I have a 98 Explorer, v6, 2wd. The reverse in the trany went out in jun 08, then the vehicle sat till the beginning of November 08, so about 5 months. I had just had the transmission rebuilt. Before the car sat there were no other problems, but once we started it up before we got the trany rebuilt it has been making a sound, that seems similar to what everyone says the timing chain sounds like. Obviously it is out of the extended warranty. Will it cause more problems if its not fixed or is it just annoying??
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if u think it jumped timing u will have to replace the timing chain. to do this locate timing chain cover and remove it. then find #1 cylinder and remove spark plug. turn engine till the piston is all the way to top of cylinder. u can tell this by placing a screwdriver in hole and turn engine by moving engine a little at a time till u feel piston come to top. unplug spark plugs so engine does not start. remove the timing chain and gears put chain on making sure that timing marks on gears line up perfect. if u are off just one tooth it will not run right. put back together. if u don't have one go to auto parts store and get repair book for your explorer. it gives u step by step inst. on the project
With the milage your vehicle has , I would assume the timing chain is stretched. To check timing chain, take off the distributor cap, turn engine by hand clockwise till the distributor rotor begins turning. When you stop turning it start to turn back the opposite direction while watching the rotor, there should be no delay between the time you start to turn engine,and the time the rotor begins to turn. If there is any delay, then the timing chain needs to be replaced.
First of all the timing chain in in the front of the engine .Second it is time to find a mechanic who is professional enough to handle his customer in the proper way and who is not in the market for a 98 explorer.
You can certainly install a Transmission cooler and if your going to be pulling a trailer I highly recommend it. There might be a heavy duty transmission you can get for the vehicle but only ford would be able to tell you the part number. Once you get the part number you could most likely find one at a junk yard cheaper than at the dealer.
First thing is to check the fluid level in the transmission, most vehicles have to be running at engine operating temp either in P or N, check your owners manual. Assuming your fluid is where it should be, that vehicle you have sorry to tell you are notorious for transmission failures, by what you described looks like your going to have to replace the trany or rebuild it, either way its not a cheap fix. My advise if the van is in really good condition put a used trany in it and trade it in for something else. You can look anywhere online about customer/ owner feed backs on 88-98 windstar vans and how bad the transmissions are on those Ford didn't get smart till 99 or 00 when they redisgned the drive train. If you keep driving it the way it is the trany will completely fail leaving you on the side of the road somewhere.