2004 Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Ford Explorer

2004 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.

The intake manifold O-ring gaskets commonly leak, causing stalling and poor idle quality; the Check Engine Light will illuminate.

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2004 Ford Explorer Questions

I just had the transfer case replaced with a used one on my 2004 Ford Explorer 4.6L V8 and now it is leaking transmission fluid, same night after the work was done when it did not leak transmission fluid prior. Can there be any relevance to why it is leaking transmission fluid since the transfer ...

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2004 Ford Explorer Reviews

Tranny, differentials and A/C system are problems on this vehicle.

310000 and still going strong. Just basic maintence.....if something breaks, fix it!

Overall, I am most disappointed in the dealer. Ford themselves did not care that the vehicle has had problems from day one. And the dealer was more interested in blaming the problems on my driving habits. My pervious car had 428,000 original miles on it when I sold it. Bad driving habits? Doubtful! Pulls slightly to the right no matter the road surface from day one - dealer says I hit som...

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