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Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance Costs

A guide to repairs, service, and maintenance costs for your Ford Explorer

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The national average repair and maintenance cost for a Ford Explorer is between $431 and $526 per year. Repair and maintenance costs vary depending on age, mileage, location and service provider.

Ford Repair Estimates
Car
Service
Price
1995 Ford Explorer Quantity: One
Wheel Bearing Replacement - Front
$343 - $490
1999 Ford Explorer Drive Train: 2WD
Ball Joint Replacement - Lower
$184 - $241
1991 Ford Explorer Service Detail: 4.0L V6, Both Sides
Head Gasket Replacement
$791 - $1072
1991 Ford Explorer Service Detail: 4.0L V6, Both Sides
Valve Cover Gasket Replacement
$224 - $314
1991 Ford Explorer
Spark Plug Replacement
$101 - $133

Ford Explorer Problems

A Cosmetic Crack May Develop on the Liftgate

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.

Heater Stuck on Hottest Setting Due to Broken Heater Blend Door

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.

Plastic 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.

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Ford Explorer Questions

What would cause vehicle to start smoking and then just kill it will turn over (1 answer)

Crank. It does not have milky oil and it has oil in it and also has water in the radiator and the roads War the battery is fine and so is the starter so what could be the problem please help

fuel pump pressure problems (1 answer)

fuel pump will not prime when vehicle is at normal operating temperature . Primes fine when vehicle is cold Checked fuse and swapped relay. Verified problem with pressure test gauge

What does it mean when it shows charging system service now on a 2017 Ford explo (1 answer)

What does it mean when the dash indicator showed charging system service now on a 2017 Ford explorer?

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Ford Explorer Recalls

Turbocharger Oil Lines Leak Oil

The turbocharger oil supply lines may not be brazed properly, resulting in an engine oil leak. Dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the turbocharger oil supply tubes free of charge to resolve the concern.

Seat Back Frame Not Welded Sufficiently

The manual reclining driver's side front seat may have a seat back frame that is not welded sufficiently. Dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the seat back frame free of charge to resolve the concern.

Rear Suspension Toe Link Fractures

The rear suspension toe links may fracture, resulting in a loss of vehicle control. Dealers will replace the rear suspension toe links free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Ford Explorer Reviews

I bought a 1993 Ford Explorer from my brother. He recycles vehicles. I drove this one, I thought it ran too good to just be cut in peices and recycled. Boy was I right!!!.. Don't even know how many miles this thing actually have. But I know it has lots more to go!!! Took it for a 3000 mile road trip!! Up the Rocky Mountains.. No problems!! Noticed it climed hills better with midgrade or premi...
I love my Eddie Bauer ! I've had it for 10 years and it's had a few repairs but I am willing to pay what for any repair it may need. It's been so reliable and easy to drive in bad weather. We love taking it on the back roads using 4wheel drive. I recommend that anyone who owns in to keep it instead of buying something new. It's worth it!
So, picked up a 1997 Explorer Eddie Bauer with 187K on her for less than a grand. I've found that working on it has been a breeze. A couple hick ups here and there but to be expected with an older rig. What I've done so far: blend door valve actuator replacement, air flow sensor replacement, camshaft sensor replacement (full shaft), pulled the entire carpet laid it out in the driveway and used ...

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