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Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer: Hi, I have a 2003 Ford Explorer

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I have a 2003 Ford Explorer with 177,000 miles on it. I just purchased it and as with most of these it has a transmission problem. I knew that going into the purchase but I have worked on cars all my life and I am not a stranger to transmissions. It has the 5R55S 2L2P unit. I was receiving erratic shifts, flares etc. and It threw the P0745 code for the pressure control solenoid "B" malfunction. I replaced the solenoid, no change. Decide to do a full rebuild, clutches, seal, rebuilt torque converter, Transgo shift correction kit so I could only do this once....or so I thought. I am on my fifth pull of this beast and still get the same code. I pull out of my driveway, proceed down one block after it shifts to second I come to a stop sign, start to pull away and it sounds the alarm and throws the same code. I am 63 years old and getting tired of this one. I followed the ATSG manual as well as the Ford Factory shop manual. STUMPED!

How does it shift? Is everything working ok except throwing that code?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Nope, it will shift with flare throughout the ranges plus no O/D ever. Gets worse as you drive along. More than a few miles and the shift lever get stiff. I did ohms check from wiring harness at PCM through the sensor and solenoid block. Replaced all sensors as well.


If you have a scanner you can click here and go through and test the wiring and the PCM. I would have to say that if the wiring is good then it must be a PCM error. You might also want to call Ford and give them your vin# XXXXX they can see if the PCM has ever had a flash update to the PCM software, because that solves some of these issues.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I don't have a scanner other than computer with OBDII software. Code reading and clearing basically. I have a multi-meter so I will run the checks that apply to that and let you know the outcome.

Sounds good John,

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