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#5857 of 6385 Re: 2004 Explorer Limited: Sudden Brake Failure [shaig]
Aug 05, 2007 (1:25 am)
You might find my previous posts about my fuel problems. In a nutshell my '99 (like the other person that replied to your post) would always have trouble starting if 1/4 tank or below and parked on incline with nose of car below the tail. Happened many times. Tough when far from gas station or hard to push the car up and out of a parking spot to the level ground. Anyway, Ford techs said just keep more than 1/4 tank of gas at all times. Not easy for me.
Problem has been solved. I have been redeemed! No more stalls or starving at start. I also had stalling when coming off freeway (high speed to low) with nose pointing down.
My case was this - pulled tank - stem of fuel pump/sending unit combo was snapped/broken allowing that stem to float with full tank or fly around with empty tank. Also had crack in the hose that sucked up the fuel - probably had bad suction. AAAAaaaaaaaaaaaand - there is a small plastic reservoir that is attached to the gas tank, within the tank. It holds some fuel and I assume that fuel can stay in the res. and feed the pump when the tank around it has a low level of fuel. That res. is pressed in. Mine became loose and moved from where it should be. It was floating and banging around in the tank. Would hear it clanging around when stopping suddenly. That res. moving probably snapped the stem and broke it off. For me I wouldn't have known that unless I pulled the tank. Hope you get this solved.
Oh, and the Ford parts counter helped me see a schematic of the tank. You might ask them to show you to see if you have a reservoir w/in the tank. That res. is not sold separately. A new tank is an arm and a leg. I got a used one from the junk yard. Came off a Ford Explorer or maybe a comparable Mercury Mountaineer. Once again I can go loooooow and almost run out of gas if I want .
Another test might be to let the tank go low. Park w/nose pointing down but in a place where it's clear to coast to the level. Usually if I was in such a place I could turn key on but not crank engine, unlock steering, put gear in neutral, coast to level, wait a bit and then it would start and get me to the gas station.
#5858 of 6385 Re: 2004 Explorer Limited: Sudden Brake Failure [fordexploder]
Aug 06, 2007 (9:50 am)
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. It also seemed odd to me that the brakers failed. On questioning my wife further, she allowed that the car might have stalled.
At the service station, they pulled the codes and those indicated that the car had indeed stalled. Our service rep told us that we needed to get the PCM software upgraded.
That seems to have covered it. BTW, the car had a nearly full tank of gas at the time. Last weekend I tried to reproduce it, at the same driveway again, with less gas in tank and it was fine.
#5859 of 6385 Fuel Filter replacement
Aug 08, 2007 (3:49 pm)
How do you remove the fuel filter on a 94 Ford explorer? There is a clamp on the hose that I haven't seen before. Once it is pushed on it has backward facing spikes that don't allow it to be removed. What is the trick to removing so a new one can be installed?
#5860 of 6385 Re: Fuel Filter replacement [rchild]
Aug 09, 2007 (11:59 am)
First make sure, you disconnect the battery...
The plastic retainer tabs are designed to hold the male quick connect upset on fuel filter stems. To disconnect, you can buy a set of fuel line discconect tool set at Sears at about $10. You put the tool over fuel filter stems, and slide inside the quick connect. That disengages the plastics locking tabs from locking upset on fuel filter stems.
There so many different quick connect designs on fuel lines that is tough to say how to disengage one by hand. I have some small quick disconnect tools. E-mail me your address and I will send a 3/8" and a 5/16" tool. I think the fuel supply line has a 3/8" OD.
Lubricate the ends of fuel filter with some motor oil to prevent cutting the O-rings in fuel line connectors.
#5861 of 6385 engine replacement 97 explorer
Aug 13, 2007 (12:18 pm)
Anyone has any experience good or bad with replacing engine on explorers? Mine has 130K miles on it and I have been told that it might be burning antifreeze which means that there might be a crack some where. I am leaning more towards buying a lower miles engine and replace the it instead of changing indivdual parts on this one (which may never end). I want to drive this car for another 50K miles.
Appreciate any input/experience/suggestion
#5862 of 6385 '96 Explorer A/C Repair Cost
Aug 16, 2007 (8:54 am)
My mechanic is telling me that the evaporator is leaking refrigerant, and that the leak is so significant a recharge would likely only last a month or two. He is quoting $900 for the repair because he says the entire dashboard will need to be removed to replace the evaporator, and this will require nearly a full day's labor. Is that correct, and does the $900 sound like a resonable price? Thanks.
#5863 of 6385 A/C fan only blows on high w/ any control
Aug 16, 2007 (9:11 am)
1998 V8 Eddie Bauer w/ steering wheel controls only blows at high speeds for AC. It does not matter which control is used(steering wheel or console) but the fan has to be turn toward the maximum before the air comes out and then it is at high speed. So is the problem at the fan motor or some switch and how can I fix this because its an annoying noise to talk over. Any suggestions as to where to start looking.
#5864 of 6385 06 Explorer-issue with 1st gear
Aug 16, 2007 (1:10 pm)
Greetings, has anyone had issues with this type of thing before? On occasion from a complete stop the car will not move out of first gear, revs to about 4000-5000 rpm and eventually moves to 2nd gear. In the case when I was in Las Vegas it remained in 1st gear for about three hours, even after the engine was off for a period of time in between to give it rest. The sound it makes it that it's wheezing or there is a vacuum. Vegas could not look at it since it was on a Saturday but they said that it was a heat problem. I took it to my local dealer in LA twice and am going there again today. The computer is not picking up a problem. They diagnosed it as a "computer problem" previously, but that didn't fix it, this problem is still exists and occurs more often, randomly day or night and it has not been warm here. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
#5865 of 6385 Re: 98 Explorer funny noise [tiav8r]
Aug 16, 2007 (1:21 pm)
This sounds like the same problem I have having with my 2006 v6 explorer, esecially the whizzing sound. However this happens to my car after accelerating from a full stop and at random times (on the road for a period of time or just getting on the road) with random weather (hot or cool) but normal driving conditions. My car has a shade over 37K miles. Going on another frustrating trip back to the Ford dealership as I have been there twice for the same issue. Thanks for any guidance anyone can provide.
#5866 of 6385 Re: 99 explorer has howling noise from engine when cold [bmims]
Aug 16, 2007 (1:29 pm)
Will your car get stuck in first gear and eventually move to 2nd? I seem to have a similar problem and and trying to diagnose it to explain to the dealership to fix. Please advise. Thanks!