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Jun 21, 2005 (9:20 am)
Can someone please help me with this? I have a 1993 Explorer and for some reason when I am turning (either way) it's as though my steering wheel doesn't want to turn back and then my tires will keep turning in whatever direction I was turning in the first place. While I was just driving today it was like my truck pulled me to one side so I stopped and got out and noticed that even though my Steering Wheel was turned, my tires were still straight. I hope that this makes sense and any help would be appreciated.....
Alignment.... Power Steering....?????????
#3844 of 6385 Weird Rattle in the Back of 98'
Jun 21, 2005 (9:32 am)
I have a 98' Explorer XLT 4.0L SOHC w/ 51K 4WD. I had my front ball joints replaced three months ago but I think it is unrelated to my current problem. When I start the car and for the first couple minutes after I am driving an odd rattling noise comes from underneath the back of the car. I first noticed it when pulling into a sharp turn in a garage. It happens when the car is idle and stops soon after I drive it. It sounds like a New Year's ever noise maker, the ones you hold and spin the top, kind of a racheting sound. I know little to nothing about cars but the noise appears to be coming from a rounded box right before the drive train connects to the rear axle. Any thoughts??
#3845 of 6385 1996 Explorer Exhaust Manifold leak
Jun 21, 2005 (10:27 am)
I have about 150K miles on my Explorer and it is constantly giving a Cylinder 4 misfire code when the mechanic checks the check engine light. He has recently done a major tuneup and replaced all plugs, cables etc. What happens, is that during acceleration it will hesitate and seem like it has no power, as well as backfire/popping sound from engine. He noticed a white/gray powder near the exhaust manifold on the drivers side. He says it is cracked/leaking. Could this be the cause? I have asked him to guarantee that if he fixes this and it still gives a Cylinder 4 error code that he will not charge me to fix it for that reason. He is thinking about it further.
#3846 of 6385 Re: 1996 Explorer Exhaust Manifold leak [elpcgringo]
Jun 21, 2005 (4:33 pm)
You can't reasonably ask a mechanic to "guarantee" that a repair will correct a computer code error on a vehicle with 150,000 miles. You could have multiple problems. If the exhaust manifold is cracked, it could very well cause a misfire code. Regardless, it needs to be replaced.
#3847 of 6385 Re: 1996 Explorer Exhaust Manifold leak [elpcgringo]
Jun 21, 2005 (4:58 pm)
This is when you need to think about replacing the vehicle.......
I would ask myself (realistically) how much more life is in this vehicle.
#3848 of 6385 Re: 2002 Explorer Rear brake release adjustment
Jun 21, 2005 (5:33 pm)
Could someone inform me of location of entrance of star adjustment
to back off rear emergency brake to remove rotor?
#3849 of 6385 1995 Explorer with 200K miles needs transfer case.
Jun 21, 2005 (10:51 pm)
I have a 1995 Explorer XLT with just over 200,000 miles on it (whew!) I should have sold it earlier when it didn't have the problems it has now, but what can you do? The interior is great, exterior not so great but okay. The main problem with it is that the transfer case makes horrible noises—cricket like squeaking, crunchy grinding sounds at low speeds, and massive, deep vibration at high speeds. I don't know if I should try to sell it as-is for almost nothing, or get a new transfer case. I don't want to pay what it would cost to have my mechanic do the work, so I'm interested in finding out how to do it myself over the next few weeks. Please give me some feedback about this, thanks.
#3850 of 6385 Re: 1995 Explorer with 200K miles needs transfer case. [timdogg]
Jun 21, 2005 (11:00 pm)
Yes, your should have gotten rid of it earlier. It looks like it's about done as far as it's "life expectancy" is concerned. Junk it, donate it, or sell it for parts. There is no question cars/trucks are expensive, I think there are people that keep their cars for too-long and then get in a situation where they are dumping good money in to a bad situation. Those are my thoughts!
#3851 of 6385 Re: 2002 Explorer Rear brake release adjustment [robert60]
Jun 22, 2005 (4:31 am)
I believe there is no star adjustment. Only the cables are connected to the e brake shoes. Be sure you have slack in the e cables or take the cables loose.
#3852 of 6385 Re: Wacky Steering [ford_girl1980]
Jun 22, 2005 (4:35 am)
It could be dangerous to drive, probably a part has come loose or broken. Have it checked right away. Any shop that does front end alignments should be able to help you.