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Ford Explorer Maintenance and Repair

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  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    Congrats on what has been an overall good ownership experience on your vehicle. The previous generation Explorer does have a reputation for being pretty much "bullet proof". However, most of the complaints on this board evolve around the 2002's on. This was after the redesign in which the V6 motor was changed as well as the floor of the vehicle being lowered and the suspension changed as well. My wife's 2002 V6-2WD now has 37,000 miles on it. Just got back from a six-hour trip from So. Cal to Phoenix, AZ. The vehicle preformed very well and got 18 mpg on the highway at over the legal-limit :) speeds! I did have the transmssiion solenoid replaced and have an appointment for the front sway bar bushings. Other than that, a positive ownership experience so far!
  • DO NOT BUY A FORD! Your best choise is GM.
  • gene1974gene1974 Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2001 explorer sport about a month ago. the abs light comes on every once in a while and when it does the abs does not function... but if i shut the truck completely off and then restart it right away the light goes off and the abs works fine.. i called the dealer and they told me it could be one of three sensors or a bad wire.. they said they would only charge me 95 dollars to check the computer to see what it says and if that does not work it would be 65 an hour till they find the problem.. well i don't know about anyone else but I'm not rich and if i were i still would not pay that outrageous price... they can stick it... went to autozone and yes to an earlyer post they can read allmost any code for the obdII..no code came up but they told me it would have to be on for them to read it because the computer does not keep temp codes...anyone else have this problem?
  • I have a '94 Eddie Bauer and it idles fine but sputters and jerks when you apply the gas. Also it feels very sluggish taking off. I mean more than it should with the miss that I just described...... Any suggestions?
  • NO! Cut any losses you may have. Maybe you can use your explorer for a demolition derby car...?
  • tbar1864tbar1864 Posts: 1
    I am experiencing a similar problem and looking on this board to see if there has been any problem resolution other than replacing the switches. 1997 EB Explorer and both my fog lamps don't work and my right low beam doesn't work. I replace both headlights and checked all fuses. Still no low beam on the right side, but high beam works fine. I hate to take it to the dealer for repair. Any ideas?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    You're responding to a posting that is almost 5 years old. I am quite certain that mkt1204 has already made up his mind by now! :-)

    tidester, host
  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    Hmmmm, well, for starters its 11 years old, can't really fault it for having a few issues. Second, how many miles on it? Third, have you taken it to a mechanic? Seems to me like you are blaming the truck for something that isn't its or Ford's fault.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    Well said. It amazes me how people complain about issues when they are driving a car that is 10 plus years old with 150,000 miles on it. Gee, even 10 year old Hondas and Toyotas have issues...
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    I would look at fuel pressure first, then spark.
  • cdfexpcdfexp Posts: 3
    I have the 1998 5.0 v8 eddie explorer, AWD is eating me up plus many say it is a waist of the V8 power unless hauling. Though i read somewhere before that I could replace the awd transfer case with a 4X4. Reading around in her i know it will cost a pretty penny. Guess the question is with gas prices the way they are HOW MANY PRETTY PENNIES WILL IT SAVE ME!! 13mpg now
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    I have a '94 Eddie Bauer and it idles fine but sputters and jerks when you apply the gas. Also it feels very sluggish taking off. I mean more than it should with the miss that I just described...... Any suggestions?

    Have you had it tuned up recently? It sounds like a bad spark, bad sensor (Mass air flow, oxygen), or bad fuel flow (fuel filter?, fuel pump)

    Chipmunks living under the hood?
    :-)

    A good tune should be able to find the problem.
  • 13 mpg is not that bad for something as heavy and un-aerodynamic as an Explorer.

    I only get 14-16 in my V6. Had there been a V8 on the lot I would have bought it instead.

