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#5435 of 6385 Re: INTERIOR LIGHTS AND REAR WIPER PROBLEM [welder9999]
Oct 06, 2006 (2:01 pm)
Yes, had that problem myself in a 1991 Ford Explorer.
It ended up being caused by the rear wiper blade itself
being spliced into the incorrect position on the
pivoting wiper post. It was only off by a faction
of an inch. It appears that the rear wiper is very
sensitive to placement and if off by a little something
senses the incorrect position and forces the wiper to
continue operation. If the wiper is in the incorrect
position on the post it will eventually stop after about
a couple hundred wipes. Correct post positioning is
found by turning the switch off and allowing the wiper to
stop on its own and set on the resting pad provided.
Once the wiper stops pull the wiper off the post and
reposition it about a half inch from the wiper resting pad.
The wiper should operate correctly if you did this right.
If it does not attempt to reposition again with the wiper
blade slightly off the wiper resting pad until the blade operates correctly with the switch positions.
#5436 of 6385 Re: stalls when idling [electricdesign]
Oct 06, 2006 (3:06 pm)
it has 114,000 miles and the maintenance is up to date
#5437 of 6385 Re: stalls when idling [drh5]
Oct 06, 2006 (7:25 pm)
Several things could cause this stalling. Do you get a check engine light? SInce you did not mention it, I would assume for now that you don't. Number 1 suspect is vacuum leaks. Check the IAC valve, they leak and go bad occasionally. It is a small cylinder shaped electric contolled vacuumm valve, fastened to the throttle body/Intake manifold with two small bolts and has 2 wires going to it. This valve controls the amount of air that the engine receives at idle. Sometimes they get dirty and leak. You can remove it and clean the vacuum valve part with throttle body cleaner. Don't put solvent on the electric coil part. Or you can simply replace the part. Next, check for vaccum leaks everywhere else. Other things to check are the MAF sensor and check the plastic tube between the MAF and Throttle Body for any air leaks or cracks.
Next check and test the EGR System, refer to the repair manual for this. Remove the EGR Valve and clean out the vacuum passages.
#5439 of 6385 02 Explorer won't start
Oct 07, 2006 (3:38 am)
Battery is good. All lights, wipers, radio work fine. When I turn the key nothing happens. I can cross the selenoid and the starter cranks fine but motor still won't start with key in the on position. Mileage and trip display read -------- with key in on position???? Any ideas?
#5440 of 6385 Re: 02 Explorer won't start [crasht62]
Oct 07, 2006 (7:57 am)
I had the same problem with my 03. See post #5413. The car started after about 1 hour. One techinician suggested radio interference with the anti-theft chip in the key. In fact I had just parked near a railroad crossing as a train was approaching. Possibly thee train to signal crossing interferred with the radio controlled chip. Has your vehicle since started? Were you near any radio interference?
#5441 of 6385 Joe Ball GMC Pgh, Pa 2002 ford Explorer XLT
Oct 07, 2006 (3:26 pm)
I bought a 2002 blue Ford Explorer XLT in March 06 from Joe Ball GMC in Pittsburgh Pa it only had 50,000 miles on it and the engine went bad for no reason. The repair man said it will cost 6,000 dollars to replace the engine. I think the dealership sold me a bad car knowing something was wrong with the truck. They said it only had one owner. They lied to me about getting a extended warranty. They told me I could come back and purchase the warranty before my 3,000 mile waranty was up and I did then they said I could no get the warranty. In June I had my brakes checked the repair man their said they could not find anything wrong with the truck and 3 months later the engine went bad. The day the engine went bad I lost my brakes again the repairman that checked my car said I lost my brakes because my engine was going bad. Joe Ball never check the engine in June. If they did they woulld have knew something was wrong with the engine. In June I was up under their waranty, my truck would have been covered. If you are reading this message do not buy a vehicle from them I think they sale bad cars. If you were the previous owner please reply. If you had a bad experience with them please reply. If you know if I can get some legal help please reply.
#5443 of 6385 Re: Joe Ball GMC Pgh, Pa 2002 ford Explorer XLT 
Oct 08, 2006 (10:44 am)
Why is this post anyonmous? Some better english and punctuation would help us to understand your post better. You never stated what engine is in your Ford Explorer. That makes a LOT of difference. The V6 SOHC engine is the most troublesome engine, which is what I would guess was in your vehicle. The V8 engines are much more reliable. How many miles were on it when your purchased it, and how many miles were on it and how much time had elapsed when the "engine went bad"? What was the nature of the "engine went bad"? What was the nature of the "loosing brakes"? How are "loosing brakes" and the "engine going bad" related? And besides, What does a GMC Dealer know about Fords anyway?
#5444 of 6385 Re: Joe Ball GMC Pgh, Pa 2002 ford Explorer XLT [electricdesign]
by steve_ HOST
Oct 08, 2006 (11:00 am)
We have the occasional glitch with posters who use AOL for their ISP and their name disappears in the post title - I suspect that's the case here. The IT folks have been working on swatting the bug but it tends to be intermittent, and hard to pin down, like those occasional grounding issues.