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#6251 of 6400 Re: 2000 Ford Explorer Cooling System [mike2464]
Dec 29, 2009 (7:42 pm)
Sorry to say that the symptoms you described do not sound like good news. Oil in the coolant is a bad sign, and the exhaust with white smoke and smell of antifreeze is even worse news. It certainly sounds like a leak between the combustion chamber and the cooling system, most likely a blown head gasket. There are ways to test for this, a cylinder compression test may show a low compression at the leaking cylinder, but only if the leak is significant. Look for signs of coolant on the spark plug or in the cylinder. A cooling system pressure tester can be used to see if the cooling system will hold pressure, a slow leakdown would indicate a problem. You can also test with a combustion gas tester, that indicates the presence of combustion gas in the radiator. Another way to test for the location of the leak is to pressurize each cylinder one at a time through the spark plug hole using an adapter and air hose - the engine crankshaft must be firmly held stationary with the cylinder being tested held at top dead center at the end of the compression stroke. Pressurize with over 100 pounds of air into the cylinder with the radiator cap off and watch for bubbles out the top of the radiator. Do this for all cylinders to find out which one is leaking into the cooling system. Confirmation of the combustion leak will mean the engine head (or heads) must come off, Check heads for cracks, warpage, leaks and replace head gasket with a new one. It is best to have a machine shop check the heads, they can mill the heads to be sure there is no warpage, check the valves and put on new valve seals. Use new gaskets and O-rings when putting everything back together. Torque fasteners in order to factory specifications. Flush the cooling system and install a new thermostat.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
#6252 of 6400 2002 Explorer Front End Collision Concern
Dec 29, 2009 (8:05 pm)
I was hit in my 2002 Ford Explorer 4x4 in the front, somewhat at an angled head on approach. The car that hit me was a Ford Taurus. It was low enough that it missed the radiator, etc. but the damage is from the front center bumper area and over to the drivers side front & lower. It hit low enough that I had concerns right away about my suspension and driving mechanisms. It was drivable afterwards and to the eye, only appeared to be cosmetic. However, since the accident, I immediately noticed it is loud when I drive. The best example I can give is as though there is no insulation to the interior of the vehicle or as if I had super agressive tires. However, neither is the case. The sound appeared to me to be coming from the same area where I took the impact. Also, when I would make a sharp/hard turn, such as a tight U-turn, it sounded like the wheel was rubbing on something. The bodyshop says a mechanic test drove it and by sound determined it was the rear axel bearings....and not accident related. I don't think this is the case, what front end damage could this be that no one has looked for? I don't think they even put it on a lift and inspected it.
#6254 of 6400 anti freeze in sparkplug port
Jan 05, 2010 (2:51 pm)
I went to ford for a miss fire and they replaced the plugg and discovered antifreeze surounding the plugg it was just external and not internal. They suggested replacing my intake gaskets but that doesnt make sense how water could travel from there all the way down the block into the sparkplug. Is there an assending unit around the number four sparkplug that could be leeking? Or does anyone have any ides on how antifreeze got there?
#6255 of 6400 Re: anti freeze in sparkplug port [fbpatriot14]
Jan 05, 2010 (8:27 pm)
Wash the engine clean. Then carefully check it every day to see if you can see where the antifreeze leak is coming from.
#6256 of 6400 Re: 2004 mercury mountaineer v6 engine rattle [hammer20]
Jan 10, 2010 (7:51 pm)
the rattle you hear is your torque converter in your transmission
#6257 of 6400 Re: 1994 Explorer problem [converrl]
Jan 19, 2010 (1:18 pm)
My 94 explorer had the same problems shifting, if you could without turning of the ignition, and had it in to Ford service every 6 months for bleeding.I decided to try something simple and it worked! I removed the cap on the clutch reservoir, made sure the plastic boot was loose, placed the cap om loosely so air could bleed out, depressed the clutch and secured it to the floor with an ice scrape from clutch to seat frame and left it overnight. I also pumprd the clutch pedal during this time frame as fast as I could for about a minute. You could also tape the line, I did not. I tightened the cap the next day, removed the ice scraper and thought at first I had no clutch since it released at the top. Have driven about a year and no problems so far.
#6258 of 6400 Re: 1998 Explorer Several Guages Stopped Working While at the Mechanic [kmsandrbs]
Jan 19, 2010 (8:10 pm)
So, to follow up on my own post ...
I checked all the fuses, that was not the issue, so I decided to check behind the dash to see if it was a loose connection or something that i could possibly fix.
When I got in there, I saw that eight of the wires connected to the instrument cluster had been cut ... in two places. Now, for the life of me, I cannot figure out how those eight wires could be cut in two places (one of which was right at the back of the plug) exactly at the same time (as all the instruments were working before). I fixed the problem (instruments wrk now), but I'm following up with the Bureau of Automotive Repair. I took photos and videos of the damage.
#6259 of 6400 Re: 1998 Explorer Several Guages Stopped Working While at the Mechanic [kmsandrbs]
Jan 21, 2010 (7:06 pm)
I find that absolutely amazing. It certainly seems that it could not be simply a coincidence that the dash lights quit working when you took it in to have the air intake fixed, especially later finding the wires were cut behind the dash. It sounds fishy and suspicious. You did a good thing to document the damage. Hopefully you will get justice for what happened to you.
#6260 of 6400 headlights on 95 explorer
Jan 25, 2010 (10:20 am)
Yesterday I tried to turn my lights on. When i used the knob to turn them on only the parking lights came on. I checked the fuses and they are fine. What could be the problem?