Transmission on 1996 Ford Explorer

Doc Moore

Asked by Jan 13, 2016 at 11:12 PM about the 1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1996 Ford explorer with an automatic
overdrive transmission. 4.0L 6 cyl.
When i change the gear to reverse the wheel of the
truck starts to shake then it backs up. I need to
know what my problem is. I don't know if it's the
reverse belt..or a solenoid..or if the entire
transmission is garbage. I need help ASAPplz!!!

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One of my childhood friends from 50 years ago took over his dad's tranny shop and I brought my 96 4.0 to him for repair. He indicated my reverse band was broken and required replacing. He also stated in 50 years of repairing and rebuilding transmission he has never seen one in a passenger vehicle which required replacing. On a side note, my 96 is still going strong and has been handed down twice, a nephew still drives it with over 300K miles. Just one tranny fix since then, But it is serviced every 40K miles. For what it is worth.

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