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

Jim Lynch

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.

3 Answers

Cathy Tooley

Check the tranny fluid?


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.

Juan Lopez

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

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Truck won't start 5 answers

    I have a 1995 Ford F150xl that stopped running. When I try to crank it the battery shuts off. I put a new battery in it and soleinoid still same problem. Should I replace the starter or alternator?

    Ford F-150


    Maintenance & Repair


Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 71,675 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $300.


Search Ford Explorer Questions

Ford Explorer Experts

#1 OJ
Reputation 8,460
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 3,360
#3 tennisshoes
Reputation 1,940
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee"
1,198 Great Deals out of 73,675 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Expedition"
574 Great Deals out of 21,491 listings starting at $2,111
Used Ford F-150"
3,219 Great Deals out of 216,434 listings starting at $1,900
Used Chevrolet Tahoe"
1,071 Great Deals out of 36,223 listings starting at $1,700
Used Ford Escape"
1,714 Great Deals out of 94,366 listings starting at $500
Used Dodge Durango"
395 Great Deals out of 22,637 listings starting at $1,700
Used Toyota 4Runner"
354 Great Deals out of 18,779 listings starting at $2,400
Used Toyota Highlander"
648 Great Deals out of 30,519 listings starting at $1,990
Used Honda Pilot"
565 Great Deals out of 19,320 listings starting at $1,800
Used Ford Explorer Sport Trac"
72 Great Deals out of 2,235 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Pathfinder"
443 Great Deals out of 25,012 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Explorer Sport"
323 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Explorer For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 34,988 listings starting at $23,660
2016 Ford Explorer For Sale
262 Great Deals out of 10,681 listings starting at $22,000
2015 Ford Explorer For Sale
154 Great Deals out of 3,309 listings starting at $12,995
2014 Ford Explorer For Sale
319 Great Deals out of 5,608 listings starting at $9,999
2013 Ford Explorer For Sale
331 Great Deals out of 5,383 listings starting at $9,300