Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Ford Explorer

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.

Worn Timing Chain Cassettes May Cause Rattling Noise From Engine

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 concern.

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Ford Explorer Questions

O/D does not engage, squeaks when hitting bumps in road. Is there a fluid that is low or something needs to be replaced? (1 answer)

O/D was working, after it stopped engaging noticed the squeaking noise. If fluid is low where would it go? Is it something I can do myself or have a mechanic do?

my timing cover is leaking antifreeze (heater is blowing cold and temp gauge is going to hot) what would be the estimate to fix (1 answer)

2000 Ford explorer
V-8 engine. Heater was blowing cold about 2 weeks. I took it to my usual mechanic he thought it may be a bubble in the line. told me to fill it wit antifreeze and drive it- revving it to see if that would take care of the bubble. I drove it for almost a week back and forth ...

Engine cranks over but won't start. The battery voltage meter in the instrument console reads the buttery voltage drops dramatically (1 answer)

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Ford Explorer Recalls

Fuel Delivery Module Cracks And Leaks Fuel

The fuel delivery module may crack and leak fuel. Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module free of charge to resolve the concern.

Parking Brake May Not Fully Engage

The parking brake may not hold the vehicle securely when engaged. Dealers will test the parking brake system operation and replace the control assembly as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Inside Door Handle Does Not Return To Stowed Position

The inside door handles may not return to the proper stowed position when released, due to a faulty return spring in the handle. This can cause the corresponding door to unlatch, especially in a crash. Ford will inspect each inside door handle, and either repair or replace them free of charge to correct the problem.

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Ford Explorer Reviews

I bought My 99` explorer 3 years ago, and only put 7000 miles ontop of the 148000 that was already on it. At this point I`d say this vehicle is a great truck in all kinds of weather(rain, snow and sun). the only problem I`ve had is repeat CHECK ENGINE light comes on. When this happens I get code(s)PO171 andPO174,These are bank1 and bank2 running lean!. At this point I have replaced everything b...
I bought my 97 Explorer 4WD in 2003 and wouldn't part with her for anything. She has 249k miles and runs excellent! The only thing I've had an issue with was an oil leak (from valves I think) and the new-style DPFE kept melting. I had the oil leak taken care of and put an original old-style metal DPFE on her and it's fine. Need to have ball joints replaced, but not an immediate need and I have ...
I brought the truck brand new , around 94,000 miles the rears went in the truck, then around 95,000 the transmission went bad. Had to get a engine because the timing jumped. Overall the truck was good until it got to 94,000 then everything started going wrong. My brother had a 2004 Ford explorer same thing happened transmission then the engine. Ford knows it's a problem but won't honor or recal...

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