Ford Explorer Sport Trac Problems

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 156,436 (63,000–280,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2008
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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 !
Transmission seemed to be doing fine, but without warning upon getting on the hwy one day, while accelerating up to speed my transmission stuck in I believe third gear, pulled over right a way and checked transmission fluid. Quite surprisingly the transmission fluid did not register on the dip stick, I had kept it checked pretty frequently that is why I was shocked to find this. I purchased Lucus Transmission treatment fluid and immediately filled transmission fluid until it registered right. Yet it still stuck in third gear upon driving it right after I put the fluid in. I then didn't drive it for a couple of months. Then tried driving it again and the transmission seemed to change correctly although the O/D light blinked on and off and when I got out of the vehicle I could smell a slight burning of something under the middle/back of the vehicle underneath. I then took it to Bob Sight Ford in Lees Summit MO. they told me that when the transmission fluid didn't register, when I first became aware there was a transmission problem and I put Lucus in it, it had leaked and blown back covering the back underneath of the vehicle with the transmission fluid,and that was the burning smell I noticed, that it was all that fluid that had leaked out burning off. They also told me that the transmission was fine at that time and they didn't note any problem with it. Upon picking it up and leaving Bob Sight Ford the O/D light began to flash on and off and it sliped in I believe third gear, not sticking in third gear like it did when the fluid first didn't register. I am driving it currently very carefully but it currently slips in third gear and the O/D light flashes on and off each and every time I drive it, it goes off upon turning the car off but starts flashing without being able to turn it off until the vehicle is turned off, and it starts flashing within driving it no further than 1/4th of a mile. I think, am not certain, but I feel like it might be a seal that has gone bad, not sure but certainly a problem within the transmission. Currently haven't been able to get it fixed because I am not sure I want to invest the money if it has to have a total rebuild of the tranny because I am not sure the vehicle is worth it with the year and high mileage. Not to mention previously I had to have a total rebuild on my previous 2000 ford 2200.00$ and not four months ago I paid 950.00$ on the transmission on my current 2004 chevy trailblazer.
O\d light started flashing and I lost drive. I still had 1&2 and if I put it in 4 wheel drive it will work in drive. Does anyone no what I should check? Fluid level was fine and it will engage with some slipping until it warms up.
The trans seems to be jumping past some gears. O\D light flashes on and off after warm up.
I have a 2001 Ford Explorer sport initially started having shifting issues then it went to o/d light flashing and now it will not move in reverse nor drive 1 or 2
I was going down the interstate an lost drive but still have first an second it acts like it wants to but wants to go I drive an reverse but it just rocks back a faward its a 04 Ford Explorer sports trac 4.0 4x4
Seems like it only run on 3rd gear. Engine sound very loud on highway once it hit 60 m/h.
Does not move in drive only first and second. works in reverse. kicks hard when shifting. doesnt want to shift out of second gear. not fixed yet.
Recently bought the Sport Trac used and everything worked great. Started slipping in 2nd gear recently and then, driving at 55 mph, slowed down to allow the car in front of me to turn right, pressed the gas to get back up to 55 mph and nothing. I only had the first gear and now the transmission will not shift into 2nd, 3rd, nor overdrive, and the O/D light is blinking...any help would be greatly appreciated. I have the 5***55E automatic trans and understand the repairs could either be simple or quite expensive. I was able to limp home only able to do 30mph but not in any gear higher than the first gear. Did I lose the trans or could it be an electrical problem? When I drove into a gas station, there was some fluid underneath the truck near the trans pan and I checked the fluid. It was dark brown and smelled burnt?
Large clunking went into 4x4 without engaging. Feels unsafe to drive. At dealership now for diagnosis.
I am going on my 4th transmission now the vehicle has 238,000 miles. These Transmissions are absolutely junk, my last rebuild I only had 50,000 miles out of it until exploded.