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Old 04-07-2013, 03:43 PM
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Problems with 2005 Ford Explorer

Wife came home with the Explorer yesterday and all of a sudden the service engine light is on, the display says Check Transmission, and another light flashes that says overdrive is off. The engine seems to run fine, but the transmission seems a little clunky when put in reverse. How can both the engine and transmission go wacky all at once? There is no dipstick for transmission fluid. (Yes, I know, but the owner's manual agrees with me, there is no dipstick for transmission fluid.) Can anyone shine some light on this situation?

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There is a plug in the trans pan. Pulling the plug wont drain it as it is in a standpipe in the pan. This i where it is filled through ( )
To check the trans you have to have the vehicle running,with the plug out, if no fluid is running out at that point, then you are supposed to try and add some untill it runs back out the overflow. Dont pull the plug out unless it is running or you will effectively drain some of the fluid(not all )
Not an easy task even for a tech with a lift.
Those particualer vehicles also had a TSB for a valve body problem involving a delayed/clunky reverse.
If it were mine , I would pull the pan and change the filter. Use a MOTORCRAFT filter not a chines made POS.
After you put the pan back on, use a fill nozzle with a skinny hose to refill the trans through th hole. Fill with the specified amount, probably 5 quarts of MERCON V .Nothing else.
Getting the fluid in that little hole, making the fluid run uphill is a task.
If you use a skinny piece of hose , small enough to go into the overflow hole it will take a while to run in. Using a hose long enough to get above the transmission, like say up under the hood would be a plus.
Once you have enough in it, before pulling the hose out, start the car, run it through the gears, put in park, pull the hose from the pan hole and install the plug. Be sure a little fluid is running out and you will have it full enough, but be sure the car is running in PARK with the E barke on for safety Please. Hope I didnt confuse you.
You also need a better than parts store scanner to retrieve transmission codes from that car. A generic scanner wont give trans codes.(Other than a P0700 which is generic for other stored codes)
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Thanks for your answer. I have no way of getting at the transmission to do this work. Is this vehicle safe to drive 10 miles to the repair shop, or should I have it towed? It's not a problem for me to get it towed, I have AAA and towing insurance.
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Probably best to AAA tow it , just to be safe.
Get the problem diagnosed first. Take a day to reasearch the problem so you dont get hosed.
Crosley can probably shed more light on the subject than I did.
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you will need to have the system scanned properly if these lights are illuminated. See what codes are present.
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