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#4206 of 6385 Steering Problem When Driving Through Water
Aug 16, 2005 (7:06 pm)
I have a 1997 Ford Explorer, Eddie Bauer, 5.0L V8. After driving through water puddles it appears to lose power steering capability. i.e., it steers but it's very hard to turn. The water puddles are not very deep, but enough to create a splash projecting 8-10 feet. Vehicle speed is less than 30 MPH. The engine does not lose power and other than hard steering, all other vehicle mechanical and electrical systems operate normally. After about 30 seconds to 2 minutes steering returns to normal. The vehicle has 107,000 miles. This has happened on 3 separate occasions during or immediately following heavy downpours.
Does anyone have an idea what could be causing this situation?
#4207 of 6385 Re: Steering Problem When Driving Through Water [alphabo]
Aug 16, 2005 (7:54 pm)
Check the power steering belt it may be loose or worn.
When the water splashes on the belt it may cause it to slip until it drys off a bit.
#4209 of 6385 Explorer Fan Problem
Aug 17, 2005 (2:51 pm)
Suddenly my A/C and Heater fan will only work on the highest speed. Setting it to any of the 3 lower speeds allows air to flow, but there is no blowing. When I put it to the top speed, the fan comes on at the very high/loud speed that it always has at that setting. This is better than nothing in the current Alabama August heat, but the noise gets annoying.
Anyone know why only 1 speed of the fan would work? Is there a separate fuse or belt or actually 2 fans? It's a 1996, 120K miles and has been pretty good for me.
#4210 of 6385 Re: Steering Problem When Driving Through Water [alphabo]
Aug 17, 2005 (7:04 pm)
I had the exact same problem on my 97. I new belt fixed the problem.
#4211 of 6385 Re: Explorer Fan Problem [ttchipster]
Aug 17, 2005 (7:12 pm)
Check the fuse first, then the fan speed resistor and the speed switch and the wiring between them. Resistor is located on the evaporator case under the hood near the fan motor. It will have a harness with several wires plugged into it. Unplug the harness, with the AC and fan turned on to the lower speeds, check for power at the harness connector. If no power, the problem is upstream from there, check fuses and connections. If you do have power, remove the small screws and carefully remove the resistor. When you get it out, it will appear to be small wires coiled up. Check to see if any are broken or touching each other. If any are broken, replace it with a new one. Turning the speed switch should make a different wire "hot" in each switch position. If you find no problem there, and the resistor is in good shape, you will have to check all the connections, you might need help from an electrical guy.
#4212 of 6385 Re: Steering Problem When Driving Through Water [electricdesign]
Aug 18, 2005 (9:18 am)
Thanks!! I'll give that a try this weekend.
#4213 of 6385 Re: Chirping [mtnman1]
Aug 18, 2005 (10:59 am)
The chirping is probable your muffler. It has a hole in it and needs to be replaced.
#4214 of 6385 93 ford explorer mooping
Aug 18, 2005 (11:06 am)
I have a 93 ford explorer, just yesterday I was sitting in traffic and it started as if it want to cut off. I press gas/brakes at the same time to keep it running. It moops while pressing the gas/brakes as if it will cut off. When in park it moops until it cuts off. This morning driving to work, I drove about 7 miles and the problem started again. Can anyone tell me what the problem is? is it the feul injection or the spark plugs needs replacing.????????????
#4215 of 6385 Re: faulty fuel gauge [geminio17]
Aug 18, 2005 (4:03 pm)
Wow, you are lucky that it didn't happen to your car until 2500 miles. Mine happened at 522. They ordered a new instrument cluster, and just installed it yesterday. Well today happened to be the day I needed to fill up the tank and lo and behold, the fuel gauge dropped below empty again. I called my service advisor, but she wasn't at her desk. So, now it's the waiting game. All I have to say is I didn't pay this much money for a car that's fuel gauge doesn't work correctly.