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#4829 of 6400 1995 Ford Explorer Highway Driving Problem
Feb 04, 2006 (6:22 pm)
Drove to Las Vegas from Los Angeles Super Bowl Weekend and about an hour into the trip It felt like my right tires were about to come off of the pavement and that the backend was coming around towards the left as if a strong wind gust was hitting the passenger side door. Thought my car was about to roll over - this happened for the rest of the 3 hour trip some places worst then others- made for one heck of a scary ride. The problem didn't seem to happen while I was driving around Vegas but 15 minutes into the trip back to LA it started again - bad enough for me to turn around and find the first mechanic. The Suspension, Shocks, Brakes, Axles all checked out fine and when he test drove it he didn't feel anything out of the ordinary but he only took on surface streets not the highway. He commented about my back tires (Hancook DynaPro AS P235/75R15 which I had bought two weeks prior) Being made with a softer rubber then the fronts and thought it might be that the tires were heating up and could cause menuverability problems. Has anyone else had this kind of problem? Consumer reports gave this tire a really good rating though I am wondering if they sold me the right tire for this year. Any info would be greatly appreciated ASAP - Stuck in Vegas trying to decide weather to gamble on two new tires or play it safe - call in to work on Monday and take it to the Ford Dealership before I get on the road again.
#4830 of 6400 Re: 1995 Ford Explorer Highway Driving Problem [msexpxlt]
Feb 05, 2006 (4:14 am)
I wonder if what you experienced is caused by grooves in the road interacting negatively with the tires. All the facts seem to fit.
#4831 of 6400 Re: 1995 Ford Explorer Highway Driving Problem [msexpxlt]
Feb 05, 2006 (9:47 am)
Those groves near stateline ( on the Nevada side)will cause this on that new stretch of highway. They really put some groves in the new concrete because of flash flooding there. I felt it like you did.
#4832 of 6400 Explorer electrical problem?
Feb 05, 2006 (10:32 am)
Hello. I have a 2003 Explorer XLT. In the last year, the car alarm has repeatedly gone off after unlocking it w/the remote, or has 'armed' itself even though it was not locked in the first place (such as on the driveway while washing the car). Reaching for the door handle has begun to feel like a game of Russian Roulette - my nerves are shot and the dealer tells me the vehicle is supposed to do this! The 'door ajar' light has recently opted to stay on for most of the day - at times turning off. Add the recent but infrequent knocking inside the front console, and I'm wondering if I should trade this truck in. It has 60000 miles on it.
Thanks for any advice. My dealership hasn't been helpful.
#4833 of 6400 Re: bad mileage [sanandton]
Feb 05, 2006 (4:31 pm)
my 2000 ford explorer just had a torque solenoid lock-up switch fixed and it just went out on me again what should i do?
#4835 of 6400 Pull to right when braking
Feb 06, 2006 (3:30 pm)
I have a '96 explorer xlt 4 disc brakes. I have a pull to the right on braking. It does it about 50% of the time. I pulled left caliper and made sure all was proper. I applied antiseize on the pins and the problem was still there. I then replaced both calipers with all new equipment(Pins, SS slide etc and I still have the same pull. I am at a loss at what to do next. Car has 156k miles on it I purchased it new and have flushed the brake fluid every couple of years since new. There is significantly more brake dust on the right wheel
#4836 of 6400 Re: Pull to right when braking [rayz1]
Feb 06, 2006 (4:43 pm)
Could be a problem with the brake hose on the right side. They sometimes collapse, or partially collapse; internally and don't allow the caliper to retract. It might also be a good time to check the rear brakes, too.
#4837 of 6400 Re: Explorer electrical problem? [4xford]
Feb 06, 2006 (5:53 pm)
door ajar light on a common problem in 02 models. perhaps the same in 03.
has problem with passenger door ajar light twice - replaced switch both times. 3rd time, obviously NOT the switch, they replaced/checked the wiring and has been since since.
if that is the only problem you have at 60k I dont believe that warrants trading it in.
as for the alarm - the manual is not very clear when and how it arms. perhaps ford could tell you how and it may help you here.
#4838 of 6400 Re: Loss in gas milage - Please Help [shannonm]
Feb 07, 2006 (4:26 am)
Ok - so maybe I spoke to soon. After a couple of tanks my mileage has dropped again. I can't figure out what is going on. It seems as if as long as something is cleaned, whether it be fuel injection cleaner or the throttle body cleaned, the mileage is back and then after a few tanks it gets gunked up again. So am I crazy in thinking that something is "dirtying" up things. If so, what could that be?