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Ford Expedition Maintenance and Repair

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  • I've read through a lot of your comments on the Expedition, and I sense either folks really, really love the vehicle, or hold dubious thoughts on continued ownership. I have to say, I am of the later.

    I've always been a stickler about keeping up on the routine maintainence. The miles are predominantly highway. At 37K miles, I lost one cylinder head due to a faulty fuel injector (JUST outof warranty), and it cost me almost $1200 in repairs. I'm in the 56K mile range, now, and I gotta say, I am waiting for something else to go. I have a very prominent vibration through the chassis. Then you look under the hood, and points and plugs are inaccessable. I feel powerless.

    Elsewhere, the Expedition is REALLY showing it's age. The interior is not holding up well (and it is just the two of us, no kids or farm animals...). Really makes me think hard about buying a new generation of Ford product. I have never had this high-end a vehicle look like a total piece of mare'd in such a short period of time. Even after detailing.

    I really don't like the new Ford idea of very expensive, disposable vehicles (life expectancy of no more than 4 or 5 years), and I feel that is where I am with this Expedition. After 30+ years as a diehard Ford person (started with a 1972 Mercury Comet, then Montery Coupe, EXP, Sable, F-150(2 of them!), Explorer Sport, Focus and Expedition), Nissan and Honda/Lexus are really looking good.

    Thanks for the forum,
    RadeRad
  • The rattle in the dash board came from behind the passenger airbag. They said it was a wire that was rubbing so they secured it with antirattle foam. On my 04 Expy the gas pedal seems to have a little play in it. The 05 that I checked out did not. The gas pedal play makes a slight noise when I tap it. Does anyone else have this problem?
  • I would keep it for a while. I would of probably purchased an extended warranty at 36k. Anyway now I would hold onto it and see how it goes. I had a 95 plymouth voyager awd with a 100k warranty. Many problems during the 100k that were fixed. Kept it to 160k, comparably very few issues the last 60k. Than traded it in for $1500
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,683
    had a '00 expedition.
    i have an '02 explorer now. i was putting a lot of miles on it, and my wife on her vehicle too, so i bought a focus that we split driving on.
    since my driving pattern on the explorer is now something like 800 miles in a weekend, 800 miles in 8 weeks, another 800 miles in a weekend, i'm looking at expeditions again.
    back to the expy. we were in an accident on the highway where someone came across the highway and hit us knocking off the left front wheel and suspension.
    at first i thought i had a flat tire, but realized the sound was wrong. after figuring out i still had steering control but little brakes, i brought it over to the right shoulder and stopped. it was misting out and i saw an overpass a hundred yards or so up the road. i drove it(without a left front wheel) under there so we would be out of the rain.
    when the state trooper showed up, he looked at the expy, looked way back at the other vehicle, looked at me, looked at the expy, looked way back at the other vehicle, looked at me again, but never asked me anything. you could tell the wheels were turning. i didn't volunteer anything back, other than to ask if the other people were ok (they were).
    when the flatbed showed up to tow the expy away, we woke up our 10 year old who was sleeping in the 3rd row. she didn't have a clue until she got outside to see it. then she said, 'dad, you're going to buy an excursion tomorrow right?' 2 jaw droppers in 1 day. i got it fixed and kept it for a while.
    i guess my rambling point is that maybe it will take care of you when you really need it to, not that other vehicles couldn't do the same.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    With my 99, I found the ride deterioration, vibration issues to be tire related mostly, and a straight-line issue with general wear and tear on suspension parts, shocks, struts, air suspension, whatever, after about 50,000 miles, but not to an aggravating point. Just that I could then notice, it wasn't quite as solid as she once was when new. But it was still very competent and smooth, if the tires were right. If the tires were out of balance, were cheap, were out of round though, it played hell with the whole truck.
  • My wife had complained of a sudden braking sensation while driving our 2003 Eddie Bauer Ford Expedition. I thought she was imagining things or left the parking braking on. I then had the same thing happen to me while driving on the freeway, I went from doing 60 mph to 20 mph without applying the brakes. Imagine how freaked out I was. I immediately pulled over had the vehicle towed to the dealership. They have had the vehicle for 5 days and have no idea what is causing the problem. Has anyone ever heard of this issue?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    but it sounds like the Traction Control module or the ABS system may have activated erroroneously.
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    There have been some problems with the trailing link arms breaking on the late Expeditions, may want to have the front suspension checked. Also check tie rod ends, looseness in these front end parts can aggravate existing vibrations. Have the tires checked for out-of-round, you may need to have them road force balanced.
  • fx4fx4 Posts: 72
    Discontinued? I saw on a Yahoo data base that the 2005 NBX Expedition was marked (Discontinued). Also 2005 2wd and 4wd King Ranch Expedition models are listed. Who has the latest?

