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Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (16%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (5%)

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Ford Explorer electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (13%)

Chart based on 138 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

AC stopped working while in traffic jam. The AC control system was reset 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

15000 mi Replaced Evaporator Core due to bad switch 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

25000 mi Backup camera wasn't working correctly 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

4700 mi Problem reoccurred, drove car straight to dealer with warning lights on, did not turn it off. They found 3 pages of codes and a lack of BCM communication. Involved Ford engineering. Found and replaced a damaged pin in a harness connector. 
6700 mi Got charging system error, noted bad battery by the "eye" on the battery being black. 
8000 mi Charging system error again. It seems if it sits for a week with no use, the parasitic drain on the battery is high and it gives this error until it has been driven to full charge. The Explorer on the show room floor had the same problem. 
8000 mi electronic display system glitch 
8000 mi Internal battery failure. Dealer replaced battery. 
32000 mi Battery bad on service. Replaced under warranty. 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

20300 mi Dead cell battery, battery replaced 
14860 mi Air conditioning compressor failed. To be replaced, part on back order. Compressor Clutch and pulley worn out causing clutch to smoke when AC on. Evac recharge AC system. Replaced AC compressor and AC lines O-rings at the compressor. 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

20000 mi Noise while steering - Clock spring ordered but not yet replaced 
5300 mi Door ajar light on 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

42000 mi

US $1800
Air conditioning compressor clutch seized 
84300 mi

US $800
The AC compressor failed and needed to be replaced. 
2000 mi Brand new vehicle and air conditioner was't cooling the vehicle appropriately. Dealer evaluated and determined below standard. Evacuated and recharged coolant. 
47740 mi

C $100
AC compressor clutch disintegrated and was nowhere to be found in engine bay. AC compressor replaced using Ford Extended Warranty. $100 is for deductible. Car had less than 75000km when this occurred. Ford not sure why part failed. 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

3900 mi Back led running lights were not working. Burnt. 
7700 mi Rear wiper inoperable Ford Sync System shut down. Dealer installed SOP module and replaced APIM module and program. 
33000 mi windshield wiper random wipe. 
30000 mi this is my 2nd replaced battery, 3 in total. 
81840 mi

C $100
ac was out of control.... fan was always changing to full speed and touch button was not working... They change all computer and Sony Radio...1200$$$ 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

35500 mi Fuel gauge was reading incorrect levels 
12700 mi MyFordTouch screen quit working. Dealer ordered and replaced the APIM an loaded the latest version 3.2.2 of MFT 
7000 mi Door panel keypad shorted out, causing door locks to constantly lock / unlock until battery died. 
11000 mi Car would not start, error code "Ignition System Fault" on the console. Dealer said the security code in the key was throwing errors. Also said battery was throwing errors. Replaced key and battery. 
15000 mi SYNC system black screen on update. Couldn't reboot. 
52300 mi Battery stopped charging, had to be replaced. 
67000 mi

US $350
Rear view camera became inoperable and had to be replaced. 
32000 mi Battery died. Dealer replaced the battery under warranty. 
17360 mi Replaced battery 

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2011 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

13000 mi The MYFORD SYNC system completely crashed. NAVI stopped working, phone would not stay paired, HVAC controlls would not work during system crash. System would indicate several USB connection when on 1 was plugged in. 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

6000 mi keyless entry pad replaced 
5000 mi audio for the DVD system on rear headrests does not work through thru the vehicle radio as indicated in the user guide, transmitted over a "unused" frequency which apparently is not really unused depending on the locale you are in. static. 
32000 mi Upgrade/fixes to Ford sync (dashboard controlling bluetooth phone connections, directions, climate, etc) 
35000 mi 2nd time to dealer to resolve this issue. Upgrade/fixes to Ford sync (dashboard controlling bluetooth phone connections, directions, climate, etc) 
3000 mi Radio intermittently receiving signals. 
20000 mi microsoft sync system has many issues and needs update that is very time consuming and not user friendly 
33000 mi

US $150
Dead battery 
52500 mi

US $100
blend door actuator stripped and had to be replaced 
90000 mi

US $300
120 volt outlet repaired Backup camera replaced 
20000 mi MyFord Touch update. 
25000 mi Battery died. Replaced under warranty. 
34000 mi Reprogram MFT due to hanging nav system and overall poor response and performance. 
52700 mi Fuel gauge isn't working - I've taken it in for repairs but have had to reschedule due to heavy volume of vehicles needing work, ahead of mine. I am still waiting to get it looked at to see how much it will cost and if covered under warranty 
8000 mi Nav system fault, Ford says they should have an update by Janaury, no solution currently. Screen goes black, no access to AC/Fan/Radio/Phone/Nav 
12000 mi Sync upgraded 
18000 mi The computer software has an issue; when hang up from phone call using Sync system the radio comes on - even when the radio WAS NOT on prior to the phone ringing. At that point, can't turn the radio off except by voice command. 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

