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I just bought a used 2001 Ford Explorer Sport and I noticed it has stains on the back windshield. They look like rust, because they are coming from those two little black circles on the back windshield, so I'm not really 100% sure. Does anyone have any tips on how to remove these stains?? Thanks so much!!
It sure could. I would have the fluid and filter changed, and see if that loosens it up. No doubt, you have a clogged valve body.
my 2001 Ford Explorer Sport wont shift on its own in drive but doesn't hesitate to go it was fine until it sat for about 5 months without running what could be the problem?
Regarding your explorer, I had a 2001 explorer sport trac with same symptoms, the problems I had, happened more on rainy, humid days, or on mornings with a high dew point. When it happened I had to compensate by keeping my right foot on the accelerator, and use my left to brake. The fix was simple, once I knew what the culprit was. The IAC (idle air control valve) for a ... Read More
OMG! Where do I begin? I purchased a 2004 Ford explorer in July 0f 2011, and traded in my 2001 Oldsmobile of 5 years. I also purchased the 12 month 12,000 mile warranty. Before driving it off the lot I had the dealer fix the ABS system because the light was on. There is a crack going down the back of the trunk but nothing else was wrong at the time ... Read More
Where would be the best place to take my Ford Explorer 2001 that has an engine coolant leak problem for a diagnostic appraisal ? The Ford dealer ? or a regular mechanic. I have a deep distrust of most mechanics around my area and dont know of anyone near by. Please help.
I think I may have damaged my electrical system during a jumpstart on my 2001 Ford Explorer. My battery was completely drained, While jump starting my vehicle my gauges(rpm) were flickering. This led me to believe i had overflow into my system. My transmission has gone from perfect to shot, along with a few of my electrical systems being on the fritz. Advice please. Is it possible to have transmission problems ... Read More
I have a 2001 Ford explorer XLT. It started making the incredibly loud humming noise after i hit around 30 mph. I noticed my ball joint was bad so i changed it and rotatedm y tires thinking that would have been the issue. The sound got softer for around a week and now it is right back to be extremely loud. What else could this be. I heard maybe the wheel ... Read More
I sat in a 2011 Ford Explorer Limited at a local auto show. The interior was gorgeous - Audi caliber. I was also impressed with the Explorer's fit & finish. I'm looking for an SUV as my next vehicle. I still love my 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH that just hit 138,000 miles on my way home from work last night. I need something with more space (I've got a house ... Read More
I HAVE A 2001 FORD EXPLORER I LOVE THE CAR BUT THE PROBLEM IS EVERY TIME I START IT" IT STALLS OUT 3 OR 4 TIMES BEFOR IT WILL RUN PROPERLY IS THERE ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THIS PROBLEM COULD BE.
My previous 2001 Explorer Sport was able to accept some factory parts to make the standard Rear End become a Limited Slip Rear. Now that I am buying a 2003 version, can I do the same? I don't believe there was ever an actual option, but my local Ford Dealer did the mod and it's been awesome. Is the Rear the same?
Help....I am having the same problem with my 2001 Explorer AWD with 90,000 miles. Did you find out what was causing this problem and how to fix it? The dealer has run diagnostics and high pressure tests and found no leaks twice but I keep finding my coolant reserve empty. Can anyone help me?
