2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4 tyranny problem

Asked by Mar 20, 2016 at 09:28 PM about the 2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Just bought it cheap with 207k miles, looks great runs
great, then after about one week, the transmission is
slipping and the od light blinking along with door ajar and
brake light stays on. Found a family owned transmission
shop who advised it could be as much as 2600 to rebuild.
Dies that sound reasonable?  Haven't taken it in yet.

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Ebay showing rebuilts around 12 to 1500. Labor time 7.2 hours, so at a hundred bucks an hour thats 720 bucks, so thats 2220 bucks, then you have fluids and shop supplies and other misc. fees depending on your area, maybe another 100 bucks, total 2320. Just for the trans, then you have the brake light problem, door ajar problem, so yes it could be 2600. and that is more than it is worth with that kind of mileage. Those explorer's after 200K they start what we call nickel and dime you to death. like first the tranny then the rear end, the water pump, brakes hoses etc. I had an explorer that almost made it to 300K before the engine broke a piston, after that it just wasn't worth fixing. So it's your rig and your money, it's all up to you. But who knows it could just be a solenoid failure and you won't need a tranny yet.

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Thanks, that helps a lot!


Before you decide, check into a re-manufactured tranny from a major concern, it may not be that much expensive and they usually offer a five year 100K warranty. It may be worth the extra expense.


Also, transmissions of that vintage, which were used in a lot of Ford vehicles, experienced servo bore leakage.

When you say a major concern, any suggestions?


Jasper, etc. Any national company which offers long warranties with mileage? There are retailers all over the U.S. You'll have to contact one in your area for a price.

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