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Ford Explorer Maintenance and Repair



  • I have a 93 ford explorer, just yesterday I was sitting in traffic and it started as if it want to cut off. I press gas/brakes at the same time to keep it running. It moops while pressing the gas/brakes as if it will cut off. When in park it moops until it cuts off. This morning driving to work, I drove about 7 miles and the problem started again. Can anyone tell me what the problem is? is it the feul injection or the spark plugs needs replacing.????????????
  • ntabtmentabtme Posts: 1
    Wow, you are lucky that it didn't happen to your car until 2500 miles. Mine happened at 522. They ordered a new instrument cluster, and just installed it yesterday. Well today happened to be the day I needed to fill up the tank and lo and behold, the fuel gauge dropped below empty again. I called my service advisor, but she wasn't at her desk. So, now it's the waiting game. All I have to say is I didn't pay this much money for a car that's fuel gauge doesn't work correctly.
  • wifemmwifemm Posts: 16
    My 02 Mountaineer's transmission started acting up after I had the transmission flushed at the dealer's @ 35Kmiles. Sometimes starting from stop, the transmission shudders for a while until it picks up speed. It has been smooth until the transmission was flushed, could the dealer use the wrong fluid or perhaps there is not enough or overfilled? Any ideas appreciated, thanks.
  • allan7allan7 Posts: 2
    First time poster desperately looking for some information. I have a 2002 Explorer with 50k. Recently, I have noticed that when driving slowly at a speed in the range of a gear shift there is a hesitation between shifts similar to a gear slip. The engine rev for a second or two prior to the shift. This only occurs occasionally and never during a moderate to quick accelleration. I have brought the car to a ford dealer and their so called tranny expert drove the car, noticed the slippage, ran a full diagnostic which the car passed. He reprogrammed the transmission computers (whatever that means) and was unsuccesfull in solving the problem. The pan was dropped, checked and it was clean (no metal fillings), the fluid was checked and was clean and full (no leakage). He can not solve the problem but recommends to change the computer that communicates with the transmmision ($800) and if that does not work to rebuild the transmission ($3500).
    The truck also pauses and produces a small pop when shifting from drive to reverse. I really am baffled and do not want to be involved in an expensive witch hunt. Anyone please.
  • idntnvuidntnvu Posts: 251
    Speaking of the Old Orange, I found it listed on Autotrader for $9988 today, which is what the original trade in offer was on it, before they said "what the hay, another 12 bucks and make it an even 10." They're still making money on it somehow. Ad didn't have a picture though, would've been nice to see it again lol.

    As far as the Dodge goes, pretty happy with it so far, minus a few issues that are already starting. I have to say, the entire time I had the Explorer, not once did it leave a stain on the driveway, even when it was leaking antifreeze from the thermostat. The Dodge has been in the driveway 2 weeks and I already have a stain that smells like gear oil. I think it's also leaking power steering fluid (both of which I'm having checked tomorrow), and dog gone it, the engine light is on. I have a feeling it's plugs, probably never been changed. I know it seems like this one is starting off on a bad foot too, but the Ford started off pretty good and then turned foul. Maybe this one is just getting it's issues aired out now, rather than 6 months down the road when the dealership says it's been too long.

    If anybody is in the Piedmont Triad of NC and you see an Orange XLS sitting on a Chevy/Cadillac lot, as good as it looks, RUN! hahahaha
  • fordhamfordham Posts: 1
    I have a '97 Explorer XLT, in great condition but I'm having a problem with the dashboard & radio lights going out. Everything came on when I started it this morning, and then I noticed that a few minutes later, the radio display had disappeared and none of the gauges' backlights were on (I had the headlights on). The turn signal arrows do light up when turn signal is engaged, but that's it. I remember hearing that other people have had this problem and that it was not related to fuses, etc. Anyone know anything? Thanks!
  • alman08alman08 Posts: 282
    how many miles you have on the vehicle now? shouldn't the service be covered with at least a 6 months warranty if not a 12months/10k??
  • alman08alman08 Posts: 282
    not sure if this would help... mine has done that a few times and each time i would turn off the car and to restart it and it'd be fine. also, i let the car warm up for about 2 mins when i let it park for over 2 hours before i drive off and it also seems to work better.
  • Hello,
    My name is Ron and my son just back from his time in Iraq purchased a 92 ford explorer XLT, 2 wheel drive.. He has had the rig 3 weeks and today he calls me from the bush and says it won't start. When he turns the key, there is nothing, no attempt to turn over. The lights, stereo, and other electrical systems seem to work. Do you have any suggestions on what to check. Could the starter be the problem? Thanks for your time
    Take Care
    PS Tidester, thanks for your kind words for my son's service in Iraq, I WILL pass them on!
  • Well, good luck.
    We purchased an 05 Explorer XLT :( .
    A beautiful vehicle, rides great

    NOW, the problems
    We didn't even get off of the dealers lot and it died.
    Nine days later and a complete new fuel system (from the gas tank to the injectors) and we got it back.
    Now after about 8,000 miles, it is back in the shop with the rear end shot along with a bad axle bearing and transmission problems.

