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Ford Expedition Maintenance and Repair

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  • malligmallig Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info zman, I'll give my local service folks a call and see what they say. Appreciate the help.

    -Mallig
  • was2was2 Posts: 1
    Which should I buy...the 4.6 L engine or the 5.4 L engine in the Ford Expedition?
  • stephjoestephjoe Posts: 3
    I HAVE A 2003 EB EXPEDITION AND HAVE HAD THE SAME PROBLEMS WITH MY MIRROR. I HAVE TO MAKE AN APPT. TO GET IT REPLACED. IT'S REALLY ANNOYING TO HAVE TO KEEP RESETING IT. I ALSO HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE RADIO. IT STARTED SHORTING OUT AND WAS IN THE SERVICE CENTER 3 TIMES BEFORE THEY FIXED IT. IT EVEN DRAIN MY BATTERY. I GOT OFF WORK AT 3AM ONE NIGHT AND IT WAS 20 DEGREES OUT, WHEN I WENT TO UNLOCK MY CAR AND THERE WAS NO POWER. LET ME TELL YOU HOW HAPPY I WAS. I HAD ONLY HAD IT A MONTH. I CAN GET IN TO MORE DETAILS IF ANYONE NEEDS THEM. I JUST PRAY ALL THE PROBLEMS WORK OUT BEFORE THE WARRANTY DOES. STEPH
  • sstaylorsstaylor Posts: 35
    Greetings everyone,

    I'm on my second Expy, a 2001 E.B., and I have experienced an intermittent problem with what seems to be unintended acceleration. When driving at a low speed 5-10 MPH, the truck will sometimes begin to quickly pick up speed. I'd describe it as a "surge" (maybe it thinks I'm going too slow.). Anyone out there seen this before?

    My second question; Suggestions on replacement brake pads? Ford wants over $300 for all four wheels!

    Thanks,
    Scott
  • sanodizesanodize Posts: 3
    I bought a brand new 2003 Expediton xlt. I noticed front end vibrations between 20mph and 40mph It stops over 45mph and runs smooth Has anybody experienced this problem It is going in for service , but we all know the run around this can lead to!
                                 thanks
                                  Scott
  • sanodizesanodize Posts: 3
    I'm an American business man who loves this country however, the Automobiles produced by the "big 3" are sadly plagued by the quality problems they have fought so hard to overcome. I just purchased a brand new 03 EXP. I vowed a few years ago after dealing with poor quality from recent "american" cars I would not buy American Again. I have driven Toyota's, Honda's trouble free for years. My new Expedition has to go back into the dealer for vibration concerns, its 3 weeks old! Reading all of the posts in this message board, concerns me. All of you out there have also experienced problems as well. I think the big three need to really start producing quality cars or they are doomed. I am starting to think I should have bought the Toyota Seqoia instead!Any one else feel this concern?
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,722
    Agree with you that you should be happy with your new expy. Have a new gen explorer, but drove a new gen expy and really liked it, however at the time it was 0 for 60 on the explorer, not on the expy. Couldn't justify the diff. Have had vibration issues too. Didn't notice it for a while; bought it in august, After a couple of trips to the dealer, they said it is the tires. It seems when the temp gets to about 80 or so, I don't notice the vibration, but in ct we we've only had a couple of days lilke that this year, so the 'jury is still out' on that one. New ones all have michelins or bfg's; i have gy's. I'm thinking maybe they cheaped out on the tires when they went to 0 for 60.
    Our experience only, but the worst car we ever had was a toy; crappy sales experience; crappy service; crappy reliability, but good resale.
  • sanodizesanodize Posts: 3
    I have a feeling when the truck goes into the shop,The dealer will give me the same song and dance about the tires as well. I guess I dont have high expectatations on getting the problem solved, and I excpect to have to go back numerous times and play the "game". It's just too bad it has to be this way!
  • wkohlerwkohler Posts: 74
    Thought I'd bring you all up to speed on the running changes that they've made to the 03 Expedition. I had an early model (built in June of 02). I sold it and bought one that was built in May of this year. Don't know when all of these changes came about, but some are significant.
    The instrument panel has changed in that the needles for guages are now red with a silver base. Also seems that the lettering and numbers are a little smaller, but that may be my imagination. The electronic airconditioning now has a "dual temp" feature allowing the front seat passenger to adjust temperature to their liking. The scuff plates for the door sill is installed on the driver door sill only; the passenger side front door and both back door scuff plates were eliminated. The center overhead a/c outlet has been removed and the headliner appears to be more sculpted over the second row seating area. If you have the powerfold 3rd row seating option, the seat controls were eliminated behind the second row driver side seat, leaving one control at the rear liftgate area. There are now 4 sensors for the backup warning with a feature that reduces the radio volume when the warning goes off. Ford has eliminated the "shade band" at the top of the windshield. Ford no longer supplies a rubber insert for the hitch receptacle, and they have eliminated the under hood light for the engine compartment. I don't have many miles on it yet, but haven't noticed any issues with the front differential making and "growling" noises (it's a 4X4) and the mirrors work flawlessly. No jerky movements or popping.
  • rog2867rog2867 Posts: 34
    I have a 2003 expediton eb and have no problems what so ever build 2/03 . For those of you who have problems with yours go to flatratetech.com and join and post a message to the techs, they are great, they and other owners will tell you what to look for and they post TSB's and all that good stuff. There are fixes for the mirrors and the front end growl and vibration, check out the site you will be glad you did.
  • juniorsgvjuniorsgv Posts: 1
    hi i've had my expedition for about 2 months...2200 miles into driving my wonderful new suv...driving on the freeway...my driverside rear tire blows out...deciding to use fords 24hour roadside assistance was big mistake took over 90minutes...5 calls...and thank god i still had AAA which beat them by gettin to me in under 15 minutes...careful inspection of the tire showed the part of tire facing inside of the vehicle showed a CLEAR perfect tear all the way around...no objects...of glass or nail were shown...anyone know if ford is still havin issues with there tire blowouts? these are continental tires? maybe they just cheap tires? after 2200 miles?
    oh yeah and about the vibration under the hood...i get that every now and then when i START my ford =(
  • alderman1alderman1 Posts: 1
    Bought a 2003 Expy, XLT two weeks ago. Of 14 days, has been in shop for 11. Problem is "steering wheel nibble". Steering wheel has moderate vibration at about 65 MPH and up. Mechanic says bad rack and pinion steering gear is to blame. Part has been on order for a week. Apparently this is a problem with several Expy's and Navigators and thus, the part is difficult to find. Have been through the tire rotation/balance/flat spot/complete change of tires twice ordeal. Anyone else experience this problem? Did a replacement of the steering gear fix the problem?
  • We are looking at a new (45 miles) 2003 xlt premium. When we took it for a test drive, I noticed a hissing noise coming from the passenger side vents. I brought this to the attention of the fleet manager and he had his technician look at it. They said it must have been something in the vent that cleared itself out or maybe the vent wasn't all the way open, as it is not making the noise anymore (this was after I suggested they check the seals/compressor/condenser and leak test it). Anyway, any thoughts/similar experiences? Thanks.
  • bethalbethal Posts: 1
    MAIN PROBLEM: WATER LEAK, WATER LEAK, WATER LEAK...

