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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-13-11, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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97 Explorer XL Transmission

V6 4x4 Explorer, 214,xxx km on it. Automatic transmission was rebuilt just 5k km ago in April 2010.

It will only go into reverse - most of the time. We managed to get it going in D last night, but that ended up being strictly a fluke, because it will not do it again. I have checked the transmission fluid, it is super clean and good level.
I've checked the e-brake cable and the brakes, nothing is seized up or anything so it's nothing super simple like that...must be a ford lol

What can I do to try to diagnose and repair this? What are some possibilities? I've never had a Ford or a 4WD so transfer case etc is very much out of my knowledge at this point.

When playing around, I have tried all drive options - D, 2, 1 - as well as the 4wd options - 4H, 4L, 2wd. Nothing changes. I can get it into reverse in any of the above, but it will not go forwards.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-20-11, 06:01 AM
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Re: 97 Explorer XL Transmission

Someone should really write a tech artical on this and have the moderator make it a sticky.

Comman problem with 4.0 equiped Ex's (and only one as far as I'm concerned) is the Auto Tranny. 9 times out of 10 when this happens it's 1 or more solinoids in the tranny.

The first thing I would do is take it somewhere to get the trouble codes read (just because the check engine light isnt on doest mean there's no codes) If it is electronic that should give you your answer.

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Re: 97 Explorer XL Transmission

If the trans was rebuilt a short while ago should it not be under warranty?

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