    Hey, NVBANKER. Ready for the Holidays?
  • mbonembone Posts: 1
    I have a 00 Expy XLT and all of a sudden my "Door Ajar" light, bell, and interior lights keep going on while the doors are completely closed. Before I take it to a shop and pay an outragous price I'm wondering if any of you have had this problem and how you fixed it???

    In addition to this, my rear wiper doesn't work anymore. The motor works but it seems to not grab onto the wiper arm. Any help?

    I have not had any vibration problems on my truck and it may have to do with the tires. I have Goodyear's and they actually seem to be the best tires I've ever used, and I've had many vehicles. Just thought you might be interested.

    Please help on the "Door Ajar" thing. Thanks!

    MFB
  • My husband and I are looking for a used Expedition and was wondering if anyone knows of any major problems that may be in the future for a 1998 with 72,000 miles on it. Anything we should look out for that would indicate major issues (other than the normal used car check-list)? We'd like to get a newer one, but want to stay in a price range that's around $15,000. Any advice would be nice. Thanks!
  • The same thing just happened to me and my husband this weekend on our 2000 Expedition. Luckily we weren't on the highway. This is the tie rod about to break. We described the trouble to the dealership where we bought it 3 days ago and they suggested that perhaps we had the 4WD engaged. The dealer drove it himself and the same thing happened to him. He was literally screaming. This is when the tie rod actually broke. It is in the shop now. It is the inner tie rod (the outers have already been replaced). After fixing this the mechanic tried to align it and found that the ball joint needed to be replaced as well, something you can't see from just having it on the rack. We are going to replace both ball joints. Final cost $600
  • duce1duce1 Posts: 2
    I had an earlier post about vibration in a brand new '05 EB. Tourguide suggested waiting and letting the tires wear in and it was great advice. After about 300 miles it smoothed out at most all speeds. Still a little vibration at 80 or over but much, much better.
  • I'm glad to hear that it smoothed out for you. My experience with the rack & pinion steering is that it gives unparalleled road feel, but that it is extremely sensitive to tire irregularities. At 3500 miles mine has completely smoothed out at all speeds.

    The only thing that takes a little shine off my enjoyment of driving my 04 is it's thirst. Other than that, I'm loving the comfort, safety, and nearly everything else about my Expedition. At times I wish for a nicer stereo, but I can live with the one Visteon makes for this. It seems to me though that for $40K I ought to get more from that end. Oh well that's just a personal preference I guess. I know others probably aren't as concerned about sound as I am.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    YO, FX4 - you bet! Heading back to Florida for the duration old friend, see how things are going down there. Check on the store......etc......
  • I had a 01 EB still under warranty and I took it to the dealer. They fixed replaced the bulb. i had the same problem in which I could not find it at all in the owners manual.
  • fx4fx4 Posts: 72
    Must be nice! Have a safe trip.

    My 2004 Expedition--the dealer is replacing the rear axle assembly in hopes of calming down a very annoying whine heard mostly in 66-68 mph range at light throttle. Minor whine at other speeds in 50-low 70s range Second time in for the problem. The dealer techs use a series of magnets at various drivetrain places to pick up on the source of the noise. Recent Enterprise rental 2005 E/B Expedition had its own loud rear whine, but at lower mph than the above for mine. Never had any rear-end noise problem with 4 previous new Broncos or new 2000 Expedition (Broncos may have been too noisy overall to hear any rear-end problem anyway)? Wondering if IRS has anything to do with all the reported rear whine noise in Expedition and Explorer per posts on Edmunds and TSBs? Incomplete original Ford engineering? Whine noise may be showing up due to better overall NHV control in later models, with rear-end design and quality about the same? Don't know.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    this is interesting, and I certainly don't doubt the problem exists, so many testimonials, but I have 24,000 miles on my 03 Navigator, and total silence so far from the rear end. Not a whine, not a whimper. What can I say?
  • I have a 2000 model Expedition XLT and I have enjoyed it for the most part. The transmission was replaced at 55,000 miles because of rough idling and involuntary revving of the engine.

