2002 Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Ford Explorer

2002 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...

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.

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2002 Ford Explorer Questions

My thermostat is reading cold but its putting out hot air what could be wrong (1 answer)

Tranny went out put another one in that I know for a fact is good but after I got done went to drive it reverse works great but going forward it only has like drive no matter what gear you put it in 123D(D) (1 answer)

And I thought it was because ready old code's from where drove other one till wouldn't move in any gear but cleared all them but soon as you start it o/d light starts flashing again and nothing but drive and takes off in drive never shifts down to any other gear. Anybody got any suggestio...

Accidently turned the overdrive off can't turn it back on. off light flashes (1 answer)

haven't had any other problem with it no other lights around just can't turn the overdrive back on again I pushed the button but it doesn't do anything

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2002 Ford Explorer Recalls

Ford Recalls 2002-2003 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer Vehicles for Liftgate Glass

Ford has recalled certain 2002-2003 model year Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for possible issues with the liftgate glass strut brackets and glass hinges. On certain vehicles, the liftgate glass strut may come off or the hinge may fracture. This can cause the glass to fall from the liftgate, which may lead to personal injury. Dealers will replace the liftgate glass strut brackets and glass hinges.

Vehicle With Installed Southern Comfort Running Boards Recalled Due to Board Lamp Failure

The courtesy lamps on affected running boards may overheat when exposed to moisture and road salt. Overheating may cause the lamps and boards to melt or start a fire. Dealers will replace the wiring harness for these running boards.

Ford Recalls 2002 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer Vehicles for Tire Inspection

Ford recalled certain 2002 Explorer and Mountaineer vehicles to inspect the sidewalls of the equipped tires for the presence of horizontal cuts on the edge of the tread. These cuts could lead to premature tire failure. Dealers will inspect the tires for cuts and replace affected tires.

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2002 Ford Explorer Reviews

Good vehicle for a Ford. I am looking into a new transmission rebuilt as the one got is original. My Explorer is a good truck and has done me well at 205,000 miles.
I bought my '02 Explorer in 2004, with 36000 miles on it. Something internal in the motor just gave out, at 286000+ miles. It still looks new and until now, I've had NO issues with any part of this vehicle. I'm looking at newer Explorers now because I'm not sure $5500 for a new motor is a good investment. However, the rest of the tuck is still solid, and not having any of the problems being lis...
Let me start off by saying ford explorers and their engineers suck. Who ever designed this engine shouldn't be an engineer. I have a 2002 ford explorer 4.0 v6 sohc this pos has been the worst Suv or automobile I have ever owned. Ford should have gone for bankruptcy instead of Chrysler. Back to my POS I have had this car for four years and put money after money into this Suv . First the tranny...

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