Various problems with the 5-speed automatic transmission were common. These problems can be more common on the 2002 models with build dates before March, 2002. There are many service bulletins describing the diagnoses and repairs, which include fluid leak repairs, transmission software updates, or internal failures requiring a costly repair.
Car Problem Reports
Ford Explorer Sport Trac Problems With 5-speed Automatic Transmission are Common
Ford Explorer Sport Trac Problem
Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD
Average Mileage: 167,800 mi (92,000 mi - 280,000 mi)
When starting my 2002 Ford SporTrac Explorer truck and I shift to reverse or drive 1 or 2 shift vehicle will not move. This has happened twice now. I thought maybe I was low on transmission oil which is not the case. Any advise is greatly appreciated.
od light flashes and the tranny slips out of gear i already replaced trans once and the problem has happened agai i think it is electrical because when this first started over 2 yrs ago i heard a pop beneath my feet followed by smoke comming from the steering colum i still have the problem if anybody had same problem and solved it please help me engine is great tranny sucks help !
Visitor, 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, 2WD, 92,000 mi
Slips when shifting from second to third.
Seems to be slipping in third gear.