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#4598 of 6385 Re: Explorer Stalls no More! [sanandton]
Nov 09, 2005 (9:28 pm)
I have a 1995 ford explorer with 152,000 miles on it. About 8 mo ago it started stalling out in stop and go traffic(which is always happening on the 101 in LA) on the highway. Also, when I drive home from work about 11 miles and park it at home the can will not start for 1 or 2 hours. Could this be the VZV valve problem that you are talking about?
#4599 of 6385 Re: '02 Eddie Bauer Transmission Problem - Humming sound in front end [alma [kern]
Nov 09, 2005 (10:19 pm)
they did not do anything to the computer on mine, nor do anything to the solenoid.
#4600 of 6385 1999 Explorer SUV 4 WHEEL DR. TRANSMISSION
Nov 10, 2005 (4:09 am)
My suv has about 120,000 miles. Have owned it 3 years. Seems to be slipping in 3rd gear. I had the transmission fluid change thing done. When the mechanic did it, he said it "smelled" bad and didn't promise anything. I didn't notice any change and someone at a garage suggested I'd need a rebuilt transmission. However, 3 weeks have passed and it seems to be running ok again. I don't have a lot of extra money and have been told I'm looking at $2,000 repair. I'm not sure if I should just go ahead and have it rebuilt or just "let it ride" for now. I keep up on the oil change, etc. on the car and don't really have the extra money. Not sure if I should just "sit on it" or what? Comments?
#4601 of 6385 Re: 1999 Explorer SUV 4 WHEEL DR. TRANSMISSION [cheryl3]
Nov 10, 2005 (5:21 am)
What engine and transmission do you have? How you tried putting any additive in the transmission yet? Pour a bottle of LUCAS TRANSMISSION STOP SLIP in it and let it ride for a while, to see how it does. I usually don't recommend additives, but I have had the best luck with this stuff.
#4602 of 6385 Re: 1994 Ford Explorer Stalls when idling [joshya]
Nov 10, 2005 (9:30 am)
1rst. You have to clean or replace the IAC (IDLE AIR CONTROL VALVE) If not Change the ECT (Engine coolant sensor)
#4603 of 6385 Re: 1999 Explorer SUV 4 WHEEL DR. TRANSMISSION [electricdesign]
Nov 11, 2005 (10:26 am)
i have the 2002 Explorer XLT and am starting to get the torque shudder at 3-4 gears... i have read on this problem and have seen recommendations for Lube Guard or Dr. Tranny's additive..
These seem to bring a friction additive that Mercon V doesn't supply enough of.....
Question is how do i add this?
V-6 with the sealed trans..... any options other than a trans shop with the squirt gun? No dip stick on this model..
just the driver.. (sometimes)
#4604 of 6385 Scheduled maintenance issues on an 04 explorer
Nov 11, 2005 (3:54 pm)
Took my '04' XLS 4x4 in for 30K service and the service guy advises me that they do a coolant change as well as a tranny fluid change at 30K. I didn't have my book in front of me so I went along with the program. When I get the car back, the maintenance schedule with the owners manual says nothing about a coolant change until 100K. Likewise, nothing about a tranny fliud change but given the problems with this tranny, I wondered if this has become the new standard.
Is this a dealer trying to get a few more service bucks out of me or is this real deal?
BTW, they replaced my ball joints under warranty when they were inspected. MY '98' has it's ball joints replaced at 60K now this--can't ford make a ball joint anymore? The car is driven on Interstates 90% of the time.
Thanks for any help.
#4605 of 6385 Re: Scheduled maintenance issues on an 04 explorer [mmadden1]
Nov 11, 2005 (5:16 pm)
"Took my '04' XLS 4x4 in for 30K service and the service guy advises me that they do a coolant change as well as a tranny fluid change at 30K. I didn't have my book in front of me so I went along with the program. When I get the car back, the maintenance schedule with the owners manual says nothing about a coolant change until 100K. Likewise, nothing about a tranny fluid change but given the problems with this tranny, I wondered if this has become the new standard.
Is this a dealer trying to get a few more service bucks out of me or is this real deal?"
I would go back and ask for a credit for the coolant change. They took your money. There was no reason what so ever to change the coolant. I would go back and state very clearly that you were taken advantage of. I know it's not an easy thing to do... but it's the truth. As far as the transmission is concerned; there have been so many problems with this transmission IT IS PRUDENT to have the fluid changed every 30K. NEVER GO TO THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT with -out consulting your manual first, but I guess you know that now.
#4606 of 6385 Re: Scheduled maintenance issues on an 04 explorer [chuck1]
Nov 11, 2005 (7:41 pm)
I checked back with the service guy went over the issues and he said he wasn't sure if the Explorer had the 5 year coolant in it and that the tech would had not done it if it had. In the owners manual, the coolant spec is reffered to as "premium gold" --the 5 year stuff.
The write up guy offered to give me a credit if I thought it was unneccessary and I will take him up on it after I talk to the service manager.
I've been going to this dealership for 18 years--a very large dealer in NE OH-- and never had a problem before today.
The reality is that these guys know what the schedule is on every fluid and this was a case where they were just trying to ring an easy sale. Makes me wonder if the warranty claim on the ball joints was legit or if they're trying to rip Ford off.
Either way, I'm done with the dealership--there are plenty of other out there--and may be done with Ford because of all of the things that have gone wrong with this vehicle, my 3rd Explorer. OBTW, my ABS light came on when I got home, but went off after I turned the car off and restarted; that was supposedly fixed on the last trip in.
#4607 of 6385 2005 Ford Explorer Limited V8 Auto Noise
Nov 13, 2005 (2:24 pm)
I have an 05 V8 Automatic tranny that is making a loud noise that sounds like a Tuning Fork, no rhythm or reason to when the noise happens. The dealership cannot recreate the noise. Has anyone else experienced this problem?