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2002 Ford Explorer Question: Did the recalled replacement fuse wire harness cause charging system failure?

 

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allie117, 4.6L V8, Saint Louis, MO, April 13, 2013, 06:05
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My 2002 Explorer EB 4.6L/V8 was running fine. I took my vehicle in for recall repairs. The dealer kept it for 3 weeks. When I got it back, the instrument panel went crazy, lights flashing,message board read "check charging system". The battery drained and the car will not start.I replaced the battery and still I have the same problem...won't start.

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    CarSmart Auto Service (8 Answers) , Webster Groves, MO - (314) 266-7945
    ddecaro April 13, 2013, 06:16
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    Keeping your Explorer for 3 weeks would seem to me to be unacceptable. Tell me a little more about the recall performed-what was it suppose to cure or prevent, what preocedure was performed
    Dan

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    allie117, April 13, 2013, 08:39
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    Recall Date:
    OCT 13, 2009
    Model Affected:
    2002 Ford Explorer
    Summary:
    FORD IS RECALLING MODEL YEARS 1995-2003 WINDSTAR, 2000-2003 EXCURSION DIESEL, 1993-1997 AND 1999-2003 F-250 SD THROUGH F-550 SD DIESEL, 1992-2003 E-150 THROUGH E-550, 1995-2002 EXPLORER, 1997 AND 2002 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER, 1995-1997 AND 2001-2003 RANGER, AND 1994 F53 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH (SCDS). THE SCDS MAY LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.
    Consequences:
    A VEHICLE FIRE COULD OCCUR WITH OR WITHOUT THE ENGINE RUNNING.
    Remedy:
    FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS THAT DEALERS WILL INSTALL A FUSED WIRING HARNESS IN LINE WITH THE SCDS. ON 1999-2003 WINDSTAR VEHICLES WITH A LEAKING SCDS, DEALERS WILL ALSO INSPECT THE ABS CONTROL MODULE CONNECTOR AND REPAIR AS NECESSARY. REPAIRS WILL BE COMPLETED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 27, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-888-222-2751.
    Potential Units Affected:
    4500000
    Notes:
    FORD MOTOR COMPANY

    Could this cause a short or problem with the charging system relay?

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    ddecaro, April 13, 2013, 11:20
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    This recall repair should not cause an electrical problem, that said the only way to know is to diagnose problem. If car started after putting in new battery the first thing to check is to see if there is a light that stays on for example dome lights, if that is not a problem than the system will need to be diagnosed to get to the bottom of your problem
    Dan

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