Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
POWER TRAIN
028304/29/2002637924Some vehicles equipped with a 2.3l, 3.0l or 4.0l engine and 5r44e or 5r55e automatic transmission may exhibit a fluid leak at the transmission servo covers in cold climates. *tt12/09/2002
028204/29/2002637922Some vehicles built prior to 9/15/2001 may exhibit low line pressure readings while in drive, no 2nd gear, no 3rd gear, no engine braking in manual 1st and slipping shifts and / or delayed engagements. *tt12/09/2002
1588705/01/2002637755Some vehicles may exhibit a no 1-2 upshift, no 2-3 upshift, a no engine braking condition in manual 1 or diagnostic trouble code p0732 (gear 2 incorrect ratio) or p0733 (gear 3 incorrect ratio). *tt12/04/2002
025811/25/200202234636052Inoperative or inacurrate speedometer, 4x4 lamp illuminatd, and / or diagnostic trouble code p1635 or p1639. *tt11/04/2002
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
0222211/11/200210008305Noise-gear whine noise in 1st and 2nd gear only-vehicles equipped with 5r55e transmission and 4.0l engine only. *mj07/27/2004
1578504/01/2002637478Some vehicles equipped with 5r55e/5r44e transmission may exhibit a whine noise in 1st gear that goes away after the 1-2 or 1-3 shift is completed. *tt11/26/2002
1603807/01/2002636233Some vehicles equipped with a 5r55e automatic transmission may exhibit a gear whine type noise in 1st and / or 2nd gears only. *tt11/06/2002
1420601/01/2000620384Some 4x2 vehicles equipped automatic transmission may exhibit a vibration at high speeds, which may cause the transmission extension housing seals to leak or the transmission extension housing bushing to spin. *tt08/07/2001
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
04210712/13/200404241410014086General (pcm) power train control module programming procedures. *tt04/28/2005
0421711/01/200410013369General power train control module (pcm) programming procedures. *tt04/15/2005
00B5812/01/2000616812Subject regarding owner notification program recommending that customers return their vehicles to have the powertrain control module (pcm) updated with a revised calibration that will maintain vehicle top speed within the intended design le03/13/2001
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - COOLING UNIT AND LINES
0314807/21/200310003748New transmission cooler flusher - service tips. 2003 escort and super duty f series included. *tt10/29/2003
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - LEVER AND LINKAGE - COLUMN SHIFT
1446701/01/2000620456Concerns with transfer case rattling, ringing, rustle or metallic like sound(s) while driving in 4x2 at highway speeds. *tt08/09/2001
1446711/01/2000616555Some 4x4 vehicles may exhibit a rattling, ringing, rustle or metallic like sound(s) while driving in 4x2 at highway speeds. *tt03/06/2001
POWER TRAIN - AXLE ASSEMBLY
03050804/01/20050562010017891Front axle leaks fluid from vent tube - vehicles equipped with 4x4 or awd. *tt12/06/2005
035803/17/200310001922Fluid may leak out of the front axle vent tube. *tt *jb07/25/2003
024203/04/2002636056Certain vehicles with 4x4 or all-wheel drive may have a fluid leak from the front axle vent tube. *tt11/04/2002
0111406/11/2001622642Some 4x4 vehicles may exhibit a high-pitched squeal or whistle type noise from the front axle area of the vehicle at speeds from 16 to 64 km/h (10 to 40 mph). *tt10/22/2001
1509607/01/2001621105Some 4x2 vehicles may exhibit a rear axle whine. *tt09/07/2001
1484704/01/2001619330Concerns with vehicles exhbit fluid leakage from the front axle vent tube. *tt05/23/2001
1483304/01/2001619321Some 4x2 vehicles may exhibit a rear axle whine. *tt05/23/2001
018604/30/2001619276On some vehicles, including sport and sport trac, the front axle leaks fluid from the vent tube. *tt05/22/2001
POWER TRAIN - CLUTCH ASSEMBLY - PEDAL/LINKAGE
1586905/01/2002637726Some vehicles may exhibit an intermittent soft clutch pedal which may cause difficulty in shifting gears (a notchy feel). *tt12/04/2002
1568903/01/2002636324Some vehicles may exhibit either a very hard or very soft clutch pedal feel. *tt11/07/2002
0124112/10/2001630505Some vehicles may exhibit a condition of not being able to disengage clutch as the clutch pedal is stroked or the clutch pedal remains on floor. *tt04/18/2002
POWER TRAIN - DRIVELINE - DRIVESHAFT
1525109/01/2001625796Some 4x4 vehicles with fewer than 10,000 miles may exhibit grease oozing from the front driveshaft cv joint. *tt12/03/2001
1508007/01/2001621084Some vehicles with fewer than 10,000 miles may exhibit grease oozing from the front driveshaft cv joint. *tt09/06/2001
POWER TRAIN - MANUAL TRANSMISSION
0213811/10/2003032210635998Low line pressure reading at wide open throttle (wot), slipping shifts and / or delayed engagements with possible diagnostic trouble codes p0732, p0733, p1762 set on vehicles built before 12/1/2001. *tt11/04/2002
1538211/01/2001630393Some vehicles may exhibit either a very hard or very soft clutch pedal feel, and/or a difficulty in shifting gears. *tt04/16/2002

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
POWER TRAIN
11/16/2009960001
