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You are in the Ford Explorer
What is this discussion about?
Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer
Go to NHTSA to file a safety complaint.
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#969 of 6400 1996 Ford Explorer Sport Lemon
Oct 03, 2001 (11:55 am)
Hi all --
I purchased a 1996 Ford Explorer Sport Lemon from AutoNation USA. The problems are too numerous to list here. I do have an after-market warranty on the car through Fidelity Warranty Services that definitely helps offset the cost. A few questions for the wise members of this board.
1.) Is there a lemon law that will be ABLE to help me.
2.) Are there any additional recalls (after the tires and sway bar links).
3.) Do these cars tend to blow through rotors? I am on three sets in 24 months (No, I don't lean on the brakes)
4.) Does the ABS system have any known failures?
5.) Is there any significant electrical problems with the car? I have blown 3 sets of tail/brake lights in the last 24 months.
There are a variety of other issues, but I don't see the need to go on any more in this post.
#970 of 6400 1997 explorer with a vibration in the gas pedal
Oct 03, 2001 (5:27 pm)
I have an '97 explorer and after the dealership did recall work on the timing belt guides now when I am accelerating and it runs thru 20K rpms
I get a vibration thru the gas pedal. It is real prevalent when I get up to 55mph. has anyone else had this problem?
Oct 04, 2001 (12:03 pm)
Sounds like they did something incorrectly when the dealer serviced it.
#973 of 6400 steve_ HOST
Oct 05, 2001 (4:08 am)
Beyond what the linked article says, the NHTSA recall only covers Firestone tires made in Quebec and Wilson, NC prior to 1998.
The good news here is that Ford and the Explorer gets some vindication and possibly some cash back from B/F on the tires that have been replaced voluntarily by Ford.
Oct 05, 2001 (7:35 am)
Here's another article:
Feds side with Ford
Vans, SUVs and Aftermarket & Accessories Message Boards
#975 of 6400 some vindication? some??
Oct 05, 2001 (4:42 pm)
I would say that all evidence and all investigations have shown Firestone has been blowing smoke, has no data, and had killer tires with serious variations between plants showing nobody was in control over there, while Ford is substantiated at every turn and statement.
anybody has any contrary evidence, the Tauzin committee is looking for it. c'mon, send it in.
#976 of 6400 exploder exhaust problem
Oct 08, 2001 (1:13 pm)
every once in a while this pitifull truck sounds like a diesel the gas pedal gets hard every time i went to ford they say no problem bullcrap ive tried injector cleaner several times temp fix same thing over again i dont know what i got fuel filter put on same thing so for now ive got a yr in a half left with this diesel for now someone tell me what to do mookie 2000 exploder xls
Oct 08, 2001 (4:10 pm)
don't know about the gas pedal, but there are known issues around the "standard" V6 4.0 liter engine. namely, cam positioners in the heads. the positioner nylon stop blocks come apart, the cams shift, and the engine sounds like a diesel. it was supposedly fixed in 1999 with metal blocks, but that should be considered. any shop guy ought to know that sound and be able to localize it with a screwdriver handle against their head if they don't have a stethoscope.
if it is truly exhaust gas escaping, I had a loose manifold to converter pipe gasket, and had to have that tightened on my 2000 V8. mine whistled. if it sounds awful from underneath you should be able to put on the parking brake and block the wheels, and crawl around underneath with a feather tied to a stick and find the exhaust leak yourself.
the things you've tried look like a carbon chase in the cylinders... unless you've mucked about putting in funny plugs or premium gas... or had an EGR valve lock up... it's hard to believe the heads are gunked with carbon, and that would seem to me to be more like a ping than a diesel thump as a result.
being a 2000, I'd tend to look for an air or exhaust leak anyplace from the manifolds back to the tailpipe... hitting a rock could have holed the system someplace, or something could be loose and blasting gas when the engine starts getting worked.
#978 of 6400 future exploder problems ???????
Oct 10, 2001 (6:00 am)
i got a 2000 xls 4.0 i got 19 mths left on the lease which im getting out of it in 4-03 but what do you all think im going to be dealing with this in trms of problems with this whatever you want call this taxi i call it it has 36800 miles on it so far when i trade in it will have 53000 miles on it the problems so far is i put injector cleaner in it many times no help one time the check engine light came on took to ford clown switched the spark plugs said some injector cleaner was on it since i have put more cleaner in it no problems one time it took 3 times to start since problems. is it the spark plugs oxygen sensor? no light has came on since another thing i did not buy more extended warranty from ford from warranty gold is they good or should i cancel with them and go with someone else thank for a response ps. im not buying ford hell no!!!!!!!! chevy, toyota, or honda, also can you get out of your lease with 4 payments left with out them saying repo on your credit report and not get a ford im done thaks.