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2002 Explorer Transmission
09-03-2017, 11:12 AM
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2002 Explorer Transmission
Does anybody have an idea as to the number of hours it would take to remove, rebuild and replace the transmission on a 2002 Explorer?
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09-03-2017, 12:02 PM (This post was last modified: 09-03-2017 12:03 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: 2002 Explorer Transmission
Lots depends on your personal experience level but if I had to pull numbers out of my head then let's say a day to pull the trans, another day to do the rebuild, and a 3rd day to reinstall it. This would be for someone who has done the job at least once.

That said, if you are working at ground level with only hand tools, it will take longer. You also have to consider parts chasing and clean up, the weather (working in the driveway on a rainy day?) then there's the "clean as you go" aspect, and measuring everything on reassembly, plus double checking the book along the way. Did I mention things take longer on older vehicles? (yes, 15 years is OLD)

Bottom line here is an experienced shop may shave this to a 2 day project and a DIY (first timer) may take a week, even if nothing breaks during disassembly.

Hint: Anything you don't break is one less thing you don't have to fix. IOW, take your time. It will save you mental anguish in the long run.
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09-04-2017, 11:12 AM
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RE: 2002 Explorer Transmission
Thanks for the info.

I realize that due to the age of the vehicle it will take extra time. I've decided not to attempt the repair myself cause I want it done right.

I got a quote from a transmission shop. They quoted 13.5 hours to do the work. I thought this sounded a little high but wanted to know what others thought.

The Explorer has been such a good vehicle for me. This is the first major repair that I've had to do to it other than regular maintenance. Just wondering if it's worth the expense.
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09-04-2017, 11:36 AM
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RE: 2002 Explorer Transmission
The "worth" factor depends on how the rest of the vehicle stacks up and what's likely to break (wear out) next, or what it would cost to replace the vehicle. Seeing as some people buy another car every few years you could look at it as a "cost per year" and do some simple math to see how spending the cash on a repair figures against a few more years on this one, versus replacement over a few years. (minus resale later)

BTW, guessing that 13.5 hours is labor to R&R only and using an aftermarket rebuild. Did they give you a bottom line cost, warranty length, etc?
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09-04-2017, 12:41 PM
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RE: 2002 Explorer Transmission
They gave me a detailed quote and all the other costs for parts etc are in line based on my research. They provide a 1 year parts and labour warranty which I think it's fair.

They have told me the 13.5 hours is guaranteed. They won't charge me more if it takes a little longer but by the same token they won't reduce it if the job doesn't take that long either.

Is this standard practice?
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09-04-2017, 10:36 PM
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RE: 2002 Explorer Transmission
Sorry for the delay... holiday and all!

Yes, that's a common practice called "flat rate" and if they are willing to go that route it can save you in the long run versus the so called "time & materials" ordeal on an older car. If they were willing to quote you in detail then it sounds like they know what's going on and the warranty is fairly decent for a local shop. Good luck and keep us posted on the progress.
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