I recently bought a used 2001 Ford explorer sport. For the first month or so its been doing great, and only had a few minor problems that were fixed. About a week or so ago ive been having some problems with my transmission. For example. I would start it up fine, take it down the road and after about a min or so of driving it wouldnt go anymore. You could ... Read More
Hi all! New here. Got a couple things. 2001 Ford Explorer SOHC 4.0 V-6. 55K. Owned 1 1/2 yrs. One minor problem that we can live with (#1), and one that we can't (#2). We love the vehicle...we just don't want to die in it....or kill someone else because of it.... 1) Lift gate won't open & door ajar light on all of the time. Checked the latches (when I still ... Read More
I looked at Ford Explorer between buying my 2001 and 2005 pathfinders. I preferred the ride of the pathfinder, the looks etc. I am not a big fan of American cars. I find that the Pathfinder is friendly as far as being able to see out of it (rear esp) and it is a good fit (I'm a petite woman). Additionally, I drove an Acadia as a rental car while my ... Read More
7 months ago, I asked this question... Edmunds has yet to answer my question, and I am certain I have not been alone in having this problem>>> My 2001 Explorer Sport's alarm system went off for no reason. I used my key-fob to turn it off but when I released the button it went right back on. This happened in a parking lot during the mid-day sun. This has never happened ... Read More
Yesterday my 2001 Explorer Sport's alarm system went off for no reason. I used my key-fob to turn it off but when I released the button it went right back on. This happened in a parking lot during the mid-day sun. This has never happened before. I thought it was just a fluke, but this morning - EARLY THIS MORNING - at 3:49 AM EST my alarm woke me from a ... Read More
I've owned 4 Explorers since 1990. My latest, and last, died the other day while my wife was driving with my son in the car. With no warning while making a turn it just shut down. The mechanic said a seal in the engine block failed, allowing coolant to flood the engine which caused major engine damage. The dealer gave me a quote of $4800 to replace the engine. Ford has ... Read More
just bought a 2001 limited and the aircon and the indicators are not working they did but my chick played with something, i had racv come look at it, they couldnt explain it, im getting it looked at tomorrow if you have any ideas give us a holla
My 2006 Explorer V8 has exhibited some slight 1-2 upshift and downshift problems since it was new, but they were too slight for me to botehr taking it in for service. I now have 34,600 miles on it, and the problem (occasionally feeling like being hit from behind on some stops, occasional jerky take-off from stops) had worsened, so I took it to Santa Margarita Ford. I especially appreciate the transmission ... Read More
Wow. Thanks E.D. I'm not sure I want to tackle that. This is what I found on WikiAnswers: Q. How do you replace the lights in the dash of 1991 through 2001 Ford Explorer all models? A. Remove the screws from the top of the instrument panel. Set the parking brake and pull the shift lever down to improve access. Rotate the instrument panel to gain access to the back. The ... Read More
I have a 2000 ford explorer 4wd since 2001 and it has 70K miles on it. It has always had a rough ride when turning into driveways etc and it rocks you all over the car. It has a very stiff suspension overall. I would like to fix this and am thinking it might be shocks. What would you recommend to fix this problem and what shocks would you recommend. We ... Read More
Transmission Shot at 36.7KHas anyone had any luck getting Ford to stand behind its product? Their Customer Care is a joke, and given the known transmission problems with the 2001 Explorer Sport Trac, we were offered ZERO assistance even at 36.7K miles. Since we put low mileage on the vehicle, we are past the time deadline on the warranty. We loved the truck up until now but after researching Ford's all-around ... Read More
my 2001 ford explorer xlt dose the same thing.the ford dealeship cannot diagnose,and they had it for 3 weeks.
I figured out what this buzz is - Only when cold - It is in the transmission main control unit (vavle body). It is fluid making a vibration in the valve body only when cold. I was taking my 2002 explorer in for the last inspection - prior to the extended warrante expiring. Ford could here the buzz, but they could not figure it out... This was really annoying me, they ... Read More
Did you ever find a solution for this problem? Im experiencing the exact same thing on my wife's 2004 XLT Explorer.
Why do they have lighters in these trucks,but no ashtrays?
I have a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. It still has the original Michelin 235/75R15 tires on it but after 6 years its time to change them. That bring in 2 questions: 1)Is it possible to install thinner tires.. maybe like 215 or 205 if i respect the original height? -Would this make the vehicle any less safe? -Would they fit the original rims? -Would gas mileage really be reduced a little ... Read More
at over 2200 meters above sea level I get around 17 mpg in city driving, havent taken it on the highway yet. 2001 Ford Explorer Sport with 39 000 miles on a V6 4.0 200hp engine.
