General Question 2002 Ford Explorer
I am about to hit 139,000 miles on my explorer, and so far no major problems (knock on wood, all I have had to do in the past 50K miles is new tires, brake pads and an oil change every 3 months) I have, however, noticed that, on a cold morning, it sometimes stalls out (but always cranks right back up) and when I am parked on a hill (facing downhill) it doesn't like to shift into "D" (it requires me throwing all of my weight into shifting it into gear!)
Is this a preface to future transmission problems? I really love my car, and aside from some cosmetic defects (cracked rear panel, which seems to be a reoccuring problem) she's in great shape! I am just a little fearful she's going to klunk out in the middle of Atlanta traffic, or on the side of a busy interstate!!
Parking on a hill requires that you use your parking brake. The entire vehicle is resting on a very small metal flange inside the transmission that (if broken) stops it from rolling back down the hill. Using your parking brake will combat the wear and tear on the flange and hopefully allow you to shift into "Drive" more easily at the same time.
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