definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,908 miles

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problem #4

Sep 292004

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
Vehicle stalled at low speed of 5 mph or less while driving. Vehicle was towed to the dealer, who replaced # 41 fuse under the hood. Within a few days the problem recurred on 4 separate occasions. Dealer was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #3

Jul 202004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,131 miles
13jan03-rear windshield washer inoperative reinstall rear washer hoses. 5nov03-clicking noise from rear A/C; replace motor assembly temperature blend. 5nov03&13nov03-L/R power mirrors inop; fuse blows; replaced mirror rear view outside sail mount 13nov03-fuel guage inop read 1/2 tank but tank was full; 20nov03-instrument cluster fuel gauge inop; 24nov03-removed and replaced instrument cluster; 18mar04-fuel guage inop & L/R power mirrors inop, fuse blows; could not duplicate problem at this time about fuel guage; tested bce for short, traced to mirror switch, replaced switch and blown fuse; 20 July 04-L/R power mirrors inop; replaced fuse; 20 July 04 - rear winshield washer inop; access washer hose and reconnect; 20 July 04- air conditioner not cooling properly; replaced blower motor for poor operation; motor assembly-heater-A/C blower replaced. 20 July 04 - mechanics broke the drivers door switch cover- 23 July 04 -reordered door panel and replaced drivers door switch cover.

- Hopewell, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 282003

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,500 miles
Trailer towing wiring is fused at 40 amps to the trailer plug. A short in the signal wiring caused the trailer wiring insulation to melt off before the fuse blew. I was fortunate to have it happen with my boat trailer where the wiring is enclosed in the iron channel of the trailer. Had this been a camper, it could have caused a fire. The wires going to the trailer plug should be fused at 7.5 amps as in previous model Explorer. See the email I recently copied your department for full explanation of this incident. This problem exists in the 2002 and 2003 Explorer and possible other Ford products.

- Buffalo, MN, USA

problem #1

Jan 202003

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a 2002 Explorer on May 23,2002. In the past 8 months, the vehicle has been towed in because it woudn't start--acomputer chip was replaced. My A/C made a high pitch squeal and after at least five times of trying to repair the existing A/C clutch, a new one was finally put on. My front end suspension has been fixed. My midlift gate cracked in November and a new one was put on. I have had daily problems with the driver's side seat not fully going into position when I start my truck and this problem has not been fixed as the service dept. That I deal with nevers seems to be able to see the problem. Funny how it does it every day for me, though. My blinkers will sometimes stick and stay on without blinking--this also has not been fixed. At the beginning of January,2003, on the way home from a trip, my husband and I noticed that every time we slowed the truck down, there was a blast of air from the upper vents in the vehicle. This happened no matter what setting we had it in (ie. Defrost or floor vents). This past Thursday, Jan.16, the suspension was repaired and supposedly the heating system was as well. Now the air doesn't seem to leak out the top vents, but continuosly comes out of the floor vent, no matter what setting the heat is on. I have a rental vehicle once again, while they keep the vehicle overnight tonight to see if they can hopefully fix this problem. Needless to say, we are currently checking into the lemon law for our state!!!

- North Mankato, MN, USA