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Ford Expedition Maintenance and Repair



  • guestguest Posts: 774
    It doesnt clank when i put it into 4awd. . . but does SOMETIMES if i put it into 4hi or 4lo. . . aweful sound like grinding gears. . . All this though usually only happens when the truck is warmed up, especially the groaning/grinding sound, so that totally tells me its vaccuum related. ALSO with all of this vacuum issue. . . my tranny clunk hard into 2nd gear on the down shift at 20mph on decelerration EVERYTIME. . . Once again i wonder if this is all related to a vacuum problem seeing everything started to happen all at the same time, the loose steering at higher speeds, the tranny clunk and the groaning/grinding in the front end. Definately gonna bring it in with these posts to give the mechanic a heads up on what im talking about.
    Thanks again for all these posts. . . makes life so much easier when explaining things to dealers. I dont feel like im going crazy anymore. . .love my truck and glad to hear its not a lemon. . . lol
  • nbxnbx Posts: 28
    Hope my post helped.

    Mine too would stop the grinding noise by switching to AWD. Obviously by being in AWD the system was no longer trying to keep the hubs locked out. We had to resort to AWD on the way back from the beach at Hilton Head Island this summer. On the hills in NC/SC the vacuum would drop with any extra gas pedal at all in 2WD high and all the grinding would start. Stopped immediately in AWD.

    With reference to the time my 4wd system quit working, there was a switch (low cost as Ford prices go) that was bad. Not clear whether the battery acid had a role--but
    the switch is mounted on the firewall right in the area where the battery acid damaged the vacuum lines.

    Speaking of frustrations, it was only after the second or third repair that the dealer found the acid was causing the problem. Earlier had said the vacuum lines may have been rubbing on a sheet metal edge.

    P.s. Thought about removing the battery shield (bag looking thing)as it sags over against the above vacuum lines near the firewall. But, don't know the function of this new high tech bag apparatus? Ha!
  • nbxnbx Posts: 28
    I had a 2003 Expedition 4WD that had to have the "S" spring fix which is apparently the same repair you mention.

    Except for the time when the 4wd went out 100% and had to have the switch on the firewall replaced, my 2004 has not had any noises or malfunction at all in 4WD in either high or low.

    Up to 60,000 miles on my 2004 NBX. Overall low trouble and feeling I might drive it for a while now that gas is down around $2. Would like to have the extra bit of power of the 5.4 3v from 2005 and up. The only other significant probelm for my 2004 has been that 3 of the 4 NBX's off-road steel wheels are bad out-of-round from the factory per the local tire stores. Wheels made by Hollander? Anyone know? Need to find some decent wheels--driving me nuts, wheel balancing no help.
  • guestguest Posts: 774
    IS it ok to keep it in 4AWD all the time even on the highway??? I want to keep it in 4AWD until i can bring it to the dealer.
  • nbxnbx Posts: 28
    Yes, OK all the time in the 4AWD setting wet or dry. But, only wet or snow in 4wd high or 4wd low. The 4AWD results in a 1/2 mpg or so fuel mileage penalty, but no problem at all using 4AWD for days on end on dry pavement.

    P.s. I felt confident before my post under number 1634 above that my experience with the vacuum leaks and the hub noise in 2wd would be of value to others. This mystery front 4X4 hub noise was solved as a joint venture between the Ford dealer shop manager, the Ford District Rep and me. The first time we could not duplicate the noise on any hills nearby, but the Ford District Rep happened to be there that day and knew about the problem from visits to other Ford shops. He outlined steps to solve the problem based on my description. the District man however did not mention battery acid as the culprit with the vacuum lines. Amazingly no harm to the front hub assembly has been noted even though it sounded like the left front wheel was being ground off.
  • How did you get in touch with the Ford Distric Rep?????
    I would SO love to contact mine in South Florida about my loose steering rack. The dealer just brushes it off that "it drives better then most" and "it would be difficult to find the problem". Contacting Ford themselves does no good, they just tell me that i need to see a dealer, and even though theres a TSB for a nibble in the rack, theres no TSB for loosened racks. Pretty lame, huh. Anyway, if you can let me know where i can find out who my distric rep is, that would be a HUGE help.
    Thanks again
  • autoboy16autoboy16 Posts: 992
    We just got an 03 Expy eddie bauer. Our problem is that it only came with one key and no alarm. In fact we don't even have the door key pad code.

    WE LOVE IT!!

    Does anyone know how to get the key pad code?? Does the dealership charge for this information?

