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#4949 of 6385 Ford Explorer
Apr 13, 2006 (7:05 am)
I had a problem with my ford explorer the other day. I was sitting at a red light. the light turned green, i took my foot off the brake and pushed the accelerator. my car moved about 2 feet and all 4 tires locked up. the motor was still running and the gear shift was in drive. it sounded like i had come to a screeching stop. my car wasn't moving. i put the gear shift in park for a couple of seconds and then back to drive. it drove fine back to my office. does it sound like transmission or anti-lock brake system acting up? ford dealership says nothing comes up on the codes. 1996 explorer with 140,000 miles. help!
#4950 of 6385 Re: '03 Service Engine Soon Light [daryll44]
Apr 13, 2006 (9:06 am)
Good! It seems like that may have been the problem. good luck!
#4951 of 6385 interior light
Apr 14, 2006 (1:24 pm)
have an 02. sometimes, when opening the rear door, the interior light does not come on. always come on when you hit they key fob 1st. but, when in the garage we put the kids in first in the rear and no light. is this normal?
#4952 of 6385 Smoke from emergency flasher button 2000 Explorer
Apr 14, 2006 (8:22 pm)
I was stopped at a stop sign and a little puff of smoke came from around the emergency flasher button on my 2000 Explorer XLT. My husband and I stopped and took the keys out and looked under the hood, but nothing was amiss. Started back home and realized that the puff of smoke happens only when the left turn signal is on. I have been searching the 'net and haven't found anything specific--just lots of unexplained Ford fires in F150 trucks on a certain consumer website...
My Explorer has 43,600 miles and was purchased used from my cousin a year ago. Has been a great vehicle 'til now!
I'm a bit worried---Does anyone know what's happening ?
(I have already made an appt with the local dealer for Monday)
Thank you !!!!!
#4953 of 6385 2003 Explorer XLT sport with grinding/binding rear axle
Apr 15, 2006 (6:42 am)
With 56K miles, my Explorer developed a grinding/binding feel at rear axle when the wheel were truned and was ready to take off. The dealer diagnosed the problem as "Sticking clutch plates" in rear axle. While they were replacing the clutch pack, they also replaced gear& pinion, and it apears that most moving parts in the rear axle.
I have an extended warranty to 75K miles. It cost me $100 deductible to have this fixed. Do NOT buy an Explorer without at least the $800 5year/75K extended powertrain warranty. I am not a believer in buying extended warranties, but with 2002-2005 Ford Explorer it is a must. I chose an Explorer over Toyota 4 Runner, and Honda Pilot. I knew the Explore is not nearly as reliable, but I liked the Explorer looks, room, and its ability to pull.
#4954 of 6385 Re: Smoke from emergency flasher button 2000 Explorer [carolk1]
Apr 15, 2006 (1:06 pm)
I think i just figured out what milage that this happens at.
I have a 2000 explorer eddie bauer with 43,500 miles and that just happened to me, it's happened about four times in the last week, and now i know what it is. It's a short in the "multifunction switch" which is your turnsignal, wiper, hi/low beam, hazard control.
This switch is ford part # YL5Z 13K359 AAA and can be purchased from the dealership for about 85 bucks. It is VERY easy to replace and only requires removing several screws to get the steering column cover off. I don't know what the dealer would charge to do that but seriously you can do it yourself, i just did it this morning.
rockauto.com also has these switches at about half the price, but i opted to change this out stat as it's a fire hazard.
#4955 of 6385 Re: Smoke from emergency flasher button 2000 Explorer [carolk1]
Apr 15, 2006 (2:35 pm)
It's the multifunction switch going bad, a common problem on explorers. It needs to be replaced ASAP. It is easy to do it yourself, if you want. Ours lasted to past 130,000 miles. I paid $63.62 for the 1997 Ford Explorer part at the Ford dealer in St Pete. I stated this back in post #4924.
#4956 of 6385 Re: 2003 Explorer XLT sport with grinding/binding rear axle [jodar96]
Apr 15, 2006 (2:56 pm)
You would not have had that problem if you would have checked the fluid level to be sure it was full with the correct fluid and then went out into a large empty parking lot and done a bunch of "figure eights" in both directions when you first noticed the problem. I don't know if it would have help after they started sticking and binding badly though.
That is a rare problem to have, as most people exercise the friction plates enough in normal driving. It could have possibley went bad due to a low fluid level or lack of "friction modifier" additive. There might have been a small leak or seepage to cause loss of fluid. It could also be damaged by any water leaking into the differential, by going through high water, with a damaged, loose or broken vent hose. Just be sure that rear axle has the correct 75W-140 Synthetic lubricant and "friction modifier" additive, the vent hose is in good shape and the vent not clogged. Check your owners manual for fluid requirements.
#4957 of 6385 Dome Light cover removal
Apr 15, 2006 (8:55 pm)
I need to replace the Dome lamp light bulb in a 2004 Explorer XLT. I'm having trouble removing the platic cover to get to the light. I took 2 flat head screw drivers and put them on each end to try and pry it open but it wouldn't come out. I'm don't want to try to hard and break the cover. Is there some other way to get this off?
#4958 of 6385 charging system check displayed on oderometer
Apr 16, 2006 (12:24 am)
I have a 2002 Mercury mountaineer and found the alternator not putting out any voltage but the check system on the truck said that the charging system is okay. I trust my fluke voltage meter than that of the trucks. So I replaced the alternator and got 14.21 vdc to the battery plus or minus. The display now tells me to check the charging system. Already left the battery disconnected overnight to reset the ECM but it didn't help is there anything else that i can do to make the truck realize that the alternator is working.