2004 Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance

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

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.

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If I attempt again and again it will eventually engage and start.
When it does start the battery is strong, the starter is strong and all systems are go. It seems to be some other electronics intermitantly at fault.
I cleaned the battery terminals and it seemed to work better, but still fails ...

need to cycle for lite to go out?

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

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

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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