I have recently bought a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. The previous owner (in my family) actually bought it with the Firestone tires and they shredded to pieces one day at low speed (no damage to anyone or anything thank God). Ford immediately replaced the tires for some P235/75R15 Michelin that were always kept at around 30 psi. Nonetheless, now that i got this car, and after reading the manual and the ... Read More
2001 Explorer 4.0 v6. Vehicle would not start, so my daughter had it towed to the Ford dealer in her home town. They tested the head gasket after finding water in the oil. I would have done the same. They tell her that the head gasket is fine. Next they ask if the car was in a flood. It was not. They tell her that water was found in #6 spark ... Read More
inappoprite abs activation at 20mph-0
Need a little more data, like mileage on truck and previous performance, how often you use the 4WD, etc. However, it sounds as if your shift motor has failed, that's the most common reason for this malfunction. It's about a $500 repair to have it done. The part is around $300. It could be electrical, like a fuse, but that's quite rare. If your explorer has over 75,000 miles, I'm betting ... Read More
I can't get my explorer in to 4 wheel drive? When I turn the switch, nothing happens, the 4X4 light won't even come on?
My wifes explorer has the same problem except that her rear lighter went as well. We have also checked all the fuses to no avail. I would be interested to know the same.
Do you happen to have a Sport or Sport Trac that would qualify? There's a recall repair that if performed might solve your problem?? **** "2001 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC STRUCTUREHOOD:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS Recall Date: 11/28/2000 Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES WITH STEEL HOODS AND CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH SHEET MOLDING COMPOUND HOODS. A WIRE FORMED HOOD STRIKER COULD BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FATIGUE FRACTURES. IF THE HOOD STRIKER FRACTURES, ... Read More
I have an 2001 Ford Explorer, when you have the truck running you smell gas outside but if you have the heat on you smell the gas smell inside the truck.I haven't noticed any fuel leaking on the ground. Anyone have any ideas of what I can check to eliminate this problem.
My 2001 Ford Explorers engine quit while driving on the highway. I determined the fuel pump was not working. I have replaced the fuel filter, fuel pump relay, the PCM relay, checked the fuse and the fuel shut-off switch. I then removed the fuel tank and fuel pump. I bench tested the pump with a battery charger and it seemed to work fine. Next I used my multimeter to test voltage ... Read More
I have a 2001 explorer that has random starting problems and was hoping for some help. it has failed to start 4 different times now. The battery and starter are fine, but the engine doesnt catch. Often, if it sits for a while,it starts without a problem. It also started after i had it towed, so the mechanic couldn't help. The ford dealer said it might be the fuel pump and ... Read More
I have 2001 ford explorer sport 2wd.when you crank it up and let it idle for a little bit. it will stall and start right back up.it's been doing it for a week and does quite often.
