Ticking Type Noise Due to Cracked Exhaust Manifoldon Ford Explorer

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

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Average mileage : 106,250 (48,000–180,000)
Exhaust & Emissions Affected: 5.0L V8
7 Years Affected: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008
21 people reported this problem
12 people shared problem details
2001 Ford Explorer148,000
Exhaust manifold rusted through. Needs replacement.
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2007 Ford Explorer123,300
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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2007 Ford Explorer73,450
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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2008 Ford Explorer76,000
Help. Warped, not cracked. Ford in Hillsborough said manifiold "warped" due to heat. What the heck? Never had a problem until I took the car in for it's inspection and oil change. Then, about a week later the tick tick tick sound. Asked and took the SUV in, Over $800.00 to replace. WHY? We have had the Explorer properly maintenanced at the Hillsborough Ford dealership since it was brand new...purchased there, along with two other SUV's over the years. You would think we'd get some information other than "well, you live up in the mountains, the manifold gets hot and warps"... You've got to be kidding me!!!!!!!
2008 Ford Explorer48,000
TICKING NOISE COMING FROM ENGINE . TAKEN TO DEALER TO BE FIXED . DEALER SAYS ITS A CRACKED MANIFOLD ON PASENGER SIDE . $ 800.00 TO REPLACE . IF BOLT BREAKS DURING REMOVAL THE ENGINE WILL NEED TO BE PULLED TO GET BROKEN BOLT OUT . ADDITIONAL $ 2400.00 . IN MY MIND THIS IS A PREMATURE FAILURE THAT THE MANIFOLD HAS CRACKED AND A POOR DESIGN IF THE ENGINE NEEDS TO BE REMOVED TO GET BROKEN BOLT OUT . FORD SHOULD BE PAYING FOR THIS REPAIR .
2007 Ford Explorer130,000
Leaky exhaust manifold
1998 Ford Explorer114,000
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.
2006 Ford Explorer90,000
cracked exhaust manifold. $400.00 to fix. replaced manifold.
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.
1998 Ford Explorer82,500
Ticking noise from right (passenger) side of engine. Excessive heat under hood. Burning smell from under hood.
2006 Ford Explorer95,000
Exhaust manafold is leaking. Shop is repairing now
1998 Ford Explorer76,000
Passenger side exhaust manifold leak. $640 repair at dealer.
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