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Ford Factory Rebuilt Tranny Failure at 16K Miles

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by Oldwolf, March 19, 2012.

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  1. Oldwolf

    Oldwolf Active Member

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    About 2 years and 16000 miles ago I had my Ford Dealer install a factory rebuilt transmission in my 2002 Explorer. Last week, while on a road trip I lost overdrive and 5th gear. The dealer in the closest town said they would need to remove the transmission and go from there. I had my elderly parents in the car, no car rental agencies were available, it was late Saturday and the dealer was to close in one hour, so I opted to wait until I got it home, some 170 miles further. I parked the Explorer until we were to leave Sunday afternoon.

    Sunday, I kept the speed at 55 mph, 4th gear at about 2500 rpm. Ran OK as long as I kept my speed steady. About 50 miles from home I could hear a loud whine when shifting 1 to 2, but the whine quit at higher speeds.
    I knew I was running on borrowed time at this point.

    I made it home, limping along and accelerating slowly.

    The dealer has the car now, transmission out, and a new rebuilt unit waiting to go in.

    He said the high gear band looks like it went out. It destroyed one of the fluid pumps, messed up the torque converter, and probably more which I will find out later.

    Usually Ford does a cost analysis in a case like this, checking to see if repairing at the shop will be cheaper than installing fresh rebuilt unit. Ford told the dealer to install the new unit, and replace the oil cooler and lines too which is SOP.

    All this is will be done under warranty I am pleased to say.

    I never have mistreated my transmission or this Explorer, I drive it conservatively. I have towed a medium weight trailer a few times, maybe 1500 pounds total load. In 40 years of driving this is my first mechanical catastrophic failure.

    When I find out more specifics I will report back if there is interest.
     
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  3. Hdale85

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    I would call 1500lbs light towing, that's generally still in the Class 1 hitch territory.
     
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    [QUOTE=Oldwolf;2930527Sunday, About 50 miles from home I could hear a loud whine when shifting 1 to 2, but the whine quit at higher speeds. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    He said the high gear band looks like it went out. It destroyed one of the fluid pumps, messed up the torque converter, >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Most likely when the tranny pump began to fail, you lost fluid pressure, which caused the torque converter whine. I had a similar issue with the tranny that was in my Explorer at the time I purchased it. The dealership tried a cheap fix first by installing a new pump and changing the tranny fluid in the pan. This stopped the torque converter whine, but other internal parts were damaged previously and the tranny needed to be replaced a week later with a rebuilt one, at dealer cost. I've made it a full year and 6,000 miles so far on the rebuilt one.
     
  5. Oldwolf

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    My Explorer has the factory installed Class III hitch btw. I hope the new transmission resets the warranty...i.e.3 more years/100k miles. We will see.

    Exproblems...I hope your tranny is trouble free. I had no warning at all. Cruising down the highway at 60 mph and then BANG!...no OD or 5th gear.
     
  6. Joe Dirt

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    It does happen, my Dad lost the high band in his 2011 F150 at under 2,000 miles. Ugh...
     
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    i had my tranny done at 80,000 by aamco and they rebuilt it and it made it 30,000 then had ford rebuild the next one made it 25,000. i believe they are a poor design and there is no cure for it. good luck!
     
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  9. Oldwolf

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    Dealer put the new transmission my XLT. But there is something wrong with it, that is all the specifics I have at this time. Tomorrow I will learn if they corrected the problem or must but in transmission #3.
     

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