    There is a smell of citus in the air.
    The dealer has been good to us but Ford has not been good to the dealership.

    Even though the vehicle doesn't "technically" qualify as a lemon the dealership is working with us to get a new vehicle of our choice as though the Explorer meets the lemon law.

    Good luck.
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    I don't believe "throwing money" at a problem until you fix it, if it can be fixed at all. This guy doesn't know what they problem is...and wants you to pay to find out. Go to another dealer and find someone who can figure out what the problem is (as close to humanly possible) and go from there. These trucks are bringing 12 to 13K on the used market. IF YOU NEED A NEW TRANSMISSION....ask your self if yoiu wouldn't be better off trading and buying another slightly used one!
    Good luck!
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    I used the 2nd one and even received a $500.00 refund after I cancelled it when I traded in my '02 Explorer on a new '05 4Runner.

    There is no comparison in build quality (and quality control) between the 4Runner and Explorer.
  • I have a 99 Ford Explorer XLT, and during the summer months, after the engine is warmed up, when it idles, a very loud whining noise comes from the air filter canister. When you put your hand on the canister, it is vibrating incredibly fast. When I rev the engine even a little, it goes away. I have had some type of sensor replaced, and it still makes the noise. It has 92,000 miles. Any help is appreciated! First time poster.
  • Hello,
    You mentioned that if the security system is active, it will lock out the starter. How do you know the security system is active, and locking out the starter? My son recently purchased a 92 explorer XLT 2 wheel drive rig, he called saying it won't start, no noise at all when turning the ignition key, nothing happens. The rest of the electrical systems seem to be working correctly

    Thanks for your help
  • Hello,
    You sound like a person that knows your ford explorer. My son just back from Iraq, purchased a 92 explorer 2 wheel drive rig XLT, a V6 4.0 but I don’t know what type yet. He called to tell me it won't start. There is nothing we he tries, no starter sound, no clicking, nothing. I asked did the lights come on and he said yes. He stated that all of the electrical systems seem to be working. I asked did the lights dim when trying to start but he did not know. Could the security system be active and lock the starter out? My son is not mechanical, any ideas on what I can check?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110

    Take a look at this thread: hart55, "Ford Explorer: Problems & Solutions" #4147, 2 Aug 2005 4:34 pm

    It sounds somewhat like the problem your son is having.

    Does anyone else have suggestions or ideas for Ron?

    tidester, host
  • katzjamrkatzjamr Posts: 146
    I purchased a 99 Ford Exploder new in 99. Its a vehicle used for sales estimates, no towing, i am the only driver, great maintenance on all my vehicles. At 25,000 miles the timing chain broke, ford gave me a new engine, got the new tires at 30k from ford, they have also replaced door locks, 4 wheel drive tranny, and all dash bulbs under warranty. At 60K the transmission failed in my driveway when it was just placed in reverse at idle. The extended warranty replaced my transmission. I come from a history of ford ownership and this vehicle has the most uncomfortable seats i have ever had in any vehicle. To the poster that has the 2002 exploder with the tranny problem, its my opinion that transmission is about to fail big time. Last month i purchased an RX 400h, 28 mpg, power of a v8, lots of comfort and convenience. This is the first foreign car i have ever bought, ford finally drove me to it. good luck everyone. anyone want a 99 exploder sport with 82K?
  • My explorer has 46000 and has the same problem. Our quote for repairs is $1200. Was your repair covered under any type of warranty?
  • chuck1chuck1 Posts: 1,405
    This is a common problem...Ford knows all about it. However, with the miles you have, the best you can hope for is a 50/50 split of labor and parts. AND you will only get that if your dealer goes to bat for you.

  • First of all, thanks to everyone who has helped me with this problem. I have a 97 explorer sport, with 109,000 miles on it that has an intermittent starting problem. The engine with turn over, but not start on occassion. Over the last month, I've replaced one-at-a-time, in order, the fuel filter, fuel pump, fuel relay switch, coil pack, spart plugs, and the idle air control valve. Still the problem persists, and I'm running out of parts to replace. Have been told that if the fuel pressure regulator goes bad this could happen. Also have heard of the crankcase sensor. Any suggestions? I've had it at two shops, both times it ran great and was given a clean bill of health. No computer errors or messages, and fuel pressure checks out fine. I'm open to any ideas! :confuse:
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