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#843 of 859 Updated 2006 now has 99,061 miles
Oct 24, 2010 (5:32 pm)
My 2006 Explorer EB V8 RWD continues to be trouble-free. It now has 99,061 miles on it.
At 88,205 miles I replaced the worn-out Pirelli Scopion STR-A tires with Pirelli Scorpion STR tires. Shortly thereafter, I had it aligned, and the transmission fluid and differential lube changed at Santa Margarita Ford.
The transmission was serviced under warranty. It will still seldon downshift roughly to first, but the key word is seldom, or very seldom. I can't discern any patttern, and it is barely worth mentioning.
The electric door lock motor has been the only problem part, but I sometimes lock and unlock the doors many more times per day than most people. There is a plastic gear on the motor shaft which contacts a metal part, so this is just a bad design. Replacing it was not difficult or expensive, and gave me an opportunity to really scrub s stain froma spilled drink off of the plastic door panel.
I weigh 210, but think it is probably time to replace the seat cushion foam, esopecially to be sure it stays as comfortable as possible sitting in southern Califorrnia traffic!
#844 of 859 Transmission problem, NEED HELP
Oct 28, 2010 (3:26 pm)
I have a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer Luxury with 53000 miles. When I put it into reverse it delays like i put it into neutral and then it bangs real hard into reverse like I got rearended. What is the problem.
#845 of 859 clear message
Nov 06, 2010 (8:42 pm)
I have a oil change message every time I start my 2008 Mountaineer!The thing is I only have 2000mi. on the oil.I keep pushing the reset button that only last until the next time I start it. Is there any way to reset it so it won't come on again?
#847 of 859 airbag warning light
Nov 08, 2010 (1:07 pm)
Last week my airbag (drivers) warning light would come on when the vehicle was first started and then remain on. It would only do this when first started in the morning. By the weekend it would come on and stay on all the time. After searching many online forums I saw many posts saying this is usually caused by a weak and/or almost dead battery. Not sure how these two things are related but over 3/4 of the posts about the airbag light coming on said it was due to a weak battery. So I replaced the battery and low and behold that did the trick. I'm sure it is some type of software glitch with the computer system that went unnoticed for several years until the batteries started going bad. And of course Ford isn't going to tell anyone about it since it leads to most people bringing their car in to service the airbag. I just wanted to put it out there in case anyone else was encountering the same issue. Not saying it's definitely or always going to be the battery but it does seem to be a very common occurrence. And if your battery is 4 or 5 years old it's about time for a new one anyway so it might be worth a shot before taking it to the dealer.
#848 of 859 06 Ford Explorer: No exceleration while stepping on gas
Nov 08, 2010 (3:48 pm)
My XLT has been in and out of service for FOUR YEARS without Ford finding out the source of my problem. All the codes have been updated numerous times, throttle bodies have been replaced and recently a mechanic thought it may be the radiator getting too hot and slowing the car down. When I step on the gas, it feels as though I am in neutral. This happens in both drive and reverse, while driving at speeds of 30-45 mph and from start up from lights stops signs, etc.
Ford is saying that they have not seen this problem in any other cars and they do not know how to fix it. I purchased this car from Ernie Haire in Tampa, Florida with about 19k miles. I am now at 83k miles with an expired extended warranty.
If anyone else has had this problem, please contact me as I do love my car and would like for this issue to be resolved.
I can't imagine an engine being so difficult to diagnose that NOT one person can figure out the problem. The problem is intermittent . A VDR was installed but I believe that they are most likely dinosaur technology as we could not get one to work once installed.
This week, I am supposed to go in again for another attempt at diagnosis via some type of computer. If this doesn't work I may have to call the psychic hotline...lol. I look forward to hearing if anyone else has experienced any of my issues with an 06 Explorer.
#849 of 859 Re: Transmission dragging [consumerights]
Nov 10, 2010 (4:26 am)
It seems that you and I are going through the same thing. I switched dealerships as well but the latest one cannot determine the problem either. Switching dealerships is not a bad idea however, does not guarantee a solution. Did you have any luck?
#850 of 859 Re: airbag warning light [sacmtnr]
Nov 15, 2010 (5:35 am)
Great note....I have a 2006 Explorer V-8 purchased used in January 2010. Car was put in service in February 2006, so my battery is approaching five years old. I have recently (last couple of months) had this same issue with the airbag light. Generally, if the car is sitting overnight or longer, the airbag light will stay on when you first start and drive. If you run around doing errands, and stop and start the car again after a short drive, the airbag light will go off when started. If I use is several times in the same day, the light will normally go off.
I was going to take it to the dealer, but of course thought I would wait until the light stayed on most of the time, as the dealer would probably not find the problem, unless they kept it overnight and started it only one time in the morning.
Bel Air Car Guy
#851 of 859 Re: 06 Ford Explorer: No exceleration while stepping on gas [consumerights]
Dec 28, 2010 (6:34 am)
I have an 03 Ford Explorer Sport Trac & last night when I pulled out onto a highway and tried to excelerate, the truck slowed down. It did this for about 15 minutes. I parked it for about 10 minutes & when I drove it home, it was fine. I'm taking it to advance today to have them hook their machine up to it. My friend seems to think it's a sensor going bad. When I find out the cause, I'll let you know....unless you finally figured out what the cause was. Has anyone else had this problem?
#852 of 859 06 Explorer with no acceleration
Oct 06, 2011 (3:08 pm)
It is happening exactly the same to my 06 Explorer XLT. Is being doing it for 2 month already. I tooked to AAMCO but when they tried the explorer, it didn't show the issue. I went and change the transmition fluid, by the way dark brown in color, and the issue disapreared for a few days; two weeks later it was back doing the same: 12 or 15 miles after start there was a decreasing speed and making a sound like it was accelerating but not gaining on speed. I have been noticing that the antifreezer is going dry very often. I am to tell you that my experienced as a mecanic, for cars, is "zero" and I can be wrong, but let me tell you what I found. At the moment I changed the fluid, the antifreezant tank was empty; they filled out; I opened the hood and saw that once more antifreezant was empty, and filled-out; right after 30 miles, explorer stop doing it, acceletating (like in neutral). Does someone know if somehow there is a conection between the transmission and the radiator (antifreezant unit?) or if getting heat the computer starts failing or sending wrong commands? Is being about 3 days since I did it and explorer is running with any problem.