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#5979 of 6400 Re: Dashboard bulb@Grinding Noise from the Rear [electricdesign]
Jan 23, 2008 (9:10 pm)
Wow. Thanks E.D. I'm not sure I want to tackle that. This is what I found on WikiAnswers:
Q. How do you replace the lights in the dash of 1991 through 2001 Ford Explorer all models?
Remove the screws from the top of the instrument panel. Set the parking brake and pull the shift lever down to improve access. Rotate the instrument panel to gain access to the back. The black bulb holders house the panel lights, the tan bulb holders house the sensor lights. Reach behind and grip the back of one of the holders. Twist it counter clockwise and pull outwards. Burned out bulbs will have a black coating. Replace with an identical bulb (194).
I didn't think it could be that easy. What are they talking about?
Jim from Sunny and COLD Colorado
#5980 of 6400 Re: Dashboard bulb@Grinding Noise from the Rear [hoptoad]
Jan 24, 2008 (7:19 pm)
Wow, Colorado, it must be beautiful there, with that Rocky Mountain high and all. I've never seen it, wish I could. I'm stuck down here in all this warm sunny weather!
Yes they gave you the very short version of how to do it. Their version is oversimplified, but it's not so hard that you can't do it. Just go at it slow and careful and you can do it. It will be good experience and it will help you to appreciate the "good old days" when you could just reach up under the dash and change the dash light bulbs.
You must remove the lower panel under the steering wheel, because the top of it covers the 2 lower screws of the panel above the steering wheel. It comes off just like I said.
You must remove the plastic cover that surrounds the radio and a/c control because the left side of it covers the the right side of the panel above the steering wheel. It comes off just like I said.
The simple instructions said to pull down the shift lever for better acess, same as I said.
The simple instuctions said to remove the screws from the top of the panel above the steering wheel. I said to remove those 3 screws plus the two at the bottom of that same panel. It pulls out and you rotate it to the right, leaving the headlight switch wires attached. It comes off just like I said.
Once the panel above the steering wheel is out of the way, you see the instrument cluster and the 4 screws that hold it in. You remove the 4 screws and pull the insturment cluster out. It comes out just like I said. You may have to only pull it out part way to reach the light bulbs you need to replace. It is more difficult to remove it entirely because you have to twist it around and unplug the 3 electric connectors from the back of it.
Once you have acess to the back of the instrument cluster, it is just like the simple instructions and I said, you simply twist the plastic bulbs and pull them out. The smaller tan ones are the smaller indicator light bulbs. The larger black ones are the dashboard illumination light bulbs.
Just go ahead and do it, and you will see how everything fits as you go along. It will be fairly obvious as you go along. Just go one step at a time, one panel at a time. If you should get stuck, you can always put it back together. Print out these messeges so that you can have them beside you for reference as you do the job. You need some small 1/4 inch drive sockets or small nut drivers to remove the hex head screws.
Let us know how it goes.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
#5982 of 6400 Re: Loud Mountaineer [daryll44]
Jan 27, 2008 (6:11 am)
Yes, it can - but usually not the case with Michelins.
#5983 of 6400 2005 Explorer front end noise
Jan 28, 2008 (9:03 am)
My car has 44k miles and driving over speed bumps or slow turns makes a strange sqeaking noise. Does not feel like the car is handling any different but the noise is getting a little worse. I do have an appt later in the week, was just hoping to get more info before speaking to the dealership.
#5984 of 6400 Re: 2005 Explorer front end noise [jlc10719]
Jan 30, 2008 (12:57 pm)
I have an '02 Explorer and it made front end noises on speed bumps, turns, etc. My front right arm had to be replaced.
#5985 of 6400 intermittent wipers
Feb 02, 2008 (10:03 am)
My windshield wipers sometimes only work on high speed. I was told there is a governor in the wiper system that goes bad and causes that. Anybody here this before ? Does anyone know where the interval wiper module is located on a 1991 Explorer ?
#5986 of 6400 Haunted Ignition 2000 XLT
Feb 05, 2008 (2:35 pm)
I have a 2000 Explorer XLT V-6 that keeps showing the Check Engine light. Also, the engine chugs, pops, shudders and shivers. My local dealer (Galpin Ford) is unable to diagnose the problem. I have been forced to install new spark plugs about every 2000 miles, when the engine begins acting up. In addition to new plugs, I have new plug wires, new ignition module, I run 91 octane gas and I have had my injectors cleaned. A second delaer confirmed the diagnosis of the first and that is, "we don't know what the problem is". The only code shows fouled plugs. HELP!!!!
#5987 of 6400 Re: Haunted Ignition 2000 XLT [movieguns]
Feb 05, 2008 (7:33 pm)
I also have a 2000 Explorer XLT, but mine is a 5.0L V8, but there are a lot of things about engines that are similar in general. I am amazed that 2 different dealers can not figure out what is wrong with your vehicle. I doubt I can do much more over the internet, but I'll try, and I'm a little short on time tonight. So, explain exactly what is happening to the spark plugs that requires them to be replaced. Mine lasted 100,000 miles and still looked pretty good when I replaced them. If yours foul, are they wet black or dry black? Any sign of any physical damage, like to the electrodes or insulator? If they are fouling, it has to be determined if they are fouling with fuel or with oil. Do all the plugs look the same or similar? If the engine is running this bad, the exhaust will be polluted and will damage the catalytic converter. Check the exhaust to be sure the exhaust gas is coming out freely. What about the running of the engine, what happens as the problem progresses? Does the problem first appear as a high speed miss? Or bad idle or what? What DTC does the computer throw when the check engine light comes on? We need to check fuel system, ignition system, and exhaust system. Any possiblity the cam timing could have slipped? When the plugs are replaced, does the engine run as good as it's supposed to? Just give us as much concise information as you can, and we will see what we come up with.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
#5988 of 6400 1998 Merc. Mountianeer
Feb 09, 2008 (4:40 pm)
New to the boards. Mom has the above Merc. She has been having a rumbling noise while driving. I do have some experience. I have narrowed it down to the front drive shaft. My question is, How do you remove the transfer case end of this shaft?
It is a c/v type joint. Does it just pop out like a regular c/v? Does it have a clip on the end of the shaft that just takes a good smack to remove it or what needs to be done.
Thanks in advance