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Ford Explorer Maintenance and Repair



  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    The dealer is correct - they do light, and the circuit board with the lights on it is what you need. I'm surprised you can't still get them. Two things - you may want to find out who made your stereo, hopefully Clarion, and not Visteon, and get one, or find another unit like yours to replace your whole head unit. They have to be at junkyards and all over stereo shops as take outs...There were a zillion of them made.
  • i recently had an alt go bad, replaced it with one from auto zone. plus i got a gator grip belt to go with it. this was 7 months ago but ever since the change my temp gauge barely comes up past cold and if i run the fan on high in AC or heat/defrost when i slow down to wait for a turn my alt gauge drops for a bit then comes back up to normal and it doesnt do it all the time! what in the heck is wrong can anyone take a guess im clueless.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Sounds like your belt tensioner either didn't set right when you put the belt back on, or is broken and your belt is slipping quite a bit. It could cause both problems....
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    or you put on a wrong belt which is too long, allowing slippage because the tensioner can't keep it tight enough.
  • i have a 1993 explorer with 196000 miles on it, and recently, every time i turn the heater to the second highest or highest fan setting, the battery meter drops significantly, also the lights in the dash dim too.
    has anyone else had this problem?
    any ideas?
  • i had a problem like this in my 1993 ford explorer!
    what it turned out to be was a bearing in the axle and became worn and made a loud noise, and i too couldnt tell between noises.
    hope this helps
  • My nephew gave me his 1996 Explorer with a V6 and said the dealer told him the heads were leaking (possibly cracked). I can’t get it to turn over (engine sounds frozen). I found someone with a wrecked 1997 Explorer with a V6. Can I put the 1997 V6 in my 1996?
  • Put a can of gas dryer in it anyway. This will cause any water in the gas to be suspended in the gas and burned out.
  • 1. Replace Gas and Air filters. 2. Put a can of injector cleaner in one tank of gas. 3. Put a can of 'Gas dryer' in the next tank of gas. 4. Change Gas stations for a while. Station could have water and gunk in their tanks.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I believe you can, with very few modifications needed....
  • Try the computer module located behind your glove box. I had same issue.. Worked then didn't. Ford dealter said would cost $500 to fix. I ordered a 4x4 computer module online. Cost $152... Easy fix.. 2 screws, 2 wire harnesses and problem fixed. Online parts dealer said original part would go bad after a battery failure (I had battery disconnect due to another problem). The new part is an updated part.. Works great....
  • You will need to change the computer too, keep the 1997 computer with the 1997 engine. The computers are programed specifically for each year engine. Carefully check all computer and electrial cables and connections to be sure everything will match up.
    Good Luck,
    E.D. ISF
  • It appears that the 96 is an OHC and the 97 came with an SOHC and I can see the difference there since one is 160hp and the other is 205hp. But it looks like the 97 also came with the 160hp OHC. Could I still use the 96 computer with the 97 engine if it is the 160hp OHC? Sorry to get so technical but funds are short and I think the guy I am buying the eng from already sold the computer.
  • In your original messege you said the 96 had a V6 and the 97 had a V6, BUT you did not say that they where different engines. Forget about swapping the 96 V6 OHV with the 97 V6 SOHC engines, the electrical wiring is all different, the computers are different, the transmissions are different, the mounts are different, the radiator/fan is different, the exhaust system is different, and the driveshaft is different. I only suggested that the swap may be feasible if both engines were the same, but now knowing that the engines are different, I'd say to scrap the whole idea. The only way to replace the engine in the 96 with the V6 4.0L OHV, is to replace it with the SAME ENGINE. I would make this same suggestion for any vehicle. The only exception to this would be a custom made vehicle, done by someone with the knowledge, skill and tools to do it, and it would be expensive and time comsuming, not what I think that you are looking for.
    Good Luck,
    E.D. ISF
  • Thanks, the voice of reason. Although the OHC was also available in 97 it would not be a good idea to even attempt it if the 97 I am considering has the OHC engine, which I doubt. Thanks for the kick in the A........
  • Just a clairification on these engines, as you reffered to the 96 engine as the OHC engine and the 97 engine as the SOHC engine. Both engines are 4.0L V6 engines, the early engine, the 4.0L V6 OHV (Over Head Valve) 160hp, has the camshaft in the engine block, down in the vally of the Vee, like the old V engines were designed, for a total of one camshaft in the engine.
    The newer 4.0L V6 SOHC (Single Over Head Cam) 205hp, has a single camshaft in each head, for a total of two camshafts in the engine.
    E.D. ISF
  • 1999 SOHC, V6, 72,000 miles. Maintenance up to date.

    I had a thermostat replaced Nov 11 and 1 month later it was replaced again. Now 3 weeks after the 2nd thermostat, it starting to fail again.

    I start the Explorer, and let the temp gauge go to its usual position (I do not have the heat on). It hits the normal spot (right on the temp gauge icon), and then it starts going down. If I turn on the heat, the gauge "floats". Exact same thing as the previous 2 times.

    I'm starting to worry this is just not a case of a bad thermostat but something worse. Any advice would be great.


    PS. I've recently had O2 and IAC valve replaced for a stalling/no start issue. Not sure if that helps or not.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    The other thing that would cause this phenomenon to happen, and after 3 thermostats, I'm betting it's not that, would be low water flow. This can be due to inadequate pumping from a loose belt, or bad water pump, to a restriction somewhere in the cooling system. This engine is kind of famous for this 'running cold' syndrome. Low water levelor an air bubble restriction somewhere is likely your problem. When the Thermostat was replaced, did the mechanic bleed the cooling system for air? There used to be a bolt in the intake manifold that would let out the air high in the engine that needed to be bled when the system was flushed or evacuated. If not, the guage and flow is affected....
  • does anyone know how to fix a broken handle in the rear hatch on a 1993 ford explorer?
    yesterday it was frozen so i really reaped on it an broke it. not off, jsut not its very loose and wont turn back to the normal position, or open anything.
    is there a way to get into the back door to fix it?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Take off the inside interior panel. There are some holes in the door you can get to it from.
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