    -Cj :confuse:
  • My light came for a cpl days took it to advance auto and they read the code. code was 1450 said they had no idea anything over 999 in codes had to go to the dealer. So I went outside started the truck up and light was off.truck runs fine does anyone know of this code?
  • Folks, if you have the symptoms I described above...I found that it was the fuel pressure regulator causing the problem. A simple $35 item anyone can install. Note: there are various part listings for this piece and be sure to look at your unit before going to buy one. My '99 Expedition 5.4l Eddie Bauer 4WD took a (OEM Part No.): XR3E-9C968-AD (Motorcraft part No. CM4911)...same part fits the 4.6l engine. It has no bolt holes and is retained by a "C" snap ring; it's located on the driver side EFI fuel rail, just about mid-way along the intake manifold above the injectors and coil/plugs. Check to see if a little spray of ether (engine start spray) ignites and runs for a second or two...if so, and you have a crank, no start, no faults or codes...replace the fuel pressure regulator; a cheap first step. Hope this helps. :shades:
  • nbxnbx Posts: 28
    The Ford Rep just happened to be there that day. No attempt to contact. One other time on a problem with the front limited slip on 1995 Bronco, the District Rep was there that day too and agreed on the spot to disable the awful functioning front axle limited slip. If you hook with the District Rep, get a resolution on the spot if possible.

    Another idea is to strike up a conversation around the shop and someone will blab out the date the Rep will be there, the name, etc. Old police trick. HA! Another is to make a total pest of yourself while maintaining business like composure. And, fill out and keep a copy of the dated form requesting the District Rep call you. Have someone there sign and process the request.

    But, over the years I have done the best by working as close as possible with the shop manager or tech closest to the problem. They feed off praise--let the local guy be the one to make the call in your favor assuming they can fix the problem in the first place.

    General TSB such as from NHTSA can be helpful, but they can be misleading.

    Close observation of the sights, sounds, smells related to the problem is paramount in helping the tech if the problem cannot be duplicated. Write down date(s)and time,temperature, towing or not, speed, load, etc.

    Ford also has something called Oasis where the tech inputs problem information into a nationwide Ford database. I had a 2003 Ford Explorer that had a weird A/C moaning noise that was only heard when temp and humidity were both over 83-85. Right there in black and white on the Oasis printout was the problem plain as day--the Ford tech believed me then. Only Ford did not have an economical fix and said to check back later. The A/C completely quit under warranty later and the noise never returned.

    Finally don't be a total cheapskate. The dealer trying to make a profit notices when you pay for what is fairly yours.

    ..hope some of the above might me of help to you..
  • tgohntgohn Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 expedition with 152,000 miles on it. At highway speeds (60-70 mph) when I put the gas pedal to the floor the transmission downshifts to far. The tack jumps to 4000 rpms and the truck does not accelerate. If I let off on the gas a little the transmission upshifts to the correct (passing) gear. Any idea whats going on?
  • I am having this problem with my 2004 ford expedition. The leather in the second row and two front seats is cracking like crazy. I bought it new in late 2005 and I dont know why the leather would crack. In the front seats it has gotten so bad that its already torn! The foam is exposed. Its ridiculous. Should Ford replace it (it has more miles than the orignal warranty covers)? Please help. Email me if you have this problem?!?!
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  • guestguest Posts: 774
    Did you ever get that vibration problem taken care of?? Having same problem on 1999 expedition.
  • We recently discovered the keypad code in our expedition (The whole under the glovebox if you contort yourself... thing really works!). The keypad comes in handy because we don't have an alarm transponder. And we don't have an owners manual. What are the features it does. We so far realized that

    If you input the code then press 3, all doors unlock;
    If you input the code then press 5, the rear glass opens up;

    Is that all the keypad does or is there more?

    -Cj 2004 Black Expedition Eddie Bauer w/DVD
  • mrsclmrscl Posts: 2
    Hi, I found this info on another Expedition forum site, hope it helps !

    "I just bought a used 03 Expedition, and didn't have the factory keyless entry code.
    After, some google searches, I've found the location on mine. It was located on the passenger side, under the dash. You have to remove the passanger floor foot panel, look towards the fender and you'll see the fuse box. Next to the upper left corner of the fuse box, there is another smaller black box with a white sticker, look for the 5 digit code. This was my factory code.
    Others have posted that it's on the drivers side, but that is for 02 and older."

    Take it easy.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    They stopped using the sticker in 04. now the key code is only available from your dealer.

  • mrsclmrscl Posts: 2
    Yeh, but Autoboy16 has an 03 Expedition, that's why i answered him with my response ! :shades:
  • yup. i was misinformed! :blush: . But what about my question on what the keypad does!

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,451
    press 7/8-9/0 buttons at the same time, to lock all the doors.
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