MFT (My ford Touch) multiple reflashs. Still very buggy but getting better. Reflashs done in May and in July. 
8000 mi replaced passenger seat airbag wiring assembly... wires broke from moving the seat full forward 
2480 mi Active Park Assist not working. Diagnosed right front sensor faulty. Replacement part ordered. Replaced right front sensor to correct fault in Active Park Assist. 
4740 mi Rain sensing wipers would sometimes do a random wipe when there was no reason for it. Dealer replaced the processor. 
5580 mi A performance upgrade was installed for MyFord Touch (MFT). Many owners experienced various problems with MFT and Ford redesigned and worked on the software package. New navigation card was also installed. 
8060 mi Over the past few months I had to trickle charge the battery several times since it was low. Never failed to start the car. Battery was tested when I went for season tire change and the result was that the battery was replaced. 
8260 mi Rain sensing wipers would periodically wipe for no reason. Dealer replaced control module. This was the second time it was replaced. 
2000 mi replaced a module in the sync system preventing pretty much everything from working, also replaced the side mirrors again for condensation in the led lights 
54000 mi Navigation System randomly shuts down 
8060 mi Windshield wipers would wipe on occasion by themselves. Replaced the processor as per TSB. This was done for the second time and still did not completely address the issue. Suspect intermittent problem in the wiper control stalk. 
11160 mi As reported earlier, a TSB for the Randon/Uncommanded windshield wipe was done but the issue reappeared shortly thereafter. Suspect a problem with the windshield wiper control stalk since other Explorers have had them replaced as well. 
30700 mi The BLIS system reports frequently that it isn't working and I need to take to the dealer. The dealer won't look at it unless it happens while in their possession and its not a daily occur. Turn car off then on and it resets. Ugh!! 
108000 mi

US $50
Replaced backup camera 
109000 mi

US $40
Replace auto park assist sensor that had failed in front right bumper position 
1000 mi MyFordTouch had some issues. Dealer said that they needed to update the software. Problems were, cell phone would not sync, clock not keeping time. 
16700 mi Performance Update for Sync required visit to Dealer for most 2011 Explorers. 
27300 mi Master headrest DVD player (driver side) was resetting randomly and having issues with "Surround Around" (FM Modulation). Wiring Harness under the driver seat was loose causing intermittent failure. Repaired by dealer. 
36000 mi Driver side in-headrest DVD player failed to play DVD or sync with second screen. 
58000 mi Sirius XM module needed to be replaced - audio would work, but data would not load (ie, traffic data, weather, etc). 
46486 mi Could not duplicate the problem so not fixed. Had car in in May for the same issue and they could not find a problem. 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic AWD

7000 mi sync system voice recognition does not work very well 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic AWD

117300 mi

US $250
Map light and interior lights did not work, Repair was not completed - not economical to fix 
123000 mi Interior lights never fixed. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

97000 mi

US $120
Passenger was blowing cold air instead of heat. Blender actuator on that side was replaced in 30 minutes. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

36000 mi Ignition switch had to be replaced. Vehicle has automatic seat reverse when key turned off. This started happening when going over a bump in the road. very dangerous. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

89000 mi

US $50
Blend damper modulator on heating and cooling system 
138300 mi

US $550
Radio did not switch off when keys were removed from the ignition thus discharging the battery. 
17050 mi Driver side power running board faulty, would not retract. Error message on display saying "Driver door ajar". Door switch replaced under warranty. 
32240 mi Power Runnung board stopped working when door opened and closed. 
60000 mi Rear park assist sensors were intermittent. Dealer replaced wiring harness. Parts ordered during earlier repair trip. 
65000 mi Issue with Sirius working within steering wheel (had been checked 2x previously malice finally ordered a new part and repaired the problem. No further issues. 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

150000 mi

US $60
power running board not working 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

94000 mi

US $109
Plastic multi line connector in the heating cooling line, was cracked and not replaceable. If repaired at the dealer, the part cost $186 + labor to install. Took it to a repair shop and they cut the hoses, removed the cracked part, replace 
115000 mi

US $98
Passenger lighted mirror broke. Had to replace the entire visor. Purchased part from fordparts.com and saved 40.00. 
131000 mi

US $100
Driverside rear door lock actuator and rear hatch lock actuator were bad and needed replaced. Bought parts at fordparts.com for half the cost at the dealer for the same part. Delivered to my ford dealer at no cost. Easy repairs to do. 
37000 mi

