2003 Ford Explorer Hard braking stalls engine or rolls into

Tiny
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  • 2003 FORD EXPLORER
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 77,500 MILES
Not new problem, happening since vehicle almost new. Dealerships say "no idea".
If I brake hard (like in rush hour traffic), the vehicle will roll into neutral and/or stall the engine. I have to move the shift level into 'park' and then into 'drive' to get it to work again (after restarting the engine if it stalls).

Dealerships have 'no idea' and want to pull transmission apart to figure out what could be wrong. This, of course, will cost a lot and I don't know if that's the problem. The shift into 'park' and back into 'drive' has now worked for about 40,000 miles of the 77500.
Also, every once in awhile -- maybe once in about 2 or 3 months, I hear a loud "whooo, whooo, whooo" noise coming from what I think is the rear passenger side tire area. Any ideas?
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Saturday, December 5th, 2009 AT 2:40 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there, thank you for the donation, Have you had a diagnostic scan done to check for any unresolved fault codes in the ECU as yet? Have you discussed this problem with a transmission specialist, as they may have come across it them selves.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Saturday, December 5th, 2009 AT 5:10 PM
Tiny
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Seriously, is that your ANSWER? That was not at all helpful. Very disappointing website and service.
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Sunday, December 6th, 2009 AT 3:31 PM
Tiny
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I am only trying to establish some basic information here, remember that I don't have the advantage of being able to even road test this problem that the dealer has given up on, this is obvious a problem that need to be investigated by a specialist who can at least view the faults first hand, the dealer will not have the same level of expertise that a specialist transmission shop will have, and as I said, a trans shop may have come across this before and may know the fix, The diagnostic scan will be an advantage as this may give you a code, I only need to know if this has been done, you cant presume that anything has been check or tested, you have not indicated any such testing as yet, Some of thees symptoms I have never come across such as the breaking issue, this does tend to indicate a problem with pressure changes with in the trans, once again testing with the appropriate equipment hooked up may show some problems, with these modern trans, you just can't afford to pluck a possible fault out of the air, you must get a full diagnostic test done first to have any chance of finding such faults, that is why I suggested this action first.

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009 AT 4:00 PM

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