2003 Ford Explorer Transmission

Tiny
STEVEN.M
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  • 2003 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 128,000 MILES
I have a 2003 Ford Explorer XLT V6. With 128,000 miles. I've always kept the maintenance on it and took great care of it since it had 25,000 miles. Most miles are highway miles. I recently took it in to a local Midas shop, where I had them change the oil and filter in my transmission, change transfer case oil, and oil in both my diffs. The very next day I started experiencing transmission problems like, when I come to a stop its hard shift into first gear. I hear a straining noise when switch the gears into Drive from Park, . And just overall its not smooth since the oil change. With something as simple as an oil change, is there anything the shop could have messed up to have these problems, like not enough tranny fluid?
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 AT 12:23 PM

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Tiny
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I would start by checking the trans fluid level. Also, on your work order, did they indicate what type of ATF they used?
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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 AT 12:59 AM
Tiny
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When my tranny (V8 2WD) was low due to dealership error, it would have a hard engagement after abrupt stop or slip under moderate to hard acceleration. Have the level checked for sure. My tranny is the special one with NO diptick.
Phil
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Monday, August 23rd, 2010 AT 12:44 PM
Tiny
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Are you saying it has been checked?
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Monday, August 23rd, 2010 AT 11:17 PM

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