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#5027 of 6400 Rear Hatch Issue 2005 Explorer
May 27, 2006 (4:16 pm)
I have a 2005 Ford explorer where the the rear hatch is opening when I drive. It happens 6 to 7 times a week when I am driving and the hatch opens. I have taken it to the dealer and they say unless they can be duplicate in the dealer lot they will not fit it. I have had it in twice and it didn't happen. Does anyone have any ideas or a telephone to Ford's claims department. I have small kids and cannot risk driving with them until this gets fixed. Any help would be appreciated.
#5028 of 6400 Re: Rear Hatch Issue 2005 Explorer [rolltider]
May 27, 2006 (5:18 pm)
Don't know if this will fix your problem but I do know that sometimes the latch on the hatch will stick and you think it is shut be the latch never closed completely. This happened to me on several occasions. If this is the case you can see the latch stuck open when you open the hatch. Normally a spring should pull the catch part shut even when the hatch door is open. My fix: Simply spray a little WD-40 on the latch and work the handle up and down making sure the catch always closes. Hasn't happened to me again since I did that. Good luck.
#5029 of 6400 Re: Tranny fluid & Valve Ping/rattle [niwdog]
May 28, 2006 (5:05 am)
Modulator on side of the Transmission was bad. Was dumping trans. fluid into the exhaust. Local Transmission shop charged $183 to replace modulator & service Trans. EGR sensor (not valve) was bad, replaced myself for $60
No more check engine light ...priceless !
#5030 of 6400 Re: Stereo Light wont display [sophia79]
May 30, 2006 (1:34 pm)
I have this same problem. Does anyone know what the solution is?
#5031 of 6400 Re: headlight failure [heathre]
Jun 01, 2006 (3:02 am)
Try checking your multifunction switch, pull back and forth on the stalk, and wiggle it around, see if it blinks or comes back on. The headlights work through the multifunction switch and are problematic. The good thing is that they are relatively cheap and easy to replace.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
#5032 of 6400 Ford Explorer Accessories
Jun 01, 2006 (1:54 pm)
Can anyone recommend some sites that sell aftermarket accessories for a 2005 Explorer? I'm looking for running boards, tail light covers, etc. thanks!
#5033 of 6400 Transmission failure.
Jun 02, 2006 (3:40 am)
I have a 2004 Explorer 4.0L with 41,000 miles on it, and a few days ago the 'Overdrive on/off light' started flashing. I took it to my Ford dealer yesterday (June 1) and they said the transmission needs $3,900 worth of repairs but that they will do it for $495, 'cause I am a 'loyal customer' and 'Oh, by the way, would you like to trade it in for a new car'?
What's going on here? I know that Ford has transmission issues with Explorers, but why the relatively cheap bill? Is it likely that Ford (as opposed to the dealer)is picking up the bill?
#5034 of 6400 '96 Explorer XLT Steering Rack
Jun 02, 2006 (3:54 am)
Has anybody did a DIY replacement of a leaking rack? I have a rebuilt rack but not sure I have all the tools necessary to swap them. Any detailed instructions available on the web?
#5035 of 6400 Jeep vs Explorer
Jun 02, 2006 (9:01 am)
As a recently widowed mom of two little ones I'm looking for a reliable, all weather safe, budget-sense vehicle with the following specs - fit two carseats, big lab dog, big wheels and tent w/ accessories, possibly fit lawnmower (or tow behind), bikes, etc. - did I mention on a tight budget?
Anyway, I've basically narrowed my search to Jeep or Explorer, and currently am looking at a 1994 JGC with recently rebuilt transmission, 166K, new tires, new front brake pads, engine work done to replace valve seals (?), one owner salesman, "test driven" all last winter by a friend who recommends it but needs to sell it (already owns 7 vehicles). Only "quirk" known is back driver side window doesn't work - not the motor. Asking $3,000 more or less....Is this a good deal???
In comparison, looking at a 1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer, maintenance records available, 106K, $5,500 OBO. No other details known.
Either one seems to give the flexibility for cargo room and road safety (we hope to go on road trips - no real off road but camping, parks, etc), but the cost vs the mileage and age - -
Does anyone have any opinions from owning both of these vehicles? Any years to avoid? Any specific questions to ask?
#5036 of 6400 Re: Jeep vs Explorer [whattodo2]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 02, 2006 (9:58 am)
You can appraise them here while waiting for reliability and usability comments. Used Caravans are cheap too.