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Wade Joseph

Tranny guru

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I have a 200 explorer that has begun to show some signs of tranny problems. It has 83k miles. When it shifts from 1st to 2nd it doesn;t shift smooth, the engine revs about 200-400 rpms as it shifts, the rest of the shifts are normal. Then after about 10-15 miles the Over Drive light on the dash begins to blink. I don;t have an owners manula and my haynes manual says toi change filter and fluid, and if that doesn't solve it to take it to a tranny shop.

Can anyone give me some ideas as to what I can do to fix it myself. I have tools and I am not afraid to use them.

BTW, this is the same explorer that blew a head gasket two months ago that I rebuilt myself and runs better than ever now. (Except for the tranny)

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Whew. I was a bit worried when I saw that title

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You sure jumped on it quick though. blush.gif

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Yep. Tranny flush, filter, and refill.

Is it bright red still? Smell burnt at all?

Does it shift hard from 1st to 2nd under heavy acceleration or still wind slightly?

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New tranny fluid is still red, same symptoms.

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still might be worth a shot pulling the pan and

checking the filter, if it looks good... then

you in for some expensive repairs...

bbqhead

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Don't bother with a fluid change, your going to loose it all when the trans comes apart again. It sounds like you may have had a valve body problem, it may have progressed into some hard part failures. This needs to go to a reputable transmission shop for proper diagnosis.

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At that many miles the pan should have been dropped and filter changed. The filters tend to plug up. But if the light is flashing there should be a code stored in memory that can be retrieved and give you a better idea of what might be wrong. There also is a transmission range sensor that seams to cause some weird problems also.

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