    I own a 2003 Eddie Bauer 4X2 FORD Expedition that has had several problems including:

    WATER LEAK, Mirrors, Service Advance Trak, OD Off,
    and air bag sensor(wire)disconnected

    WATER LEAK: Water entering the car on the front passenger floorboard---saturating the carpet creating an unpleasant mildew smell. THIS PROBLEM HAS OCCURRED over 7 (seven)times & FORD has been UNABLE to solve the problem.
  • mmonkmmonk Posts: 1
    I am also having the vibration problem with my new 2003 Expedition. I have had it in the shop 3 times in the month that I have had it. The first 2 times they said it was tire balance. Now they are saying that it is just the way it is. Since I traded in a 1999 Expedition, I don't agree. Any help would be appreciated.
  • wkohlerwkohler Posts: 74
    Does your VIN number have a "A", "B", or "C" before the last 5 digits? If it's an "A", that was an early built (2002) model. Those have had numerous problems. There are some TSB and SSM information on these vehicles that your service department should be able to access to look up to help resolve some of your issues; i.e mirrors, advance trak, differential "noises" etc. Water leaks are new to me.
  • alwaysfordsalwaysfords Posts: 210
    Do you have a moonroof? If yes, do you know if they have checked the drains to make sure they are both open and not pinched? here is a drain in the A pillar that if not working properly will give you water in the footwell (no pun intended). Some dealers are not really well equipped to work on stuff like that and often your best result comes from asking them to have their sunroof installer look at it.
  • sstaylorsstaylor Posts: 35
    Greetings,

    I had the 30K service on my '01 Expy done in late May (my actual mileage was 35500). I had it up on ramps this past Sunday, looking at something else, and noticed that there appeared to be a minor transmission leak at the back of the trans. fluid pan. I called the dealer and scheduled a visit to get it checked/fixed. They replaced the pan gasket, topped it off, and sent me on my way.

