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Thunk when downshifting under load?

Discussion in 'Stock 1991 - 1994 Explorers' started by AGodlyCanuck, June 13, 2018.

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    1. AGodlyCanuck

      AGodlyCanuck New Member

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      So when I was driving my explorer home after just purchasing it i had to take it up a noticible grade I decided to take it out of OD and put it in Drive. I kept my foot in it as I always would but when it shifted down holy hell there was a crash, A loud thud. Now if i take my foot off and downshift then nothing, it would be normal. smaller hills, nothing. Could I need to add more tranny fluid or should I be looking elsewhere?

      This is the only SERIOUS thing I can think of that I need to address.
       
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    3. RangerX

      RangerX Elite Ranger Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      It's easy enough to check the trans futile level, add some if it's low, if it's not, don't add.
      Next I would get underneath and try to rotate the driveshaft by hand, checking for free play. Sloppy worn joints might cause the issue.
       
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      My 1995 Ford Ranger, 4x4 auto, 4.0, it clunks when switching into reverse sometimes, and from reverse into drive. Definitely audible, but not super loud like a backfire or anything. I wonder if it's the same issue, just yours is further along.
       

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