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#62 of 232 2003 Ford Explorer
May 13, 2008 (1:50 pm)
I can tell you this,if your local ford service manager can't duplicate the problem leave it there at the ford dealer for a few days depending on how often it stalls for you so they can get a code on their computer to address the problem.(also mention to them about hooking up a VDR Video Data Recorder)which they will lend you and you can drive around with it in your truck and when it stalls you can press the button and it will record into the computer what the problem might be.
2nd i will tell you to call ford motor company and ask them if the computer is not reading the codes because everytime you start it it resets the computer.
if thats the case you may have to get a tow truck and flatbed it in to your local ford dealer,so they can plug a computer in before it gets started again.i hope this info helps,good luck!
#63 of 232 Re: 2003 Ford Explorer [onefreedude]
May 13, 2008 (5:40 pm)
THANK YOU SO MUCH. I was ready to call a Lemon Law Lawyer.
#65 of 232 rough running 4.0
May 26, 2008 (10:20 am)
2002 Explorer 4.0. vehicle runs great while under a load. Starts up quick and has no hassitation. Bring it to a stop light and it will start running rough. Feels like it wants to shut off but has not so far. Belongs to my daughter in Va. Any thoughts on where I can start looking for this problem? Don't believe it to be plugs or wires. Idle sensor maybe? Thanks for the insite.
#66 of 232 Re: 2006 Stalling Explorer [aarchdale]
Jun 11, 2008 (10:57 am)
I have been experiencing this since Fall of 2007. Just got it back from the dealer after they had it 2 days and found nothing. It stalled.
I have kept a log of mileage, date, speed, weather conditions. The only common thread is that it always happens at 30 to 35 mph and while not accelerating. And it starts right up after stalling.
Ford consumer relations cannot help.
OK, so there is no code and it did not happen when my dealer drove it for 44 miles. But are there no troubleshooting skills in these service departments? I have seen this issue in various places on the internet so I am not the only one it happens to.
I have also made it clear to the service department and Ford that this is a safety issue.
Ford Explorer XLT
Jun 13, 2008 (7:19 pm)
Was having the same problem with a 2002 with 4.6. The mechanic found a vacuum leak. A line from the right valve cover to the throttle body had a hole in it, only available from Ford. Once it was replaced no more problems.
#68 of 232 Re: rough running 4.0 [jeeps2]
Jun 23, 2008 (2:50 pm)
Found the problem. After taking a good hard look at the engine, I found that she has a hole in the top left valve cover. A closer look shows a better picture of FORDS BETTER IDEA!!!! They put the timing chain in the rear of the engine. Get this, It is on the left side (looking at the engine) under the back of the valve cover. when it starts to get a little play in the chain, it wears the guide and starts to rub a hole in the valve cover. Looks to me like the engine must come out to replace this timing chain. I contacted a Ford dealer in Virginia and they said it would be best to just replace the engine and it would cost less then trying replace this part. 6000.00 is the coet that was quoted. 64000 miles and it needs a engine because the timimg chain went. Like I said, Fords better idea. She will have a Jeep in her driveway before she gets that ford fixed. Fords better idea just cost Ford another customer.
#69 of 232 4.0 Ford Engine
Jun 23, 2008 (3:10 pm)
I may be off base with this statement but my daughter has a 04 explorer with 64000 easy miles on it oil changed every 3000 mi. The timimg chain just put a hole in the valve cover and the motor has to be removed to replace the chain. We are told by a dealer that it would cost less to have another engine put in the vehicle then to replace this chain because of the labor involved in pulling the engine and tearing down the engine to replace the parts involved. 6000.00 was the quoted cost to fix this wonderful product from Ford. My advise, save your money because this is not a cheap fix and Ford Motor will not stand behind there product. If I wouldn't go to jail, I'd drive it through the showroom.window. Never again will a Ford product take space in our driveways. We own 2 Jeep GC and never had to spend a fraction of this on repairs. Buy a jeep, you pay a little more for fuel but it stay clear of the repair shop.
#71 of 232 Ford cold started problems
Jul 02, 2008 (5:03 am)
I have problem with my 1998 Explorer. It only occurs when we are doing a cold start in the morning, ... Anybody could help? Please!?