Ford has recalled certain 1999-2001 Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for a possible binding speed control cable. If the cable binds, throttle return could be affected, causing a sticking accelerator. Dealers will inspect the cable and replace it if necessary.
Ford Explorer Recalls
The courtesy lamps on affected running boards may overheat when exposed to moisture and road salt. Overheating may cause the lamps and boards to melt or start a fire. Dealers will replace the wiring harness for these running boards.
Ford recalled certain 2002 Explorer and Mountaineer vehicles to inspect the sidewalls of the equipped tires for the presence of horizontal cuts on the edge of the tread. These cuts could lead to premature tire failure. Dealers will inspect the tires for cuts and replace affected tires.
Ford has recalled certain 2002 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles to inspect the liftgate glass lift cylinder brackets. The liftgate glass lift cylinders could twist, causing the cylinders to detach from the glass or the glass to break. Dealers will inspect the bracket positions and tighten the retainers to a higher torque.
Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles equipped with a 4.0L SOHC engine for a potential issue with the throttle body. There is a manufacturing problem with the clearance of the throttle plate and the bore, which could lead to a binding situation. When binding is released, the engine could surge, causing a safety issue. Dealers will replace the throttle body assembly with a revised part.
Ford has recalled certain 1999-2000 Explorers for a software issue with the powertrain control module (PCM). In some vehicles, the top speed allowed could exceed the speed rated capability of equipped tires. This could lead to tire failure. Dealers will reprogram the PCM with proper specifications.
Ford has recalled certain 1995-1997 Explorer and 1997 Mercury Mountaineer vehicles because the sway bar links could fracture. If one or both sway bar links fracture, vehicle stability is affected, which can cause handling issues. Dealers will replace both sway bar links with revised parts.
Ford is recalling 2001 Explorers for failing to comply with certification requirements. Affected models were shipped from the plant without safety certification labels concerning proper tire inflation. Incorrect tire inflation could result in tire tread separation, increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers affixed the labels to the units in October 2000; the recall is 100 percent complete.