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1996 Ford Explorer Problems

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Most Common 1996 Ford Explorer Problems

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 ...
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 conc...
Various problems with the 5-speed automatic transmission were common. These problems can be more common on the 2002 models with build dates before March, 2002. There are many service bulletins desc...
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1 Known 1996 Ford Explorer Brakes Problem

4wd vehicles may develop a squealing noise coming from the front wheels when driving below 30 mph. This is generally caused by dry excluder seals, lubricating the seals will commonly correct this...

2 Known 1996 Ford Explorer Drive Train Problems

Various problems with the 5-speed automatic transmission were common. These problems can be more common on the 2002 models with build dates before March, 2002. There are many service bulletins desc...
If a noise from the rear end is heard when going around turns or after driving at highway speed for an extended period, this could be caused by a failing deferential clutch kit. An updated differ...

1 Known 1996 Ford Explorer Electrical & Lights Problem

5 Known 1996 Ford Explorer Engine Problems

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 conc...

1 Known 1996 Ford Explorer Exhaust & Emissions Problem

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

1 Known 1996 Ford Explorer Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

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 ...

0 Known 1996 Ford Explorer Maintenance Problems

3 Known 1996 Ford Explorer Miscellaneous Problems

The rear window wiper may not fully contact the rear window. Our technicians tell us that replacing both the wiper blade and wiper arm will generally correct this issue.
The rear wiper may stop working. This could be due to a rear wiper motor that has failed requiring replacement.

0 Known 1996 Ford Explorer Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 1996 Ford Explorer Problems & Complaints

Various problems with the 5-speed automatic transmission were common. These problems can be more common on the 2002 models with build dates before March, 2002. There are many service bulletins desc...
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 conc...
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 ...
A ticking noise may develop from the engine due to a cracked exhaust manifold. Damaged exhaust manifolds will require replacement to correct this issue.
The Ford Explorer with the optional 5.0L/302ci V8 may develop misfires, rough running, and loss of power, accompanied by the check engine light illuminating. Ignition wires can rest on the exhaust...
The rear window wiper may not fully contact the rear window. Our technicians tell us that replacing both the wiper blade and wiper arm will generally correct this issue.
The rear wiper may stop working. This could be due to a rear wiper motor that has failed requiring replacement.
If a noise from the rear end is heard when going around turns or after driving at highway speed for an extended period, this could be caused by a failing deferential clutch kit. An updated differ...
4wd vehicles may develop a squealing noise coming from the front wheels when driving below 30 mph. This is generally caused by dry excluder seals, lubricating the seals will commonly correct this...
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