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#2316 of 6400 NOT GETTING HOT
Jan 09, 2004 (9:07 am)
When the outside temp is refrigerater temp(33-57 deg)it is rare that the temp guage will go half way between the C and H, In fact the needle will point to about 1/4 of the guage. The heater is
Ok in terms warmth the Maxium setting.
I am certain the Anti-Freeze mix is 50-50.
Does anyone else with a Ford Explorer 4x4 XLT (1998) have this problem?
Also I heard the U-Hall People will not rent trailer(s) to be towed with the
Explorer(Any Explorer),but will for the Mountainer(SP). What do you
Best of the New Year to All......
Jan 10, 2004 (6:03 am)
There were a lot of bad thermostats made for the late 90s Explorers. If the temp gauge continues to fluctuate, it's a strong possibility yours is failing.
Jan 10, 2004 (10:22 pm)
they're comparatively inexpensive. there have been reports the aftermarket units don't work reliably, but the ford part does.
as for the U-Hell issue, read a few posts back, the short version is U-Haul runs a lean ship and they don't like unnecessary complications or costs. couple lawyers for folks injured/killed by => KILLER TIRES! <= tm also included U-Haul in some suits, and they don't wanna play no more.
#2319 of 6400 dtownfb steering question
Jan 10, 2004 (11:21 pm)
Hey I have a question for you if you don't mind. What were the signs of your failing Rack and Pinion? When I turn the wheel rapidly in either direction I get a jerking/stuttering sensation. Sometimes it doesn't even have to be rapidly, say just backing out of the driveway. Funny thing is, it started doing this after I jacked the truck (2000 Explorer) up to look at the front suspension and see if I could figure out what was groaning (BTW no luck there). I let the truck down and now this. Also while I was under there I noticed one of the protective boots for the rack was cracked in three places leaving the internals exposed. So I patched it the best I could, however, again I now have this issue.
Another issue that I am having is a rapid bumping sound (cannot really be felt inside) coming from the front end. The lower ball joints have been replaced, so I know it isn't them.
ALL of these things, save for the groaning, showed up after my wife called me asking me how to ge the truck out of 4WD Lo!!! Wouldn't be a big deal but she was on a DRY paved road. She said that it was in 4WD Hi because the road was snow covered, but the snow lifted and the roads dried out so she "in haste" shifted it into 4WD Lo, and not back to Auto 4WD. So here I am trying to figure out what the heck to do. It used to be so tight, now it sounds like a bucket of bolts. BTW, the 4WD still works fine.
Any others with imput, your thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
#2320 of 6400 '03 Explorer Hum, Harmonic
Jan 11, 2004 (5:46 am)
I wanted to share my experience regarding my Ford vehicle. No emotion. Just the facts.
Bought '03 Explorer in August of '03. On the way home from dealership, it started humming between 55 and 65 MPH.
Trip to dealship #1 - "We fixed it!" 10 miles later, hum was back.
Trip to dealership #2 - "We fixed it!" 15 miles later hum was back.
Trip to dealership #3 - "We fixed it!" 20 miles later, you know.
Trip to dealship #4 - "We know what the problem is and we do not have a fix and we will not try to fix your car." Turns out there's a known issue related to the balance of the driveshaft.
Trip to attorney #1. Long story short, in NC the lemmon law goes like this...
-FMC gets 3 chances to fix issue through SOP
-FMC get certified letter and has 15 days to schedule "Last chance to fix".
-If it gets fixed, every one goes home.
-If not, customer's choice money back or new vehicle
Ford never contacted me during the 15 days they had to schedule the last chance fix. Corporate also failed to return my calls and I had two dealships play ignorant. Additionally I was told I had to go through the arbitration/resolution board. Hogwash.
I have tried to give Ford my allegiance over the years purchasing two Rangers and then the Explorer. All brand new. Each vehicle failed to meet my quality expectations and service was always strict adherence to mileage guidelines and almost adversarial. (They refused to straighten the bed on my ranger because mileage was > 12K miles and cosmetic fixes had to be performed before 12K miles.)
The Explorer will go back to Ford via buyback according to NC statutes next week.
#2322 of 6400 2003 mountaneer needs new Trans.
Jan 11, 2004 (8:45 am)
My 03 mountaneer OD off light start flashing the other night....
I got home ...Next morning on way to work it was making the worst whining noise ..
I perfect harmony with the RPMs...
Then started slipping when moving thru the gears...
Very bad...I took it to FOrd the next day.
Just got call from local Ford shop , and they say I need a new trans....
they will order one on monday...
Truck is 1 yr old and only 9,100 miles.
ANy others with similar problems...
This is my 2nd Mnteer, and I also had 2 explorers...
First major problem for me......
Jan 11, 2004 (11:55 am)
I feel your pain. See post #2296.
Jan 11, 2004 (8:40 pm)
Well I took my wifes Explorer into our trusted independent techs. I sure hope they can figure out what is going on. I feel like I need to get it looked at ASAP because I don't want an upper ball joint to suddenly give out when she is away, or even worse, under way. Anyway I'll let you know what they find.
#2325 of 6400 RE: Steering problem
Jan 12, 2004 (1:01 pm)
In our 1996 Explorer the wheel would get stuck in the "center" (straight) position. It seemed like you had to turn it out of a notch to get the wheel moving. It did this even while driving. Once the vehicle warmed up, it was easier to steer through the "center" position but still very noticable. I had these symptoms for about 20k-30k miles but it was when the powere steerign fluid turned brown that we new we needed a new stering rack. I put on a re-manufactured rack for half the cost of a new one. Plus replaced the power steering fluid.
About a month after I replaced the rack, I had some shaking in the steering. They vacuumed some of the fluid out and replaced about two quarts newand that did.
YOur problem sounds like somethign that went wrong with our 1991 Explorer. We stripped the front hubs when my wife got stuck in a ditch and kept gunning the engine to get out. Of course she didn't tell me until a month later in the middle of a snow storm. But I believe the 4WD drive system is different now. But the same principle still applies. Sounds like you may have had some "binding" going on in susspension. Even if she went around a slight bend in the road she could have caused damage.
Your mechanic shoudl be able to figure it out.