Any info appreciated.
My 93 Explorer is having tranny problems. It does not shift easily from 1st
to 2nd, rpms keep going up, if I let off the accelerator just a hair it
shifts. This is new. I bought it used and the tranny fluid was pretty bad. I
had it changed two days ago when the tranny issue started. It did not really
Any idea what could cause this? Is it a big/expensive issue?
Any help appreciated.
Most likely the clutches are worn out or the seals are leaking too
much to build up pressure sufficient to lock things tight under load.
If you don't get any other tips that help, here's what I would do if
it were mine. Get a couple can's of STP oil treatment. it's the
really thick stuff. Put that in it and see if it helps. You could
also put in a can of Transmission seal conditioner. Between the two
or three cans of stuff you may need to suck out 2 to 4 pints of fluid
to prevent overfilling. the oil thickener will increase the viscosity
of the ATF and may get you some extra pressure in that clutch pack. It
won't hurt anything. I've been running this stuff in my truck for
almost 2 years to keep it going and it's helped it a lot.
If the shop pressure flushed the transmission, they might have dislodged the
glue on the seals. I have seen this happen after a power flush. I
recommend with a high mileage transmission not to power flush.
We had similar symptoms with my wife's 2003 Explorer with 55K miles.
Finally the OD light started flashing that is a very bad signal. It
spent 10 days at the Ford dealer and they finally gave up trying fix
it we had to install a factory rebuilt. Ford does not sell new
transmissions. For $2600 it is now running good again. Don't mess
around with patches -they don't work. Others get 200K miles but
we only got 55k on the church lady's car. Just lucky I guess
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