2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Problems

Plastic Intake Manifold May Crack Causing Coolant Leak

The composite (plastic) intake manifold may crack near the thermostat housing and cause a coolant leak. Ford released an updated manifold that was reinforced to prevent a recurrence. No recall was issued for this problem but Ford did extend the warranty to seven years on some models from the date of purchase.

Wheel bearing faliure

Replace the worn wheel bearings.

Problems With 5-speed Automatic Transmission are Common

Various problems with the 5-speed automatic transmission were common. These problems can be more common on the 2002 models with build dates before March, 2002. There are many service bulletins describing the diagnoses and repairs, which include fluid leak repairs, transmission software updates, or internal failures requiring a costly repair.

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Questions

I'm driving and it just died i heard a click seemed like an electrical problem. Coasted over tried to start wouldn't. Batterys charged. (2 answers)

I have had recent electrical done work under steering wheel in the where the electrical system is. For the anti theft device it kept my truck from starting randomly. It stopped but was never fixed just stopped however when it' did stop now the blinkers won't turn off automatically.

Starts up in the mornings. Will not start after initial use. (1 answer)

My sport trac will start if it sits overnight. I start it up it the morning and runs fine. If I drive to a few other locations, after the last location it will not start. It tries to turn over, but will not. I have to let it sit for a while, at which it will start.

Changing instrument cluster on 2003 Sport Trac, will correct mileage carry over (1 answer)

Concerned about having correct mileage on the new odometer.

Thanks in advance

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Reviews

Just traded in my 2003 with 318,648 miles on it. Probably could have kept going but it just seemed like time. No major repairs just preventive maintenance. Bought a 2010 with 90,000 mile son it. We will see how it holds up.
The secret is out. This may be the best vehicle Ford has ever produced. This was a one year old dealers personal car. Originally there were some problems, all covered under warranty. The driveshaft had to be replaced, as well as ome other parts. Much later, around 70K, the exhaust system was leaking. The front hubs apparently, like brake shoes, need replacing every 60K. Since then I ha...
I have a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Except for the alternator going out at 85,000 miles, it's been a pretty good truck. Now, I have an issue with my brakes squeaking when I back up - only when I back up. I've spent $500 on new brakes, calipers, etc and it still squeaks. My mechanic even put in Ford parts - no change. It's very annoying

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