1997 Ford Explorer

Transmission problem
1997 Ford Explorer 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 150000 miles

I have a 97 ford explore xlt 4x4. The 4 wheel drive is an electic shift on the dash. The transfer case motor burned up. Its a 14 pin system. It has 7 wires to the transfer case motor, then it has 2 sensors with 3 wires a piece. One is on the driver side rear of transfer case motor and the other is on the passenger side of transfer case motor beside the rear output shaft. What are these 2 sensors called, what purpose do they serve, and would burnt insulation on the one under the output drive shaft cause the transfer case motor to burn up?
December 27, 2009.

Hi there,

Check the pic and wiring to see if this is the same as your car, the 2 sensors are speed sensors, for front & rear shafts) the speed sensor failure may have caused this, but the system will have to be diagnosed first, i would first be checking for related fault codes in the ECU.

Mark (mhpautos)


Dec 27, 2009.
Thanks for the information it is very helpfull

Dec 28, 2009.