2002 Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance
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2002 Ford Explorer ProblemsPlastic Intake Manifold May Crack Causing Coolant Leak
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.
Rear diferential making loud whining noises at higher speeds. pinion and ring gear were replaced, happened on my 99 Explorer too
A cosmetic crack may develop on the plastic liftgate trim panel. Ford has released a service procedure to replace the applique without damage the the liftgate glass.
2002 Ford Explorer QuestionsWhy does my car shift when going up a hill? Its an automatic. (1 answer)
My car shifts back like it's changing gears going up a hill.
The window sounds like it's sticking going up.
Even when put in the off position, it keeps running.
2002 Ford Explorer RecallsFord Recalls 2002-2003 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer Vehicles for Liftgate Glass
Ford has recalled certain 2002-2003 model year Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for possible issues with the liftgate glass strut brackets and glass hinges. On certain vehicles, the liftgate glass strut may come off or the hinge may fracture. This can cause the glass to fall from the liftgate, which may lead to personal injury. Dealers will replace the liftgate glass strut brackets and glass hinges.
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.