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#6151 of 6400 Re: 2003 ford explorer swaying [elcpl]
Jan 07, 2009 (6:32 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 6400 Leaking Power Steering Hose on 02 Explorer
Jan 07, 2009 (2:54 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 6400 Re: 2003 ford explorer swaying [raerae24]
Jan 09, 2009 (1:35 pm)
It's Junk. Don't buy it!
#6154 of 6400 Re: 2003 ford explorer swaying [raerae24]
Jan 09, 2009 (8:00 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 6400 4 Wheel Drive Not Engaging
Jan 29, 2009 (11:24 am)
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 6400 Re: 4 Wheel Drive Not Engaging (New Info)
Jan 30, 2009 (9:14 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?
#6157 of 6400 Re: 2003 ford explorer swaying [electricdesign]
Jan 31, 2009 (3:25 pm)
hey electricdesign, i know i used to see your posts, but this is the first one i have seen in a while.
the poster you are responding to, has made only 1 post.
they are a troll or a 'plant' who make a negative comment and does not post again.
#6158 of 6400 Loud intermittent tone in 96 Ford Explorer
Feb 05, 2009 (7:51 am)
My 96 Ford Explorer is making a loud tone (usually one pure pitch, occasionally two pitches) after about 5-15 minutes of driving. The tone has an abrupt onset and offset and lasts anywhere from 3 seconds to a minute. It seems independent of engine speed.
It tends to happen more often when the outside temperature is below freezing, and when the temperature gauge is about 1/3 up in the normal range.
The tone is very loud and seems to come from the front of the car under the hood.
Does anyone know what this might be?
Mar 01, 2009 (11:09 am)
i am trying to replace the belt on my 94 explorer. how do i release the tension arm to swing it around to but the belt on it?