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Ford Expedition Maintenance and Repair



  • bronsonbbronsonb Posts: 170
    Well, I've had my 2004 Expedition for a few months, and it was time for my first oil change. I prefer to do these myself, but I've never done one on an Expedition.

    Anyway, at first I was a bit daunted because there didn't seem to be any easy access to the oil filter. It was impossible to get to from the top of the engine. Below the engine, it seemed like I needed to contort myself to get to it.

    Then when I crawled out from under the truck, I noticed that Ford had designed it so that you could access the oil filter from just under the front of the truck. If you go under the front of the bumper and look up on the driver's side of the truck, you'll see the oil filter. The designers left a small opening there and even put a shelf of sorts underneath it.

    When I took the oil filter off, the shelf caught oil dripping from the filter bolt, and I was easily able to clean it up.

    Detroit got something right, and I just wanted to say I was quite impressed with how easy it was.

    The whole oil change and fluid top off took me about 30 minutes. It usually takes me 45 minutes on my wife's Passat (15 minutes to remove and re-attach that plastic lower engine area shield).

    Just wanted to share!
  • I have a 98 Exp pushing 130K miles and never changed my own oil until I bought this vehicle. It sits up high enough to crawl under comfortably and the oil filter is in the exact same place as you have discribed only without a shelf.
  • Yes, it is the factory remote.
  • i used the serach here for answers & didn't quite see what i'm looking for, so sorry if this has been covered elsewhere.

    1). is the an online repair manuel available for a 2003 expedition?

    2). mine no longer will raise & lower the passenger front window. other than the obvious 3 screws removed, what's the trick to getting the interior panel off without damage?

    please reply here, or better yet:

    thanks in advance.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    1). is the an online repair manuel available for a 2003 expedition?

    Yes, but....

    There's something called the Auto Repair Reference Center. It's an online database with all kinds of repair info. You have to have a login to access it though. Around here several libraries subscribe to it and you either go to library or (hopefully) can get on from home with your library card number or similar password. If you have that, it's free.

    I found my local ones by net searching "Auto Repair Reference Center Idaho."

    There's also and (and more) that have diy info that you can buy.

    I don't recall anything online from Ford off-hand - anyone?
  • thanks for the reply & info.

    forgive me, but i'm not familar with your refernce to "libraries", as in "Around here several libraries subscribe to it ".

    if one would explain, i do appreciate it.

    please & thank you.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Often your ordinary public library will subscribe to the databases. Both the city and county public library here subscribe to the Auto Repair Reference Center one, as well as the library at Boise State. I know that the Seattle Public Library offers online access to Alldata's manuals free for their patrons.

    I guess you'll have to search the net or call your local library to learn if anything is offered free in your area.

    Oh yeah, AutoZone also offers some repair instructions free. (link).
  • My 2003 expedition power adjustable foot pedals quit working. My driver side power seat still moves so I figure the fuse is good. Is there a relay or actuator that I should check and if so where would they be? Or any other suggestions
  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 539
    Are y'all still partying up in Boise?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    You bet - 20,000+ people showed up a week ago today for a Bronco parade in sub-freezing temps (they waited a while since all the BSU students just came back to class a couple of weeks ago after the Fiesta... er, Christmas break).
  • My driver's side heated seat is not working on my 01 EB Expy. The light comes on but no heat. Checked all fuses and wiring and found nothing. Any Ideas?? Thanks,
  • Hello,
    I just signed up and seen this. I guess by the date you posted this you by now have the problem fixed if not please let me know.

  • Is there a way to verify this? I have the same issue. When I turn the key I get nothing and the radio goes dead. It does eventually come back though. I do not hear anything until several seconds later it sounds as if something disengages. I ask this because I have to go to a dealer to get this part.
  • OK. I was able to determine that the Relay was bad via an ohm meter. The bottom stud should be hot with greater than 10V. Then when the ignitiion is in the start position the top stud should be hot with > 10 volts. Mine wasn't. Replaced it $9.50 @ the local auto parts store.
  • ayakataayakata Posts: 14
    Thank God I came across your post. My 99 expy was recently lifted and towed to the mechanic for some work. I got the car back on saturday, yesterday and I noticed it was very low at the back. The mechanic did mentioned that this was due to the air suspension, the car ride was so bumpy and shaking that I took the truck back today. I guess there is nothing the mechanic can do to it and I do no hope they will not try to dupe me by telling stories. I turned the switch, I mean the air suspension switch off and on couple of time after but still no changes. Just for future reference, so it is advisable to switch the air suspension off when the truck is getting ready to be lifted right?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.
  • macman246macman246 Posts: 118
    It's always advisable to switch off the rear air suspension when put on a lift. This keeps it from constantly running.

    My '99's back end was bouncing around after a coupler failed under the hood. I heard a pfffhht sound like an air brake on a truck, then the back end wouldn't raise up anymore even though the compressor kept trying. I was parked and idling on a steep hill when it failed.

    If you don't hear the compressor trying to pump up the air bags, it's probably a fuse.

    Good luck.
  • I went to PepBoys and purchased a CD Manual for

    Trucks, SUVs & Vans. there are charts, diagrams and pictures showing parts and wiring etc.