    I'd love to "waste V8 power" for an mere 2 mpg!
  • I have had my XLT for 4 months and have 4100 miles on it. Should I wait until 5000 miles for the first oil change or is it better to have it done now. Previous car I did every 3700 miles.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    I use conventional oil in my wife's '02 XLT 2 wd w/v6. I change it every 5,000 miles. I tnow has 37K on it with no problems.
    Hope this helps!
  • bgyakobgyako Posts: 6
    What was the chattering noise?
  • merc2002merc2002 Posts: 17
    When i adjust the temp with my 2002MM auto climate control the door creaks...it doesn't creak when i change the vent positions or anything else...just when i adjust my temps....not all the time..anyone have any solutions or causes why it happens...thanks
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    You mean you hear the blend door creaking in the dash?
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,972
    i can't imagine you could ever recoup the 'investment' in converting to 4wd from awd.
    check the air pressure in your tires and make sure you have a clean air filter. best bang for your buck. 13mpg is very low, was it always this way?
    i had a '97, same drivetrain. lowest ever was 14 mpg, highest 20.
  • merc2002merc2002 Posts: 17
    is that what that sound is?it didn't happen today so im wondering if it fixed itself...should i worry if i keep hearing it or is it just dragging on the plastic as it opens?
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    is that what that sound is?it didn't happen today so im wondering if it fixed itself...should i worry if i keep hearing it or is it just dragging on the plastic as it opens?

    That's probably all it is. Does it do it year round or has it just started?
    Could be making more noise because of the colder weather....plastic contracting some and squeaking.
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    Don't worry, but when it breaks-worry. It's an 8 to ten hour job to diassemble the dash board and replace the assembly.
  • tweedietweedie Posts: 10
    Folks,

    Need some advice,

    I took my vehicle to dealer for transmission recall additive insertion.
    Rough shifting is as bad as ever, maybe worse.
    It clunks when it downshifts, especially when I slow down quickly.

    I can't stand the annoying noise and I fear it eventually will fail.

    I have 32K miles and the extended deluxe warranty.
    Should I live with the klunk?
    Take it back to dealer and demand it be fixed?
    Is it normal and really no indication of a potential reliability issue down the road?

    What can or should be done basically?

    Thanks.

    TP
  • jrc346jrc346 Posts: 337
    You are most welcome! I just hope that the new shocks will function to your satisfaction. I remember the Edelbrock website having a lot of information relating to the fuction of their shocks, but I don't remember being able to buy them there. For that, I ordered them from jcwhitney.com where they were about $70 bucks a piece. Kind of steep, but in my opinion, they were worth it.
  • greapergreaper Posts: 6
    My 1998 5.0 2wd with 125,000 miles has been running great until a few days ago. As I put a light load on the engine, it hesitates. It usually happens while going up a slight hill or light acceleration aroung 15-20 rpm. It doesn't seem like the engine is missing so thought it might be the torque converter or trans.
  • gate81gate81 Posts: 2
    I get a whistling noise from my V6 engine (2004 model) between 2100-2300 rpms. Only occurs when cruising at that rpm, and not during rapid acceleration. Any ideas?
    thanks
  • I'm old school. Every 3K. I don't care what the manual says :)

    -Larry
  • whortondwhortond Posts: 1
    I am in the process of buying a new vehicle. I have test drove a 2003 Toyota 4Runner, V8, Sport Edition and a 2005 Ford Explorer...I think it was also the Sport model......Can anyone give me any info about why I should or shouldn't buy one of the two?

    The Explorer was a V6
  • I bought a 2005 last Friday. I found the 04B22 bulliten you speak of and emailed my dealer my VIN so they could check OASIS. Luckily my truck isn't on the recall list.

    I will say I don't have the clunking issue, but this truck shifts like no other Explorer (my third one) or Ranger (I've had 3) that I've had.

    It feels like it would if I were shifting it with a manual transmission. You know, a slight back-off of the throttle, shift, then back on the throttle. Not the usual simple shift up to the next gear like I'm used to.

    These things have electronic throttle controls (no linkage) I think and I don't think any of the others did. Maybe it's just different since it has total control of the throttle.

    -Larry
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    My 1998 5.0 2wd with 125,000 miles has been running great until a few days ago. As I put a light load on the engine, it hesitates. It usually happens while going up a slight hill or light acceleration aroung 15-20 rpm. It doesn't seem like the engine is missing so thought it might be the torque converter or trans.

    When the tranny is going it will be more like a slipping under load. The engine revs will be higher than normal for the same amount of work.

    When you hesitates , do you mean like a hiccup?
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