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#4577 of 6386 1994 Ford Explorer Stalls when idling
Nov 03, 2005 (5:32 am)
I have a 1994 Ford Explorer. About once a week right after starting the car the idle goes haywire. The engine runs at 250 RPMS instead of the Normal 1000 RPMS. During these times the car stalls out when the driver is not giving it gas. The problem seems to occur more when the engine was been ran recently as opposed to after the car has set all night. Finally, it seems to go away for awhile (2 weeks) after replacing the air filter. Any ideas?
#4578 of 6386 Re: 99 explorer 4.0l no power, engine rattles on acceleration [ash7]
Nov 03, 2005 (2:25 pm)
Ash7, the description of your problem doesn't quite sound like ssimonton's. Any other symptoms that make you fear the transmission?
About a year ago my Ranger did exactly what you describe. There was a rattle under acceleration when cold that would stop if I let off the gas. It didn't do it when warm. The problem was a loose shield on the catalytic converter. I repositioned the shield and the noise was gone. Exhaust resonance can cause shields to vibrate and make strange noises that come and go depending upon heat and throttle position.
With your vehicle cold and transmission in Park, try bringing the engine speed up to about 1500-2000 RPM slowly. Can you hear the noise under those conditions? Or hold the brake firmly with the transmission in Drive and step on the accelerator a bit to put some load on the engine/driveline. If you can duplicate the noise while having someone else listen carefully from outside, they might be able to pinpoint where it is coming from.
I certainly hope it is nothing serious. Please let us know.
#4579 of 6386 Re: 99 explorer 4.0l no power, engine rattles on acceleration [ssimonton]
Nov 03, 2005 (2:48 pm)
I have an 99 explorer and at 14,000 I had a knocking in my engine which I thought was lifters. Took into dealer, they replced engine with a rebuilt... Now I am at 78,000 miles and just took it in and they told me I had cracked head and gaskets needed to be replaced. I know one other person that had engine replaced and now I beleive I have a defected engine and that is why the head cracked. I am an easy driver and have never had the car overheat. I found a leak when I took it to have oil change at Jiffy lube. I would like to see if other people are having the same problems because I am writing a letter to Ford.
#4580 of 6386 Re: '02 Eddie Bauer Transmission Problem - Humming sound in front end [kern]
Nov 03, 2005 (6:27 pm)
at near 57k miles on mine, the tranny started to have rough downshifts. after the 60k miles service at the dealer which included a tranny flush, the tranny has been running very smooth again. you said your mechanic did the tranny flush for your car, however, were you referring your mechanic as a ford dealer? don't know if independent shops will have the proper equipment to do tranny flush on these transmissions.
someone on here said there was a recall on these transmissions, but he didn't tell you that the recall did not apply to 02 models.
#4581 of 6386 95 Explorer Starting Problem
Nov 03, 2005 (7:35 pm)
Does the 95 Explorer have an ignition relay switch? Turn the ignition and get a click but it does not crank. Flip the shift into park several times and it starts fine. Battery ok. New starter and solenoid. I need to know if this model has an ignition relay - before I do anything else. Getting expense!
#4582 of 6386 Re: '02 Eddie Bauer Transmission Problem - Humming sound in front end [kern
Nov 04, 2005 (11:25 am)
Thanks for the info. What would be the down side of telling the dealership that we think we need a transmission flush and see if they come up with the trans-solenoid diagnosis?
#4583 of 6386 Re: '02 Eddie Bauer Transmission Problem - Humming sound in front end [nvba
Nov 04, 2005 (11:29 am)
A recall??? I hope you're right and I'm going to start checking into that. Thanks.
#4584 of 6386 Re: '02 Eddie Bauer Transmission Problem - Humming sound in front end [nvba [kern]
Nov 05, 2005 (4:29 am)
no recall on the '02. there was on the '03 but i think it centered around the tranny being filled with the wrong fluid at the factory.
#4585 of 6386 Re: 99 explorer 4.0l no power, engine rattles on acceleration [smclaughlin]
Nov 05, 2005 (4:11 pm)
You know - my 94 developed a miss in the engine at about 120,000 miles. My son worked at the local Lincoln dealership, so I told him to have the techs check it out. They told us we needed a new engine and that one cylinder had a hole in the piston. I didn't want to put an engine in the truck being as old as it was, so we just gave it to my son's Girlfriend. Her dad put a new plug in that cylinder, and the truck's still running fine. You can't always trust the techs at the dealerships - even if you work there.... Get a second opinion. I wish I had.
#4586 of 6386 Re: 2005 EB Explorer V8 roar noise from front area [bioman]
Nov 05, 2005 (5:01 pm)
I appreciate your comments, but in this case you are far out in left field. My comment about the service department being GREAT was very sincere and truthful. They ordered the part based on a response from another responder to my problem at my request. My vehicle was never checked by a service technician. They accepted my word and the responders word how my problem could be solved. At the time I took my vehicle in for the replacement is when it was discovered that there was no rear air due to no third row seats. Yes, I trust this service department completely because they have earned this trust over a 15 year period. I'm sorry that your experience with Ford Dealerships have been less than desirable, but there are always the exception. Just give them a try and work with them. You know that none of us are perfect, and we all make mistakes. Criticism comes easy and sometimes not due. I'm proud of the professionalism shown by this Dealerships Service Department and I'm very fortunate to be one of their customers for so long and am looking forward to continuing my relationship. Just hope and trust that you are having an experience that is satisfactory to you at the Dealership of your choice. Thanks again for your comments.
By the way, I haven't heard the noise since the additional freon was installed.