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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Repair and Maintenance

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

Ford Explorer Sport Trac Problems

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.

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.

A rattling noise from the engine may indicate that the timing chain cassette is worn. Our technicians tell us that installing an updated cassette and timing chain tensioner should correct this concern.

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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Questions

I have installed a new fuel pump, an IAV, a hose of some sort, and still not working properly. I now suggested to the mechanic to change the MAfS..the sensor..Someone suggested the ignition switch may be going bad.

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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Recalls

Ford has recalled certain 2010 model year Ford Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, Fusion, and Fusion Hybrid vehicles along with Mercury Mountaineer, Milan, and Milan Hybrid vehicles for an issue with the front seat backs equipped with manual recliner mechanisms. In the event of a crash, the seat back and head restraint may move rearward, increasing the risk of injury. This is due to incorrect specification in the design of the gear plate teeth on the seat back recliner. Dealers will replace the manual recliners free of charge.

ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, PASSENGER VEHICLES, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND MOTOR HOMES CHASSIS, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.

11 vehicles are being recalled because the two bolts attaching the steering gear to the frame may have been overtightened. As a result, one or both bolts could break and cause the steering gear to become loose, reducing steering effectiveness and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering gear mounting bolts and nuts. This recall is expected to begin on April 27, 2007. The Ford recall number is 07S52.

 

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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Reviews

Great truck (75,000 miles) with one big exception. Three times, in as many months,after parking it has failed to start. First diagnosis "faulty alarm" ($ 600.00) Next diagnosis "bad fuel pump" This is costing me $ 720.00. After this I'm not sure what to do if the problem continues...

We bought ours about a year and a half ago with less than 25,000 miles on it. It was great until a couple of months ago while my husband was driving on the freeway my foot touched something under the dash on the passenger side and it shut down the whole vehicle. We were told there is a button above where my foot touched to reset it. Problem is we almost died because of this. We traded it in.

We have had our 03 SportTrac since Oct 2009, and the only problem I should mention is the crappy positioning of the inerita switch right under the passenger dashboard. If you have a long legged person riding shotgun, you need to make them aware not to put their feet too far up under the dashboard by the passenger door, or YOUR TRUCK WILL LOSE FUEL TO THE ENGINE AND YOU WILL LOSE POWER STEERING...

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