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#6018 of 6385 1998 ford explorer temp gauge
Mar 13, 2008 (12:08 pm)
Hi this is my 1st post on here i have 98 explorer V6 4.0 L 188,000 kms .now i live in Saskatoon Canada SK so it has hard winter driving up here my problem in the last week as we are starting to get warmer weather when i turn down the heater or turn off the heater the temp gauge goes up to the top and check gauge light comes on but if i turn the heat on it goes back to normal. With the heat on it runs ok and temp is normal in all driving highway or city . I have owned it for 2years have had oil changes at 5,000 kms but not had coolant changed.
#6019 of 6385 Re: 1998 ford explorer temp gauge [mark24v]
Mar 13, 2008 (3:41 pm)
although I don't have a '98, I'd guess you need to replace your thermostat. It should be fairly easy to do, and one of the cheapest things to check first. The thermostat is located at the engine block end of the top hose of your radiator. Just make sure you don't install the new one upside down (pay attention to the arrow stamped on the thermostat for coolant flow), replace the gasket and you'll be good to go. Running the water/coolant through your heater core helps dissipate the heat built up when you turn the heater "on".
#6020 of 6385 07 Explorer XLT 4WD maintenance
Mar 13, 2008 (5:22 pm)
First time here, appreciate your kind replies.
I do not move my 07 Explorer much now and it only has 2000 miles on it, however, this is already my 5th month of ownership. My dealer keeps reminding me of the 5000 mile maintenance, but my mileage is way under that now. What would you suggest?
I plan to get the first maintenance done in the 6th month and all I plan to do is to change the oil. My dealer told me they recommend a maintenance plan that would cost me $170 minimum every time of maintenance, which includes a comprehensive check-up on top of the oil change. Should I go with what my dealer suggests or should I just change oil until 15000?
#6021 of 6385 Re: 07 Explorer XLT 4WD maintenance [analysisor]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 13, 2008 (6:38 pm)
I think your owner's manual (link) says to change the oil at 5,000 miles or 180 days, so your plan is sound. There's some other recommended checks at six months.
But, if it were me, I'd wait 12 months before changing the oil.
Dealers make a lot of money on service visits, so beware of upsells you may not need.
#6022 of 6385 Check engine light ------ please help asap!
Mar 13, 2008 (8:27 pm)
I just recently got a 97 ford explorer and the check engine light is on i took for a diagnostic test and the machine read P406 Evap System. Is this a bad thing. Can someone explain this to me
#6023 of 6385 Re: 1998 ford explorer temp gauge [mrandy62]
Mar 13, 2008 (11:30 pm)
Thanks for that will try that over the weekend.
#6024 of 6385 Re: 07 Explorer XLT 4WD maintenance [steve_]
Mar 14, 2008 (1:46 pm)
Thanks so much. I was a little upset when my dealer told me to pay $170 min each of maintenance.
#6025 of 6385 Re: Problem With Engine! [thestugots01]
Mar 15, 2008 (8:50 pm)
Go to a shop (like Auto Zone, or independent, or dealer) and have them scan the code. IT'll tell you what's broken. May not be that bad.
#6026 of 6385 Re: Advice on Proper Maintenance for 2000 Explorer [aberfoyle]
Mar 15, 2008 (8:52 pm)
RTFM. The Owner's manual has scheduled maintenance for at least 100,000 miles, and I think up to 150,000. Read it, follow it. It's the best you can do. If you don't have the owner's manual, you can buy them in many places - ebay for one.
#6027 of 6385 ford explorer 2001 limited
Mar 16, 2008 (12:38 am)
just bought a 2001 limited and the aircon and the indicators are not working
they did but my chick played with something, i had racv come look at it, they couldnt explain it, im getting it looked at tomorrow if you have any ideas give us a holla