I don't think I'd call this "Good Stuff", all these serious problems and all. Myself, I simply can't afford to have problems like that, they would break me to the bone, and I'd have to be walking, and I live in one city, and have to drive across the bay and work in another city! I sincerely believe that NO ONE should ever have to go through anything like that. Vehicles ... Read More
I feel bad for all you guys, these Ford rear end and transmission problems are really bad. I reiterate my post #5085, I think that about says it all. Note that I have a 97 and 2000 Ford Explorer, both 5.0L V8, and I said in that post that they would be my last Explorers. I won't own the 6 clyinder, way to much trouble with them too. The 2001 is ... Read More
And by the way, that was the most important thing that I learned about the Explorers in my research in 2001 and 2002, before I bought the 1997 V8 Explorer and my 2000 V8 Explorer, to NOT buy an Explorer with the 4.0L engine, because of all the problems with the timing chain and tensioners. It was a BAD design of the Chain Drive system using a THREE CHAINS in the ... Read More
Forgive me for not reading every post if this was previously covered. We owned 4 mini vans (Chrysler T&C and Ford Windstar) from 1988 to 2001, They are GREAT for long trips with passengers! Comfortable with front/rear HVAC and quad-bucket seats. Flexible with ability to take seats out and haul so much! Not bad on mileage (compared to most SUV). However, mini-vans have some problems. All of ours developed interior creaking ... Read More
Hi! I have always bought and never leased, I am thinking of leasing a ford explorer eddie bauer or limited..... Please tell me the ins adn outs of leasing...someone! please...lol I have posted before with no response. I have a chevy blazer Id like to trade...2001, 80,000 miles, very good shape. I also wonder witha lease do you have to carry more insur? and what if you get dings dents etc, ... Read More
Thank you, I checked out the link this morning, and found it interesting. It looks like they want you to buy a book for information on each transmission. I may do that for at least one transmission I have currently ((4R70W) for good reading) to feed my growing curiosity about how automatic transmissions work. If you type in "project frankentranny" in a google search, anyone can see a rebuild of a ... Read More
Hi Car Man,. I am new here and have some questions I am hoping you can help me with....I have never leased a veich. Always bought..Now I have a 2001 Chevy Blazer..82k, I would say good to very good shape. 4x4. I want to get an explorer, and like the idea of not having it more than 2 3 yrs at most, but am clueless on LEASES. I cannot have a ... Read More
It indicates that there is a malfunction in the air bag system. It may or may not be disabled. It is much too dangerous for an unqualified person to work on it. It has to be diagnosed with a special code reader for the purpose. I can NOT recommend that you to work on it, as the danger creates a large liablity. Take it to a dealer or a qualified shop ... Read More
If you mean that the airbag warning light on constantly, that means that you have a problem with the airbag circuitry and you should take the truck in and have it checked out ASAP. If you mean that the airbag is literally coming off of the steering wheel or the dash, the problem may be more urgent because you are dealing with a potential bomb that could cause fatal injury and ... Read More
Hello all. Can somebody tell me why the air bag is comming off?
While driving home my door locks started making a noise as if they were closing and opening by themselves. The noise continued for sometime after the car was stopped. I am able to open the door manually. However, I am unable to open or close the door lock by pressing the open or close button on my 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. If you have any ideas as to what caused this ... Read More
Hey guys - I am still an AMC fan. My brother and I bought a used 1970 AMX in 1975 (remember those - 2 seats?) when we were in high school, then one of my sisters joined us in replacing it with a 1979 Trans Am WS6 400 4-speed. In 1970 my mother bought a 1970 Ambassador which had been a rental and we gave it away in 1986 at about ... Read More
I own a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport which keeps stalling out. The truck turns on and then right after that it stalls, I try to keep it running for a while by holding it at 2500 rpm but as soon as I take my foot of it stalls again. If you have any ideas of what might be wrong or suggestions please help. Thanks
OK ... I got my X last week and now have had it for 2 weekends and 700+ miles. (Used to have a 2001 Ford Escape XLT 4x4 V6) 1st off... I LOVE IT!! The ride (smooth but firm, not floaty luxo barge), the V8 power, (mileage is better than expected for brand new break-in), space (wow lots of cargo space!), comfort (seats are great and seat heaters!), stereo (full range ... Read More
According to the Wall Street Journal today, Bridgestone will pay Ford $240 million to settle a dispute related to tire recalls on the 2000 - 2001 Explorers.... What does that tell ya? NHTSA cleared Ford for the rollover issues years ago, but people still blame the car, not the tire, despite the fact that no Explorers with other tire brands on them, rolled.
