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#3828 of 6385 New Tires=New Truck
Jun 17, 2005 (3:32 am)
59,000 miles ago Ford replaced my 1999 XLT 4WD Explorer's Firestone Wilderness tires with Goodyear Wrangler RT/S. The Goodyears served me well for the time they were on my Explorer. Although they still had some tread left on them, at 70,000 miles, I decided to replace them with Michelin Cross Terrain purchased at Costco. Since most tire problems start during the last few thousands of miles, I decided that this was the right time.
Costco's price that included new valve, balancing, nitrogen gas, lifetime balancing, repair, rotation and road hazard coverage was very fair. Their service people were great. Two people checked the lug nuts with torque wrenches before they returned the truck to me.
The biggest surprise came when I was driving home. The quiet, shock free ride was impressive. In addition to new tires, I got a new truck! Now if the tires live up to their ratings I should be a happy camper for a long time (assuming, of course, that the rest of the truck stays healthy!) .
Jun 17, 2005 (6:19 am)
our company just purchased a 2005 explorer 4 x 2. it was a ford rep car with 2800 miles. in the week we've had it, it is back at the dealer for the third time. the problem: when turning the key nothing happens...instrument panel and everything else works but it's as if the battery is disconnected..nothing happens. message center shows two problems: low oil pressure (gauge reads at bottom) and check advance track, which shows advance trak is off. of course when it is towed to the dealer it starts after an indeterminate length of time. dealer says computer shows no faults or history.. any ideas?
Jun 17, 2005 (7:35 am)
Hello everyone! I have a 98 Ford Explorer Sport with a 5 sp manual V6. I've been having problems shifting the past few months. It doesn't shift smoothly, and is really difficult going from neutral into 1st gear. I've also noticed the problem is worse in warm weather. Any ideas what the problem could be? Thanks!
#3831 of 6385 Re: New Tires=New Truck [bioman]
Jun 17, 2005 (8:14 am)
"The quiet, shock free ride was impressive. In addition to new tires, I got a new truck! Now if the tires live up to their ratings I should be a happy camper for a long time."
Those Michelins are the best tires for the Explorer...hands down. They are the most quiet and smooth riding tire I have experienced. However, you won't get the 60K or 70K out of then that they are rated. I took good care of them, and replaced them before 40,000 miles.
#3832 of 6385 trasfer case
Jun 17, 2005 (9:05 am)
I have a 98 explorer the 4x4 is not working it will go into low and high and show that the 4x4 is on, on the dash but the front wheels are not pulling. does any one have any sugestions for some things i could check before I take to the dealer and get shafted.
#3834 of 6385 2002 explorer grind in wheels
Jun 17, 2005 (7:30 pm)
Hello i need help. I have a 2002 explorer with what i believe to be a grind in the front or rear wheels, this only happens when the car is hot and driven fairly hard. the grinding noise happens whe the car is going below the speeds of 5 mph in both forward and reverse. it has been to the dealer twice the first time they replced the coil wire ( yes the coil wire) , the second they rebuilt the whole drive train but still the bite and grind at this very low speed . the brakes are never pressed when getting this grind , and needless to say i am at a loss is this a possible transmis ion problem or a problem in the wheels plz if you can shed any light on this plz help
#3835 of 6385 Re: 2005 explorer [brickboy]
Jun 17, 2005 (7:43 pm)
Doesn't sound like the ignition switch since everything else works, altho I suppose it could be an intermittent switch problem when turning to start position, but I don't think that is likely.
There is a relay in the power box under the hood which controls power to the engine computer. These sometimes go bad and /or work only intermittently. Have the dealer swap this relay with another less critical relay in the power box. Or buy one ( $40 or so)and put it in the next time it won't start.
there are only two different relay types in there, unless there is something new in the 2005.
I suggest that because if the power to the computer fails, it won't record codes.
#3836 of 6385 96 explorer XLT LIMITED
Jun 18, 2005 (1:51 am)
I just want to know if someone could help me with some question that I been trying to figurate out. I asked a lot of mechanics about what is the OVERDRIVE function for.
As you know all the explores and cars have this function always ON and they have a botton to turn it off.
I just want some help to know when I have to turn it off and when I have to keep it on.
Why Im asking this because I see that if I put O/D Off the truck feels like if it has more force, also Im asking this because I put some rims 20's and spinners and may be the rims are making the truck forcing more
Please help me
#3837 of 6385 Re: 2005 explorer [brickboy]
Jun 18, 2005 (4:34 pm)
Have you put a booster pack on the battery when it won't crank? If you have a shorted out battery that's going up and down, it could be a faulty battery.