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Ford Expedition Maintenance and Repair



  • khagerkhager Posts: 15
    I have a 2004 Expy that was built in 12/03 I don't know what day but I do know the valve cover has a sticker with 12/16/03 on it, anyway I don't have a dust problem with my wheels\brakes like my neighbor's 03 does. So I think you are pretty close with your dates.
  • I have an '03 with 42K on it now that had the rear-end clutch pack replaced at 2000 miles. It has failed again and they want me to pay 25%. I am very unhappy as they know this is a problem and that it continues. I have also had the complete ring and pinion replaced at around 35,000 miles. I am holding out trying to get the local service rep to return calls, but they are completely ignoring me. Any thoughts?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Sorry, fx4 - never had an issue with the seat belt thing since about 1971 when they were in 2 parts, and the shoulder belt was clipped to the roof (and stayed there, by the way). So I can't help ya there. Loving my new ceramic brake pads though, courtesy of Bill Ford at no charge.
  • While driving at high speed over 100mph in an emergency situation, my throttle body stuck in the full open position. I had to shift to neutral and shut the engine off before it redlined. this was quite a scary experience for me, because once the engine was off the brakes went to a manuall type of feel with very little response. And to add insult to injury we were headed to a very curvey pass. Luckly we stopped and transfered the injured person to another vehicle and got the throttle body to unstick. I have not found anything in regards to this type of situation. Any ideas?
  • kongkong Posts: 1
    I'm glad it rained when it did. I placed a bulletin from church in the windshield, and forgot to take it out. The vehicle sat for a few days while my wife was out of town. I decided to drive it to work to clean it out, as I picked up the bulletin, water began to run out of it. I immediately contacted the dealership, they informed me that they had heard of this occurring with the new body style exp. and pick ups. Luckily we only had 35750 miles still in warranty. check yours before its too late.
  • I own a 1998 Expedition XLT with 80K miles. The vehicle often wants to idle at 1,500 or 3,000 rpm (depending on it's mood, I guess) while driving. The problem is most notable in warm or hot weather, and almost goes away when it's very cold out. I replaced the idle air mixture unit (proper name?), which fixed it for about a week, then the problem resumed.

         Secondly, the vehicle's front heating system is very weak - it will take 1/2 hour at full blast to make the driver even remotely comfortable. The rear unit appears to function normally.

         Could these problems be related? I am very limited on $ and need to keep this vehicle for a long time, but these problems make it very unpleasant for me and the kids to ride in. Any and all help is GREATLY appreciated.


  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Where is your temperature guage reading when the truck is warmed up?
  • Is it possible to retrofit a 3-point seat belt for the middle positions of the 2nd and 3rd row seats in a 98 Expedition? We love the vehicle (well maintained with extended warranty), but don't like the idea of putting kids in lap belts.
  • OK here is the answer. As I mentioned in a previous post about swapping the factory metallic brake pads on my expedition over to the 100% true cereamic pads from ceramicool, well they are just fantastic, not only did the annoying sqeaking stop, but the run so much cleaner. My dusting problem has for the most part disappeared. No dusting and no brake noise! I'm a very happy camper these days. I also understand that Ford has gone to these type pads on the 2005 models. Well that is the solution, swap those puppies over to Ceramic. Ceramic run Cooler, Quieter, and generally dont have the dust problem like the older metallic pads. So I hope this helps any other expedition owners out there. take care
  • teldocteldoc Posts: 49
    Question for ya: I have an 04 EB Expy 4x4 with 5.4L. In 2 wheel drive there is obviously no dash light. When it's in 4x4 high and 4x4 low, there is a dash light which is expected.


    But in between, in 4x4 Auto (wet road but not always slippery) there is no light on the dash. Is this normal or not working?
  • the lower portion of the "normal" indicator. Motor seems to warm up fine, as the rear heat blasts hot, but the front can't even keep up with a mildly cold day
  • zman3zman3 Posts: 857
    I am not the priamry driver of our 03 Expy but I am 99% certain that there is no light illuminated when in 4Auto.
  • tourguidetourguide Posts: 188
    I have an 04 4x4 too and you are correct, there is no light that illuminates for 4AWD. The light only comes on for 4x4 high and 4x4 low. This is normal and not a problem.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    The problems then may not be related. You probably have a blend-door issue with your front HVAC unit. As to the engine stalling, that's probably a completely different issue. If it's not throwing a code, I can't help you on that one, I've never had one of these engines act up on me at all...
  • wkohlerwkohler Posts: 74
    I'm not real certain there is a "blend" issue here. On Expeditions, I think the systems are independent of each other. There is no blend option between front and back. The front is either on or off, and likewise, the rear is either on or off. The exception being that if the front is off, there is no way to operate the rear separately. Also, for the rear air/heat, there is no blend between overhead and floor operation. Other than the seatbelt issue, this is the only thing I don't like about the Expedition. I would like to see another "knob" that allows one to at least blend the overhead and floor feature for the rear system.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I'm not talking about combining the front and back systems, I'm talking strictly about the front system malfunctioning because a blend door isn't closing or opening properly, allowing cold air to flow diluting the hot air.
  • Some mornings I can get into our 99'Eb and it starts fine, some mornings. However, sometimes it takes 30 to 40 minutes to get it to idle high enogh to start and not cut off. Yesterday i was in mid-traffic and it just cut off. Today it took 35 minutes to get it to stay started without cutting off. Any suggestions? wanna chunk it,can't afford it!!!!!
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Sounds like it's not starting up in closed loop or the parameters of closed loop operation are not correct. The computer may have a problem, or something related to the closed loop process. You need to have it checked, and it sounds like this should be easy to check.
  • fx4fx4 Posts: 72
    It worked out that we have had several new Fords the last few years (due to wife's accident, etc.) I have found that it is nearly impossible to remove the oil filter on 4.6 and 5.4 engines at home. (I usually pick up the excellent 5W-20 synthetic blend Motorcraft oil at Wal-Mart and change my own and recycle the used). When I was ready to change the first time on my 2004 Expedition, the oil filter just would not budge with the tools I had or could buy. After breaking my old favorite Motorcraft style filter wrench, I took the vehicle to a Valvoline quick change place. The manager assured me no problem for their pros. After about 30 minutes of trying every filter wrench they had and the manager getting down in the Valvoline pit to help, they got it off. What are the Ford engine plants doing here? Factory robot impact wrench and dry gasket? Hey FMC, this costs us time and money. And, the Valvoline shop certainly didn't make anything on my first visit due to time wasted.


    As an aside, I was surprised that the local Valvoline manager did not have the 5W-20 Ford spec oil. (Honda and a few others use it too). The manager on his own saved one of my empty 5W-20 Motorcraft quart bottles and said he would find out more. Ford has used the 5W-20 in most light duty vehicles except maybe the 4.0L V-6 in Explorer and Ranger since the 2001 model. Honda maybe longer than that. Just a couple of years ago Wal-Mart only had the one Motorcraft selection, but now carries 5W-20 with the Ford, Honda spec in three or four national brands.


    Any similar experiences trying to get Ford OEM oil filters to back off?
  • lenrlenr Posts: 13
    Your story reminded me of the same problem with my '78 F-150 351. Had a wrench that fit the indents on the end of the filter. The filter was so tight that the side of the can started twisting up. Went to Sears in the other vehicle and bought one of the outside gripper types which I slid down as close to the base as it would go. Then used both wrenches at the same time to break it loose. Have bought 6 Fords since then without having the problem again.
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