The 2002 Explorer is a Sports Utility Vehicle manufactured by Ford Motor Company. Its launch marked a new era for SUV vehicles since they were only preferred for use on rough terrains and off-road. However, the Explorer proved that SUVs can be useful for everyday purposes, making it one of the popular vehicles that year.
The 2002 Ford Explorer was introduced in two variants. The first version was the 4.6-liter V-type with eight cylinders and the second version was the 4.0-liter V-6. Both these models were available in either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Although the Explorer boasted incredible features, the 5-speed automatic transmission was not very durable. There are three major problems with the 5R55W transmission.
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1) Flashing Over-Drive Light
One of the most common problems associated with the 5R55W transmission that was used in the 2002 Ford Explorer is of the flashing over-drive light. The flashing OD light gave an error code that pointed to a solenoid failure. However, once the solenoid was replaced, there were reports of the transmission locking up. In such a case, the transmission had to be rebuilt.
2) Transmission Overheating and Harsh Gear Shifting
Another common issue with the Explorer’s transmission was overheating. It would randomly overheat even if it was being used as specified. An aftermarket transmission cooler could be installed to resolve this failure, but this pointed towards a defect in the original design. Harsh gear shifting was also noticed in the 5R55W. The transmission would shudder and vibrate when the gears would shift down and at times while accelerating.
3) Failure of the Solenoid
Solenoids are responsible for controlling various functions within the automatic transmission. The Explorer started displaying problems with its solenoids in the 5R55W at only a few thousand miles. If the solenoids did fail, the transmission would not shift gears and the torque converter wouldn’t operate. Although replacing the solenoid is not as expensive, it can be dangerous if it fails while driving on the highway.
If you do have a transmission failure or are experiencing such problems with your 5R55W model transmission, it is best to contact a us immediately before a problem worsens or damages more of the vehicle.