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#1471 of 1953 Re: 2004 Expedition, NBX [nbx]
Mar 28, 2006 (2:06 pm)
Not so quick. A few weeks after the above vacuum leak was fixed I noticed that the 4wd was not working and the grinding noise had returned as I was helping my brother tow boats back to the marine store after the annual boat show. While waiting to get the vehicle in to the Ford dealer's shop, I researched the NHTSA website and found a TSB on this problem published even before my vehicle was made. Dealer replaced the 4wd controlling solenoid (near the battery) and all is well again. Wonder why Ford doesn't correct for known problems before vehicles go down the assembly line?
P.s. The above new 4wd solenoid apparently also eliminated an underneath whine at 67-70 that the dealer had been trying to find for 12-15 months. Can't be sure. Earlier rear-end replacement had helped some but had not completely eliminated the whine at 67-70 on a slight grade. Not aware of any other repair but the above solenoid replacement, no new tires, no tire rotation, no other shop work of any kind to explain the whine going away. But, it has at least for now.
#1472 of 1953 04 Expedition
Mar 28, 2006 (2:25 pm)
Have an 04 Expedition with around 25,000 miles....The altenator has gone out twice and just had to have the Tranny replaced. We have to drive on the beach in 4X4 to get to the house. Had a 98 before and it went 150,000 miles with no problems. This one is virtually the same as far as transmission/transfer case goes. different suspension and it drags bottom worse than the other one. Transmission i guess is just a freak thing because the other one was great. Are altenators going out common? - they told us there was sand in it but all of our engines get sand all over them and this is the first time we've had this trouble. Love Forda and Love the Expedition, we just want to keep it a couple weeks without having to take it in
#1473 of 1953 Re: 04 Expedition [ponton]
Mar 30, 2006 (1:07 pm)
As a present owner of a 2004 Expedition and previoius owner of 2000, please let me offer the below.
First the transmissions for the 1999 and 2004 are not the same unless both 99 and 2004 have the 4.6L engine in which case the unit would be the basic 4R70W. I have read that Mustang hot-rodders like this unit.
If the 99 has the 5.4L, it got the H/D 4R100 that I first saw in a 1988 F-250 truck. It began to appear as the electronic version 2-3 years later in the Bronco. The 4R100 (beefed up as required) is found behind the 6.8 V-10 and in other H/D applications. Expedition with 5.4L got the H/D 4R100 through 2002.
If the 99 and 2004 have the 4.6L engines, the transmissions would be the 4R70W. The 4R70W (probably slightly beefed up) was also used with the 5.4L engine in 2003 Expedition.
In 2004 the 5.4L Expedition got the computer controlled, higher torque version of the 4R70W known as the 4R75E or some such designation. After 45,000 miles I have found the 4R75E has been excellent in my 5.4L 2004 Expedition. It actually changes down on time versus this being a problem with my 2003 Expedition with the 4R70W. 4.6L in 2004 would be the 4R70W.
The 4R75E first showed up in the 2004 Ford F-150 with the higher output 5.4L 3V Triton engine. Seems to be plenty H/D for the lower torque 5.4L 2v engine used in 2004 Expedition. The 4R75E uses semi-synthetic fluid and has a 150,000 first fluid change under normal use.
Alternator. Modern units typically go for 125,000 and way more more before failure. My son just replaced his 2000 Expedition's alternator for the first time at about 160,000. Daughter's 97 T-B has nearly 170,000 on original alternator and it is still going strong.
Hope this info helps. Sorry you are having some problems.
#1474 of 1953 Re: 2004 Expedition, NBX [nbx]
Mar 31, 2006 (5:52 pm)
Have a 03 Expedition, EB, the steering shutters a low speeds with rt or lf turns, it acts like it is in 4wd on dry pavement? The same problem exist when in 2wd or A4WD? check fuses ok, and it appears that the transfercase solenoid is switching when engaged. Any insights. Is there a problem of it not completely getting out of 4wd mode?
#1475 of 1953 Door Ajar...
Apr 02, 2006 (11:51 pm)
Okay, after browsing through about 75 pages of posts hoping to find a solution to my problem, I decided to give up & just post. Anyway, more times than not, my DOOR AJAR light on my '03 Expedition will not turn off so the doors will not lock automatically. Sometimes I lock them with the power lock switch & they stay locked & other times when I lock them with the switch, the driver's door pops unlocked but the rest stay locked. And of course, the lights all stay on until I drive down the street or until they time out while sitting in the driveway (or wherever). Yes, we've done the fire drill thing where we go around the whole bus & make sure EVERY door is shut securely. Still doesn't help. We bought this in February of this year & there's no manual. The dealer is looking for one for me (at least that's what he said). So until he follows through or I break down & buy one, any help from this extremely knowledgeable group would be great!! Thanks a million in advance!!
#1476 of 1953 Air Suspension
Apr 05, 2006 (12:00 pm)
I recently had my tires rotated, and told them to turn off the air supsension. Ever since then I have not heard it come on and it rides different. The CK SUSP light does not come on. Could it be a fuse?
#1477 of 1953 03 expy steering shutters
Apr 06, 2006 (6:58 am)
I had a similar problem with my 04 expy and recently had work done at dealer. They replaced the clutch pack on mine and the problem has gone away. You might want to inquiry about this. I am pretty sure that is the problem with yours.
#1478 of 1953 Re: Air Suspension [kprayor]
Apr 06, 2006 (7:54 am)
It may sound silly, but has it been turned back on?
Apr 10, 2006 (1:33 pm)
I am having some problems with my SHIFT-ON-THE-FLY 4X4 on my 1998 Expedition. I had it in 4L and it showed the 4x4 on my guage cluster and then LOW RANGE do to 4L, but when I went to switch it to 2 wheel drive and it didnt do a thing. I put in in N and switched it nothing I put it in P turned it off and back on still nothing! I started to take off and for sure it was still in 4x4 because I could hear my tarnsfer case winding up when I was hitting 30 MPH it was really loud. Well, long story short you have to put it in P or N and then back to D and floor it and it comes out of 4x4. When it comes out of 4x4 it makes an awful noise like I have just lost the frontend of my truck. I really want to know what is causing this and has anyone else had this problem???? Please if you know anything about this reply ASPA...Thank you very much!
#1480 of 1953 99 Expy 4WD is DEAD
Apr 11, 2006 (11:30 am)
My A4WD used to work flawlessly. Then, last year I noticed that when I switched out of 4wd to A4WD, sometimes it would take a little longer than it should. This occurred either in 4WH or 4WL. A few months later, (Dec. '05) it quit working completely. When I turn the selector to 4WH, NOTHING HAPPENS! I don't even hear the clicking that is normally associated(relays, solenoids, etc...). Dead, like a fuse or power supply. Incidently, this happened right after I had the cruise control recall performed at a ford dealer.