ford dealership who can find this TSB#0282.

- , Lynchburg, VA, US

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