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#6168 of 6400 Re: Piece of crap Explorer [jdevoigt]
Apr 07, 2009 (4:45 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 6400 Re: Piece of crap Explorer [jdevoigt]
Apr 07, 2009 (3:20 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 6400 Re: Piece of crap Explorer [acunningham1]
Apr 07, 2009 (6:00 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 6400 Re: 98 Ford Explorer [ford06cvpi]
Apr 07, 2009 (6:44 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.
#6172 of 6400 Re: Piece of crap Explorer [ajmtbm]
Apr 07, 2009 (6:51 pm)
I have not seen this crack, I had 4 Explorers and never had a crack. What year models does this crack apply to? Could you describe the crack, how big and where?
#6173 of 6400 Re: Piece of crap Explorer [electricdesign]
Apr 08, 2009 (5:44 am)
It happens on the 03 and 04's for sure, beyond that I cannot confirm, but it happens right above the rear windshield wiper. It looks like a 2 millimeter wide crack and runs from the top to the bottom of the plastic on the lift gate. It literally just happens one day, you don't have to use the wiper or anything, it just appears. Mine occured in Florida this year over a period of really cold then warm spell.
For those with the door ajar notification, I appreciate the information, I'm going to try and get into my door panel this weekend. Any suggestions for properly getting the window and door lock control panels off without breaking the plastic clips holding them in place?
#6174 of 6400 Re: Power Mirrors Partially Inoperative [electricdesign]
Apr 12, 2009 (2:26 pm)
Saw you comments regarding "power mirror switch". Got one question for you. Can that switch be removed without removing the door panel.
#6175 of 6400 Re: Power Mirrors Partially Inoperative [twincolumns]
Apr 13, 2009 (6:14 pm)
Yes. The last ones I worked on was a 97 and 2000, you can release the electric mirror switch using a thin knife blade, carefully slip it between the top of the switch and the panel and you can push down the retaining clip and the switch will pop out.
#6176 of 6400 Re: Piece of crap Explorer [ajmtbm]
Apr 19, 2009 (5:38 pm)
Yeah, I have a friend who went through the same problem with the crack, but he said that the dealership refused to fix it. I would be dealing with the same a**holes so I already know that they won't fix mine.
I am just looking to sell it now.
#6177 of 6400 Do I need a new battery?
Apr 22, 2009 (11:54 am)
Hi, I just made a dumb mistake. I have a 2004 V8 Ford Explorer Limited Edition. I turned my headlights on because it is drizzling rain and they did not come on automatically. Well since I never manually turn them on and off... I forgot and left them on. They were on for about 40 minutes. The battery died, I got a jump, and am leaving it run for at least a half hour. My question is.... did I kill the battery? Should I go replace it, or do you think I will be okay? Is there any way to tell? Thank you so much for your help!