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Ford Explorer Electrical and AC Problems and Repair Histories

733 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Ford Explorer. 172 of these members (23.5%) have reported electrical and air conditioning repairs for their car. A total of 193 electrical and air conditioning repairs to Ford Explorers--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Ford Explorer problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Ford Explorer problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Ford Explorer problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

25% of the Ford Explorer repairs were to the engine, 14% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 19% to the suspension, 23% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 7% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 828 repairs.

Ford Explorer electrical and air conditioning repair cost distribution

Of the Ford Explorer electrical and air conditioning repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 13% cost less than $100, 47% between $100 and $499, 21% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 117 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Ford Explorer Electrical and Air Conditioning problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

Ford Explorer in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 24000    
26000 0 Rear window defogger has burnt out line. Dealer needs to order a fresh repair kit. 
28000 0 Rear window defroster line repaired with kit that needed to be ordered. 
50300 0 Driver's side back seat (2nd row) seat belt jammed as it was being pulled out to be used. Will not release or rewind. Dealer ordered new seat belt. Repair covered under the 5 year 50,000 mile safety warranty. 
66000  

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Ford Explorer in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Factory Warranty repair: Rear right passenger door window will not work from the driver's controls. Had to have passenger use the door control to roll window up and down a few times before driver's control would work. Both switches replaced. 
21000 0 Rear passenger, driver side, window would not roll down with either the switch on that door or with the master control. Both switch's replaced. 2nd time to a dealership for this problem, only this dealership replaced the master control as well as the ne 
45000 700 Starter went out. Learned this is a known issue in model years through 2006. Ford never issued a recall. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

Ford Explorer in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 40000    
40000 176 Tire air pressure sensor went out at 39000 miles. 
 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

Ford Explorer in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 142600    
143840 465 Heater Blower Fan 
154380 90 Wiring harness for windows loose. 
 
Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 43000    
44000 160 Broken duct vent in dash. 
52000 0 Rear window motor replaced. 
112000  

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2003 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

Ford Explorer in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 38000    
39000 0 took 03 explorer to ford dealer for a number of repairs covered under extended warranty with 50.00 deductable.window motor replaced factory radio door ajar sensor 
 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

Ford Explorer in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 92000    
102000 800 Air compresser failure. 
167000  

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 245000    
248000 200 Electrical cable at starter shorted out, requiring vehicle to be towed to shop. 
278000 40 Alternator failed. Replaced with used part. 
288000  

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

Ford Explorer in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 145000    
150000 150 battery cable clamp corroded through to the point it could no longer hold the battery post and drained the battery to it's doom at the same time 
 
Ford Explorer in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 102300    
103540 550 No airconditioning because of leaking coolant. 
117380 450 Power chair did not move back or forth. Repaired power seat switch. 
125240  

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