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Ford Explorer Maintenance and Repair



  • lisam7lisam7 Posts: 1
    I cannot start my explorer because the anti theft system. I've been having my driver's side door latch fixed, and am still waiting for 2 more parts, so I cannot unlock it from the drivers side. I had a mechanic come out and he couldn't fix it, and he said that since the theft light doesn't even come on, it might be the computer, but he doesn't know.

    Why would the system just activate on its own? How do I disable or bypass it so I can start my car? I really don't want to tow it to a dealership-that would be very expensive? Why is this system even on the car if the owner can't disable it? I have 2 keys, but they don't have buttons to lock or unlock the doors.

    Any insight would really help.

  • jays4carsjays4cars Posts: 2
    edited July 2013
    I have a 2001 explorer that have a 2 second slip in reverse and when your first put it in drive. The shift from 1st to 2rd have a 1 second slip at 1900 rpm. All that is when you first start it up cold, but when it warms up the 1st to 2rd shift is less than 1 second or sometime not at all. Checked the fluid and found that it was brown like oil but there was no burned smell to it. So i dropped the trans pan and changed the filter and found no metal and not much grime on the magnet or pan. Reinstalled the pan and started and truck up and replaced the fluid til the level was between the two holes on the dipstick ( 3.7 quarts ) But the trans fluid still looked like crap!! Test drove it and had alittle better shift but thats it So my question is could i have the trans fluid totally changed (9 quarts)? Ive been told NEVER flush your trans, but why is there a trans flush service if no one use them; i was thinking on getting the flush, but now i don't know. Any help i can get would be great....Thanks
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,680
    I was trying to 'help' the liftgate open quicker than it wanted to the other day and snapped the end of one of the struts, although was able to reattach it.
    Since it was held on just by compression, I decided to replace it. Didn't want the liftgate to land on someone's head.
    Dealer price is about $70 per strut for a 2002. Bought from partgeek for less than $25 each delivered.
    They are branded Sachs, but look exactly like the originals.
    10 minutes to replace both.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2017 Ford F-150 Limited
  • gb94501gb94501 Posts: 1
    Thank you for the informative description. I find it to be consistent with this Youtube video I found:

    I have a continued question on this matter that I can't find. I also have a burned out bulb in the A/C panel cluster, any idea how to replace that? What kind of bulb it is, etc? There may be a bulb burned out in the radio as well. Any way to replace that without replacing the radio? Any assistance you can lend on these 2 related items would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. :)
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I've never hear not to flush your transmission - and I've flushed plenty of mine. I would do that to yours as well. If you want to flush it yourself, disconnect the pressure line that goes to your radiator for cooling, and point it into a large pan. Start the engine, and start pouring fluid from a 2 gallon bottle of new fluid. Keep doing this until the fluid changes from brown to nice and red. You're done. Reconnect the line and drive. It may be better, and it may get better in time. That's a tough old transmission. You may well recover it.
  • I have owned my 1991 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer limited edition for 8 years.It has been driven cross country several times,on the the first trip we made it 500 miles and the main belt broke in half after that I have had very few problems with it. 3 years ago I had a water pump replaced,and that same year a solenoid. we made a move 4yrs ago to Texas from Montana. since the move it has some definite performance changes during the hottest part of the year. This explorer has 312K miles on it,It had 148K when I bought it in march of 2004. I couldn't ask for a better vehicle.I read a lot of the comments posted and I'm very thankful our "Dora the Explora" (my daughter was 3 when we bought her and she named her after her hero :) ) hasn't given us a lot of problems. The explorer has been in the cooler northern part of the country it's entire existence, until my daughter and I moved to Texas. I don't know if it's the drastic climate change but there is a definite change in Dora's performance. I am not mechanically inclined and used to have someone help me with the minor problems with Dora. Could someone please tell me if the drastic temperature change can effect it's performance? I was planning to retire Dora at the end of the year but cant afford to right now. I know the exhaust system needs replaced but over the last week Dora acts like the fuel cant get where it needs to go.It is also having a problem when I put my foot on the gas it takes a little while for it to pick up speed and has "coughed" and a "puff" came from the exhaust and then it worked better for a couple days and now it is back to doing the same thing as before the 'cough". I am the least mechanically inclined person I know. I thought maybe a plugged fuel filter ?? I don't have a lot of money to put into the repairs but I need my vehicle for at least a couple more months,if anyone could give me some possible suggestions to try,Iwould very much appreciate it
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    It may well be a plugged filter, but could be a few other things too. What it isn't, would be the weather.
  • lali1lali1 Posts: 1
    I have a Ford Explorer 2006 that is bouncing a lot of coolant. After two days straight of bounce it, stop it and the workshop still do not know what is the problem. They decided to change the water pump and also saw a hose from the water pump that was expanded and decided to change it. Fifteen days ago they changed the thermostat because they thought that the coolant was pouring down there. One year and a half ago they changed it for the first time, and a year ago they changed the radiator. Has anyone had any problems like this?
  • I just bought a used 2001 Ford Explorer Sport and I noticed it has stains on the back windshield. They look like rust, because they are coming from those two little black circles on the back windshield, so I'm not really 100% sure. Does anyone have any tips on how to remove these stains?? Thanks so much!!
  • I have the same problem, did you figure out what it is? Fuel Pump? O2 sensors?
  • Alright I have a 2000 mercury mountaineer. I've been having intermittent starting problems. As of right now I have replaced the coil packs, plugs, wires, fuel pump, and fuel filter. It was running "alright" for a couple months. It would have a few problems starting but would eventually start. Now it's dead in the water. My fuel pump is sending fuel. I removed the line before and after my fuel filter each individually and turned key on engine off and I have fuel going through. But when I reconnected and check the fuel pressure port there is no fuel going to it. What could it be?
  • My ford was giving starting issues as well n we checked the battery. The battery has a certain amount of cranks, ours was shot. Bought a new one and now it's running like new.
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