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A 2004 Ford Explorer's automatic transmission can last the life of your vehicle, but it is not indestructible. Depending on the type of transmission, you should take your car in for repair every few years. Symptoms of a failing transmission vary, and include the presence of dark fluid, harsh shifting between gears, delayed engagement into gear, and a lack of power in the forward and reverse gears.
When Ford first released automatic transmissions in 1967, the C4 was a lightweight three-speed unit. However, the production of this model ended in 1978, and the company has been working on an updated version ever since. The C5 features a centrifugal torque converter lock-up clutch and is aimed at larger vehicles and more powerful engines. After the success of the C5, the company released the newer C-6 and it quickly became a popular choice.
The AOD was introduced in 1979 when Ford downsized their full-size line. The transmission had three shift positions and bypassed Second gear in a manual shift situation. This shift pattern has since been improved upon and is now commonly known as Ford AOD. This manual transmission is a great choice for drivers looking for an easier drive and a better gas mileage. Whether you want to shift manually or automatically, you'll find a Ford automatic transmission to suit your needs.
Ford's DPS6 transmission introduced a new, improved shift pattern. The transmission was now capable of three forward speeds and a planetary gearset. Its innovative design reduced the amount of torque and shift shock. It started in second gear and shifted to third when you selected L on the gear shift column. This transmission was not affected by the DPS6 braking system, as it had a different clutch than the other ones.
While the D4 and C5 shift patterns were similar, the Ford 4R70 and C6 used a case-fill pattern. The D series was characterized by a 157-tooth flexplate. The shift pattern used in the MX and FX was a different design, but they were both made with the same internal components. These three-speed Ford transmissions are still highly regarded today. They're incredibly reliable and offer the best performance in their class.
The new transmissions are known for their high-performance features. They help drivers to get the best out of their vehicles. These models often feature higher-performance features. These vehicles also have better fuel economy and better acceleration. Besides these, they're more likely to last longer compared to non-performance vehicles. You can also check if your vehicle has these transmissions by looking for the C4 designation on the side of the car.
To diagnose the faults in your transmission, you can use a Ford OBD-II scanner. Its diagnostic port is located under the dashboard. When you plug in the scanner, it will connect with your vehicle and display the fault codes. The C4 will display Control Units, PCM Module, and Transmission fault codes. If the vehicle has any of these components, it's a sign that your car has a problem.