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Jan 25, 2006 (4:36 pm)
1997 was a great year for Ford Explorer. Our 1997 Explorer XLT with 5.0L V8 is just fabulous in 2006 with over 142,500 miles on it. It has original Engine, Transmission & Radio, all operating flawlessly like new. Only a few items have been replaced, Radiator one time, Multifunction Switch one time, Lower Ball Joints one time, Cruise Control Buttons one time, and of course the usual wear items like belt, brakes, tires, etc...
It's really been and still is a highly outstanding vehicle, and we plan to drive it into 2008. I dare say it's the best vehicle we have ever owned!
I think my 2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0L V8 is going to turn out just as good.
#4810 of 6400 What Color Are Your Wire Boots
Jan 25, 2006 (5:09 pm)
I've been looking at pics of '98 Explorer v6 sohc engines (the same one in my truck). I've noticed all the Motorcraft wire boots are black. Is this true for all their wires?
My wires are grey, but I have Orange wire boots. I figure this would be an easy way to tell whether they've been changed already by the PO. It beats ripping off a boot and ruining wires, by testing it with a multi meter.
They look new. I bet the PO changed them at 50k. It now has a hundo k miles; it was purchased with 88k miles. It runs great no hesitation or anything and starts right up on the coldest days.
My lazy mechanic doesn't want to change them and the plugs, and for good reason -- it looks difficult. I sure do not want to be bothered either.
Although I wouldn't mind better gas mileage. I am only getting 14/gallon -- down from 18/gallon. The 18 was when I would joy ride more, when I first bought the vehicle in the Summer ie more highway mixed in. I've been driving my usual commute -- just a parking lot. Also it is cold now here. I have noticed with my other vehicles, that matters a lot, with gas mileage. Thanks
#4811 of 6400 Re: What Color Are Your Wire Boots [dodgekbad]
Jan 27, 2006 (4:25 am)
My 1997 Explorer XLT 5.0L V8 also has gray wires with orange boots. I don't know if they are original, bought at about 95,000 miles, now 144,000.
If engine is running good, leave them on. To avoid ripping boots, Twist boots back a forth while pulling them off, then put dielectric silicone grease in each boot before pushing them back on. Then they won't stick anymore. Large spark plug gaps cause the wires to burn, so be sure the gaps are not too big. I like to gap mine a little closer than spec, to make the wires last longer.
#4812 of 6400 Re: Loss in gas milage - Please Help [shannonm]
Jan 27, 2006 (4:33 am)
Just an update -
My gas mileage and power is back! I had to take my Explorer in for rear brakes and mentioned to the mechanic my problem. He gave my throttle body a good cleaning and that did the trick! It is great to have the issue resolved.
Thanks to those that responded!
#4813 of 6400 '94 Explorer loses power
Jan 27, 2006 (6:48 am)
I have a high-mileage, nearly 300k; '94 Explorer I've owned since new. My son uses it as an urban comuter. It has been relatively troublefree but in the last 100k a problem arose with the motor losing power after having been driven 100 or so miles non-stop. It lugs badly but if you go to WOT the motor responds well and after the vehicle sets for a while it runs fine until driven an hour or two non-stop. The motor has good plugs and wires and the MAF sensor is clean. Any help would be appreciated!
#4814 of 6400 Problem w/power door locks.
Jan 27, 2006 (7:40 pm)
While driving home my door locks started making a noise as if they were closing and opening by themselves. The noise continued for sometime after the car was stopped. I am able to open the door manually. However, I am unable to open or close the door lock by pressing the open or close button on my 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. If you have any ideas as to what caused this or more importantly what part might be the culprit I look forward to hearing from you. Hopefully, its something easy like a relay. Let me know thanks.
Jan 30, 2006 (4:43 pm)
i have a 97 ford explorer, just bought, all the doors except for one were opened, and everything was working fine. then someone gets in my back drivers side door, shut it, it says door ajar. went around and checked all doors, all shut, but still says door ajar, and light stays on. could it be a door switch or sensor? sounds like it. where is it located, whats it look like?
#4816 of 6400 92 Explorer fuel and engine temp. gauge problems
Jan 31, 2006 (12:08 pm)
Hi, I ve now struggled with defective fuel and watertemp. gauges for quite while. They constantly show wrong engine temperature and empty tank.
First i changed the water temp. sending unit. - nothing else happened with the gauge. I gave earth to the temp.sending unit cable. - The gauge showed max temp.(warm).
I checked the contacktpoints for both of the gauges in the dashboard. They both have about 10volts.
In the morning, when the car has been standing still for a long time, I can see that the pointers have moved about 0.5inches closer to warm/full. They both drop again when I turn the ignition on.
when driving a steep hill, I can see that the temp gauge moves a few inches up to the normal range.
What can cause these failures?
All replys will be appreciated!
#4817 of 6400 Mountaineer Fuel Cap
Jan 31, 2006 (2:56 pm)
I have a 2004 Mountaineer. All of the sudden a few days ago the Message Center had "Check Fuel Cap" lit on it. I stopped and checked it, but it was fine. I thought maybe it could be the tank was very low. Went and filled up, but still got the message. Any ideas out there?
#4818 of 6400 Re: Problem w/power door locks. [carsar]
Jan 31, 2006 (3:01 pm)
I had a similar problem with a Company car which was a 2000 Taurus. At about 45,000 miles the locks would just start locking and unlocking as I was driving on the expressway. Never got it fixed because my company was changing to an auto allowance and getting rid of the Company Cars. I'd be curious what you find out about your ford.