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#529 of 6385 1997 Explorer suspected manifold gasket problem
Feb 14, 2001 (2:55 pm)
In reference to scooty's message #516....My explorer seems to be having the same problem. When you start it in the morning it hesitates to stay at idle and seems to want to stall. After it warms up a few minutes later it seems to run fine. This problem didn't happen until the temperature got colder outside. I have only had the vehicle for a few months now. The check engine light stays on all of the time now also. I have taken it to a local mechanic and the computer is not showing any codes. He called a local Ford dealer and they said there is a TSB for the manifold gasket and believes my vehicle is having the symptoms relating to this bulletin. I just found this out today and will have to contact the Ford dealer to find out if an extended warranty will cover this or not. I hope I have as much luck as scooty did.
#530 of 6385 To Nealy
Feb 15, 2001 (6:54 am)
Yes,you have the intake manifold gasket problem.The way I found out about the free fix was I e-mailed someone at blueovalnews.com if Ford had issued an extended warranty on explorers with the 4.0L SOHC because of what I had read on this forum.He ,(I can't remember who it was but I think anyone there can help you),e-mailed me back and said that Ford had issued an extended warranty on the timing chain tensioners and intake manifold gasket in december,2000.He gave me the number at Ford customer service in Michigan and I gave them the VIN#.Read my previous post to see the what happened after that.They gave me a number, OOM12,which is some kind of recall or special service order that a dealer should know about.In response to mazman1 I live in the Greenville, SC area.The dealer was Benson Ford/Merc in Easley SC.
Feb 15, 2001 (7:51 am)
I purchased several Explorers from Benson in Easley. Purchased our Expedition there as well. Kevin has come to know me by name. The only reason I go back is the service dept. It is a small world. I currently live in Simpsonville SC. Drive by 3 dealerships on the way to Easley for my service. I have had several problems with my previous Explorers. Your Explorer wouldn't be hunter green with tan leather would it?
#532 of 6385 sanandton
Feb 15, 2001 (5:22 pm)
Its hunter green w/green leather bought in Georgia.This was first time to Benson.I have had two other Fords serviced at Fairway on 3 seperate occasions for relatively minor things.Only problem was on one occasion I had to wait 3 days to get it in service because they were backed up.I know two private competent mechanics and I can do almost anything minor to a car myself so I will only go to a dealer for warranty issues.Dealers charge too much for repairs.In the past I bought a new Olds on Motor Mile in the 80's and I went through hell getting some major warranty work done.My last car was a Taurus and I had several problems with it including the infamous 3.8L blown head gasket,but I saved hundreds if not a thousand dollars by having a private mechanic do it.It was still a good car and when I traded it in it had 140,000 miles on it and still ran good.I enjoy the Explorer and I hope it will last that long when I trade it in.
Feb 15, 2001 (5:35 pm)
Glad you didn't get my old 97. Man was it a pain in the neck. Hope you enjoy it. My personal opinion was the 96 year was The best built of The recent year explorers. It was the reason we bought two more. Gave up after the 3rd one.
#534 of 6385 klkrause #519
Feb 16, 2001 (12:55 pm)
Where should I look to find this Forum?
My wife has narrowed her new car search down to two.
The 2002 Limited Explorer is one of them.
I would like to find out more about the 2002 Explorers ride, handling and ease of operation with the V8 and the All-Wheel-Drive options.
#535 of 6385 2002 Explorer Forum
Feb 16, 2001 (1:56 pm)
Well, it looks like Edmund's has decided that we shouldn't have a new Forum for the 2002 Explorer/Mountaineer. We're supposed to either go to:
Exploring the Explorer or
Perhaps when more discussions about the '02's begin, they will let us set up one for the new ones only!
I haven't actually driven one, though I will as soon as they come out (probably end of March or so). From what I've read (and heard from engineers at Ford) it is much improved over the current model ... especially ride quality and interior room. I haven't read an article yet about these new vehicles that didn't speak well of them!
What is the other vehicle your wife is considering?
#536 of 6385 to rcopeland & mazman1
Feb 16, 2001 (10:46 pm)
I have a 98 Explorer. After seeing these postings and my experiences, I can't help but wonder if I shouldn't get rid of it but I am depressed by its devaluation. My car also had the high pitch squeal. The dealer said that the boots needed replacing and I had to pay for it. I also hear the engine getting louder - almost like a winding down noise- when decelerating around 18mph. The dealer said they fixed it. It is definitely still there. Is this normal? Also I am upset that I had to complain to the dealer about my accelerator sticking usually after it has been parked. Apparently there is a throttle body replacement recall! Why didn't Ford send more letters to owners? One would think that with the tire fiasco, Ford would be very sensitive at this time to safety concerns. We're all used to getting recall letters now it shouldn't be a big deal to get yet another! I did have problems with my CD's getting too hot and the radio malfunctioning. I replaced it myself with a $300 system. Same speakers and the sound is much better! The dealer's service advisor claims there are no issues with the stock radio. Also one of my seat switch controls is bad but it is a crime how much they want to charge to fix it. I should have reviewed this site just before I took my car in. Come to think of it, I think I have had problems with my rear wiper blade! I was just in denial!
#537 of 6385 The Other Vehicle
Feb 17, 2001 (10:13 am)
My wife is also considering the Lincoln LS V8 Sport. These two choices came with some discussions. I absouletly refused to buy a BMW SRV or the big Lexus sedan, 60k each. After we went to the New Car Show in San Joe, and my wife read the Edmund's consumer discussions as reviews of the 2002 Explorer as Lincoln LS she recited with those two. I am very pleased with her decisions. I like Ford Motor Company products.
#538 of 6385 RE: The Other Vehicle
Feb 17, 2001 (10:17 am)
My wife is also considering the Lincoln LS V8 Sport. These two choices came with some discussions. I absouletly refused to buy a BMW SRV or the big Lexus sedan, 60k each. After we went to the New Car Show in San Jose, and my wife read the Edmund's consumer discussions and reviews of the 2002 Explorer and Lincoln LS she decited with those two. I am very pleased with her decisions. I like Ford Motor Company products.