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First Start of the Day, won't go into gear

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer 911!' started by wormfishin, December 29, 2004.

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    1. wormfishin

      wormfishin New Member

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      I've got a '97 XLT automatic explorer, I park on a hill at my house, and recently(since it's gotten cold) when I leave in the morning and put it in reverse it doesn't actually go into reverse, I just roll down the hill. Then when I go to put it in drive it doesn't do anything either, it stays in neutral(at least I think it does) for about 15-20 seconds before it will acutally go into gear. It only does this the first time I start it. The gear shift moves fine, the tranny just doesn't react. I had it in for an oil change/brake job last week and asked them to check it, they told me the tranny fluid was a little burnt. Any ideas what the problem could be? I was planning on taking it back this week for a tranny flush, but I didn't have time last week. Should I do that?
       
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    3. glfredrick

      glfredrick Well-Known Member

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      Sounds an awful lot like your low/reverse actuator isn't moving... They are easy to repair - just a new seal - drop the pan, look for the big 4 bolted cover near the rear edge - drop that cover (not the entire valve body) and replace the seal on the servo. Stick it back in there, change the oil and filter while you are at it - and go back to driving.

      Check out Glacier's thread on the A4LD and Brian's thread on the 5R55E (what you have) for pics.
       

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