So it looks like you got approximately 60K out of both transmissions. I do not think this is normal. However, an attorney will not do you any good. It will cost you more for legal advice/court costs than putting another transmission in it. I would suggest buying another low miles 2001 or 2002 Explorer if you can afford it. Make sure you buy an ESP Ford backed warranty on these as ... Read More
I think the Sport discussions faded away since Ford quit making the Sport. My understanding is that a lot of the mechanicals on yours are the same as the pre-2002 four-door Explorer, so ask away in here. Or check out the Ford Explorer: Problems & Solutions discussion. Steve, Host
I totally agree with you. I am fairly young (25), but have had the fortune to buy 3 brand new vehicles already. I started with a 2001 Grand Am. I babied the car like crazy, but it was still "junk". I then purchased a 2003 Explorer. It has been having more and more problems and only has about 19k miles (I have been into the dealer 8 times in the last ... Read More
I own a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport (75K Miles) and have 2 friends, one also with a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport (85K Miles) and the other, a 99 Ford Explorer (AWD) (60K miles). All three Explorers are making the same front drive-line noise. Both Explorer Sports have had the wheel bearings on the right side replace but the noise remains. I am pretty sure they all share the same front drivetrain ... Read More
If the press and feedback on the Escape Hybrid continues unblemished, it would seem obviously that a Hybrid Explorer would be rushed out. We owned a 2001 Escape and it had so many issues, the dealer's service manager asked us to sell it... The only way back behind the wheel of another Ford for us is serious incentive. A mid-size Hybrid SUV Explorer that comes with increased resale value plus improved ... Read More
I bought an 03 XLT Sport with leather seats with 34K miles that was put in service in Nov 2002. The driver side seat bottom has a little hump/ bulg on the left side of the cushion. It feels like foam under the leather is folding/bunching. The right side has the same feel but to much lesser extend. I feel it is a defect. The dealer says that Ford is very ... Read More
Chuck1, thanks for the warranty info. I ended up buying the 2003 XLT Sport 4x4 V-6. It has 33K miles, and on the 250 mile trip back home, doing 70-75mph, it got 20.8 mpg. For its size, it is not bad. My wife's 2001 RX300 2WD gets about 24. I could not hear anything unusual from the rear axle. Do you, Explorer owners, expect the rear end whine show up later? ... Read More
I have the same problem as this owner in 2001, but mine didnt occure till 2005. The Headlights and fog lamps on my 1995 ford explorer just stopped working. All fuses and power distribution box have been checked and are o.k. I can turn on my high beams as long as I hold the flash switch but they turn off if I let go of the flash switch. My next step ... Read More
Thank you for bringing some of your own research to the table, now we should be able to have discussions which are more interesting. It is frustrating to try and debate someone who doesn't support their claims. Good work by the way. I never tried to make the argument that the Explorer is among the best in reliability. I was countering your claims that is was un-reliable, to be avoided, ... Read More
OK Mr. Sarcastic, see if you can follow me here. I will attempt to spell out for you what has been briefly discussed before. It's generally agreed that only people who are strongly opinionated post messages about their vehicles online. And, people who have problems are more likely to be strongly opinionated than those who are merely satisfied. I bet for every one driver on here complaining, there are 20 ... Read More
Hi: This is driving me crazy! 2001 Ford Explorer, brake light/turn signal not working on drivers side. Bulbs replaced, fuse checked, not the problem. I switch the bulb casing between sides and both work on the right but not the left. I checked with power meter and no power coming into the rear left before getting to bulb casing. I guess I need to check the signal switch to see ... Read More
If Ford is aware of the solenoid problem, why isn't there a recall on it? My wife's '03 is a V-8 auto, limited slip, 3.73. It has a very loud sporadic "clunking" in the transmission. It is not normal. It has had the transmission solenoid changed, but has not fixed the clunking noise. So far, I have not heard the rear-end whine (but, it only has 14K and it seems ... Read More