    Hope this helps.
  • mrtedmrted Posts: 2
    I have a 1998 Expedition EB 4x4, 5.4 engine and I need to replace the lower ball joints and I need to know if I need a special tool or do I beat them out with a brass rod and hammer.
  • 85stang85stang Posts: 1
    I have a 97 Eddie Bauer Exp with 85K on it. At start up and occasionally during trips the air suspension compressor will be very loud (compared to how it used to be). Has anyone else had outcomes other than expensive replacements, and if not what all had to be replaced? Does this model have four way load leveling available? At one point it seemed to be riding low on one side, but the dealer said it only had front/rear leveling. Just curious. Thanks for any replies.
  • rbarbotrbarbot Posts: 19
    I have seen others post this problem here before but no solution that I can see.

    My 2000 Expy CD-Changer stopped working months ago and displayed "NO CDDJ" on the radio display when I push the CD button. The changer had no power and wouldn't eject the magazine.

    I wrongfully made the assumption that the changer was dead and sent it in for repair. Just got it back and it tests OK. Put it back in and the same error is displayed. All the audio fuses on the fuse block and under-hood fuse block check OK.

    What else can it be? Is there another fuse to the changer unit in the console or under the dash somewhere? Could the head unit be damaged? Short of solving this myself, will the dealer even be able to diagnose radio problems very well with a scope or other tools?

    Thanks in advance.
  • bronsonbbronsonb Posts: 170
    My 2004 EB Expedition was in need of a battery. Twice this year I had to jump start it after letting accessories run without the engine running, so I opted to get a new battery.

    However, the positive cable was so corroded that I couldn't remove it. I looked at buying a new positive cable. I didn't check Ford, but AutoZone had one for $80 (positive and negative together).

    After fretting about the delay to get the cable (at least 3 days), I opted to try something else. I found a Lynx battery post adapter that clamps to the post and provides a bolt to hook cables to.

    The Expy battery has three items that bolt to the positive post. The bottom "cable" actually has the post welded to it that the two other cables attach to. That's also the cable that was so corroded I could not remove it.

    Anyway, I bought the Lynx post adapter and also bought a new DL-65 battery from AutoZone (CR best buy). I removed the negative cable and then cut the corroded bolt off on the positive side. I then proceeded to cut the corroded clamp part off of the positive cable. I was left with enough surface area and that little post. I cut off the post, drilled a hole in the flat part, mounted it on that post and then attached the other two cables above it.

    All worked well - no problem with starting or charging system. Total investment was $5.00 for the post adapter and $70 for the new battery. Much better than waiting 3 days for the new cable. I don't know if this is a kosher way of dealing with the problem, but it was sure a convenient and cost-effective way.
  • naviaggienaviaggie Posts: 1
    I was in a parking lot the other day, and I put the vehilce in to drive to move out of the spot. I went to pick up my friend, and I tried to put it in park but the shift lever would not come out of drive. It was still in gear so I drove it home and the transmission shifted gears fine. At home I could not put it in park so I turned it off and I could not get the key out.
  • suzy3suzy3 Posts: 2
    Took my expedition in to sell to an auto broker. He unscrewed the oil cap and compression went down along with idle. He said, this is a sign of bad rings. Is this true? If so, how much to fix? Need to sell for $$ looking to find out how to get it fixed and sold. Thanks!
  • jg88jg88 Posts: 59
    Just experienced our 1st repair on our 04 4x4 expy eb -- had to replace the battery and cables -- battery was DOA and cables were toatally corroded. It's just shy of 50k miles and about 38 months old. Otherwise, we've had no problems at all. Have kept up with the truck every 5k miles for scheduled services and have gone by the book.

    BTW, we will get 55k miles on the oem conti tires. Had to replace 1 tire do to a sidewall flat and used the spare tire across from the new tire putting the older tire on the spare rim.
  • shand32783shand32783 Posts: 76
    So after almost 6 years I finally hit 30,000 (actually 31,000) after a long road trip on my Expy. What services beyond the normal oil change stuff should I be looking at?

    Thanks for your time.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    You may want to check this out: Maintenance Schedule

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  • cadetcadet Posts: 1

    I own a 97 Eddie Baur Expedition too and with the same noise problem when the compressor kicks in. Right now my rear wheels are low and wont get up. Your advice please.


  • I have a 2007 Expedition EL. Occasionally the A/C just shuts off. It usually comes back on in a second or two, but once it didn't come back on at all. The only way to get it to come back on was to stop the car, turn the engine off, and resart. Then I could turn the A/C back on. This occured after going over a speed hump at 20 MPh. But sometimes in will just shut off. Sometimes I'm on the freeway, sometimes at a stop light. Like I said it will usually come back on by itself. This has been occuring since the car had just a few hundred miles on it.
    Plus the A/C seems to take a long time to get cold. Haven't brought it in yet, but just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem, or might know what is causing it. Of course when I go in, the dealership will probably give me the old "well we can't replicate the problem" routine, so I know I'm going to be frustrated as usual. Please help !!
  • I've been recently experiencing the same problem with my 98 EB, I had my brake pads replaced and rotors turned & i was still having the brakes pulsate on me, but not all the time, i had some motor medics take it for a drive, but of course the brakes didnt pulsate, then i noticed the ABS light on, so i talked to a few people and they said it might be the sensors. Well I happened to take my truck to the drive thru car wash with the undercarriage cleaner and my abs light went off, and my brakes didnt pulsate until the front rims got dirty again, so i took it for another undercarriage clean and it stopped again. I dont know what the deal is, but I just decided it was time to get a new car before mine falls apart. I love my Expedition to death though...
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