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#5925 of 6385 Re: Gear shift lever broken-Ford Expl 2002 -please help ! [bn3757]
Oct 11, 2007 (2:41 pm)
Hi Beth, paul7281 here. I was told by the Ford Parts Dealer at Hilltop Ford in San Pablo, Calif. That this part #5L2Z-3C529-A, was ford's upgrade to the 05' Ford Explorer, Ford installed in the latter part of 2005 replacing part #4L2Z-3C529-DA, Ford installed in Ford's Explorer from 2000 up to the early part of 2005?. No I've not seen any technical service bulletins, and so far I have not had any problems shifting or sticking in park. But it's Engineered By Ford? With assembly jobs out sourced to Mexico and China, and Ford says it’s Built Ford Tough! Will that gives me a lot of confidence. “Ha Ha” Paul.
#5926 of 6385 Re: Gear shift lever broken-Ford Expl 2002 -please help ! [bn3757]
Oct 11, 2007 (7:38 pm)
Hi Beth, paul7281 here. I just received an E-Mail from Rosemary, that read. Hay Paul, in your reply to Bath, on Oct. 03, 2007 you used the Wrong Part Number (#4L2Z-3C529-DA) instead of (#5L2Z-3C529-A)... Well - she is right. I did use the wrong part number... Paul.
#5927 of 6385 1998 Ford explorer Valve Body
Oct 18, 2007 (10:00 am)
I am going to replace a Valve body in a 98 explorer 4x4 with a six cylinder, I have done this once before a few years ago but i dont quit remember how it was, Does any one know of a good website that i can view pictures or diagraghms or anything at all that might be helpful?
Please Help my email is anaswarbrickhotmail.com
#5928 of 6385 Re: Fuel Problems [woodgoldendale]
Oct 23, 2007 (9:48 pm)
Hey i have the identical problem with my explorer. I was just wondering what it was that happened to your car. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
#5929 of 6385 2002 Explorer Shift Part Breakage
Nov 01, 2007 (5:46 pm)
Ford Explorer XLT and have now experienced the same problem with the shifter. This broke off this week while my disabled spouse was parking. Foruntately, it happened where she could control the vehicle. It was stuck in reverse and could not shut engine off nor do much. She finally after some signifincant stress was able to get vehicle shut off, but could not remove key. It turns out like others FOrd changed the design and denies that there is a problem. The dealers in our area stated that Ford recognized the problem and stopped making the spare part and now must buy a replacement steering column. However, Ford dealers do not have nor can they get the new column to fix the vehicle in less than weeks. Guess what no vehicle. I called Ford and they deny that there is a problem and will do nothing about it. In fact the Ford representative indicated it was our problem. Had this happened while driving or in an area where people were in danger, it was possible that injuries could have occurred and guess what per FORD we would have been responsible for any inury cases or damages, NOT THEIR PROBLEM. I am going to file a complaint with the State Attorney General and consumer fraud as well as I have told people I work with DO NOT buy a Ford product because Ford does not take care of its customers. I told the Ford representative we have been a Ford family for over 50 years, includes parents and this will be the last FORD we get. Ford stated no big deal.- I would encourage anyone else who has this problem to file formal complaints so maybe Ford will do something about it before somebody gets hurt. In the meantime, we are stuck without a car until we can find the part. AMEN
#5930 of 6385 Re: Ford Explorer Headlights [alvarajl]
Nov 07, 2007 (7:23 pm)
i have a 1998 ford explorer.. and the power windows wont work on any of the windows.. is that a fuse or a relay or something like that.. i dont have the manual but went online and checked the fuse that said windows.. but it was ok any suggestions thanks
#5931 of 6385 1998 ford explorer
Nov 09, 2007 (10:47 pm)
power windows dont work on all the windows is it a bad relay or a fuse.. nothing works...
#5932 of 6385 Re: 1998 ford explorer [mrkevv07]
Nov 11, 2007 (10:07 am)
You will need to troubleshoot the circuit, checking for the presence of power thoughout the circuits, to see where you are loosing the power. You will need some electrical expertise if you get into checking the wiring, and a good wiring diagram will help.
I have a 1997 drawing, it shows power coming from a 30 amp maxie fuse, then it goes through a black/white wire to the Accessory Delay Relay, then it goes through a light blue/black wire to the main control switch. I would trouble shoot and trace the power in the circuit with a 12v test light. Wiring diagrams are available online from some automotive subscription services.
Nov 11, 2007 (10:19 am)
I'm never buying another Ford. I used to be a staunch "Buy American"
consumer. As American car companies market share continued to plummet, I
continued to feel that it is my patriotic duty to buy American.
Well, I finally woke up and realized that everyone else is right, and that I
Last week the O/D light came on in my Ford Explorer. I drove it right home
and got the manual out to see what the problem was. "Transmission problem"
was what the manual indicated, as well as several websites I reviewed.
I didn't worry at first, since I figured this would be covered under
warranty. My Explorer is just under 5 years old and just under 60K miles.
Surely there would at least be a 60K power train warranty. No one would buy
a vehicle if they knew the transmission would only last 59K miles.
Well, the dealer told me a new transmission was needed (5th and 2nd gears
were worn down), that it would cost $3500, and that it is not covered by
warranty. And to add insult to injury he charged me $90 to tell me the
transmission was bad (something I obviously knew) - isn't this similar to
I then asked him what trade in value I could get (not that I really would
buy another poor quality Ford, but I wanted to explore all options). $5500
is the most they could give. I laughed - since I had taken very good care of
the vehicle. It told me that they didn't want the vehicle either - so much
for them really standing behind their product. They know the quality is
Obviously I was quite irritated. I asked what caused this. None of the
possibilities applied since I took good care of the vehicle and had it
serviced according to the maintenance manual. In fact, the dealer (Cover
Ford in Austin) did the 30K checkup. I spent $1K on that (and probably got
I took it to a transmission specialist and had it fixed for under $2500. He
informed me that he sees a lot of issues like this with Explorers - probably
a poor design and poor quality. Also, judging by various websites there are
indeed lots of complains like this.
I wouldn't be surprised if Ford knew of the poor design - since the warranty
that came with the vehicle was only 3 yr/36K even for powertrain. If Ford
had good quality, why couldn't they step up to the plate and offer 60K or
even 100K power train warranty. They must have known the poor quality. In my
mind, this is deceptive practice - and I kick myself for not recognizing
this as a red flag.
Well, for the 2008 Explorer I see Ford is offering 60K powertrain warranty.
So they must have made some improvements (which further underscores their
recognition of the poor quality in earlier years). But it's still a far cry
from 100K that some vehicles come with. You also have to wonder what other
quality issues are lurking.
I think the choice is now clear to me. In the future I will be considering
something like a Honda Pilot. Ford deserves the trend of lower market share.
Consumers are very wise, and the quality the provide is reflected in their
declining sales and marketshare.
Please don't make the same mistake I made. The foreign competition provides
much better quality and customer service.
#5934 of 6385 Re: Don't buy an Explorer [ginamillar2000]
Nov 12, 2007 (9:47 pm)
Well said, ginamillar.
I too used to be a staunch "buy american" advocate. I've owned 4 Explorers in a row (1990, 1993, 1997, 2000). But seeing how the market has changed so much through the 1990's and 2000's, my next buy will definitely not be an American brand. I'll probably be looking at a Honda Element or Toyota Highlander very soon.