Wife has a 2000 Explorer with 78,000miles on it now. A year and a half ago the lower ball joints needed replacement (no front end alignment needed) and cost me $200 (Warranty Gold picked up the other $200). About 6 months ago the upper ball joints started groaning but there was no play in either. I drilled a hole into the ball joints and filled them with synthetic brake caliper grease ... Read More
Good for you! However, you have to remember there was a redesign in 2001. The new body style, the new suspension setup, the new motor, and lastly the new transmission. So, the vehicles you have owned are vastly different from the new ones today. In addition to this, every year it seems Ford does "cost cutting" on all it's models. It is quite evident on the Focus, (non-spoke wheels-now wheel covers ... Read More
Just about to Red Carpet with balloon (Maybe wrong name). Explorer XLT 4WD, V8, Leather,3rd Row Seat, Moonroof, 290watt Cd package,Black running boards,lll/lV trailer tow pkg, ADJ Pedals, Reverse Sensing & Roof Rails. $2000 down + all taxes up front. 35 @ $314 per month, balloon $18,200. The window sticker, says delivered 02/09/04. Seems like a great deal. Feb 2004, but does not have Tire Pressure Monitoring????? WHY??? Ford Online & ... Read More
Please check your engine at idle, with the hood open to see if you have a diesel-like noise eminating from the black engine cover. It's very likely that all the 2004 explorers make this noise and that they make it because Ford built defective engines for the 2004 model year. The diesel sound and its timing with acceleration etc., is consistent with a timing chain/tensioner or cam shaft tensioner defect which ... Read More
I am looking to buy a used Explore XLT with V-6 and trailer hitch III (not II) I have seen good and bad here and still would like to get an Explore. I have had bad (1990 Ranger) and very good ( 1993 Ranger) luck with Ford. Has anyone pulled campers with these 2002-2003's? How is the gas mileage on highway with/without camper? How does it drive with camper behind it? ... Read More
Post #1573--we are on Ford suv number 10 and T/B number 3. It is hard to believe, but my daughter's 1997 T/B, 4.6L that was built in September 1996 still has the original battery, 115,000 miles. This is after a major fender bender near the battery's location. Similar very long life with the 650 and 850 CCA Ford batteries on Broncos, Expeditions, Explorers. Even the best Die-Hard, Douglas, Deka, or Exide ... Read More
has anyone had any problems with rusting of sidestep bars on their 2001 ford explorer sport.
We recently had flooding in our area. We tried driving through some water but the engine just shut down on us half way through. When we had it towed in the service dept. explained that it didn't matter how much water we tried to drive through, you could drive through 3" and have this problem. The air intake is located so low in the Ford SUV's that it "sucks in" all ... Read More
Well, if I had to choose between Ford and Chrysler for reliability, I would almost always choose Ford. But I don't think you'll see a huge difference in qualtiy between either one. That's the fun thing about buying a car: you never know what problems you'll have until you buy it! You could have a freak failure that is totally uncomon for that model. I think the best guarantee of happiness ... Read More
How is everyone liking their 02/03 Explorer and Mountaineer? I'm seriously thinking about replacing my 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue(which is a complete lemon) and am actually considering an SUV. I'm not a big SUV fan, but have always liked the Trailblazer and Envoy(looked at them when they came out 2 years ago) and I'm really starting to like the Explorer. Other than riding in a co-workers rental Explorer last year, I haven't ... Read More
Hi all, wonder if anyone can help me out. I was set on leasing a new Pathfinder, but those numbers aren't working for me (my dealer marked up every Pathy on his lot $1,895.00 as a "market adjustment"). I'm now considering used SUVs and have been looking at Explorers/Mountaineers. I looked at an 01' Lt green Mountaineer today at my local Ford dealership. It is AWD with the 5.0 & has ... Read More
It looks like there is a TSB on this problem. It says only to 2001 Explorers. However it sounds like you have the same problem. Here it is. The best of luck. A/T - Slipping Shifts/Delayed Engagements/DTC's Set Article No. 02-13-8 07/08/02 TRANSMISSION - 4R44E - 4R55E - 5R44E - 5R55E - LOW LINE PRESSURE READING AT WIDE OPEN THROTTLE (WOT) - SLIPPING SHIFTS AND/OR DELAYED ENGAGEMENTS - POSSIBLE DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE ... Read More
Can't respond to the performance on ice and snow. EX does well in rain. Traded a 2001 Jeep GC and couldn't be happier. I'm rid of what amounted to a lemon. The EX is much quieter, better ride, and handles great. Good luck with your purchase.
