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Ford Excursion Maintenance and Repair



  • fordflyfordfly Posts: 2
    To answer your question, no we do not rock climb. This Large vehicle is mainly used for hauling our 2 teenage boys w/ friends & 2 German Shepards to hour Vacation property about 150 miles away. We do pull a 22ft deck boat and or 2 Sea Doos, up a very bumpy hill. But that is about it. This vehicle is perfect for the job. We slowly 4x4 up the bumpy hill pulling the boat, less then 1/8 of mile (or less then 1/4) not sure, but what ever. This 4x4 is a family boat pulling car. That is about it.

    The Ford is still in the shop, waiting parts. Hubby is going to take all the broken parts to show. We think we should contact Ford about this. Any suggestions??

    driving me crazy!!!
  • gduggergdugger Posts: 1
    I have a diesel 2000 Excursion that only blows air from the defrost vents under the windshield no matter what I select. I can turn it off and control the temp but not where the air comes from. A call to the local Ford shop seems to indicate they will have to trouble shoot the system for a couple of hours. That sounds unreasonable. The diagnosis should be easy for someone that knows the system. Any ideas or help out there? Anyone have the same problem? Thanks
  • I have a 2000 Ex Limited and have had the same has been back 3 times and still doesn't work right. You can never tell when it will act up, it can be fine for a while and then back again. I also have peeling paint and plan on taking legal action against Ford.
  • max99max99 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Exc. diesel--lots of miles, but excellent condition.
    Two days ago and for no apparent reason, the tail lights blows the fuse in the box under the hood. brake lights, turn signals, flashers still work.
    No damaged wiring, no trailers hooked up, nothing.
    does anyone have any suggestions other that 8 hours at a dealer?
  • smbrookssmbrooks Posts: 1
    I'm running 4.30 in my 2000 Ex 4x4. The V10 will handle 11,000 lbs. If you are pulling the full amount in hot weather you might consider the upgraded transmission cooler. Your tranny will have more trouble with the weight than the engine. But, I've pulled 11k lbs through the mountains. If you aren't in a big hurry, it's no problem. Towing I get about 8mpg. The quality of your hitch will make a big difference as well. Happy towing. :)
  • bennie3737bennie3737 Posts: 1
    I have an '03 Excursion Diesel 4X4. I have had brake problems since brand new. Right now my rotors are warped and I would like to know the best way to treat this problem. Under warranty Ford repaired my front brakes four (4) times and I am still having problems and now they are out of warranty. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated. Thanks, Bennie
  • tenapstertenapster Posts: 1
    Greetings all,

    I bought my 2000 Excursion (6.8L Limited) used in 2003, and have driven about 40K trouble free miles...but in the past six months the following problems have come up one after the other:
    1) door ajar light/bell sounds randomly during heavy rain...all doors closed any/all doors repeatedly usually gets this to subside
    2) backup sensor remains 'off' at all times, dealer says computer indicates left/center sensor is bad
    3) all door lock actuators except driver's door have failed - I'm running laps around this thing to let my kids in the other side!
    4) auto-locking 4WD has failed - immediately after a 5 hour drive in 4WD during a snowstorm - smelled a bit of that old 'burning clutch' smell - only way into 4WD now is manually locking the hubs and turning switch to 4x4 (I'm guessing vacuum failure?)
    5) and finally, just this week...when turning the steering wheel in either direction (stopped/idling) there is a loud non-metalic-rubber 'brrrrr' sound - only while actually turning the wheel - almost sounds like something metal pressing/turning against something made of rubber. If you turn the steering wheel slowly the
    'brrrrr' is lower in pitch, turn faster and it's higher in pitch...I do know this is not the usual powersteering pump noise, which is still present and still sounds quite's something in the steering linkage I'm guessing...

    So - any ideas for the above? I'm pretty handy so can follow suggestions well -I'm afraid these problems are looking like a couple thousand $ in dealer shop time and bits-n-pieces...

    Thanks in advance!

  • drnauticadrnautica Posts: 1
    I have the exact same problem with my '02 Excursion. It started about two months ago. I've replaced sensors in the past due to the alarm going off for no reason but this is a different problem. The "OFF" light illuminates each time the transmission is shifted into reverse and will not work even if the OFF button is pushed.

    Anyone know what's up?
  • cf_kochcf_koch Posts: 1
    I am the owner of a 2000 Excursion with 33,000 miles on it. My truck has recently started to wear the left front tire and the diagnosis is that I have bad ball joints. I find this to be very unusual to have ball joints fail on a vehicle with such low milage. Is this normal on these vehicles?