 I have a 2001 ford explorer sport that the 4x4 control module constantly malfunctions. this is a common problem that is widespread and could cause major accidents by losing control of the vehicle during operation in the winter months on snow/ ice. if you research this you'll find the problem existed from when these were new vehicles and ford has no resolution to fix this problem other than replace it with another defective part. ford's diagnostic computer doesn't even recognize there is a failure in the system creating an even larger danger since here's no way to trace the problem when taken in for service. there should be a recall issued immediately. ford and motorola have designed and installed a defective part that can kill people if not fixed and has probably caused hundreds of accidents already. the ford part number is 1l54-7h417-ac and the motorola model number is 01mp207c01 and it is described as the 4x4 control module. *tr
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
12/16/2010175000
 The guy before me (and many before him) experienced the same issues i am currently experiencing with my 2001 ford explorer sport: o/d off light begins flashing, feeling loss of power and hard shifting, especially when trying to go from a complete stop. turn off vehicle, then restart problem goes away. this happens randomly, but more often in cold weather. nothing coming up on diagnostic. *tr
12/16/2010175000
 The guy before me (and many before him) experienced the same issues i am currently experiencing with my 2001 ford explorer sport: o/d off light begins flashing, feeling loss of power and hard shifting, especially when trying to go from a complete stop. turn off vehicle, then restart problem goes away. this happens randomly, but more often in cold weather. nothing coming up on diagnostic. *tr
12/16/2010175000
 The guy before me (and many before him) experienced the same issues i am currently experiencing with my 2001 ford explorer sport: o/d off light begins flashing, feeling loss of power and hard shifting, especially when trying to go from a complete stop. turn off vehicle, then restart problem goes away. this happens randomly, but more often in cold weather. nothing coming up on diagnostic. *tr
12/16/2010175000
 The guy before me (and many before him) experienced the same issues i am currently experiencing with my 2001 ford explorer sport: o/d off light begins flashing, feeling loss of power and hard shifting, especially when trying to go from a complete stop. turn off vehicle, then restart problem goes away. this happens randomly, but more often in cold weather. nothing coming up on diagnostic. *tr
12/14/2010120000
 2001 ford explorer sport. o/d off light begins flashing, feeling loss of power and hard shifting, especially when trying to go from a complete stop. turn off vehicle, then restart problem goes away. this happens randomly, but more often in cold weather. nothing coming up on diagnostic. *tr
12/16/2010175000
 The guy before me (and many before him) experienced the same issues i am currently experiencing with my 2001 ford explorer sport: o/d off light begins flashing, feeling loss of power and hard shifting, especially when trying to go from a complete stop. turn off vehicle, then restart problem goes away. this happens randomly, but more often in cold weather. nothing coming up on diagnostic. *tr
12/14/2010120000
 2001 ford explorer sport. o/d off light begins flashing, feeling loss of power and hard shifting, especially when trying to go from a complete stop. turn off vehicle, then restart problem goes away. this happens randomly, but more often in cold weather. nothing coming up on diagnostic. *tr
12/14/2010120000
 2001 ford explorer sport. o/d off light begins flashing, feeling loss of power and hard shifting, especially when trying to go from a complete stop. turn off vehicle, then restart problem goes away. this happens randomly, but more often in cold weather. nothing coming up on diagnostic. *tr
12/14/2010120000
 2001 ford explorer sport. o/d off light begins flashing, feeling loss of power and hard shifting, especially when trying to go from a complete stop. turn off vehicle, then restart problem goes away. this happens randomly, but more often in cold weather. nothing coming up on diagnostic. *tr
01/15/20081050001
 2001 ford explorer sport with automatic transmission, 105,000 miles. o/d off light blinking after driving for a few minutes. engine always revs high between gear shifts, especially between first and second, even before the light starts blinking. changed transmission fluid and filter, but that didn't help. only occasionally towed small trailer, but mostly just daily driving. numerous blogs on this subject, so the problem appears to be widespread! *tr
02/20/2007110000109/15/2004
 3rd gear transmission problem which causes vehicle to shift erratically. *jb
01/03/200766522110/10/2003
 Transmission failure with continuous maintenance and only 66000 miles. *nm
11/15/2006109000101/19/2005