Thought I'd give an update to interested readers who are interested in buying a Ford. I have owned numerous foreign vehicles over the past 10 years, including: 1991 Mitsubishi Montero 1992 Honda Accord (2 different ones) 1991 Honda Civic 1995 Subaru Legacy L Wagon 1999 Nissan Pathfinder 2001 Honda Civic 2002 Honda Accord I went with a 2002 Ford Explorer (26K miles) as my SUV in 8/2002 because: 1 - Price ... Read More
I have a 2001 XLT Explorer. My hatch is not coming open when the vehicle is moving, but is somehow opening after I lock the car. Thinking maybe my wife's key fob was being pressed while in her purse, I asked her today to remove it from her key ring and use her keys or keypad for entrance in to the vehicle. I did this today. I will see if it ... Read More
First of all, you dont have to use the premium gas to ML ,OK ? I had a trip 650 mile trip from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone NP and back.I have been driven V6 2001 Explorer 4x4 and ML 320.First was Ford from rental com. at airport.With Ford it was 657 miles,41 gal. and 67,65 $ for regular gas.MB was trip 2 mo. later and it was 652 miles,34 gal. ... Read More
Hi all. Quiet in here, so I will pose the following questions. I'm planning on keeping my 2000 XLS for a while. In addition to purchasing the Ford Premium Care ESP in the next month or so, I was wondering about some of the following as in my younger days, I got 2 Explorers and dumped them with less than 30000 on either one... 1 - Tires - Currently riding on ... Read More
I purchased a 2002 Ford Explorer, XLT 4x4 with leather interior, in Mar,2001, from Shelor Ford,in Christiansburg, Va. The dealer has had the vehicle for 44 days for warranty work. They don't seem to be able to fix things the first time, if they ever do get it fixed. They are unaware of technical service bulletins...(I had to go to this website where someone made me aware that a "TSB" was ... Read More
I guess misery truly does love company, I'm glad I found this board. I've seen a few references to the problem my truck is having. I have a 1999 Ford Explorer w/44000 miles on it, and its problem is that it starts when it wants to. It seems like if we have rain or if it's very humid out the truck will not stay running. Each time I've had this problem ... Read More
I own a 2001 Ford Explorer SportTrac that has random starting and idling problems. This began @ about 2000 miles. It has been towed into the dealer 3 times under warranty. The dealer could not "duplicate problem" or read any codes from the computer. It is now out of warranty @ 55,000 miles. The starting problem has only gotten worse in the last two weeks. It takes 15 minutes every morning ... Read More
I found two using The Edmunds Maintenance Guide. Alldata.com may have more or different ones, or different numbers: Component Description: 118.ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM:THERMOSTAT NHTSA Number: 617968 Bulletin Number: 14583 Bulletin Date: JAN 2001 Vehicle: 2000 Ford Explorer Summary: CONCERNS WITH BROKEN THERMOSTATS ON ENGINES. *JB Component Description: 121.ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM:THERMOSTAT NHTSA Number: 617995 Bulletin Number: 14617 Bulletin Date: JAN 2001 Vehicle: 2000 Ford Explorer Summary: SUBJECT PERTAINING ... Read More
To whom it may concern, One issue that no one seems to be concerned with is the fact that many people - including my wife - are short and sit and drive their vehicles within the 10" safety envelope to the steering wheel air bag. NHTSA says this is dangerous - but they have done nothing for the people who drive those vehicles. In fact, the NHTSA people apparently don't even ... Read More
Had the same problem as Lariat10 in Message #1290 at 54,000 miles in September 2001--OD light and all. Ford dealer replaced a broken band bracket in transmission at a cost of $1300 which repair was guaranteed 12,000 miles or 12 months (thank heavens). Of course, it happened a few months after my extended warranty expired. That fix lasted about 1000 miles when experienced similar failure. This time, they replaced a sensor. ... Read More
I have found that the level of service you receive depends on the type of car you are having serviced. I don't feel that the service reps aren't too concerned with me when I bring in my Focus, but my roommate has received top-notch service for his 2001 Explorer. Of course, I bring my Focus in bi-monthly, while he has brought his in once or twice.
