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#4671 of 6400 1995 Explorer stalls at start
Dec 05, 2005 (2:58 pm)
"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?
I have bascially the exact same problem with my 95. I start the car and it revs but never maintains idle rpm. Sometimes revving it to 3k helps it catch, other times driving for 5 minutes will do the trick. After reading the threads for the better part of the afternoon, here are possible solutions I'm seeing.
1 Idle Air Control Valve
2 EGR Valve
3 ECT (engine coolant sensor)
4 VZV Valve
Replacing all of these is a little more work than I have time, and I was wondering if anyone with the same problem has had an effective fix for it, or if I should just start replacing parts in the aforementioned order. Thanks.
#4672 of 6400 Re: 1995 Explorer stalls at start [eagle15]
Dec 06, 2005 (2:37 pm)
My 97 model was doing the same thing last year, idled about 250rpm and would only idle if hitting the gas pedal. Oddly, the Check Engine light never came on. Replaced IAC valve, problem solved. It sits on the driver's side of the engine, on the side of the air intake (in the 4.0 ohv engine anyway). 2 bolts hold it in place. Takes maybe 10 minutes to replace. Recently, the EGR valve and sensor had to be replaced. This did cause a check engine light. Also very simple repairs, took about 20 minutes total to replace both.
#4673 of 6400 98 Explorer Heater Box!!
Dec 07, 2005 (9:19 am)
Can anyone tell me what kind of glue I could use to put a patch on a heater box? Also is the heater box made of ABS plastic or what kind? THANKS!!
#4674 of 6400 96 Explorer Automatic Transmission
Dec 07, 2005 (5:35 pm)
I'm having a problem with the automatic transmission on my 96 ford explorer. Well, at least I think that is what is happening! When I start my car in the morning it will not engage into drive with out shifting from park to drive a couple times. I'm not sure what is happening.
My theory, from what people have told me (guess not my theory), is to find a transmission rebuild kit and basically replace all the worn out parts. Is this possible for me to do or is this something only a pro can do. I would really like to try and attempt this since the cost is so much lower. Everyone's input is very much appreciated! Thanks!
#4675 of 6400 Re: 2005 Explorer - Fuel Gauge Problem [electricdesign]
Dec 07, 2005 (6:52 pm)
When you had the sulphur problem with your fuel gauge, how did you fix it? I have the same exact symptoms you mentioned for my fuel guage.
#4676 of 6400 Re: 2005 Explorer - Fuel Gauge Problem [dtownfb]
Dec 07, 2005 (7:33 pm)
It depends on how stong the sulphur content of the gas was. My gauge got stuck at full and remained there for about 2 weeks, then it dropped loose and worked OK after that. Apparently, after the 'bad' gas was gone, it was able to 'break free' and work normally. It all depends on how bad it sticks in the first place, which goes back to how strong the sulphur content was.
The first thing to do is obviously get all the 'bad' gas of of the tank and replace it with good gas. Then drive the car down a bumpy road to try to get the fuel sender to break loose, maybe hit the brakes hard at low speed to make the car bounce. If it won't come loose that way, then its off to the repair shop to pull the tank and replace the sender unit.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
#4677 of 6400 1997 ford explorer keyless entry
Dec 09, 2005 (8:13 am)
I just brought a 1997 ford explorer and would like to know where to find the code for keyless entry
#4678 of 6400 Re: 2005 Explorer - Fuel Gauge Problem [electricdesign]
Dec 09, 2005 (9:21 am)
Thanks electric. I think it is off to the repari shop.
#4679 of 6400 Replacing BF Goodrich Rugged Trail AT on 03 Mountaineer... suggestions??
Dec 09, 2005 (10:32 am)
Bought an 03 Mountaineer Premier AWD (V8) used in March 2005 with almost 19000 miles. Wasn't impressed then by the looks of the BF Goodrich Rugged Trail A/T M&S tires, but they had enough tread I thought to go through Summer and into Fall. Never felt "secure" on wet roads with these tires, and now that Winter is here, I'm researching what is available to replace them (at 23000 miles). They are 245 65 R17.
Has anyone else replaced their OEM BF Goodrich tires on their Mountaineer (or Explorer)? What did you choose?
Ninety five percent of my driving is around town on paved roads, but I do have a country lane on a slight grade I travel twice daily (to and from work, and usually the last road in the township to be plowed after a snow storm).
I don't really want to go with an all terrain tire with a more aggressive looking tread.... would like to find something though that is decent in snow, has better tread life, but not sacrifice handling and noise level. When I say snow, I'm just talking 3 to 4 inches of unplowed snow... this is probably the most I would get caught in unexpectedly (as if let out of work early to make the 8 mile drive home because winter storm has started). If it's 8 to 10 inches fresh snow, I'm not driving anywhere until roads are plowed... or I'll drive my 96 Explorer AWD V8 with the Wrangler ATs.
I've narrowed it down to the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza only by good reviews I've read and photos. Going into the tire store today to just have a look. The BF Goodrichs I have have 29.9" tire OD, Section Width 9.6" & 696 REVS per mile, the Alenza would be 29.4", Section Width 9.5" and 709 REVS per mile ... I'm guessing everything on these cars is computer syncronized, is this difference anything to be concerned about? All the other specs are in line.
From what I read, the Alenzas are being put on some upper end SUVS (Navigator, Suburban, Lexus, Tahoe).
Any thoughts, recommendations welcome!
#4680 of 6400 2006 Ford Explorer Steering problem
Dec 10, 2005 (5:18 am)
I have a brand new 2006 Explorer that is only 6 weeks old. My wife was driving it and she mentioned that the steering wheel got "hung up" then all of a sudden it came free. Good thing she was in a parking lot when it happened. She called our dealer and they told her not to drive the car, to have it towed right to them. After a few hours, they called her with a frightening message, basically, they just got word from Ford, that there are inherent steering problems with some of the new 2006 models. As my wife was telling our local dealer what actually happened, they told her this is what was exactly written in the letter they received from Ford. Has anyone else had this experience....Now, my wife wants out of our Lease, she wants a new truck, preferably an Expedition (I have a new Escape) she thinks it's too small. Any ideas?