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#401 of 1953 Child Safety Lock Problem
Sep 02, 2003 (7:25 pm)
I have a 2000 Expedition XLT with 70K miles. The child safety lock on the right rear door engages by itself. I see that this problem has been posted earlier on this site. Has anyone found a fix for this? My Ford dealer has replaced the lock switch, but the problem keeps coming back...now they say there is no fix for this issue and they cannot disable the feature. Any suggestions?
#402 of 1953 FX4 DOOR RATTLE SOLVED
Sep 04, 2003 (3:42 pm)
THE FX4 HAS BODY SIDE CLADING THAT RATTLES AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS. TAKE A PIECE OF TAPE AND COVER THE GAP BETWEEN THE BOTTOM OF THE DOOR AND THE PLASTIC BODY CLADING. NOW I HAVE TO GET THE DEALER TO MAKE IT PERMANENT!
#403 of 1953 Post 265, FX4 Rattle
Sep 10, 2003 (12:30 pm)
Thanks for the information.
Exactly where does the tape go? Outside, inside, etc.?
Sorry I didn't catch up with your post earlier. I've cancelled two appointments at my Ford dealer dreading additional wild goose chases, blank looks, etc.
With reference to post 261 above regarding dim or regular driving headlights, I am happy to share very good success going to the enhanced halogen Sylvannia 9006XV. Per their web site,
the XV halogen is fairly new capsule that provides 20% additional light and up to 3 times additional seeing/light in the foreground. Hey, they actually shine on the road without help from the fog lights or the high beams. Cost is only $9-10 each, twice the life of regular 9006 halogens. Color is very compatable with OEM 9005 in high beams. Headlight bulb changing for the 2003 Expedition is very difficult, but can be done at home with some fuss, close reading of the owner's manual, 10MM socket with rachet and extension.
Sylvannia makes the 4000 color Silver Star in the 9006 low beam and 9005 high beam. Cost is about $20 each. Again difficult to install and about only one year life for Silver Star per the website, versus very long life for the above XV. With the Expedition's large refectors, I thought it might not be too feasible to go to the Silver Star bulbs on our road.
In summary, the 9006XV replacement a no-brainer given the results, low cost, longer bulb life.
You can see on dim or regular and the other guys are not flashing.
Sep 10, 2003 (2:27 pm)
The tape goes between the cladding & the door.
#405 of 1953 # 267 post, nvbanker
Sep 11, 2003 (6:48 am)
....I first read your password nybanker, ha!...
Do you think the "rattle" is worse for the FX4 models because of the open step bars versus the regular running boards? Hey, give me them old fashioned chrome bumpers and let Toyota keep all that awful cladding.
I had been telling the dealer from the start that the noise seemed to be somewhat on the outside of the FX4 front doors.
On another subject, I wish Ford had kept the FX4 nameplate for the 2004 Expedition instead of going to the puny NBX like the Explorer.
Eastern Tennesse here surely is FX4 country. However,I've noticed that the dealers have lots of NBX Explorer inventory left, some 10-12 months old. We have been looking at NBX because many often come without the third row seat otion and many have the 4.6L V-8. But, wife doesn't like the very dark NBX interior and the feel of the NBX series cloth takes some getting used to. Slanted when folded third row seat is out. We have observed that the Explorer leather seats seem to be hard, at least when brand new. Anyone have any comments on the Explorer leather seats based on longer term??
Also, does anyone have comments on the power (hp and torque) of the 4.6L vs. the trusty 4.0L in the Explorer? 3.55 and 3.73. The 4.6L seems to have a problem versus the improved performance of the 4.6L in say the 2wd 2003 Expedition. Tranny and torque converter the difference?
Finally, my GMC guy kid brother has gone nuts over the torque of the 5.4L and the way cool power fold third seat. I told him GM will copy both soon and also maybe adopt the key pad for the driver's door. You don't have to have your cell phone in your pocket (that wont work out there anyway) to call Onstar ( that is if you have paid your $16.95/mo) Ha!
#406 of 1953 Ford Expedition problems
Sep 15, 2003 (4:29 am)
I bought my 03 eddie bauer expy in May, now have almost 5000 miles. The vehicle has not had a single problem except for the upper right windshield molding just needing a little more adhesive - a 10 minute job and they did not write it up. So far vehicle is quiet, powerful (but haven't towed yet), and comfortable. My only complaints are the break dust problem which I read the above info about $10.00 dust shields that I will try. I would like to see better mileage. Does anyone know if a "Tornado" (a round metal part placed in the air intake to create a vortex or air) found on a website with a similar name, costing roughly $75.00, will provide a 10-20% better gas mileage? If anyone has any success with that invention (or similar) please let this discussion know. One last note I found out when I traveled 500 miles on one hot afternoon. On a couple of occasions the air conditioning fan turned off for about 20 minutes twice on this 500 mile trip, but came back on. Now cold air was still lightly breezing thru the front vents, just not coming out forcefully, it still was annoying. I didn't sweat however, I just didn't expect this to happen even on a long trip. I called Ford in Detroit, they told me it is not unusual for this to occur. Like I said, it only happened twice on my 500 mile trip for about 20 minutes, and the same on the return trip in 90-100 degree weather. I was not too worried. Has anyone experienced this as well?
#407 of 1953 A/C Problem (chargin)
Sep 15, 2003 (11:26 am)
My 2003 Expy AC froze up on long trips. This sounds like the problem you have. When it does this turn off the AC, and leave it in the panel position. After a few minutes, the air will start coming out harder again after the condenser thaws out. They replaced the temperature sensor in the condenser and all is well now. The switch cycles the compressor on and off so the condenser doesn't freeze.
Sep 15, 2003 (2:38 pm)
I've been around, and dinking with cars a long time. None of these miracle devices for improved mileage and performance seem to work for me. The water injection system, the spark enhancer - all a waste of money. It's a big truck - it's going to take gas. And, the manufacturer, if they could boost mileage 10-20%, would do it because they would own the truck market, and get better CAFE fleet numbers too.
#410 of 1953 2003 EXP FX4 Noise and Rattle
Sep 15, 2003 (8:03 pm)
I see all of these post about the noise and vibration, but few solutions. I noticed my noise and slight vibration between 40 and 50 MPH. I bought the vehicle in May it has 6000 miles on it. I started noticing the noise at about 3000 miles. I have not taken it into FORD. I love this vehicle, but this is a real bummer. I am trying to gather as much info as I can as I have talked to FORD, but they seem to have not heard of the problem. I find that very hard to believe with all of these post and a lot of owners experiencing the same problems. I think they (FORD) are in some denial state. I did see someone replaced the rack and pinion steering. Any help regarding this problem would be appreciated.