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#2092 of 6400 Ford Explorer ---huge problem
Sep 07, 2003 (12:14 pm)
We recently had flooding in our area. We tried driving through some water but the engine just shut down on us half way through. When we had it towed in the service dept. explained that it didn't matter how much water we tried to drive through, you could drive through 3" and have this problem. The air intake is located so low in the Ford SUV's that it "sucks in" all the water and locks up the engine, therefore causing it to be replaced. This is with the 2000-2001-2002 trucks. They have a "design flaw" and Ford manufacturers will not admit this. Ford will NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY and WILL NOT RECALL the vehicles. Our insurance company is stuck taking the fall. WE WILL NOT keep our Explorer after this. Not only will we take a loss in cost since we won't get much out of selling it, but we will also have to take time out to find a new vehicle. I feel very strongly about the Toyota 4-Runners and Highlanders. Great consumer ratings, fuel efficiency, etc.
Sep 07, 2003 (1:44 pm)
I think your first mistake was driving through the water. Otherwise any vehicle out there will suck in water in that situation. I really don't think this is Fords fault, as it would take well over 3 inches for water to get sucked in to the Explorer's intake. It would probably take closer to three feet. I must say this is a first (someone blaming Ford for a waterlogged engine) , and that I sure am glad to hear your insurance is going to cover the engine replacement.
Sep 07, 2003 (2:35 pm)
I agree. I've driven my Explorers, 94, 97, 98 & 2002 through lakes, and never locked up the engine, so something is fishy here. And 3 inches of water? Pullleese!!!! Also, the 00 and 01 truck is completely different than the 02, so what's with grouping this "defect" in 00 through 02? Go sell this yarn somewhere else pal, it ain't flying here. Enjoy your Toyodas.
#2095 of 6400 Hey, get the Jeep Cherokee
Sep 08, 2003 (6:01 am)
I saw an ad on TV that showed you could drive it under water to help cute girls cross a river. Come to think of it, wasn't an Explorer swimming with the sharks in another. Admit it, you just were trying to be Macho Boy and did something stupid. I bet the last words out of your mouth before it lockd up were the perverbial, "Hey, watch this."
Sep 08, 2003 (1:30 pm)
This is great....Blame Ford for a stupid error on your part. I've also heard that SUBMARINES work well in deep water. I'm not so sure that Ford sells one however!!! Check E-Bay
#2097 of 6400 flashing 4wd/2wd lights on dashboard
Sep 09, 2003 (4:25 am)
My father has a 2000 explorer and recently the lights on the dashboard are flashing 4wd and 2wd simultaneously. The dealer wants $75 just to look at the car and more to fix it. Does anyone have any idea as to what the problem is and if so how to fix it.
Sep 09, 2003 (2:53 pm)
There are numerous things that can cause this from dirty sensors bad electronics to bad motors. I've rebuilt shift motor assemblies many times in my 92 Explorer. Recently purchased a 97 that had a flashing light. Previous owner had just put a new motor on but still couldn't get it to work. I drained the transfer case fluid which was extremely low and nasty. Then I put new fluid in and disconnected the battery to reset the computer. Haven't had a problem in over a year. So as a start, try disconnecting the battery and look for a leak. Some of the shaft seals fail rather early.
#2099 of 6400 4WD flashing
Sep 10, 2003 (1:30 am)
opera house thanks. will give it a try
#2100 of 6400 Oil Fortifier
Sep 11, 2003 (6:55 am)
Lubricant additives that lower friction and fill the pores of metal.
Try searching for "oil fortifier" or "oil fortifier used by ford" for what these are supposed to do.
Sep 11, 2003 (7:23 am)
FYI, `Oil Fortifier' is just that.....it is an additive that `fortifies', or treats the oil. It does nothing to the metal components of the engine except allow the oil to `cling', thus reducing wear at cold starts, etc. Because it doesn't treat the metal, it must be added to the oil at each oil change.
Some of the `oil fortifier' websites will specify that they are oil treatments only, and assist the oil in adherence to the metal, due to metallic surfaces lack of porosity.