1996 Ford Explorer 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 150000 miles
I have a 1996 Ford Explorer 4x4 which is having shifting problems. The problem I am having seems to be somewhat common, since I have seen the exact same scenario posted on other sites. However, there weren't any answers.
First of all my fluid is good and is filled to the proper level. It has no problem going into reverse or forward gears and it does not slip a bit.
The problem is: my Explorer stays in first gear too long (usually) and I have to take my foot off of the accelerator for a moment and wait for it to shift into second gear (usually at about 25 MPH). Sometimes it works like it should, but not often. Once it shifts from first gear to second gear, it seems to be fine with shifting into the other gears. Another thing that I have noticed since this problem started is: my "check engine" light stays on and my "OD off" (overdrive) light flashes constantly. I have pushed the OD button on the shift lever and it seems that the overdrive is working, since I can notice a difference (I think it is working - maybe not). However, whether the OD button is off or on on the shift lever, the "OD off" light in the instrument cluster still flashes constantly
Could it possibly be a malfunctioning shift solenoid? If not, what is the problem? Can someone please help. Thanks and have a blessed day.
have the same problem?
Saturday, March 27th, 2010 AT 10:17 PM