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Slight hesitation on pull-off with slight autobox shudder

When driving off, forward or reverse, the autobox on my 2004 Ford Explorer V6 4X4 automatic shudders momentarily before moving. The vehicle was bought recently with 80k miles on it. Do you think the gearbox needs a service, oil filter change or change of transmission fluid?

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Yes. Sounds like a plugged Trans filter or burned fluid. A full service on the Trans usually runs about $90 and is money well spent.

Another problem-which bugged me for 3 months, and had your similar symptoms, was a worn out fan clutch. It sent a shudder throughout the vehicle which mimicked a transmission issue. I know it sounds silly, but a new fan clutch cured my shifting issues.

The fan should rotate smoothly with some resistance (Engine OFF, of course) If you feel binding of any kinf, it probably is bad. Also check to see if you can cause movement fore and aft. If you can get it to rock back and forth, it is bad and needs to be replaced.

A fan clutch for that vehicle usually runs about $55

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