The 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac transmission regulates this. There's a post there if I remember correctly. Pull over, trailer is fine, smoke from under the Explorer. A large jolt can be felt when this occurs as well. This time it is another transmission problem. They said that the pan that holds the fluid was bent and replaced it. When attempting to accelerate from a stop, the vehicle at times is slow to respond.
What concerns me is that now that my truck is out of warranty, I now will have to foot the bill to have this fixed. I've brought my vehicle in three times to two different dealerships for this problem and both state they can not duplicate the problem. After driving 45 miles the transmission started leaking fluid out the top vent hole. Ford corporate, forced the dealer to completely rebuilt it in house. At least it is not spraying oil out the top after 130 miles. When adding transmission fluid to your Explorer, be sure to add it slowly as it will fill up quickly and is difficult to remove excess fluid if you overfill.
Automatic transmission has difficulty switching from 2nd gear to 3rd gear and this causes the motor to accelerate to high rpm in the process. I have changed the fluid Mercon V and filter every 60,000, and currently have 220,000 without issues so far and it still tows fine. We either have to fix it, or junk it. If I know of three people with the same problem and there are so many other complaints on this page about the transmission, then there must be something wrong. Truck ran and shifted perfectly for about a month.
Over-filling can cause foaming, excess pressures, and leaks. I must wait approximately 30 seconds before backing truck out of my garage. No offense, but if I could only change 5 qts, its not worth the trouble. Finally, it appears that the second re-manufactured transmission is ok. If you are having problems with the transmission in your Explorer, such as clunky shifting or hesitation, check the fluid level first - it is amazing how many drivers pay thousands of dollars for transmission work when a half quart of transmission fluid would have fixed the problem. This is a very dangerous situation when pulling into traffic.
My transmission does not have a dipstick and it is apparently a sealed fluid system. Double check and is definitely tranny fluid. The emergency brake was applied in order to stop the vehicle. If you are towing something with your car or carrying a heavy load, you will need more torque. .
Pending on you amount of highway travel you should check the fluid more often. The more highway travel the more often to check and the better the fluid to use. It was inspected by a dealer who duplicated the automatic transmission problem, but was unable to determine the exact cause. Thanks very much job 1. The same happens in reverse.
Several times I've manually downshifted the transmission to first or second gear to obtain proper acceleration. Bottom-line, a problem exists with the 6-speed automatic transmission and Ford or alt least the dealerships refuses to acknowledges it. Anyway, in just learning about proper transmission care I've heard about the connection between fluid having a high heat cutting the life of the transmission and fluid having a low heat being one of the best ways to extend the life of the transmission. I am told the tranny fluid has broken down still original and foamed causing it to overflow. Shame we have had Ford in the family for over 50 years. The manufacturer was not alerted. To create this article, 11 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time.
Took it to another dealer who diagnosed as a failed transmission. No one really wants to take responsibility. Truck shifts hard from the start, lunges, sometimes it won't shift into high gear unless you back off of the gas. Try not to punch the throttle hard or try to do burnouts. Took it back to the dealer who was forced by Ford corporate to fix the solenoid on a trans with 45 miles. Would like to know how they were able to do this since this is a sealed transmission -- you can't check the fluid level.
If it's low, add til full. We decided to wait a few weeks and look for a new car to maybe trade it in or something. If the transmission fluid level in your Explorer is low, you need to add transmission fluid through the dipstick tube. The 02 Ford Explorer Sport Trac transmission helps adapt the various levels of power that are coming from the engine so that the car can drive at maximum efficiency. Ford should address the issue with all transmissions in the explorer. Pump some, start engine to fill torque converter, stop, pump some more, stop, start.
I have been in the shop with problem for over a year now and I get the same response form the dealer. I went back to the dealer about a month ago and said the surge when downshifing was somewhat slightly back again, but my main concern then was that the car seemed like it was in 4 wheel drive continually, this was determined due to the sound and whining of gears, I was not in 4 wheel drive but it sounded like it, I bought new tires thinking as the dealer service person said, it might be the tires, it wasn't. It'll say what type to use. You have to have your foot hard on the brake and don't stop very close to any vehicle or property in front of you. Have had this happen on and off since the truck was new but it's becoming more common now. This article has also been viewed 50,770 times.