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#6147 of 6385 Re: 2004 Ford Explorer-Whistling noise [jeddyboy]
Jan 02, 2009 (1:40 pm)
What you have is a pinion ring bearing going bad in the rear end.. This usually happens between 36,000 and 75,000 miles on these poorly built explorers. It is a very common problem that Ford has known about ever since 2002, but they keep putting them out there. Repair will run you in the neighborhood of $1200.00 to $1500.00. It is only going to get worse. I am currently trying to get rid of my explorer for this reason not to forget all 4 wheel bearings, and other Ford problems with this vehicle. It does great up to 50,000 miles. After that , parts will start dieing on you.
#6148 of 6385 Re: Brake life... [ryster]
Jan 04, 2009 (2:57 pm)
With brake pads (and shoes) you get what you pay for. I don't trust the shops for brake repairs and they usually charge rediculous prices for something that's relatively easy to do. I've always changed my own brakes and used to buy the lifetime warranty brakes from the auto parts which would wear out in about six months. Sure they give you a free set but who wants to do the labor (either yourself or paying to take it back to the shop)? I've learned to buy the best pads money can buy with or without warranty even if the auto parts has to special order them; and they usually outlast the vehicle. Sometimes they sound a little funny until they break in (maybe a month or so) because they have so much friction material. If you don't feel comfortable changing them yourself, buy the pads at the autoparts and take them with you to the mechanic; otherwise they will put the cheapest junk they can find on your vehicle and charge you premium price. You will then return soonafter for more brakes at your expense.
#6149 of 6385 2000 fuel filter replacement
Jan 04, 2009 (5:25 pm)
is the filter on the left hand side on the frame rail? Do I need to buy 2 tools? 1 to disconnect the fuel lines and 1 for the filter?
#6151 of 6385 Re: 2003 ford explorer swaying [elcpl]
Jan 07, 2009 (7:32 am)
Hello, I am considering buying a 2003 Ford Explorer right now and when I took one home last night to test it for the day, I drove it at freeway and highway speeds and it did that swaying thing that you're talking about. Like it was uncontrollable...did you ever find out what caused that swaying? I'd be curious so that I know what kind of issue this vehicle has.
#6152 of 6385 Leaking Power Steering Hose on 02 Explorer
Jan 07, 2009 (3:54 pm)
Explorer has a power steering cooler and the hose that runs from the power steering fluid reservoir to the cooler is leaking at the reservoir hose clamp. A couple of weeks ago, I replaced the spring clamps with gear clamps and the leak stopped. Now it is seeping fluid again. The hose that goes from the reservoir to the power steering is not leaking.
Thinking I need to replace the leaking hose this time (but not the other one). What I am wondering is if there could be a problem, like air in the hose, if I simply remove the hose and replace it. That would result in loss of some or all the fluid in the reservoir and the hose that is replaced. When I refill the reservoir would any trapped air cause problems. Is the reservoir pressurized? I could try filling the new hose with fluid but there still could be some trapped air. Don't want to cause any power steering issues.
#6153 of 6385 Re: 2003 ford explorer swaying [raerae24]
Jan 09, 2009 (2:35 pm)
It's Junk. Don't buy it!
#6154 of 6385 Re: 2003 ford explorer swaying [raerae24]
Jan 09, 2009 (9:00 pm)
I agree with electricdesign. Do not buy this 2003 Explorer. It already sounds like it has a major problem. Although Ford will not admit it, I have experienced and read a lot of posts concerning faulty transmissions in these Explorers. I have a 2005 Ford Explorer XLT I purchased new and my transmission needed replacing at 43,000 miles. You will be paying at least $2000 when it happens and sounds like there is obviously a problem with this vehicle now. Probably why the owner is getting rid of it. Any used vehicle you purchase, take it to a mechanic. You may have to pay to have it checked out but it could save you a lot of money or be sure to buy an extended warranty.
#6155 of 6385 4 Wheel Drive Not Engaging
Jan 29, 2009 (12:24 pm)
On a 2002 Explorer with 80k miles, 4 wheel drive did not work today going up a steep, icy driveway in 4x4 Auto. Selected 4x4 LO and HI, still no engagement. The instrument panel 4x4 light did not light when LO or HI buttons pushed. The 4x4 light does light momentarily when starting engine. It has stayed in the Auto position since new, except once or twice. It has been at least 4 yrs since 4x4 HI was used and then only for about 1 mile.
Does this sound like a fuse, switches or shift solenoid? Any trouble shooting tips appreciated. I have an ohm and voltmeter.
#6156 of 6385 Re: 4 Wheel Drive Not Engaging (New Info)
Jan 30, 2009 (10:14 am)
A correction: The 4 x 4 LO light comes on momentarily when starting engine, but the 4x4 HI light does not come on.
When selecting LO or HI, there is no clicking sound behind the glove box. Also, all 4x4 fuses are good. Disconnected neg term of battery for short time, but no effect when reconnected.
Does this sound like the 4x4 module? Any way I can check or need to take to dealer?