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#238 of 282 FORD EXPLORER START ISSUES
Jan 04, 2012 (5:41 am)
I HAVE A 1997 FORD EXPLORER AND JUST RECENTLY AM EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS STARTING IT. EVERY MORNING AND AFTER WORK I NEED A JUMP. IT STARTS RIGHT UP AS SOON AS CABLES ARE CONNECTED. WHILE RUNNING, EVERYTHING LOOKS LIKE ITS CHARGING. EVERYTHING WORKS FINE. COULD THIS BE THE BEGINNING SIGNS OF ALTERNATOR ISSUES? CONNECTIONS? NEW BATTERY WAS PUT IN THIS SUMMER! CAN ANYONE HELP ME TRY TO NARROW DOWN THE PROBLEM PLEASE?
#239 of 282 Re: FORD EXPLORER START ISSUES [cookfam]
Jan 04, 2012 (3:13 pm)
Firstly, it could still be the battery, and that is where I would look. I had an identical situation on a 2003. Even a new battery can fail prematurely. And, if it's that new, should be covered.
Also, check your ALT gauge, if it shows normal charging, most likely your alternator is ok. IF not, that's where you should go first.
Lastly, it could be a ground connection, or even a loose terminal on the battery.
But, I'm betting on the battery.
#240 of 282 2002 Ford Explorer Sports Trac
Jan 21, 2012 (4:04 pm)
I purchased a 2002 Explorer Sports Trac which just happened to caught on fire last night. I searched for any recalls that may have been issued on this vehicle. Fortunately my son was able to get out of the truck in time. He was traveling on the freeway, when the truck all of the sudden died he coasted to the inside lane. When he tried to restart the truck smoke came out and flames shout out under the drivers door. He managed to get out and the next thing the entire truck caught on fire. Has anyone ever reported any cases such as this and what are my options at this point? I will still have to pay on the vehicle since I only financed for 18 mos and had liability. Who do I need to address on this issue. Of course purchased as is but in a situation like this what can I do. I'm out the money and out the vehicle.
#241 of 282 04 explorer miles per gallon guage
Jan 21, 2012 (8:27 pm)
my miles per gallon computer/info has gone way down since using the 4 high for one day last week, it will not come back up and seems to be haywire, any ideas?
#242 of 282 new transmission at 71k, class action suit anyone?
Jan 21, 2012 (8:28 pm)
I could add to that class action suit as at 72,000 miles my transmission was replaced due to unpredictable, dangerous stalling while driving 75 miles per hour on a freeway, a ford dealer told me to replace the transmission as the transmissiom head had completely cracked?
I have since read on this blog of a similar problem that some one else had and they only replaced the V2V valve, now am wondering if I got taken by ford yet again, anyway I have also had to replace the ball joints in front at 72000 miles, so I would be interested in a suit
#243 of 282 Re: 2002 Ford Explorer Sports Trac [janie13]
Jan 22, 2012 (8:56 pm)
This sucks, but you may have no recourse. This is not common, but there was a recall on SOME Ford trucks about a speed control connection that could cause a fire. I have no idea if your truck was included in the recall. Also, if so, it may have already been fixed. Otherwise, it's not a design flaw on the truck. Apparently you don't what the cause was, so I don't either.
Could be electrical, or fuel, like a burst pressure hose that was spilling gas, which caught fire? Who knows?
It's 10 years old, old cars have issues. Very sad this happened, it's not your fault, but not likely anybody's fault. It's not
Ford's fault, their Explorers are generally very durable and dependable. More likely a mechanic error, left a clamp off or maybe a bad piece of tube or hose?
Yes, you'll have to pay for the car, and if you didn't have Comprehensive insurance, you aren't covered. As I said, it sucks, and I feel very badly for you.
#244 of 282 Re: FORD EXPLORER START ISSUES [cookfam]
Jan 28, 2012 (12:46 pm)
i have a 1997 explorer lt trac con 4 dr it seems my sebser on the door light st ys on for about 20 mins or more .it seems to kill my battery .and then sometimes it goes out .did u ever have a problem with a funny noise in the left front wheel .it seems if u are going 80 kms its not to bad but when u it ,100 kms.its bad can it be a bearing fr sitting .and wear is the sencer for the dome lights .can u help .mat be able to set it .thanks mike
#246 of 282 possible ground?
Feb 15, 2012 (6:14 pm)
i have a 95 ford explorer with 4.0 liter motor.ive replaced plug wires 5 times and plugs 3 times.used belden wires last time and autolite platinum plugs.runs great for an hour or so then misses really bad like its missing 2 cyl. im stumped now.what could cause this??
#247 of 282 Re: possible ground? [rob911]
Feb 17, 2012 (3:40 pm)
No check engine light or other lights on? When you take the old plugs out, what's their condition? Wet? Oily? Carboned up? One set of new cables would do it, so stop changing those. How many miles are on it? The 4.0 is a damn good engine, even if abused, it will last a long time.