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Jun 16, 2011 (4:38 am)
I have a 1997 Ford Explorer, 6 cyl automatic w/117k miles. For the past few weeks, when I try to brake, the rpms are surging before coming to a complete stop, and then it idles at a higher rate than normal. Recently in the last few days, it seems like the car struggles to hit 2000 RPMS but then it stays stuck - and I mean stuck - not even going down when I take my foot completely off the gas pedal. Today the RPMS stayed stuck 3 times for long periods of time, causing my engine temp to go high and the check engine light to come on. Once I braked, the RPMS came back down, the engine temp went back to normal and the check engine light went off. Any ideas?
#6306 of 6400 Re: High RPMs [southernbella]
Jun 20, 2011 (2:07 pm)
Wow, you need to have someone qualified check this car, this is not safe. It could be something as mechanical as a bad accelerator cable, or as complex as a bad Mass Air Flow sensor, or Throttle Position Sensor, or any one of 10 other components. If the check engine light doesn't stay on, I would lean towards the cable, but please get it in somewhere and have it looked at. It's probably fairly simple and not too expensive, but it needs immediate attention.
#6307 of 6400 Re: over drive light is flashing ??? [jd1759]
Jun 21, 2011 (9:27 am)
I would definitely be interested in participating in a class action suit. I have a 2004 Explorer, 74,000 miles and the transmission just went out. This is infuriating that Ford can get away with this.
#6309 of 6400 Cost for fixing '04 Explorer security system
Jun 27, 2011 (1:25 pm)
Husband's '04 Explorer (Eddie Bauer edition) has been nothing but problems. We have owned the car for 4.5 years, and:
Had 2 wheels fall off
misc other stuff
The latest....the car stopped working while idling in traffic. Went into "limp home" mode. Wouldn't turn over or do ANYTHING. Towed it to the mechanic who thought that the key dropped code. After trying a second key and not having it work, our local guy said that he thought it was the security system and that the dealership would have to do it. The security light was flashing very fast, which led him to think that was the problem.
Car is on it's way to the dealership.
If this has happened to you...what kind of cost was it? We know that the dealership will have to scan it and figure out specifically what is wrong, but are we talking a few hundred dollars...a few thousand???
#6310 of 6400 Re: Cost for fixing '04 Explorer security system [mysti1031]
Jun 28, 2011 (7:18 am)
My son drove our Explorer over a median curb at 40 MPH once, blew both front tires, put new tires on, the alignment wasn't even out of whack! They're that tough. If you have had 2 wheels fall off, that car has been severly mangled, or someone hasn't done repairs right. Get rid of it.
#6311 of 6400 Re: Climate Control Blows Hot Air Only!!! [exploded99]
Jul 12, 2011 (9:03 am)
The sympton you have is misleading. The fix is to replace the heater control valve located next to the water pump connected inline with the heater core supply line on the return side. You will need to pull down the right wheel well skirt to see it. $20 part and new antifreeze. Also the mounting braket may not fit the replacement part. Just snip the mounting ring and spread it open with pliers to fit. Double check the vacumn line to see if it is working by placing your finger on it with the car running. It should stick to your finger!You can do this!
#6312 of 6400 94 explorer blower
Jul 12, 2011 (12:47 pm)
The blower on my '94 Explorer does not come on all the time. Any suggestions as to the cause.
#6313 of 6400 Re: 94 explorer blower [mcmurrerd]
Jul 18, 2011 (8:02 am)
Replace the blower motor. It's going out.
#6314 of 6400 Re: 94 explorer blower [nvbanker]
Jul 18, 2011 (9:50 am)
If your blower motor works normally some of the time, then you probably have a lose connection or corrosion on a terminal. Try moving the wires around with the switch on and see if you get a response. It could be the motor but if it works okay somtimes and not others it is probably the switch or the power-12 volt supply. Double check the fuse box for loose fuses or connections on the blower motor itself. You should be able to test the wires under the hood at the firewall on the passenger side with a volt meter. If you dont know how to use a volt meter, you will need help with this repair.