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#352 of 6385 1996 Explorer
Dec 08, 2000 (12:54 am)
Funny you mention 36K miles is a reasonable mileage to expect a truck to last. I had a '96 Explorer and after 36K miles rolled around it started to cost me. Brakes and electrical mostly. I was replacing braked every 6-7K miles and there was always something electronic not working. I just leased a '01 EB Expedition. I like Fords, the EB was the best SUV that I found. Well, the best I liked. The new Acura MDX is sweet but the dealers had a 4 month wait. So, in 3 years and when the Ford turns 36K miles, Ford can have the damn thing back. It's not that I'm unhappy with the EB but I will expect problems down the road.
Dec 08, 2000 (6:40 pm)
I had a '94 explorer with the same problem. You could be driving on the highway at 55, and then start to go up a hill, and it would knock when you applied the gas pedal.
My mechanic and I checked the vacuum and the hoses. The conculsion that we came to was that there were deposits in the upper cylinders and valves that were putting too much air in the engine. This is what i did:
1. When the knock sound starts, back off on the gas pedal.
2. Dont change your air filter as often.. it may sound wierd, but it actually cuts down on the airflow into the engine and stops the knock.
3. make sure you are using the right oil 5w30 or 10W30. In the winter, I ran with some more 5w than 10w.
4. Use 93 or 94 octane gas. Also use a good (3M) fuel injector and deposit remover in the gas tank every month.
5. Consider having the upper engine deposits professionaly cleaned.. it might cost $300.
Good luck. I sold the car.. so I dont have the problem now..
Dec 11, 2000 (6:15 am)
Just reading through all of these comments and wanted to mention that I have a 97 Explorer XLT that I bought new. I travel extensively for work and in three years have racked up 174,000 brutal miles on it. The only thing I've ever had to fix on it was an oxygen sensor. I'm religious about the maintainence, maybe that's the secret. My wife's 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, is sitting in the shop with 49,000 miles and a blown transmission. And we just got it back from having the third set of new rotors put on. I think this is more luck than anything else...
#355 of 6385 Thanks mazman
Dec 11, 2000 (10:37 pm)
I appreciate the feedback but have tried everything you mentioned. I even had my ford garage pull the enigne and check the bearings(while it was still under warranty.) They said everything in the engine looked good. While they had the engine apart they cleaned out all the carbon. I have been looking at ford manuals and notice that there is a sensor in the air input line that senses the air temp coming into the engine Its called the intake air temp sensor(IAT) and senses the intake temp and sends a signal to the PCM to fine tune fuel metering. I am wondering if this may be the problem because like I said on a cold day it knocks and on warm days it doesn't, no matter what grade fuel I have in it.
Dec 12, 2000 (10:20 pm)
I had the same problem with fuel knock.The dealer told me not to use nothing but 87 octane fuel as this engine was designed to use only 87 octane.They advised to buy fuel from a name brand station that sold a lot of fuel.They told me they was a difference between winter and summer grades of fuel. By the way I have a 94 Explorer which I like and if I was buying a new truck today it would be an EXPLORER or an EXPEDITION.
#358 of 6385 electrical problems are not restricted to explorer
Dec 13, 2000 (4:42 am)
I have read many posts about bad electrical systems problems in the exporer. I do not see this as a reason to diss the vehicle as cheap or not made with quality. I have a 99 explorer limited with no problems. I also have a 98 BMW 740il which after the bells and whistles were thrown on that invoice, the $ tag was nearing $80,000. The BMW had electrical glitches/problems. they are one the best of cars manufactured. Be assured I did not pay 80K for the car. I am but the humble 2nd owner.
Explorer sales figures are undeniable. I can't diss the Toyota 4Runner because I have seen them commonly go 250k miles with little problems. I think despite this, they are still a might over priced. The limiteds look pretty sharp though. I doubt I'd ever buy one though.
Cars and trucks in all classes and price ranges are going to have problems from time to time. The more 'creature comforts' that are added, the more likely they are to flaw.
Dec 13, 2000 (8:04 am)
I had a '94 Explorer and now have a 2000 Explorer. The 94 was built much better and had much fewer quality work related problems than the 2000. Some simple stuff that was so easy was made complicated. Case in point, the mechanism that turns on (and off) the interior lights when a door is opened is no longer controlled by a mechanical switch, but a computer sensor.. which malfunctions. They made some stuff so complicated that it is absurd.
Take good care of that 94, and you will be much better off than buying a new one.
#360 of 6385 huge sales do not mean anything
Dec 13, 2000 (5:18 pm)
for many, many years the explorer was the only legitimate choice for a domestic SUV. i don't think that transmissions failures, enigine problems and tire questions qualify as "creature comforts". we are talking about MAJOR problems. And please don't think that just because there only a few hundred problems noted on this board, that it can't be widespread, since there have been millions produced. Millions of exploder owners don't read this board, probably more like thousands. Let's talk about a ratio of hundred to thousands, not hundred to millions. Explorers are poorly designed, from the front end not holding an alignment due to a pathetic design, to widespread transmission failures, to questionable overall stability. THIS IS NOT A GOOD VEHICLE.
#361 of 6385 No start Explorer
Dec 13, 2000 (7:52 pm)
I have just filed to go to arbitration on this problem: As soon as it gets cold, my truck won't start--it cranks, but won't turn over. I've had 2 idiotic dealerships working on this. Neither could diagnose or fix--my truck has been towed in 5 times since I bought it.
a-Anyone else having this problem?
b-Anyone have experience in going to arbitration w/ ford? Do you get totally screwed?
I am but a lowly female who was thinking of safety and AWD when purchasing this vehicle.
Thanks in advance for your help!