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Ticking Type Noise Due to Cracked Exhaust Manifold on Ford Explorer

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 120,859 (48,000–211,547)
Exhaust & Emissions affected: 5.0L V8
9 model years affected: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, more2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
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Ticking noise from right (passenger) side of engine. Excessive heat under hood. Burning smell from under hood.
Exhaust manifold rusted through. Needs replacement.
I have read about too many nightmares about snapped off bolts and what it cost. Depending on how many bolts have snapped off, approximately $1,700 to $3,500. So I just put epoxy on the exhaust manifolds every time I change the oil.
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 .
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.
Exhaust manafold is leaking. Shop is repairing now
Both sides went. Will not pay 2 grand to fix. I will drive my nice looking truck that sounds like a crappy old beater it's a great conversation starter.
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.
Ticking louder when driving faster I go
Acts like it wants to back fire, but my exhaust is cracked or something, because it sputter when I am driving and when I stop it pops and sputter loud
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!!!!!!!
cracked exhaust manifold. $400.00 to fix. replaced manifold.
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.
Rattles and makes a horrid noise
ticking noise on passenger side, diagnosed as exhaust manifold leak by Ford dealer.V-8 engine
Leak in exhaust and ticking sound in motor on passenger side
I'm honestly not too sure what went wrong, but I know the bottom of my ford explorer has a rust problem and I looked under it today and the exhaust looks like it rusted and completely broke and is just hanging.
Problem started after having new transmission installed by local mechanic. Took to local Ford dealership and will have them do the manifold repair.
Clicking sound neat exhaust manifold
Its still not fixed. But it makes a clicking noise. And it also hesitates .