1996 Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Ford Explorer

1996 Ford Explorer Problems

Heater Stuck on Hottest Setting Due to Broken Heater Blend Door

A failed heater blend door or actuator can cause the temperature control for the HVAC system to stop working. A clicking sound from the dash area would commonly indicate an actuator fault. If the heater gets stuck on the hottest setting, the heater blend door may be broken requiring replacement of the heater box to repair the issue.

Loud howling noise from air intake

Both V6 and V8 ford engines from various years sometimes experience a very loud low pitched moan or howl that sounds as if it is coming from the air intake area..

The culprit is the Idle Air Control Valve. (I.A.C.).

It is possible to remove and clean the IAC with the proper care but it is not advised to do so...Although it may work for a short time, it will eventually fail again and possibly force you to call a towing service when you le...

Worn Timing Chain Cassettes May Cause Rattling Noise From Engine

A rattling noise from the engine may indicate that the timing chain cassette is worn. Our technicians tell us that installing an updated cassette and timing chain tensioner should correct this concern.

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1996 Ford Explorer Questions

I Oran out of gas now it won't start (1 answer)

I ran out of gas and now it won't start

There's a knocking noise I just starting hearing after bf was going 100mph. (2 answers)

Is it a blown rod

What causes white exhaust? (1 answer)

It's been sitting for a year other than starting it now and then. I noticed heavy white exhaust.

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1996 Ford Explorer Recalls

Recall 01X001000
THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION: FORD IS REPLACING ALL FIRESTONE WILDERNESS AT 15, 16, AND 17 INCH TIRES MOUNTED ON FORD TRUCKS AND SUVS. FORD REPORTS TREAD SEPARATION ...
Ford Recalls 1995-1997 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer Vehicles for Sway Bar Link Issue

Ford has recalled certain 1995-1997 Explorer and 1997 Mercury Mountaineer vehicles because the sway bar links could fracture. If one or both sway bar links fracture, vehicle stability is affected, which can cause handling issues. Dealers will replace both sway bar links with revised parts.

Ford Recalls Firestone Wilderness AT and Radial ATX Tires on Multiple Trucks and SUVs

Ford has recalled Firestone Wilderness AT and Radial ATX tires installed on multiple lines of Ford trucks from 1991 to 2000. On some tires, under extreme conditions, the tread could separate, which can cause immediate tire failure. This may lead to a loss of vehicle control, injury, and death. Dealers replaced the affected tires.

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1996 Ford Explorer Reviews

I love my Eddie Bauer ! I've had it for 10 years and it's had a few repairs but I am willing to pay what for any repair it may need. It's been so reliable and easy to drive in bad weather. We love taking it on the back roads using 4wheel drive. I recommend that anyone who owns in to keep it instead of buying something new. It's worth it!
my 96 explorer keeps braking flywills it has hapend twice so far i just got a knew one witha a knew starter but it is still acting the same when you start the truck it makes a screatch like the starter isent disingaging fast enuf but it just dus it when you start it
MY NAME IS ARCHIE I HAVE A 1996 FORD EXPLORER EDDIE BAUER EDITION 4WD I BOUGHT LAST YEAR AND IT HAS 260,000 MILES AND STILL RUNNING A STRONG BULL I TRY TO GO 4X4 IN THE MUD WITH IT IN 4WD AND WENT THREW 3 MUD HOLES GOT STUCK PUT IT IN 4LOW CAM RIGHT OUT NOW BEFORE I BOUGHT THIS EXPLORER IT CAME FROM IND. TRANSFER CASE FLUID WAS BAD SO I FIGURE I GET EVER THING UPGRADE AND FLUIDS CHANGE AND GET...

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