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Ford Explorer Maintenance and Repair
Last post on May 05, 2013 at 7:47 AM
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#6043 of 6385 2004 Ford Explorer XLT instrument panel lights flickering
Apr 08, 2008 (7:12 pm)
The instrument panel lights on my '04 Expl recently started to flicker - literally off... on...off/on....off....off....off... now back on. During this madness, the headlights are fully operable - no issue. CD player continues playing while dash lights are off - no issue. The clock on the CD player remains shining bright. Battery - brand new. I didn't try manually altering the dash panel lights while they were off, but works fine while they're on.
Since nothing is dim or has been dimming, and seemingly "all" of the other electrical components are working, I can't figure out if it really is an alternator problem. Any suggestions?
#6044 of 6385 ford explorer 1997 no first gear
Apr 09, 2008 (1:00 am)
Hi there ,got a 97 ford explorer and it suddenly has no bottom gear,i can drive it in 2 and drive but if i start in drive nothing happens just a faint noise from the box,any ideas Guys
#6045 of 6385 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer XLT instrument panel lights flickering [gator_fan]
Apr 09, 2008 (7:26 am)
It's not a systemic problem, it's a problem isolated to your panel lights. The fix, however, isn't cheap nor easy. The panel will probably need replacement. The only other possibility is a faulty reostat on the dimmer for the panel lights. That would be easier. This is a very very rare problem, but I'm sure that's not comforting, sadly.
#6046 of 6385 Re: Don't buy an Explorer [ginamillar2000]
Apr 09, 2008 (7:28 am)
Be sure an check the Honda Pilot Maintenance & Repair board, and take note of the people accessing their state's Lemon Laws regarding their PIlots......you may need to do the same.
#6047 of 6385 service engine soon light(2002 ford explorer)
Apr 20, 2008 (8:07 am)
Hi I have a 2002 explorer, the service engine soon light came on and I hear a rattling noise maybe coming from under the hood, also its seems to be running a little jerky.
#6048 of 6385 Re: service engine soon light(2002 ford explorer) [cathil]
Apr 21, 2008 (12:34 am)
It sounds like you need to get it into a service shop,Bye the way do people ever check the oil and water levels these days?The rattle you have ?well the Explorer has a timing chain but they dont give trouble on the newer ones,Have you looked under the hood to see if you can spot the rattle,Running Jerky well that can be a h/t lead braking down i know on the early Explorer 97/98 changing the spark plugs was like Night Mare on Elm Street.I honestly think that they where fitted before the Engine was into the car,
#6049 of 6385 rough Running 2003 Explorer
Apr 21, 2008 (8:15 am)
I have a 2003 Explorer (87,000miles). there are times that it will run extremely rough, it is almost like is will stall out. It does this while driving and while idling. It is the worst when I am sitting at a stop sign or light. The check engine soon light comes on and off. some days it is on and others it is off. Does anyone have any ideas as to what could be causing this. I have taken it and had it put on the computer. Usually it says system to lean, I have replaced 2 O2 sensors, spark plugs and wires, crank shaft sensor.
#6050 of 6385 Re: service engine soon light(2002 ford explorer) [cathil]
Apr 21, 2008 (11:00 am)
The light is telling you that your engine is in trouble - the engine is running jerky, telling you that it is in imminent danger if FAILING!! Get that poor car to the dealer NOW, and have it checked out, before you do some irreparable damage to the car.
#6051 of 6385 Adjustment for Parking Brake 2002 Explorer XLT
Apr 21, 2008 (7:03 pm)
I just replaced the front rotors & pads on my daughter's 2002 Explorer XLT. Was looking for a way to adjust the parking brake. The 02 Explorer is quite different from my 99 XLT. Checked the www could find no reference for the parking brake adjustment on an 02 XLT. My 99 was a simple adjustment of the rear parking brake shoes. Did not find an adjustment slot on the 02. Thought I'd give this site a shot before going to purchase Chiltons.
#6052 of 6385 How to change coolant on '02 Explorer
Apr 23, 2008 (7:46 am)
On a 4.6L V8, I started to change the coolant and discovered there is no radiator cap. The only place to add coolant is the plastic recovery bottle and it is pressurized.
Can a DIY'er do this or does it require special tools and procedures? Fortunately, I had not drained the coolant. Did I overlook something? The manual only says to add coolant at the bottle.