pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
104,664 miles
Total Complaints:
28 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (13 reports)
  2. new transmission (9 reports)
  3. transmission overhaul (5 reports)
  4. replace transmission (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Jan 142001

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


in difference of ford our sport trac is one of the best vehicles i have ever had for snow and ice,if it hadn't, almost killed me yesterday,i was pulling on to hwy. 40 in Roosevelt Utah a very busy hi speed 2 lane road that has claimed many lives each year,when all of the sudden the trans.just started to slip.i hurried and shifted down manually and the truck started to go but when i got to my wife work to pick her up the o/d light started to flash and i didn,t have 1st or reverse gears.i don't know what to do because i got laid off of my job and we need both of our trucks,hers to get to work and mine to look for work.i got on line to see if i could find a trans. and change it my self [we don't have a warranty any more and we still owe 7000.00 on this truck] but i found that this is a bad problem with this truck and it will be impossible to find one.if there is a class action suit being formed count me in,i almost got killed.

- , Bluebell, UT, USA

problem #7

Dec 012008

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

My transmission started slipping a few days earlier, but once it warmed up it was okay. This morning it didn't stop and the o/d light started flashing and it went out before I could get to work. Fluid was on the side rails and under the truck so I had it towed to a dealership. They said the fluid was burned and too many codes to count. Having it replaced with one that comes with a 3 year warrenty. Hope to win the lottery by then so I can pay for the next one. Has been a good vehicle up to now with only standard maintenance, but will look at another brand for next vehicle. Ford has sold my company off and I'm one of the lucky few to still have a job. Profit at any price seems to be their motto now.

- , Midwest City, OK, USA

problem #6

Jul 172008

Explorer Sport Trac LX 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

i just bought this sh*tty ass ford 2 days ago.ya 2 days ago and now i have to put a trans. in it i also was a ford man .i had a 93 ford explorer 4x4 ,00 ford contour,01 ford windstar,96 ford f-150 and a 01 f-150 never had a problem now i see all this about ford i am so pissed.my 02 explorer is trashed and ford wont help ,this sucks .this truck looks great and drove fine first day and1/2 now this

- , Southaven, MS, USA

problem #5

Jun 072008

Explorer Sport Trac 4.8L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,480 miles


Had my Transmission System Flushed @ 54K miles and had no problems then. Driving down the interstate, the shift from 2nd to 3rd gear didn't happen right away and the engine revved up and it eventually occurred. O/D Light began flashing at that moment.

The warranty expired long ago under years, but as you can see, I've barely put any miles on the car and have been VERY fastidious about getting regular maintenance done. Other problems that have occurred are an emissions sensor needing being replaced as well as the fuel injector requiring a deep cleaning. I attribute that to dirty gas though.

Off topic, this is 3rd Ford vehicle in my immediate family that has had serious transmission problems. The other two vehicles, a windstar and explorer had 100K+ miles so it is slightly more understandable in that sense.

- , Jackson, MS, USA

problem #4

Dec 272007

Explorer Sport Trac V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,757 miles

OD light came on, so I took the truck into a nearby dealership. they told me it would need a new or rebuilt transmission. I found this unbelievable for less than 60,000 miles. I was going to take the vehicle to a transmission shop, when the service guy called me back and said Ford agreed to "help me out" with the problem, and I only paid a $700 deductible.

End of story? Not quite. Yesterday, I am driving home in the rain. Felt like the transmission was slipping.Then the OD light starts flashing. So, now at 70,197 miles, it appears the transmission has gone out again. I doubt they will help me out again. Guess I'll have to repair it and try to trade it in for a Nissan or Toyota.

- , Stafford, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 252007

Explorer Sport Trac V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,197 miles

This is my second time to deal with this. My transmission had to be rebuilt @ 50,000. Now, with it slipping, and the OD light flashing, it looks like deja vu. It is hard to believe Ford has no recall in place for this. Last time it happened, they covered much of the repair, and I "only" paid $700. I have no idea what they will say this time. It is the weekend, so I have to wait until Monday. I almost got 19,000 miles out of that repair!

We all know what F-O-R-D spells, don't we?

- , Stafford, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 222001

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

ive always owned Fords and never had problems till I got my Sport Trac, at 67000 miles the transmission O/D light starts flashing, take it to dealer and he says I need a new transmission, NEVER should have gone out at this low miles, my contour had the same problem a week earlier at 231000 miles, I had and Escort that gave great service and had 405000 miles on it and no problems. I complained about the ford transmissions namely an automatic, and told them this really lowers my standards in a ford. Also located a site that has a class action suit because of the explorer transmissions, coincidence I dont think so

- , Opelika, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 292006

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

well this is a problem for us since we use the truck to take our kids back and forth to college. the problem is that it feels like the transmission slips after you get started, it is a delay in power to the engine so you don't know if it will fail on you. When you get in the car it is automatically in overdrive but when you push the switch it will not turn it off. I was told that it is an on board computer problem by a mechanic. So I would like to know how much does that normally run to diagnose and fix it?

- , Fort Washington, MD, USA

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