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Ford Explorer, Brakes, SUV
Sep 23, 2002 (1:16 pm)
Well the module is a good guess, since a temp sensor is not going to shut off spark, but a cranky module will fade in and out with temp changes.
All you need to do is ascertain if there is or isn't spark during the no-start. If no spark, I'd go ask the Ford parts department which ignition part fails all the time on '94 Explorers and if he actually answers you, that could be it.
Intermittents are devils to fix because they are...well...intermittent. This sometimes requires parts substitution and a two week road test.
#9 of 16 93 Front brakes
Sep 23, 2002 (5:31 pm)
I appreciate all the help given to find my problem.
TO:# 2, fleetwoodsimca- Since I bought the 93 Explorer, the brakes HAVE BEEN and ARE the LOW point of the Explorer.I have flushed ALL lines, and the fluid flows without restriction, so I do not suspect a partial blockage at this time.
To:#3, Mr shiftright- The rear brakes are working and are getting slightly warm when testdriving vehicle. I have checked ALL lines and there are no crimps or external dents.I believe that the brakes have to be dragging because they are getting " HOT " .I have the luxury of having a 96 4x2 Explorer also, that I use for comparison. I drive the same test track ( i.e. 4 lane and two lane roads in my neighborhood ) with both vehicles under the same braking conditions, and the 96 comes back with the front hub slightly warm. When I return with the 93 Explorer, the left and right hubs, rotors, calipers and RIMS are so hot that I can only put my hand on them for about 2 seconds before quickly pulling my hands away. I have always monitored my brake temperature and tire pressure anytime I take a trip outside of my immediate area, and the temp on the 93 has always been comparable to the 96, or any other vehicle for that matter.I know that HOT, without a thermometer is relative, but the 93 is extremely hot after a few mile test drive. I am afraid to take it on a longer trip for fear of ruining the new parts, as well as getting stuck somewhere. I have taken the 93 on a testdrive, came home, and immediately jacked the front wheels and spun them. They do spin without restriction,other than normal pad drag. I then jack up the 96, and without having driven it or after driving it, the drag on both vehicles is comparable. I have gone as far as driving the 93 up my driveway ,after a test drive, making sure not to make any reverse motions in case whatever is dragging releases from the change in direction, left the engine run in order to keep booster assist the same, and have been able to spin the wheel without restriction, even though it has become excessively hot from the testdrive.
To: # 4 , dshepherd3- Because of the fact that the wheels spin freely when lifted, even thought they are hot I believe that your experience with the booster had a lot of merit, so I disconnected the vacuum line and plugged both the vacuum line and booster and took the vehicle for a test drive in my subdivision only, because the braking was so very poor. I need to get on a road where there is no traffic to get a more accurate comparison between booster in and out of system.Tomorrow, I plan on lifting wheels, starting the engine and bringing to about 2000 RPM, to simulate the vacuum during normal driving, and see if I am able to spin wheel freely,to determine if booster vacuum at driving speed causes brakes to be applied, and then released when engine goes back to idle.
#10 of 16 module packs
Sep 23, 2002 (10:41 pm)
it is alleged that if you have a couple bad plug wires so the coil packs can't discharge the preferred way, they will find another. the other breaks down the coils, according to the electrical manual for my old 90 ranger.
also, try backing out the screws that hold the packs and tightening them back up, that's the ground for the HV. pull and poke the coil pack connectors to LV a couple times as well to clean them up, corrosion does not necessarily advertise itself with big green scum caps on the outside of the connector in every case.
also, do you have a system in which there is a smallish electrical module attached to a metal plate bolted to the engine someplace? about the size of a lockback knife? if so, replace that immediately on general principle... a California court has ordered those replaced as warranty failures because they get too hot and quit in normal operation. GM used to have a spark module in their distributors in the mid-70s, bolted to the distributor plate inside, and wonder of wonders, they had a lot of failures of that part, too.
ain't it amazing that a "heatsink" for a module that can be expected to heat up beyond the module's operating temperature in use causes failures? who would have thought it? 8th wonder of the world!
what was the grade point of those engineers, anyway? pinheads.
Sep 24, 2002 (8:25 am)
thanks for the help ... shouldn't be plug wires, the darn engine blew at 93,000 miles (not even 2 years ago) and I had a new factory ford motor installed with new plugs and wires, but I'm sure the same old module packs were put back on. any clue how much new module packs will cost me?
Oct 22, 2002 (11:26 am)
My curiosity is raging! How have things gone with the 1993 Explorer brake system?
#14 of 16 Brake Problems With 1993 4X4 Explorer
Nov 02, 2002 (10:44 am)
I am the person that originally posted this problem. I have just resolved the predescribed problem.
I made two changes, and the problem was alleviated. Unfortunately I don't know if one or both changes eliminated the problem.
When I purchased the rebuilt calipers from NAPA, they came with a package of Silicone based lubricant for the slider grooves and retainer clips. It's consistancy was similar to Vaseline. The kit also came with new retainer clips that are two pieces of metal bonded together with rubber. I cleaned off the lubricant and replaced it with Molybdenum based caliper slide grease which has a thinner consistancy, and reused the old retainer clips, whose rubber had been softened a little over time, and that were not as tight in the groove. Voila !!!! Problem solved.The
brakes work great, and they no longer get HOT !
THANKS FOR EVERYONES HELP AND SUGGESTIONS.
Nov 02, 2002 (11:12 pm)
Don't you love it when things work out?