Problems With Early Production 5-speed Automatic Transmission on Ford Explorer

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.

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Average mileage: 130,278 (50,000–205,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission
5 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, more2005
26 people reported this problem
20 people shared problem details
2002 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission140,000
Stopped at a red light, took off when the light turned green and the drive stopped working. Still have reverse but no drive. I've never seen a transmission just all of a sudden stop working while you were driving, there's usually some symptoms or slipping before it goes out. There were no signs at all that the transmission was having problems it just stopped working while I was driving down the road..
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2002 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission145,000
Have owned this 2002 Explorer Ltd V8 since new and hands down the best vehicle I ever had. Recently the 5 speed French built auto transmission has developed a hard shift between 3rd and 4th speed and maybe a little gap between 4th and 5th. Afraid to take it to the Ford dealer suspicious that they will take the easy and most profitable way out by forgoing the diagnosis and recommending a complete trans overhaul. Sorry but I've been there before. Does anyone have a suggestion as to a common reason for this problem and/or some things to check out before I spend the total value of the car on a tranny overhaul? It runs great as usual except for this relatively recent problem.
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2002 Ford Explorer- 2WD190,000
When I give it gas doesn't catch for nxt gear it slips the rpm Gage Revs All the up to while the mph gage stays in the Same Position not accelerating in mph unless I take my foot off completely n rpm drops n then catchs
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2002 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission160,000
Transmission failed at 160,000 miles. For about 20,000 miles before that the O/D light would flash occasionally on road trips and the trans would skip straight from 1st to 3rd gear. The 4.0 V6 engine also had to be replaced at 180,000 because of a bad crank shaft bearing. The oil had always been changed at 5000 mile intervals and never run low. The transmission is evidently a particularly common problem.
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2002 Ford Explorer- 4WD131,000
Im the second owner My 2002 explorer transmission had to be replaced twice!! already bought at 87,000 miles year later transmission replace year later again went again hope i dont need a 3rd
2002 Ford Explorer- 2WD95,000
Won't go nowhere
2002 Ford Explorer- 4WD88,000
the Transmission 5R55W started with a shifting problem.The diagnosis was the pressure control solenoid PO745Ford dealer advise was to change the Transmission.Cost 3700.00 The explorer is park.
2002 Ford Explorer- 2WD110,000
Had to completely rebuild the transmission! $2600
2002 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission190,000
"slipping" transmission
2002 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission
2000 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission
My truck won't move on drive only 2nd
2005 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission120,133
Was driving in Washington DC and had to parallel park was going to see a couple of friends and if you know DC it's hard to find parking here but yeah I was parallel parking everything was good and when I put the car in reverse if just didn't move at all nothing not even an inch the engine just kept on reving and that was the end of the night went home and parked the car well barely fit in a parking spot because could back up to do an ok parking job. Have to get it fixed don't know how much it will cost me hopefully not a lot. Has anyone faced the same problem?
same thing happened to me, sorry I dont see any reply to the initial post? Any one
2002 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission138,000
OD ligth start flashing , next day delay on 2nd to 3rd gear , now reverse is gone , cost to repear $2400 or more ford mechanic says!!! Explorer is park :( never buying a ford car !!
2000 Ford Explorer- 4WD191,000
When I give it gas doesn't catch for nxt gear it slips the rpm Gage Revs All the up to while the mph gage stays in the Same Position not accelerating in mph unless I take my foot off completely n rpm drops n then catchs. Now I only have 2nd gear and told repair bill $2500!
2002 Ford Explorer78,000
Hard shifting into 2nd & 3rd. Shop says it will need new transmission but it may still last awhile. Have driven vehicle 50,000 mi. since shop diagnosis. Had similar issue when vehicle was new and dealer re-programmed computer and problem was solved at that time.
2002 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission100,000
rough shifting fluid and filter replaced , internal bands adjusted
2000 Ford Explorer- 4WD60,000
Second to third shift-motor revs one thousand rpm above shift point before catching...
2002 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission140,000
Transmission failed three time twice with a overheat light.
2002 Ford Explorer- Automatic Transmission65,000
Transmission replace at 65000 is typical in the 02-03. Should have been recalled IMHO
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