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Mar 26, 2009 (5:27 pm)
I have a 1998 Ford Explorer XLT with AWD and 5.0L V8. My problem is a Terrible Vacumm leak. There's an open port where a hose used to be hooked up. It's right underneath the top intake cover, towards the firewall on the right side.(its next to the master cylinder.) I plugged it for now with a 3/8 vacuum plug and its back to normal idle. but I donít want to damage anything by " jimmy-rigging." like that. I donít see any hose's loose anywhere, and I really cant figure out how to read the diagram under the hood very well to try and trace in back to where its being fed from. Any suggestions? any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time
#6163 of 6385 Left Front Axle Seal
Mar 28, 2009 (4:04 pm)
Have a 2006 Explorer. Had oil change today and Ford mechanic said the left front axle seal was starting to leak.
Can anyone give me an idea fo what it will cost to replace and repair this seal?
Have an extended service warranty but wanted to check the price first. Have a $200 deductible on the warranty.
Problem is nothing serious at the moment just some very small drips (less than a teaspoon a day).
#6164 of 6385 Re: Adjustment for Parking Brake2003Explorer XLT [ibusem]
Mar 29, 2009 (7:26 am)
I believe the results of my research on this topic was that you cannot adjust the parking brake on the 02 and up Explorers. You can adjust the parking brake on the older versions of Explorers.
#6165 of 6385 1994 Explorer stuck in 4wd
Mar 29, 2009 (4:01 pm)
Hi, I have a '94 Explorer sport with automatic four wheel drive. It engaged in 4wd earlier this week, but when i tried to take it back out it would not do anything, the lights on the dash and by the buttons are no longer lit up, but its still in 4wd.
when I push the button, it does nothing, not even a sound from the actuator in the back. Nor do the lights light back up... I checked the fuses and they are all fine, I did both tests on the actuator its self and there is nothing wrong with it. I even tried replacing the push button on the dash with another used button, but still nothing. Does anyone have any ideas? Has this happened to anyone before?
#6166 of 6385 Re: 2003 ford explorer swaying [explorerx4]
Mar 31, 2009 (10:07 am)
Really? No chance she could be a real person experiencing something negative about the 2003 Explorer, same issue as a lot of other people?
Granted she hasn't been back to check for replies, but sometimes that's how it works with people busy with life. Been there, done that.
#6167 of 6385 Piece of crap Explorer
Apr 06, 2009 (9:07 am)
Ok, so I have a 2003 Explorer and I have a BILLION problems with it! I will only name a few of them because I am not a novelist.
To start, I had to replace the transmission at 72,500 miles! That ended up costing my wife and I $4,500 of which we couldn't afford and that was for a rebuild (I am starting to think that was a little high). Then, we get this huge crack up the back of the Explorer. I kind of anticipated it since I had seen it on many other Explorers before it happened to us. I haven't paid to have that fixed yet because I don't think that I should. Next, the O/D lights kept coming on. Come to find out the rebuilt transmission had problems too! This vehicle belongs in a scrap heap!
I googled these problems and found that there are lots of people out there with the same ones. I found a websites that was helpful in making me feel like I wasn't alone; Carcomplaints.com.
Anyone here want to buy a "real nice" piece of scrap metal???
#6168 of 6385 Re: Piece of crap Explorer [jdevoigt]
Apr 07, 2009 (5:45 am)
Are you kidding...I got one myself but mine is a 2005 Explorer and the transmission went out at 42,000 miles. Not to mention my "leather" seats in the front begin to crack, my DVD player went out and had to replace (no I did not buy the $500 factory replacement), a bracket that holds my visor on the driver's side in place broke and the dealer doesn't sell that piece separately since it has the lighted mirror ($250.00). I bought the vehicle new and have 50,000 miles on it right now. I am holding my breath that nothing else happens. Don't bother to contact Ford because I am sure they already know about the transmission problems, at least from me anyhow. $4,500 is a lot for a rebuild transmission, I paid $2,200.
#6169 of 6385 Re: Piece of crap Explorer [jdevoigt]
Apr 07, 2009 (4:20 pm)
if the crack is right below the liftgate glass take it to a dealer and see if you can get ford to fix it. it is a well documented and common problem, mine was fixed 2x, once in warranty and once out.
#6170 of 6385 Re: Piece of crap Explorer [acunningham1]
Apr 07, 2009 (7:00 pm)
I feel embarrassed that I paid that much for the transmission. With all the other problems that I have had to pay to fix, you would think that they wouldn't take FURTHER advantage of me. I didn't really have the option to shop around at the time as I had a family emergency and was trying to take care of it over the phone with the repair shop.
I wish you better luck than I had for the duration of your relationship with this heap!
#6171 of 6385 Re: 98 Ford Explorer [ford06cvpi]
Apr 07, 2009 (7:44 pm)
As best as I can remember, the vacuum line may go to the PCV valve. The PVC is located on top of the engine, in the center, near the firewall. You can't see it, but you can feel the hose and the valve by inserting your hand down between the intake manifold and the firewall (with engine cold). I think that hose from the PCV comes towards the master brake cylinder, but turns with a plastic fitting towards the front of the engine. That plastic fitting may have broke or fell off. You may be able to see the hose or fitting with a small mirror.