2003 Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Ford Explorer
2003 Ford Explorer Problems
A cosmetic crack may develop on the plastic liftgate trim panel. Ford has released a service procedure to replace the applique without damage the the liftgate glass.
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.
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.
2003 Ford Explorer Questions
This just happened one morning. My battery tested fine but I have no power in the truck and wont crank. Battery charging makes a buzzing sound under dash that changes or stops when I step on brake. I hear a faint intermittent clicking behind the fuse panel under the dash. What is going on??
When i try to start my car it cranks but wont start takes about 3 tries that is weak for a few seconds than runs strong what can this be?
2003 Ford Explorer Recalls
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.
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.
2003 Ford Explorer Reviews
I brought the truck brand new , around 94,000 miles the rears went in the truck, then around 95,000 the transmission went bad. Had to get a engine because the timing jumped. Overall the truck was good until it got to 94,000 then everything started going wrong. My brother had a 2004 Ford explorer same thing happened transmission then the engine. Ford knows it's a problem but won't honor or recal...
Nice SUV but, tranny is going to fault between 75.000 and 130.000 miles, door ajar switches are very low quality, seats air bags sensor faulty early 50.000 miles, rear liftgate trim gets crack and Ford no recall these problems.
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