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Jul 05, 2006 (9:19 pm)
alrighty. we own a 1993 ford explorer XLT 4by4. WELL, the four wheel drive does not work. we tried 3 new push button modules with no avail. then we did some investigating. there IS power to the push botton module. there is NO power to the motor on the back of the transmission. the four wheel drive relay located in the rear normally hums when the four wheel drive is activated. now complete silence so we can tell its not operating. the ford dealership says that the push button always goes out. but a couple friends of ours always have problems with the motor on the back of the tranny.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give us some information on any ideas on what may be wrong or, if this has happened to you before, how it was fixed and what the problem was.
Jul 05, 2006 (9:21 pm)
oh and i forgot to mention in the above post ^^ that we have 186,000 miles on it with only one major problem.
#5125 of 6385 recurring problem with 2004 explorer
Jul 05, 2006 (9:44 pm)
if anyone can help, i would be very grateful. the problem: approx. 6 months after purchasing the explorer, i began to notice a squeaking noise coming from the belt/pulley area. to make a long story short, i've taken the vehicle to the same dealer on 4 separate occasions. each time i'm assured the problem has been resolved but this has not been the case. the dealer has done the following; adjusted the belt, replaced the belt, removed the "paint" from a pulley and finally replaced a pulley. i'm virtually at the end of my rope here. i should note that the suv runs fine, despite the squeaking noise. i'm simply baffled by the dealerships inability to make this repair. to make matters worse, although the suv was purchased in the us, i'm currently working in a latin american country that has a large ford presence; however, ford of usa and ford of latin america do not operate on the same wavelength and as a result i have to mail-in receipts to get reimbursed under the warranty. the warranty, however, recently ended in early 2006. as noted above, i'm highly frustrated with this problem and am looking for a solution. i've considered seeking out a ford engineer (if such a thing exists) in order to get some idea of how to fix the problem. btw, i've contacted ford usa and they (not surprisingly) have been of almost NO help.
suggestions/assistance would be greatly appreciated.
#5127 of 6385 Re: recurring problem with 2004 explorer [joe_88]
Jul 06, 2006 (4:36 am)
Your problem may not be with the belt or pullies at all. The way to find out is to remove the belt, then start the engine (don't run the engine for more than 60 seconds, or it will overheat). See if the sound is still there or is gone. If still there, investigate the the belt and pullies further, they may need to replace the pullies, or pully bearings, or water pump, or AC compressor Bearing, or Power Steering Pump, one of those might be the problem. If the noise is gone when the belt is off, rev the engine up and down a little to be sure the sound is gone, then shut off the engine. The squeaking may be coming from the crankshaft seal. Test this by squirting some WD40 spray lubricant onto the seal by spraying behind the harmonic balancer (big pully on the front of the engine crankshaft). If is diffult to reach, you have to do it from under the vehicle, try to spray from the bottom and side, using the small this plastic tube that comes with the WD40. You might try taping two tubes together to make a longer tube. Most likely the noise will go away. If the noise goes away, the seal is dry and squeaking. You can squirt WD40 on it from time to time to keep it quiet, or else you would have to replace the front engine seal (timing cover seal). Put the belt back on until you decide what you want to do.
My 2000 Ford XLT V8 has been doing the same thing for almost a year now, and I opted to squirt WD40 once in a while. Sometimes it squeaks a little, but goes away, and it seems to cause no ptoblem so far, more of a nuisance than anything. I've bought the timing cover seal, in case I need to replace it.
#5128 of 6385 Correction: recurring problem with 2004 explorer [electricdesign]
Jul 06, 2006 (10:01 am)
I wasn't fully awake when I typed the above post. It should have read, if you take the belt off and the sound is GONE, then investigate the belt and pullies. If the sound REMAINS after you remove the belt, then with engine off, try spraying the WD40 on the crankshaft seal.
#5129 of 6385 Re: recurring problem with 2004 explorer [electricdesign]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 06, 2006 (11:46 am)
I was researching some "stop leak" stuff for auto a/c's a couple of weeks ago - any opinion as to how they work in the real world?
#5130 of 6385 Re: recurring problem with 2004 explorer [steve_]
Jul 06, 2006 (7:54 pm)
I am of the old school on that subject, I don't really believe in putting any gunk or junk into a system. There are several kinds, and they work in several ways. The old stuff would seal the leak with gunk, but it would clog the expansion valve or orifice tube or condenser or compressor. Some of the new stuff works better, it clogs the leak by solidifying only when it comes in contact with moisture or air, so technically it is not suppose to clog the system, only at the point of leakage where the refrigerant and oil meets air. But, myself, I believe it will all hit air eventually anyway, and once put in, you can never clean that stuff out of the system, it hides in every crack and crevice in the compressor. What ever junk, gunk or debris (did I spell that right) that circulates in the system, will eventually be caught on the inlet screen of the orifice tube, and that is what usually clogs up or restricts first. The stop leak stuff may be good as a last resort for very small leaks, but the best fix is always to find and repair the leak properly. In other words, don't use it unless your Really need to use it. And if you do, realize it is only a temporary repair.
#5131 of 6385 ford explorer dies when stopping
Jul 09, 2006 (9:37 am)
it is a 1999 ford explorer eddie bauer v6 a couple of days ago the gas gauge said empty so i filled the tank it only took 6 gallons and still pegged at empty, after that it started dieing out every time i stop . the check engine light is not on.i changed the fuel filter which was full of black soot like liquid but it still dies every time i stop, if i stop really slow it sometimes stays on . even if i put it in nuetral with my foot on the gas it dies . Please help.
#5132 of 6385 ford explorer blowing off vacuum lines
Jul 09, 2006 (11:58 am)
I have a 1994 Ford Explorer. It keeps blowing the elbows off the vacuum lines attached to the intake manifold. It also will occasionally smell like it is leaking brake fluid, but, I can't find any change in the fluid height in the fluid reservoir. It has been into the garage twice, once for a tune up and once because the problem occurred again after the tune up. The first time it happened a year ago and one line blew off, the second time it was six months ago and two lines blew off, and the last time, yesterday, three lines blew off. I originally replaced the elbows because they felt spongy and I thought it was solely due to the material degrading from oil in the lines. The vehicle has about 130,000 miles, could this be a problem with the egr valve or the canister associated with the emissions system? The garage mechanic said it is a normal circumstance and just to zip tie the lines back on the nipples they attach too. Does anyone know what the real problem is and what really needs to be fixed?