1998 Ford Explorer Transmission works then quits working

Tiny
KELLERRACING
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  • 1998 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 112,000 MILES
When I put my explorer in gear, forward or reverse, it goes alright for a minute, but then starts slipping and then completely stops pulling. After I turn the engine off for a few minutes, the transmission will pull again for a minute and then stops pulling again.
I was told that there might be a plastic part inside that has broken and is getting sucked into a pick-up line, thus causing this problem.
Does this sound reasonable, and what is my next step?
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 AT 4:11 PM

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Tiny
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I know when the explorer was introduced in the early 90's, they had a retaining clip that would break and cause problems. Is the trans fluid clean and full? Has the check engine light ever come on?

Let me know.
Joe
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 AT 8:48 AM
Tiny
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The fluid is clean. Darkish, but not burned. The engine check light has never come on. This transmission problem happened, and within 25 minutes I had it parked so that I wouldn't do any further damage. Jim
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Friday, February 19th, 2010 AT 10:56 AM
Tiny
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Either the trans control module is bad or a retaining clip has broken on one of the clutch packs.
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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 AT 11:00 PM

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