Question about 1996 Ford Explorer
If you're sure the transmission is slipping then it's not a universal joint causing it.
Classic test for loose universal joint in driveshaft: you'll feel the car vibrate, vibration will increase with speed. Getting on and off the throttle when you moving will cause the vibration to change- might get better, might get worse but it'll change each time you let off the throttle and then push it again.
Are you sure the transmission is slipping? If you feel that it is then the first thing to do is check the transmission oil. If it's low then top it up, that may solve the problem. Smell it, if the transmission is slipping it'll have a burned smell and will be other than nice bright red in color. If it's slipping you'll also see dark matter in suspension in the oil and the oil color will range from dark red to black.
If it's definitely slipping but the oil isn't too black yet you can sometimes get more use from it by putting a thick transmission goop in it- be sure the transmission is warm when you pour it in and drive it a few miles to give the goop a chance to mix in well.
Posted on Dec 28, 2010
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