 Transmission failure. i have a 2001 ford explorer sport 2wd. at 109000 miles one day i was driving it on the freeway, and i noticed that the o/d light is flashing. i tried to turn it off, but it wouldn't. i exited from the freeway an i parked the car at the nearby gas station trying t o find out what was the problem. i turned the engine off for a few minutes,and then i turned it back on,and the o/d light went off. i thought it was finished, but it wasn't. i started driving for about 10 minutes the o/d light came back on, and the transmission shifts hardly from one gear to another. the next day i took the car to the transmission shop to check what is going wrong. from my house to the shop about 25 minutes drive, the o/d light started flashing. at the transmission shop they pulled the code (p0....) , and the inspector said there a malfunction inside of the transmission, something related to the torque converter. to fix it they give me an estimate of $2500 . and i m not currently under warranty. i've been maintaining this car as much as i can. but it is shocking to see the transmission going at this mileage. ford must recall this issue. if not they should take car of the repair cost. this is really a shame! my car has been repaired yet, because i can't afford the cost of that repair. i'm hoping that ford will look at the case. *jb
10/25/200676000111/01/2001
 I have a 2001 ford explorer sport, which i was told uses the same faulty transmission as the 2002 explorer. like many the o/d light started flashing and now the estimate is around $3000 for the dealer to install a transmission. only have 76,000 miles. ford knows about the problem as they have various tech bulletins. they are just trying to avoid the cost of a recall. this is the second ford i had fail around this mileage with transmission problems. the dealer could care less i never thought i would say this but i will never buy a ford again! they need to do what's right here, do a search online and you wont believe how many people have exactly the same issue! *nm
03/31/2006650001
 2002 2wd explorer sport: please release to ford: here's your technical service notice: 03-25-4 dec 03 a/t - 5r55w no 3rd gear/slipping 2-3 shift/dtc's set my transmission died at 65,000 miles. everyone with a ford explorer has issues with the transmission somewhere between 50-65,000 miles with the problem noted in your tsb above. refund my service deductible for a known failure with your broken transmission. *nm
02/23/200669000107/01/2005
 Dt*: the contact stated the vehicle is equipped with a button to push to place the vehicle into overdrive. however, it goes into overdrive on its own causing the vehicle to jerk badly. it is an intermittent problem that occurs during cold weather. to disengage the overdrive, the vehicle must be turned off and restarted. the dealership was consulted. during cold weather when the vehicle is in overdrive it goes out of overdrive and jerks. the vehicle, speed and rpms drop, and overdrive off light flashes. contact had to pull off the roadway and turn vehicle off and restart for vehicle to start inoverdrive as normal. contact came close to being rear ended. the vehicle would remain in overdrive unless the contact clicked button on shift column to take it out of overdrive or if in overdrive to resume back to overdrive. took vehicle to dealer, who claimed there was no recall, but did advise had similar problems with other consumers. contacted ford motor company, and was told there wa sno recall and could not do anything. *ak
11/23/200548000106/06/2005
 2001 ford explorer sport 4x4 has 2-3 shift failure causing car engine rpm to rise severely without shifting transmission into 3rd gear. this first happened while getting on the highway leaving me hopelessly in the right lane as traffic rapidly approached from behind, i was fortunate to be able to get onto the shoulder. i have come to find out today that this has been and continues to be a well known problem by ford for years which has yet to be addressed! there is even a tech service bulletin for this problem! besides ripping off consumers for outrages recurring repair costs, this is a real safety issue. is it going to take someone getting severely hurt before something is done. *nm
02/08/2005663001005/28/2001
 I have a 2001 explorer sport. in lower speeds, my transmission would start missing. ford and another repair center both identified the problem as a defective main body replacement valve. the repair center told me there is a service bulletin identifying this problem (article #02-13-8). however, there is not an official recall. ford said i would have to pay for the complete repair. *jb
01/08/2004250001002/07/2001
 Ford is a complete rip off and sold me a lemon i will never ever buy or recommend a ford in my life all we've had is problems... we just brought our ford explorer to mt. vernon ford in ny and they told us they will check out what the problem is and if we decide for them not to fix it there our charge is 85.00 dollars and if we fix it there they will put it towards the repair and told us the problem we are having is from not maintaining the car how dare they make such a statement i have always taken care of my cars i have a nissan with 130,000 miles i haven't even changed the clutch still original well we decided not to have the repairs done there and when we got there they charged up over 130.00 dollars i am disgusted and i am going to report ford to the bbb and every complaint center that i can... we only have 50,000 miles on it and before 36,000 we had to put in a new transmission it's a lemon a piece of junk... we've also brought it in for the passenger seat belt and they still haven't fixed it and i swear to god if we are involved in an accident or get pulled over by the police someone is going to pay for it trust me law suit and all. *la
