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#5375 of 6386 Re: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT [templer]
Sep 14, 2006 (9:36 am)
I don't know why it should be such a problem to swap another factory deck with your stock deck? My dad is going to give me the factory 6-disc stereo he got for his '06 F250 work truck (for around $250 from Ford), and I intend to put it in my '05 Explorer. I assumed that it would just plug right in, although if it takes a little more work than that I can handle it.
I am sure that Car Toys or some other stereo shop may have difficulties installing a deck into the factory spot since Ford uses such mammoth stock units and they would have to spend extra time on the install. A new wiring harness and customizing and Alpine or Kenwood to fit the vehicle would cost you a few extra bucks...
But why in the heck would you not be able to swap stock for stock???
I am starting to dread making the swap myself - if you find out more, please keep me posted!
#5376 of 6386 Re: transmission problems [kyrose]
Sep 14, 2006 (4:32 pm)
I too am having this same problem except my 2wd/4wd lights do not flash. I am hoping that i dont have to get a new transmission. I have put transmission fluid in and I still am having the issue. Please help.
#5377 of 6386 Re: transmission problems [mz_coco]
Sep 14, 2006 (5:30 pm)
You and kyrose did not say what engine and transmission you have. That makes ALL the difference in the world. You probably have the 6 clyinder engine, which has the smaller more troublesome transmission behind it.
I was going to say something about the Ford layoffs announced today due to sales being lower than expected, being due to the lack of quality than we have seen in these posts, such as the transmission problems, the engine problems, and the rear axle problems, but I won't.
#5378 of 6386 Re: transmission problems [electricdesign]
Sep 14, 2006 (9:45 pm)
I have a V6 and I have had the rear axle trouble to but the Ford dealer had to replace that because they damaged it.
#5379 of 6386 window regulator
Sep 14, 2006 (10:34 pm)
02 Explorer XLT
passenger side front window regulator (according to the dealer) has failed and they wanted $462 parts and labor for it. does it sound too high? I did some research and found out the regulators go for about $85 to $160. Let's say if the dealer ordered the most expensive one, does it mean they're charging me almost 4 hours of labor?? is there any way i can search what is the standard labor time to do the job? i thought it should take no more than 2 hours.
#5380 of 6386 Re: window regulator [alman08]
Sep 17, 2006 (6:37 am)
Nothing at the Dealer is cheap. I suggest that you get some quotes from independent auto repair shops or body shops.
#5381 of 6386 02 Explorer - Smokes like a chimney, guidance please!
Sep 17, 2006 (8:33 pm)
02 Explorer XLT - V6 4.2L Engine
First post, hopefully someone can help me figure this problem out. Thanks ahead of time for all those that post!
I've had several recent problems with my '02 Explorer. Items below are in order of fixed problems.
1.) Thermostat problem (replaced)
2.) Thermostat housing broke (unreplaceable gasket broke)- I replaced the whole unit and gaskets.
3.) Soon after, my water pump blew out. Replaced!
4.) A month later, I went to start the car and white smoke continually blew out the back!
I feared the worst but thankfully there's absolutely no water in the oil and vice versa. The coolant tank seems to be a little yellow maybe and smells a little like exhaust? And the exhaust obviously smells like its burning coolant.
So I just want to confirm my suspicions, does this mean my intake manifold may be cracked or is it just the gasket?
I'd like to get a little info before I dive in. Right before it started blowing smoke it seemed to be idling higher than usual....can anyone give me a little direction?
#5382 of 6386 Re: window regulator [electricdesign]
Sep 17, 2006 (11:36 pm)
E.D., thanks for the reply...
as for me, it's too late and I will learn my lesson on this one. and i should have thought of taking it to the body shop first.
#5383 of 6386 Re: 02 Explorer - Smokes like a chimney, guidance please! [bosiphus]
Sep 18, 2006 (8:25 am)
Unfortunately, your engine situation does not sound good. Going back to your previous history of replacing cooling system components, thermostat, housing, water pump, it seems to indicate that you had an overheating problem. Overheating is a major engine problem that causes leaking head gaskets and cracked cylinder heads, and it sounds like overheating led to your problem. Even though you don't actually see coolant in you oil, or oil in the coolant, there may still be a leak present. The white smoke from your exhaust is almost certain proof of this. The dealer or any auto shop has a tester that they can put in place of the radiator cap and test for any combustion gases present in the cooling system, or other test, and they can determine for sure if you have the problem. It certainly does sound like you do have the problem, from what you have said. If you do have Coolant entering the combustion chambers and going out the exaust, it will have to be fixed soon. It may need a head gasket replacement (most likely), or it may need a new cylinder head, or the it may have a cracked engine block and need a new engine (not as likely).
Let us know how it turns out.
#5384 of 6386 Re: 02 Explorer - Smokes like a chimney, guidance please! [electricdesign]
Sep 18, 2006 (10:00 am)
So it doesn't sound like the intake manifold? The reason I came to this assumption is because everywhere I read on the internet, the explorer (02's and a few other years) were susceptable to the intake manifold cracking or the gaskets leaking. Plus, when changing out the thermostat housing a bunch of fluid poured over the engine and when I first restarted the car several puffs of white smoke came out. I thought this might be due to some fluid leaking into the intake manifold and got me thinking...
My car never overheated, and never had such indication during the replacement of each of the parts. I pretty much eyeballed the parts and saw that they needed replacing due to their soon to be failure.
So is white smoke the only indicator for head gaskets or could it be something else? My dad's car blew white smoke like crazy out the rear one time while on the interstate and he found out that his thermostat was completely stuck and needed replacing. After that, it was fixed so could it be something else?
The car is at my house here and I really don't want to drive it to a shop, so I'll need to get a tester from a parts store it looks like?