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#772 of 1934 Spark plugs
Sep 03, 2004 (12:08 pm)
I own a 1999 XLT and I had a spark plug blow out of the head twice my truck is now in the shop waiting for new heads I have talked to several other Expedition owners who have had the same problem they got rid of their trucks and kicked Ford to the curb I have always owned Ford products but I am starting to get a little tired of this situation. The dealers treat you like Charles Manson out on bail when you try to talk to them about it they should have a recall on this problem. anybody have any answers?
Sep 03, 2004 (3:54 pm)
I've never had this happen, nor ever heard of it happening. How many miles you got on the old girl?
#774 of 1934 Re: [nvbanker]
Sep 03, 2004 (7:18 pm)
I have 88,000 on it, the plug closest to the fire wall on the passenger side blew out, at about 66,000 my mechanic was able to fix it and it held up till now but this time I have to replace the head,I have talked to a few people who were Expediton owners and Ford mechanics who have seen it happen not just on the expedition, the F-150 and some of their other vehicles, even my local dealership has told me they had a few come in.
#775 of 1934 Re: Door code..... [nvbanker]
Sep 03, 2004 (7:24 pm)
There should be a card in the glove box with the code on it
Sep 04, 2004 (2:04 pm)
Well, if it happened once, I suppose you'd not expect the fix to be permanent. That's when I sell the car, usually. Sorry about that. It may "happen", but it's rare, I promise you, on a percentage of engines out there. The Modular V-8 engines from Ford are tough long term performers, and have won awards from Wards for their performance. There are many thousands of them out there with a half a million miles on them without a teardown in livery service. That's not to say that you will find one occasionally with a defect that manifests itself at various stages of life, and I'm sorry yours is one of them. I'd still sell the truck.
#777 of 1934 Re: [nvbanker]
Sep 05, 2004 (3:45 pm)
Well actually I had intended to sell the truck, my problem is not so much the repairs, its the fact that you can barely get the parts and you can not fix the old head I mean if it were a GM product I could have that one hole rethreaded but because of the way Ford makes the head you can not do anything with it. plus they want a thousand plus dollars for a new head they will not sell me just the head they say I have to buy the cam also, and as far as this being an isolated event its not you must have not read the whole post I have done some research on this and it does happen, I talked to Ford people (service reps, mechanics,and sales reps) from several Ford dealerships they all have seen it before. I have always owned a Ford vehicle I bought a brand new F-150 in 1984 long before trucks and suv's were considered "chic" Its not a problem for me because money talks all else walks (already shopping for a new Yukon Denali)
#778 of 1934 Re: Engine Problems [ogas]
Sep 05, 2004 (5:41 pm)
Yes I have, my truck is in the shop for the same thing a spark plug blew out of the head on my truck twice the first time my mechanic was able to put the plug back in the motor and I got another 20,000 miles out of it the week I was ready to get rid of the truck the plug blew again now I'm having problems finding a new head
#779 of 1934 Re: Vibration in 03 Expedition [washington2]
Sep 05, 2004 (6:38 pm)
Wash: I've lived this scenario to the extent. Let me offer my experience on my 2000 EB. I had my new 2000 EB in the shop no less than 8 times in the first 15k miles. Some related to fuel system issues, but in at least 4 cases related to vibration. After Ford replaced the tires twice, they provide alloy rims in place of the steel rims. Next, I requested a service manager drive with me on the highway to witness the vibration first hand. Of course, he claimed it was normal despite the fact I needed to have the front realligned twice before 15k. Finally, only after submitting a final notice for lemon law did the dealer find the culprit in a sticky front left caliper on the brake system. I hope this helps, I realize your EB is 3 years newer, but the symtoms you described seemed vaguely familiar.
#780 of 1934 Vibrations on 03 Expedition
Sep 07, 2004 (9:25 am)
My truck is at Koons Ford in college park md. They are trying to figure out what is going on the service manager and the shop foreman both feel the vibrations. Ford consumer service is involved as well. Any suggestions or answers please let me know. Will keep you posted.
#781 of 1934 Vibration on 03 Expedition
Sep 09, 2004 (6:28 pm)
Looks like I'm heading into to Ford to find out what my dealership knows about Road vibration and shimmy in tires tomorrow. I have 28,000 miles and my $40,000 vibrator was getting old. I took it back shortly after driving it off the lot and they balanced the front tires (Contri's) which seemed to help a little and then rotated every 6,000 which every time helped a little. I live in Arkansas and the highways are far from perfect making it hard to notice. Drove back to Kansas for 8 hrs this last week and could not take it any longer. Went to a local Goodyear dealer which was always good to me and forked over the $ for new tires. Was told to rotate every 3000 miles as problems were across the board on every make that had 17" or larger tires and especially the SUV's. Drove it back home with the same shimmy but not as bad. Waiting for tires to wear and then back to the workout me and my wife get holding the steering wheel in the expy. In researching forums I see that a TSB exists for replacing the steering gear and one for the entire rack and pinion replacement. I will try to get them "road force balanced" (this is what they used to do with the old semis) and have to track down the correct latest wheel balancing machine to do this after talking to AAA rep and seeing it in this forum. Most new Chevy dealerships have these as I was told they have had problems on their SUV's and Trucks with this problems as well. Wondered if anyone has had any of the above fixes and what the outcome was?