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#5453 of 6386 Re: Rear Hatch Issue 2005 Explorer [hatfield]
Oct 12, 2006 (7:36 am)
Funny seeing your message. I just dropped my 2005 Ford Explorer off at the dealership today. My truck has only 16,000 miles on it. While driving yesterday my gas gauge went from full to empty, at the next stoplight it went back up to full. I got to work, parked went in, left that afternoon and gas gauge went back to empty and check engine light is on. I dropped off today and told them about the rear hatch opening while I was there. I also reported that my locks go crazy while driving sometimes, windows lock up and won't go up or down, I get locked in vehicle or out (but at least I have a key when i'm out of it). Basically they told me it's ALL under warranty IF they find the problem, but here's the catch. they have to run a diagnostic for each issue and IF they don't find anything each one is $88.00. So, I said to just check the engine light, gas gauge and rear hatch. They told me a 2005 model was brought in yesterday with the same issue. I know Ford just announced a major recall on some of their vans for this same issue, so maybe if enough people do that with this model will get some results soon. My truck has the optional third row seating so that window flying open is a safety concern. I don't think it's a matter of my not having properly shut it because I can drive a good distance, hit bumps all kinds of things then it just randomly flies open at the oddest times. I'll update once I pick it up today as far as what they find.
#5454 of 6386 Re: 2005 Explorer, Poor Gas Mileage [jetranger430]
Oct 12, 2006 (7:50 am)
If you're still around can you provide an update? I have a 2005 Ford Explorer XLT that I bought new last October. I have only 16,000 miles on the vehicle and this is the problems i've had so far:
1. A/C whistles through the line at random
2. Transmission is sluggish on cold start
3. Power Locks started going on and off, clicking like crazy while driving home (happened twice now)
4. Power Locks won't release to let me out the vehicle (happened three times) or back in the vehicle (happened twice but was able to use the key to get in)
5. Windows all lock up, wouldn't go up or down (happened 1 time to me and 1 time to husband)
6. Gas gauge dropped straight down from full to empty while driving, after stop it went back up. Later locked up on empty when it was full, follow by check engine light coming on and staying on.
7. Rear window on the rear hatch opens while driving down the road (3-4 times).
#5455 of 6386 Tailgate stop light 98 Explorer XLT
Oct 12, 2006 (8:05 am)
The tailgate light flickers continually when the car ignition is off. It started before I replaced the clock spring with a new one 2 weeks ago. Now the tailgate light still flickers continually when the car ignition is off and the under hood 15Amp horn/speed control fuse blows when I honk the horn. I know there is a tie in here but cant see it. Any solutions?
#5456 of 6386 Re: Rear Hatch Issue 2005 Explorer [scgalloways]
Oct 12, 2006 (8:45 am)
Keep me posted. They continue to say it is not a problem..so frustrating. They trimmed soem of the rubber off the latch and it has not opened in a month. But it also went 6 months without opening. I do hope to get rid if it.
#5457 of 6386 2005 transmission problem
Oct 12, 2006 (4:58 pm)
I own a 2005 explorer with the 4.0 v6 and 5spd auto transmission, it is also 4wd. When in top gear if you floor the accelerator to pass, the transmission takes 3 to 5 seconds to downshift. Does anyone else have this problem and how was it fixed. Also I have an obd II scanner that will error out when scanning for codes on this vehicle, the sticker underhood says the vehicle is obd II compliant.
#5458 of 6386 Re: 2005 transmission problem [jmorgan2]
Oct 12, 2006 (7:39 pm)
What kind of scanner are you using? For some reason, it must not be reading right. See if you can try another scanner, or go to Autozone, they will scan it for free. I prefer the Autotap or the Autoenginuity Scanners.
About the transmission, it needs to be scanned with a transmission capable scanner. Find out the transmissions DTC and diagnose it from there.
#5459 of 6386 Re: 2005 transmission problem [electricdesign]
Oct 14, 2006 (3:22 pm)
The scanner is a Innova 3100.
#5461 of 6386 damaged fuel line in '97 explorer
Oct 15, 2006 (7:08 pm)
Help!!! I made a big mistake when I had to jump start my '97 explorer. Apparently there is a bolt attached to the alternator that when used as a ground when jump starting the car will damage the stainless steel braided fuel lines.
There was a recall on this issue in "98 where Ford affixed a sticker warning of this. Unfortunately, the english portion of the sticker was hidden and I didn't notice it ( I bought the car used last year). Now there is a strong smell of gas in the passenger cabin and engine compartment. How much does it cost to replace these lines, and should I use a Ford dealership or automechanic shop?