06/25/2003
 I have a 2000 ford explorer sport. my 5 speed automatic transmission slips while shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. my vehicle has only 55,000 miles on it and from the new groups i've been following, i'm not alone. i understand that ford has redesigned the valve body and is refusing to replace defective units free of charge. *nlm
11/29/200211/01/2002
 Engine temperature gauge reading hot when vehicle is not overheating. check gauges trouble light comes on. dealer replaced but still malfunctioning transmission shifting hard. vehicle will jerk/clunk every time tranmission shifts. dealer flushed transmission and replace fluid. no change in transmission function. vehcile vibrates/shakes at higher speeds. may be the driveshaft. dealer rotated tires. virbration still exists. rear seat bottoms do not anchor securely. the seat bottoms flip up when exiting the vehicle. the rear window wiper was not clearing the covered area, leaving dirt and debris on the window obstructing the view. dealer adjusted arm problem is resolved. dt
POWER TRAIN - AXLE ASSEMBLY
12/01/2004108/01/2003
 Sport track has 76,000 miles and suddenly started making a roaring sound in the rear which gets louder as speed increases. it was looked at by two companies, both of which diagnosed it as a rear axle problem-possibly a differential breakage. there are slithers of metal on some of the axle parts. when lubrication was checked foaming was detected. i don't have a clue what this means---but i was referred to the dealer or ford as it was too big a job for the repair shop. i was told to expect a costly repair bill! we have not taken long trips, hauled/pulled anything. i've filed a complaint with ford regarding this.*ak
06/15/200104/01/2001
 During the manufacture of the rear end by ford they pack the inappropriate amount of grease in the differential (wheather too small or too much) which causes the bearings to rub and wear out quickley. if the problem is not taken care of it can result in a locking of the rear end thus hence the likely hood of accident potential. just imagine our children being affected. ford refuses to cause this problem even when it is very clear of liablity. the dealers refuse to fix the issue without a charge and unwarrented extra work and charge. dt
POWER TRAIN - AXLE ASSEMBLY - AXLE SHAFT
08/01/2001106/15/2000
 The rear pinion bearing failed. nlm
08/01/2001106/15/2000
 The rear pinion bearing failed. nlm
POWER TRAIN - DRIVELINE - DIFFERENTIAL UNIT
08/15/20071
 01 ford explorer automatic trans. i have a problem with my rear end like many other people do. it whines very loud and only has 80k miles on it. my mechanic said that it could lock up any minute while driving. i cannot afford the repair as i am a fulltime college student. there are thousands of people with the same problem ford needs to be addressed before anybody dies. *tr
12/01/2004108/01/2003
 Sport track has 76,000 miles and suddenly started making a roaring sound in the rear which gets louder as speed increases. it was looked at by two companies, both of which diagnosed it as a rear axle problem-possibly a differential breakage. there are slithers of metal on some of the axle parts. when lubrication was checked foaming was detected. i don't have a clue what this means---but i was referred to the dealer or ford as it was too big a job for the repair shop. i was told to expect a costly repair bill! we have not taken long trips, hauled/pulled anything. i've filed a complaint with ford regarding this.*ak
POWER TRAIN - DRIVELINE - DRIVESHAFT
09/10/200570000110/29/2004
 My 2001 ford explorer sport 4x4 makes a loud whining noise took it to a transmission shop. informed me that they would have to probably have to replace the drive shaft estimated cost would be at least 2000$ i have always babied my ford. how in the word could a drive shaft go bad? i have had cars that were 15 years old and over 200,000 miles on them never a problem. *jb
11/29/200211/01/2002
 Engine temperature gauge reading hot when vehicle is not overheating. check gauges trouble light comes on. dealer replaced but still malfunctioning transmission shifting hard. vehicle will jerk/clunk every time tranmission shifts. dealer flushed transmission and replace fluid. no change in transmission function. vehcile vibrates/shakes at higher speeds. may be the driveshaft. dealer rotated tires. virbration still exists. rear seat bottoms do not anchor securely. the seat bottoms flip up when exiting the vehicle. the rear window wiper was not clearing the covered area, leaving dirt and debris on the window obstructing the view. dealer adjusted arm problem is resolved. dt