2003 Explorer XLT - shifts hard from 2nd to 3rd - Shift soleinoid?

Asked by Jul 28, 2014 at 08:54 PM about the 2003 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

No lights on dash - blinking or staying on. Just shifts rough from 2nd to 3rd (automatic). Seems to drop right in to 3rd if I let up on the gas a hair. Everything else is fine. 4x4. No custom tires, etc. Stock from ford.

Was told it's likely a $30 shift solenoid by someone that knows cars, but is not a tranny mechanic.
Any idea's would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks

3 Answers

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Check the tranny fluid?

105,385

Yep I'll agree with the solenoid problem, you can replace just the 3rd gear solenoid or do the job right and replace them all then change the filter and refill the tranny.

345

also engine pcm to be calibrated to the latest software version...will take away a lot of bugs...around $75.00 on any ford dealership

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