There is no doubt that the folks writing and responding favor Ford products as I have for many years considering I still have my first 1984 SVO, 2000 Saleen supercharged convertible and 2001 Explorer Sport. I traded my Cadillac Escalade for the Mountaineer because like the enthusiast on the Lincoln Navigator chat section I like the looks inside and out, size, power, new suspension and since I have two children the ... Read More
Unfortunately, there appears to be some misinformation on previous posts. The 91-94 Explorer used a part time system for use on slick roads. The 95-2002 use the control trac system that uses computer monitors to apply an electromagnetic clutch (except the awd v8 from 96-2001)(and except the 2001 two door) to put power to the front wheels. Originally the dial on the dash had three spots, 2wd, automatic 4wd, and 4wd ... Read More
I picked up my new 2002 explorer on 10-22-2001. The day we bought it the left rear hatch door striker was out of alignment and the arm popped off. They had to reset the left side brackets and it worked fine for a month and on 11-26-01 I had to take it back in for the same thing. It worked fine for a month and on Christmas day the whole rear ... Read More
I started my search in May 2001, Sequoia proved too big (engine tick on that thread scared me to too), Highlander too cheap in quality for the money, then looked at Explorer in June, wife liked it but I figured we’d take a look at the AWD Mountaineer since we live in NewEng. Looked at it, wife liked it even more, so we both win. We looked for a silver, cloth-seat ... Read More
I went down this road with Ford last summer (2000) with my '99 Explorer XLT. This truck was an absolute piece of Ford GARBAGE!!! That said, the truck went to the dealer something like 15 times in 14 months for Repairs ranging from warped rotors to a faulty windshield, to 3 sets of front end seals to ball joints in the front end (get the idea)... Anyway, I submitted a lemon ... Read More
Yes, apparently that was the case. They haven't even started, it seems. It looks like the modifications are scheduled for later this year. It is odd that they didn't design it from the start since this Explorer is an all-new design and usually (major) structural modifications completed after the vehicle platform has already been established are pricey. Here is the information that the IIHS published in their latest release: "The Institute ... Read More
The IIHS did not officially test the '02 Explorer/Mountaineer in their offset crash test. The reason according to them was that Ford is currently making structural changes to the Explorer's design so as to improve crashworthiness. They will test the Explorer when these design changes have been completed and implemented. The 1995 to 2001 Explorer's results are as follows: HTTP://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle%5Fratings/ce/html/95030.htm Drew Host Vans, SUVs, and Aftermarket & Accessories message boards
As i said earlier, My 2001 Explorer sport was having trouble starting. Well guess what.I came out of work and it would not start at all! Wait it gets better!! I called Ford roadside assistance and i talked to a foreign lady i could barely understand and she could not understand me at all. She said she called a tow truck and it would be there in 45 min. After 1 ... Read More
Hi, I have a 2001 Explorer Sport with 15000 miles on it and it ran fine until the other day when i went to leave to go to work and it wouldn't start. It just kept cranking but would not turn over. After calling ford roadside assistance and waiting nearly 3 hrs for a tow truck, It was towed back to the dealer and was found to have a faulty fuel ... Read More