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Ford Explorer Exhaust Manifolds Can Crack and Cause Leak

Ford Explorer Problem
16 Reports
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007

Exhaust & Emissions Affected: 5.0L V8

Average Mileage: 114,788 mi (73,450 mi - 180,000 mi)


A ticking noise may develop from the engine due to a cracked exhaust manifold. Damaged exhaust manifolds will require replacement to correct this issue.

  • Visitor, , 148,000 mi

    Exhaust manifold rusted through. Needs replacement.

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  • Visitor, , 123,300 mi

    Same issue - took it in for routine service and was told both passenger and driver side manifolds leaking and need to be repaired. Dlr says could cause problems with cats if I hold off (about 2-3K and still need the manifolds repaired). This is the first real issue I've had with the vehicle ... so I really can't complain too much except if this is a common known problem, Ford needs to step up.

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  • Visitor, , 114,000 mi

    This is SECOND time this has happened! Leaking from Driver's side. FIRST time was when truck was new- like under 5,000 miles. FORD fixed it first time for free. The left manifold literally blew open!

    Now, I have a loud ticking sound and when it's cold out, I sound like a old pickup with no exhaust.

    If this is a flaw with Ford, I'd sure like a credit for repair.

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    cracked exhaust manifold. $400.00 to fix. replaced manifold.

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  •  Rookie

    after dealer replaced a cracked plastic radiator($360.00), and a drivers door actuator(260.00) , then one coil on one spark plug for about $300.00, all less than a year after replacing another(may be the same( coil and all the spark plugs ($960.00) I went tp get the car and was told the manifold had a problem and they wanted another $700 to repair/replace. I haven't had it done yet. The $700.00 just seemed to come to the lips of the service man too quickly.

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  • Visitor, , 73,450 mi

    Same problem. Passenger side. Real pain in the but to fix and cost a nice chunk to have it done. Tons of reports all of the web about it but Ford won't own up and fix the issue. I repaired the problem by selling off my explorer, F350, and 3 E350 work vans and buying different make vehicles.

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  • Visitor, , 82,500 mi

    Ticking noise from right (passenger) side of engine. Excessive heat under hood. Burning smell from under hood.

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  • Visitor, , 95,000 mi

    Exhaust manafold is leaking. Shop is repairing now

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  • Visitor, , 76,000 mi

    Passenger side exhaust manifold leak. $640 repair at dealer.

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