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May 16, 2006 (9:57 am)
I have a 1999 Ford Explorer with a V6 4.0 liter engine with a manual transmission. It has been relatively problem free for the past 6 years, but recently I have noticed a squeak/chirp coming from what seems to be the upper rear portion of the engine, though it is hard to pinpoint. It is intermittent and some days worse than others. I cannot figure a pattern of its occurrence, it happens when the engine is cold as well as hot, with the A/C on as well as off. I have done the few things that I could think of, even though it seems to be coming from the rear of the engine I changed the belt and idler pulley, but it still makes the sound.
There is no drop in performance of the engine, it is just annoying and I fear that if it goes unchecked I may do some serious damage to the engine (i only have 75,000 miles on it. Has anyone else experienced anything similiar? My father-in-law owns a Taurus with a V6 and he is experiencing the same sound.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Jim in Houston
#5015 of 6400 Re: Tranny fluid & Valve Ping/rattle [niwdog]
May 17, 2006 (3:35 am)
For the valve rattling, clean the MAF sensor, (Mass Air Flow sensor) located on the air tube near the air cleaner box.
If fuel gauge reads empty all the time, replace fuel sending unit float.
For Transmission leak, look underneath to see where fluid is coming from, most likely the pan gasket needs replacing. It could also be a leak at the tail housing seal or the front pump seal.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
#5016 of 6400 Re: Engine squeak [smiles428]
May 17, 2006 (6:13 am)
I have a 2001 Mercury Sable with a similiar noise. I know it is not a belt or belt tensioner. I took the car to a mechanic and he stated that it is a seal on the engine tranmission coupling. He stated that this not an uncommon problem with fords in general. The problem is that it will cost a ton of money in labor to fix. Im currently arguing with ford about the problem
#5017 of 6400 Re: Engine squeak [ashevalley]
May 17, 2006 (8:23 am)
Did your mechanic explain the possible consequences of doing nothing about it? Just curious in case I decide to let it go for a while.
#5018 of 6400 ford explorer 2002 eddie bower electrical problem
May 17, 2006 (9:05 am)
the remote door lock will not work and when we turn the keys off and take them out nothing works, the windows, door locks, radio.... and the number pad will only unlock not lock the doors?? this all happened last night so we had to disconnect the battery to get the lights out
#5019 of 6400 brake problem on 93 explorer
May 18, 2006 (4:27 am)
i bought the explorer new and since the beginning whenever you use the brakes alot like going down mountains the brakes go out and you have to pump, pump pump them to get any brakes. I changed the master cylinder, bled the lines but it still does it. under normal driving they work fine.
any answers other than not driving through the mountains?
#5020 of 6400 Re: Engine squeak [smiles428]
May 18, 2006 (6:19 am)
He stated that at some point the transmission may start to leak. He did not feel it was immediate problem that needed to be fixed. However the noise is annoying. Im still after Ford to see if they will do anything! This does not sound like an isolated problem. My mechanic said that on Fords the seal dries out.
#5021 of 6400 Re: Engine squeak [ashevalley]
May 18, 2006 (9:22 am)
Thanks for the info. Please let me know if you get anywhere with Ford.
#5022 of 6400 94 Explorer 4.0 - No Spark
May 20, 2006 (7:03 am)
I am not getting a spark between the coil and the wires. Can anyone tell me how to test the coil to see if has gone out?
Thanks in advance!
#5023 of 6400 Re: headlight failure [cwesley]
May 20, 2006 (10:40 pm)
I need some help. I just purchases a used 1995 Ford Explorer, 4 dr. 4.0L 6 cyl. 150,000 miles. I have had this car for two days. The headlights have spontaneously shut off on me while driving the car at night three times now. I can't make out a pattern. It seems like I will be driving for 10 minutes or so with them on and all of a sudden, they shut-off.
Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? Please help.