2009 Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2009 Ford Explorer

2009 Ford Explorer Problems

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.

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.

Radiator Replacement

A coolant leak may develop from the radiator. Ford has released and updated radiator and powertrain control module (PCM) software update to address this issue. The software update includes revised cooling fan operating parameters. Failure to complete both service procedures may result in repeated radiator failures.

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2009 Ford Explorer Questions

What does it mean when the wrench icon lites up on dash? (1 answer)

What needs to be repaired if dome light goes on and off when hitting bumps? (1 answer)

I know it must be a short or a bad wire. The air conditioner is also blowing cold air out of the passenger side by the drivers side isn't as cool. The air is warmer on the driver side. Is that caused by the same short or wire issue?

Battery Discharges during wet weather? (1 answer)

My explorer battery discharges during wet weather. The excess current flow seems to be going through fuse SJB2 and SJB3 both 50A, What does SJB stand for and what are they feeding?

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