    Anyone else have similar problems??
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    The Transmission replacement corrected that problem?
  • So far, So good. Since the transmission replacement, I've not had the problem again.
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    If it has the 5.4 look for oil leaks around the head gaskets. If you see any, run away. Or if the engine has just been cleaned, it may be cover-up.
  • On our 2000 Expedition XLT with the 4.6L engine, the transmission had to be replaced because of rough idling and engine revving for no apparent reason.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I guess stranger things have happened, but that makes no logical sense to me.......
  • rodhrodh Posts: 2
    I have the same problem on a 2000 Expedition. The third time now it goes into 4 Low by itself and pushing the button changes nothing. After sitting a while turning differant things off and on it finally clears up. I called ford at 1-800-392-3673 and reported the problem today. As we speak my wife has the problem right now in the parking lot at her work!!!
  • rodhrodh Posts: 2
    The third time this has happeded. My SUV will not come out of 4L. You push the switch and on the display it switched from 4H to 4L but the truck stays in 4L. I read about a recall on the GEM for other models for this module but Ford has not recalled this model and year. The funny thing is each of the three times this has switched by itself my wife had just left a fast food drive through. Wondering if the vehicle is getting RF interferance some how which activates 4L and makes it stick there.
  • fx4fx4 Posts: 72
    just turned in dealer paid for Enterprise rental Ford F-150 with 5.4L 3V that had worst rear-end whine of all.

    2004 F-150 had 25,000 rental miles on it, seemed more like 75,000+ due to nasty condition. Why do people have to take liberties with such nice, new to start with units? Wonder how the rental companies make the numbers work? The above unit had two good sized dents or scrapes and had a rip in the seat. A couple of times I washed and completely cleaned Enterprise units prior to their return--manager about fell over. Ha!
  • I have a 2000 Expedition. Last night when I left work to go to my vehicle, I found it with the lights on. The switch was in Auto. It had been raining all day and the vehicle had been parked for about 10 hours. Once inside, the lights were very bright and the vehicle started without any notice of a battery drain. After a 30 minute drive home in the rain, I parked it in the garage. With the ignition turned off the lights went off in Auto, but then the fan motor in the dash began to run. Turning the key to the "on" position, the fan went off and the lights back on in auto(it was dark enough in the garage) With the key back off the same repeated again. I removed the fuse for the blower and everything was quite. Then the lights would go on and off. I turned the switch to off and the lights stayed off. Next the display on the radio began flashing. At this point I disconnected the battery. This morning the vehicle started after reconnecting the battery and when arriving at work, the same scenario as last night. With the key slightly turned in the ignition, everything appeared to be off. Fearing a possible electrical fire, I left the vehicle with battery disconnected. Any ideas or suggestions on what has suddenly happened to this vehicle while parked alone? Could it be the switch or something more serious?
  • I have a 2000 Expedition XLT 4X4 with about 108k miles on it. I have been very happy with it. However, twice while towing up a grade the top radiator hose has come off at the radiator. This of course in overheating and a mess of radiator water spilling all over etc.

    After the first time it happened I replaced the factory spring-style hose clamps with the more traditional ratchet style clamps. In addition I replaced the hoses and the cap just to be safe.

    The first time this happened I had just had the radiator serviced. I figured that the mechanic probably didn't get the hose and clamp on all the way. Then with the added stress of towing uphill the hose blew off.

    Why the hose blew off a second time after replacing all of the parts is a complete mystery. I did the work myself so that I would be sure everything was done properly. It seems as though if there was too much pressure in the system the cap should be letting go first. Right?

    Has anybody else experienced this problem? I am thinking of double clamping all of the hose connections. Any other ideas?
  • Howdy Richard, I had a 98 5.4 do a similar dance. A sharp Ford Tech from a rural dealership diagnosed and fixed the problem after the city boys tested everything including the security system. in an hour on an interrupted vacation they replaced a faulty starter, and no probs for the last 3 years. who says former Ford New Holland tractor boys can't fix cars?, goo dluck
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