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Old 05-22-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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2007 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6 5-speed Automatic

we just upgraded from a pop up to the Jayco X23J. Took it out for the first time last weekend and we just love it. TV is 2007 ford Explorer with WD hitch, sway bar, and electronic braking. Seemed to do OK for a 2 1/2 hr trip away, with 6 hr commute home from Cape Cod in traffic, URGH! I have 1 concern after the ride home. The transmission seemed a little funky on the ride home. Took a 30 minute break and then seemed fine the rest of the trip. Could this be the trans getting overheated? I'm pretty sure my truck has a transmission cooler already built into it. Thanks for the help!
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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From your description, I'd for sure check the transmission temps. Do you have a gauge for it? If not, you can pick up an after-market gauge that will do this.

2nd question: what day and time of day were you traveling from the Cape? I'll be up there in the next 10 days or so and I'd like to avoid the traffic if possible. I'm willing to alter my schedule to leave earlier or later in the day if it helps. We'll be leaving from Scusset Beach and heading to Portland.
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jdorant- The difference between "pretty sure & sure " could be about $1- 2000 worth of repairs, you can take the vin# to a Ford dealer and find out what you have unless you have the original paper work. Larry
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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I thought Explorer's came with a 1" receiver standard and if you got a 2" receiver it's because it has the towing package.
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We tow our X23J with a 2005 Explorer 4.0 engine with 170,000 miles on it. We take it easy and never go over 60 mph. It has the factory towing package. In stop and go traffic, or lots of small up and down hills, or very gradual long inclines the tranny will overheat. I installed a Scangauge II and monitor tranny temps carefully. Once it starts to get away from me, it's hard to get the temps back under control. The weight of the X23J really max's out the Explorers towing capacity. Mine is actually about 200 lbs over the max of 5400 lbs.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:22 PM   #6
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Thanks for the reply's, Larry... it does have the cooler on it. I think I will look into a temp gauge to monitor. tslarson... the 2007 is rated for around 7300 lbs with the correct hitch. Quahog, the sagamore bridge was under construction. Down to 1 lane in either direction which cause the gridlock. we also left a the worst possible time 2:30 in the middle of the day. we should have just waited.
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I thought Explorer's came with a 1" receiver standard and if you got a 2" receiver it's because it has the towing package.
That is correct. I have a 2004 Explorer V8 with the tow package, and 93,000 miles on it. The Explorer is rated to tow 7000 pounds. I have the tranny fluid changed every 30 thousand miles and use synthetic transmission fluid. The Explorer does a good job with my 3500 pound trailer.
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I laugh every time I see an Explorer with a 1" receiver. Why even bother? They should just make the 2" standard.
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Mine came with the 2" receiver.
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jdorant,

When any TV is used for towing the transmission fluid should be changed more often, especially if one tows frequently in the hills, mountains, etc.. The X23J has a GVWR of 6,500lbs, so depending on your loading habits you could be at (or possibly exceeding) one or more of your TV's weight limits that could contribute to the transmission working a little harder.

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snip...... the 2007 is rated for around 7300 lbs with the correct hitch......snip
A published TV Tow Rating can be little decieving.., you may find the following JOF thread interesting: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=3866

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