    My door ajar light and all the lights in the truck will not go off. Does anybody have a solution to this problem.
  • socalxboxsocalxbox Posts: 1
    Hello All,

    I own a 6.0psd 4x2 2003 Excursion with 36k on it. I took it in for leaking oil on driveway. Well come to find out according to the dealer, due to the lift kit the transmission cooolent lines are stretched out, and mixing with radiator coolant and contaminated the transmission fluid. According to the dealer there is no way to flush it out. Only option is rebuilt or new transmission. Has anyone else had such problems? Dont know weather to trust the Dealer.
  • cbuzzancacbuzzanca Posts: 1
    My 2001 Excursion (V-10) is sitting at the mechanic right now since it won't pass the emissions test. The tech said the truck is in perfect condition and is baffled as to why it won't pass. Anybody?
  • agoodwinagoodwin Posts: 16
    Have your buddy run another V-10 and this will give you a year to figure the problem with yours.
  • boyer258boyer258 Posts: 1
    You mention the caliper pins were frozen. I have a 2001 X and replaced the caliper bracket and pins last July. They have frozen again. Do you have any recommendations on how to free the pins. I would prefer not to have to buy another setup (around $80). Also, I now know its important to use some good synthetic grease on the pins.
  • my 2003 excursion eddie bauer edition...............has had the rotors and brakes changed twice (its the whole warping, vibration thing) this last time i was at 35,450 and it is at 40,000 now and desperately needs to be done again. my mechanic is at wits end replacing these rotors.............along with myself. if you happen to hear of the for sure fix i would like to be part of it. not sure about the ceramic pads or the crynoics ????? but i am tired of vibrating to a stop! :(
  • I own a 2001 ford Excursion limited. And form what I'm reading I'm not the only one with a lemon. I have changed my brakes about every 15,000 miles for they wear out or warp. nothing helps. pins freeze and have to replace them almost every time. Truck has 83,000 miles right now and the hits just keep on coming. Inside lights stay on and so does the door ajar sign. I keep blowing a fuse when I try to take overdrive off. when using 4x4, it doesn't always engage and when it does it won't disengage then I hear and feel this horrendous thump when it finally decides to disengage. passanger door locks don't work and back key lock is non operable from outside with key. And now as of late I have picked up this nasty and terrible vibration when I go past 60mph, I've changed the brakes, the steering stabilizer shock, the u joints all seem to be fine but when I take a curve or slow down it just gets worse I'm pretty handy but I'm baffled by this vibration I'm told it could be the tires are off balance or that the steering arm might be bad. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated since I'm no money bags and in the process of buying a house so I cannot afford the expensive dealer bill. Thank you. :lemon:
  • agoodwinagoodwin Posts: 16
    Well the Ex brakes are still feeling real good at 9000 miles. I had the Cryogentics done to a Ford set of rotors. Put them on and they are good and smooth. This is my 3rd Excursion I've have had. Every one of the previous vehicles had problems. This worked for me .
    Cya later Andrew
  • dlanddland Posts: 1
    2000 Ex 7.3 Turbo Diesel, 125,000 miles --- engine stops without turning ignition off but restarts immediately using key --- frequency = say, once a week - usually stops while sitting at traffic light ---does not run rough --- no other apparent problems... anyone with similar problem/diagnosis --- thanks --- dland, dallas, tx
  • Well, guess what! As some of you might have expected. Heard from Ford Motor Co. today and it turns out. Ford Motor Company's Customer assistance was of no assistance at all. Instead the lady there went as far as telling me that. " If the mechanics at the dealer told me that it is my driving that is causing all my problems, then that must be my answer, for they are trained and certified technicians." Also she told me that since my X has 82,000 mi. That I must pay for any repairs done to it since my truck is out of warranty. Wait. My story doesn't end there!. I asked her. How come all you people on this forum seem to have the exact same problems with your trucks as I am, no matter what the year is whether it is a 2000 or a 2004 Gas or Diesel ? Her answer! " We do not support Web sites' comments or complaints." Well now. I thought to myself and told her. Why then, wouldn't it be nice if the reporters at the Auto Insider part of The Detroit News or Detroit Free Press were to read and hear all the problems we all seem to have with our trucks and that The great company that made them, basically washes their hands off of them! Her response! "That's another issue and we do not support Web sites comments as I stated earlier Sir" So. My dilemma now. What do I do about this situation. Do I sit on my thumbs and fork out a boat load of money for the repairs or do I ask all of you with similar problems to call Ford and try and get them to do something about this? I hope is the latter because frankly I don't think any of you want to shell out thousands of Dollars on unnecessary repairs that Ford should have taken care of with their design of these already expensive vehicles. And I hope that you may want to take the time to write to the News about your problems. Maybe a little bit of embarrassment may change their minds at Ford and they'll help us want to keep driving our Excursions for a long time. My family has driven Fords since 1951 and it is a shame that Ford customer service would take this stance. The number to Customer Service in Detroit Michigan is 1-800-392-3673. You will need your vehicles ID or VIN number when calling Ford Customer Service. Thanks for your time reading this. BIGPAIN FORD
  • jordjord Posts: 1
    Any luck solving this? My 2000 Excursion Limited diesel has the exact same problem!
  • I once owned a 97 F250 7.3 POWERSTROKE that would CUT OUT at any time or speed. (A very scary two days) I asked one of the mechanics at work (we run Internationals in our Ford newspaper
    delivery trucks) and he immediately said it was the CAMSHAFT POSITION SENSOR. He went to stock, got a sensor, gave me a socket and ratchet, told me it was LOCATED on the FRONT OF THE BLOCK, and ten minutes later that motor never cut out again. I hope this helps... Marshfield, Massachusetts.
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