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2004 Ford Explorer Problems

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Most Common 2004 Ford Explorer Problems

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.
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...
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0 Known 2004 Ford Explorer Brakes Problems

2 Known 2004 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...

2 Known 2004 Ford Explorer Electrical & Lights Problems

Drivers may notice the engine idling roughly, hesitation to accelerate, and even engine stalling on the Ford Explorer V8. The mass air flow sensor (MAF) is prone to fail, and commonly is diagnosed...

9 Known 2004 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...
The 1997-2001 Ford Explorer V8 with a 100% plastic intake manifold is known for engine overheating, even with normal use, and a coolant leak from the front of the manifold. This will often trigger...
The Ford Explorer is known for a rough idle, engine stalling, loss of power, and misfires, accompanied by the check engine light. The intake manifold O-ring gaskets commonly leak, which creates a ...

2 Known 2004 Ford Explorer Exhaust & Emissions Problems

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 V8 is known for intermittent rough idling, which may be accompanied by illumination of the check engine light, and poor fuel mileage. This may be caused by the EGR sensor sticki...

1 Known 2004 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 2004 Ford Explorer Maintenance Problems

2 Known 2004 Ford Explorer Miscellaneous Problems

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.
The rear wiper may stop working. This could be due to a rear wiper motor that has failed requiring replacement.

0 Known 2004 Ford Explorer Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 2004 Ford Explorer Problems & Complaints

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.
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 ...
The 1997-2001 Ford Explorer V8 with a 100% plastic intake manifold is known for engine overheating, even with normal use, and a coolant leak from the front of the manifold. This will often trigger...
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...
The Ford Explorer is known for a rough idle, engine stalling, loss of power, and misfires, accompanied by the check engine light. The intake manifold O-ring gaskets commonly leak, which creates a ...
A ticking noise may develop from the engine due to a cracked exhaust manifold. Damaged exhaust manifolds will require replacement to correct this issue.
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 you experience difficulty starting the engine when cold, stalling at idle, or hesitations during acceleration, it may be the idle air bypass valve. This valve helps the vehicle idle steady when ...
The Ford Explorer with the 4.6L V8 is known for displaying the normal symptoms of a coolant leak, including overheating, especially when the vehicle is idling, the strong smell of coolant from the ...
Drivers may notice the engine idling roughly, hesitation to accelerate, and even engine stalling on the Ford Explorer V8. The mass air flow sensor (MAF) is prone to fail, and commonly is diagnosed...
Spark plugs in the Ford Explorer can be very difficult to remove. Ford has issued a service bulletin (08-7-6) to address this issue, which includes a recommended procedure on how to remove the ...
The Ford Explorer V8 has known issues with the V8 engine ejecting spark plugs. This will make a tapping or knocking noise, plus the engine will begin to misfire at all speeds. The check engine lig...
The Ford Explorer V8 is known for intermittent rough idling, which may be accompanied by illumination of the check engine light, and poor fuel mileage. This may be caused by the EGR sensor sticki...
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