    Well, naturally, as soon as I hit the road I experienced a problem. At first I got a hard thunk between first and second. I then heard a whine, then the transmission would kick out of and then back into gear. This made the vehicle basically undriveable (except to reproduce the problem, which I was able to do).

    Both the service writer and a/the service manager think that it is the torque converter. Has anyone heard of any TSBs, recalls, etc. with torque converter failures for Expys with 5.4l and electronic trans.? I have 39k miles on it right now.

    Thanks,
    Scott
  • tkenny53tkenny53 Posts: 41
    If you could do it over, what would you have changed.
     I'm looking at trading my '01 supercrew for a '03 expedition. 0@-48/60 looks better than the 6.9 I have now.
  • jsdritzjsdritz Posts: 2
    I have the same exact problem on my 2003 XLT Premium. I've had it in 3 times (for this problem specifically, more than that in total) as well and even paid for balancing the tires myself at 1200 miles to avoid an unnecessary trip to the dealer. I have had air pressures adjusted, one tire replaced, and the balancing business. I truly believe it's a steering problem (see message #92) because mine occurs with slight movement of the steering wheel at 65+ miles per hour. I am calling the dealer as we speak to get the stearing gear replaced. This will be the third shot they've got at this so I am pursuing lemon law actions if this doesn't work. Mine has been a horrible piece of junk and I am publicly announcing that at every possible chance.

    Thanks for the post, at least I can give my dealer direction now. They've needed it before (I had the front end issue where the half shafts remained engaged even when in 2WD).

    I dearly miss my GMC Yukon.
  • All, I just purchased a new Expedition (E.B. 4x4) 11 days ago. It has been in two different dealerships totaling 7 days for vibration related issues. I just spent a hell of a lot of money on this vehicle...obviously my dissapointment level is high. It gets higher when both dealerships tell me that they have looked at everything and can not rid the vibration; "yours rides better than the three we have on the lot"...what the heck is that?
    Does anyone have any suggestions or has anyone found a solution, i.e. new tires, steering, etc.?
    Please e-mail me at pkahl@micheldist.com.

    Thanks,
    PK
  • wkohlerwkohler Posts: 74
    Whatever you do, stay away from 03 expeditions that have an "A" before the last 5 digits of the VIN. They were early built (2002) models that had numerous problems. Look for ones with a "B" or better yet, a "C" before the last 5 digits of the VIN..........Mine had a "C" which was built in May of this year, has just gone over 10,000 miles with nary a problem. The other expedition I had was an "A" model and was in the shop more than I had it on the road.
  • tkenny53tkenny53 Posts: 41
    thanks for the info. I'm looking at the sticker dates, what I'm seeing is build dates from 4/03 to 6/03, did saw one from march.
  • wkohlerwkohler Posts: 74
    Those dates should be good, as long as they're the build date. One positive way to tell is to open the drivers door and look at the sticker attached to the door post. good luck!
  • graytrgraytr Posts: 1
    WE have a 2002 XLT when we go to the drive in theatre we back up the vehicle and open the back door. The vehilce lights inside and outside perimeter and running board lights all turn on. I asked Ford if there was a way to disable the lights or turn them off they said NO thats just the way it is.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I believe the dealer is correct. It's a courtesy feature and security issue. You'd have to pull the fust for those lights, and live without them all the time.
  • rtomrtom Posts: 2
    Am I the only one who has noticed, strangely enough, that almost every 03 Expedition's front wheels are very dirty? What's with that? There is obviously some design problem, because I don't have that on my older model, nor have I ever seen it on other older models, but almost every new one is like that. Anyone heard any response about this?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Oh yes. It's the brake pads. There are a couple of fixes in the works, and I'm not posted on the details, because it doesn't bug me that much that I would fix it. There is a shield that scares me. I don't like to mess with the engineered ventilation of the brakes. The pads can be replaced with another type that doesn't make that much dust. But what I really like is the brakes on my Navigator are incredibly effective, and have saved me twice so far already. I'll put up with the black wheels.....
  • I have a 98 Eddie Bauer purchased used. It has about 63000 on it and I have this rattling coming from the rear. I am wondering if it needs new shocks or struts? I'm not sure what the truck has becuase there was no manual in it when purchased. I have ordered one, but in the meantime I don't want to do any damange to the truck. Other than that, it is running GREAT.
    thanks for any input...RJS
  • Move the dash light dimmer control all the way to the bottom. This will deactivate the lights when the door(s) are open. If it doesn't work then they are made to be turned off, and you would need to pull the fuse to turn the lights off.
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