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#5281 of 6385 Re: Ford Explorer 2005 noise [dodgekbad]
Aug 09, 2006 (12:06 pm)
There's more . . . I noticed gas coming out of the exhaust. Just like it did before I took it into the shop to get a spark plug hole rethreaded (just with a chaser -- nothing that major -- at least I thought).
Before, one of the plugs wouldn't go in all the way, and it was running rich. I don't remember that noise, but I do remember that gas from the exhaust/running rich smell.
Just now, I stamped down on one of the spark wires that goes to the coil, and it looked like one of them was not on all the way. The gas doesn't come out as much is it did, but it appears it is running rich every 2-3 minutes or so, and then good again.
The wires are Bosch and they have these dumb little prongs and I can't tell if they are fully seated in the oil or not.
#5282 of 6385 Re: Ford Explorer 2005 noise [dodgekbad]
Aug 10, 2006 (8:11 am)
Never mind -- at least for now -- the stamping-down-on-the-wires might have done the trick. I guess one wasn't in all the way on the coil.
#5283 of 6385 2005 Ford Explorer XLT
Aug 10, 2006 (8:41 am)
I just bought a 2005 Ford Explorer V6 XLT. It has a factory 1 disc AM/FM radio in it. When I called Ford to see what my options where to upgrade to a 6 disc in dash changer with mp3 and satellite compatible, they said that you can't do it. Anybody have any ideas?
#5284 of 6385 Re: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT [templer]
Aug 10, 2006 (11:19 am)
Try Sound Advice.
#5285 of 6385 Re: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT [electricdesign]
Aug 10, 2006 (11:51 am)
What is Sound Advice?
#5286 of 6385 Re: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT [templer]
Aug 10, 2006 (12:42 pm)
Sound Advice was an Audio Systems Store, but I think they are out of existence now. They put a CD changer in my wifes XLT a few years ago. I tried to look them up but could not find anything. sorry.
Aug 10, 2006 (7:26 pm)
55,000 miles on my 02, looks like its time for tires. i was leaning toawrds another set of goodyear wranglers (given that i got 55,000 out of the 1st set, which i consider pretty good). only definitely blackwalls and not owl. any reccomendations?
Aug 11, 2006 (5:38 am)
We just had a tire discussion. Read Posts #'s 5160, 5163, 5166, 5268, 5270 & 5273.
#5289 of 6385 Rear End Noise
Aug 11, 2006 (9:34 am)
I just took my 2004 Mountaineer AWD V8 in for routine Maintenance last week. Told them about a whining noise that has developed since about 18,000 miles. It has 23,000 miles on it currently. I was told by the Service Manager that it is a very common issue with the Explorers and Mountaineers to have a whine in the rear axle bearings. This dealership seems to be pretty upfront with me, but I'm wondering if this isn't worse than they are letting on. He told me that as the warranty end date gets closer they will re access the problem and if has worsened they will replace the bearings. He said he gives me his word that he will take care of me. I find the noise to be aggravating especially when I'm driving down my street and you can here that sound echoing as it bounces off the homes in the neighborhood. I have been very satisfied with this vehicle, but I'm getting concerned that this problem will end up costing me a lot of money someday. Please, is anyone else experiencing this issue or does anyone have any advice. Thanks.
#5290 of 6385 Re: Rear End Noise [mtnman1]
Aug 11, 2006 (10:55 am)
Since 2002 the Explorer has had major issues with the rear axle. The switch to the independent rear suspension has not been a smooth one. Many people have had their rear axles replaced only to have the replacement go bad. So I would not accept any delay. I would go back to the dealer and request, nicely at first, that the issue you have be dealt with NOW. You want the rear axle components that are going bad replaced. It is not going to get better, it will get worse. Why should you have to drive around with a vehicle that has defective parts. If you get it repaired now you will at least have 13K miles for the replacement to be "tested".