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1993 Explorer Transmission Problems Please Help

05-29-2004, 08:36 PM
I have '93 Ford Explorer 4WD 2 door. AUTO Tans. When I get in my truck in the morning or whenever it is cold it will not shift through the gears. I can mash the gas and it winds out before it shifts. If I go through the gears manually from 1rst to 2nd to Drive to Overdrive it will work better. After a mile or two when it is hot it shifts just fine. But let it sit overnight and it won't shift properly. It finally blew up and I had it rebuilt. The tranny would go again but the shift problem remained. I took it back and he said it was a defective part and had metal in the pan after only 200 miles and he said he also changed the governor this time, whatever that is. I think it wasn't a defective part and that the no shifting was from no fluid circulating during these shift problems and it was tearing up the newly rebuilt tranny. I picked up the truck and it ran fine but it was 98 degrees outside. One day later the temp was down to 65 and the truck sat all night and I jumped in it thinking it was finally fixed and same thing, "no shifto" until it warmed up. So to recap, transmission rebuilt, governor replaced and when it is cold it will not shift through the gears properly. If I continue to drive it will soon start to hesitate for a second or two when I get on the gas from a stop and give the driver a jerk back went it engages. Thats what happened last time as it continually got worse until it blew fluid all over a Mc D's drive thru line. I pushed her up to the food window to get my Big Mac and it was quite a sight.
Anyway Can somebody please help me. I am at the end. I cant take it to another garage and spend another $1000 or so for a job that was supposed to be fixed. I think this guy may be stumped. What does the heat and warm fluid have to do with it? Could it be electric? Vacuum lines? Anything? If more info is needed please email at THANKS!

05-30-2004, 05:58 AM
Either take it back to the place that rebuilt it and make them fix it, at no additional cost. If they won't, sue in small claims. Make sure you have good documentation. You can also take it to the dealer, have them fix it, and then file in small claims to have the other shop pay for the repair.

05-30-2004, 09:41 AM
Well I can't take anybody to court. I need my truck fixed now, court doesn't solve that problem. Anyway it is hard to take a friend to court. He owns a very reputable shop and I have been back 3 times at no cost. I just think this problem is something not encountered before. If I was to go to the dealer this guy would gladly give my money back, as he will if he cant fix it. I have posted on ten different boards and not one response so I guess this is a rare problem. Maybe I will just sell it, thats how fed up I am.

06-01-2004, 11:20 PM
The valves are "hanging" because the tranny is either coming apart or it was not cleaned completely during "rebuild". Its pretty much simple as that. It maybe in need of a new valve body also, since there is alot of metal floating around. If your friend did this for $1000 you should'nt expect much. He already lost by doing it for that. Friend or no friend.

09-23-2004, 01:10 PM
Was there ever a resolution to this? From what you describe, my '94 Explorer Sport is starting to do the same thing.

10-02-2004, 01:26 PM
Was there ever a resolution to this? From what you describe, my '94 Explorer Sport is starting to do the same thing.
First of all, don't drive around like an idiot mashing down the throttle to "get it to work" like onedodd . You have to change the automatic transmission fluid and filter every two years. This will cost around $150. Remember, an old car is no different than an elderly mule. Whipping it harder will only end up killing it.

10-03-2004, 12:19 AM
the valve body on that trans does not repair well,,,, best to find a good
used vb or a rebuilt,,sucks when friends help friends and things don't go
right !!!!!!!!!

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