US $50
power running board frozen and motor burned up 
46000 mi

US $200
rear wiper motor replaced 
64300 mi

US $50
Bad alternator, producing intermittent charging problem. Have to wait till Aug 1 to receive a replacement alternator..apparent shortage of cores 
70000 mi

US $53
Ac hose 
76000 mi Replace alternator that was replaced 9 mths ago, still under warranty 
63860 mi

C $206
Rear wiper motor 
73500 mi

US $15
computer said door ajar when no door was ajar 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

37200 mi Rear wiper motor stopped working 
82300 mi

US $2354
Electronically flawed, alternator, battery, ecu unit, body damage repair, engine good, severe electrical issues! 
97000 mi

US $40
Horn not working - fuse replaced. 
100000 mi

US $500
Rear wiper motor stopped working, slowing stroke first, until it gradually stopped moving. Wiper motor replaced for rear window. 
124500 mi

US $900
Dealer replaced the ignition switch and tumbler. When vehicle was turned off but key left in the accessory position - touching the key resulted in the drivers seat moving out of position as if the key had been removed. Rear window wiper motor stopped working. The arm froze in position. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

37000 mi

US $244
Passenger side power 3rd row seat back not elevating. The motor gearbox was broken. Ordered replacement part and replaced it by myself. 
76000 mi

US $50
The Heater Blend Door Actuator had a stripped gear, causing the A/C to make a clicking noise on startup, though A/C still worked fine. The new part was $50. If you have this problem, DO NOT buy the part made by Dorman, it does not work. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

85000 mi

US $700
The right 3rd row power folding seat motor failed. 
85000 mi

US $110
Blower fan control was stuck on high and would not respond. 
37000 mi

US $185
Rear brake lights / turn signals failed. Turned out to be a wiring harness that was installed improperly at the factory. Wiring harness rubbed against metal and eventually wires wore through and shorted the tail lights. Wiring harness replaced. 
61000 mi

US $50
Third row electric seat backs (raise the back up and down for stowage in the floor) stopped working on the passenger seat (third row is split). Electric motor replaced using extended warranty insurance. 
29000 mi Rear defroster not working, parts backordered. 
30000 mi Rear defroster had in-op lines, rear glass ordered and replaced. Problem resolved. Rear passenger door lock was very sticky, especially when below freezing. Lock actuator replaced; problem resolved. 
77500 mi

C $2
Burned out left rear turn signal/running lamp. Simple fix, first problem with my vehicle in almost a year of owning it 
84940 mi

C $95
the Tire pressure monitor in the right rear wheel was defective, had to be replaced, solved problem 
105400 mi

C $95
Tire pressure monitor failed, replaced 
124000 mi

US $800
No cold air coming out of vents with A/C on. Passenger side vents would randomly blow hot air. Replaced driver and passenger side blend doors. 
74000 mi

US $1000
3rd row power seat folding motor stopped working and needed to be replaced. (motor & gearcase one sealed unit) 
81700 mi

US $170
No cooling from Air Conditioner. Recharge System & Check for leaks. 
83000 mi

US $125
Windshield wipers would not stop wiping. Diagnose & replace wiper motor. 
94300 mi

US $150
Charge ind. would come on and would able to be cleared immediately. Dealer diagnosed bad alternator and replaced it. Rear wiper would not move. Dealer diagnosed bad motor and replaced it. 
95700 mi Car died on side of road. Jumped battery, car started but would not stay running. Towed to dealer who replaced alternator. 
26000 mi Rear window defogger has burnt out line. Dealer needs to order a fresh repair kit. 
28000 mi Rear window defroster line repaired with kit that needed to be ordered. 
49600 mi 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. 
1550 mi warning light on for tire pressure - took back three times before it got fixed -dealer tried to sell me nitrogen! Repair was fault connection under the hood! 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

113000 mi TPMS system was not working 
11 mi 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 mi 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 mi

US $700
Starter went out. Learned this is a known issue in model years through 2006. Ford never issued a recall. 
109000 mi

US $1100
Leaking T Coil Factory battery bad, was replaced 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

40000 mi

US $176
Tire air pressure sensor went out at 39000 miles. 
38440 mi

US $300
airbag light on. was a fault in electrical. 
40000 mi

US $100
Heater was blowing cold air when the engine is idling. Not repaired. 
52500 mi Rear defroster not working. 6 hour fix. 
54000 mi

US $295
Battery went dead, low voltage burned out the 6 cd player so it had to be replaced 
79000 mi

US $245
Battery died, low voltage damaged the CD changer which had to be replaced. Second time this has happened! 

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2005 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

196000 mi Wheel Inflation Sensors 2 ea, Front wheels. Low tire light was coming on all the time. 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

116000 mi

US $450
Died while on the road. Adv Trk light was on and others on the dash. Ended up being a bad alternator. The first attempt by one dealer was to reset ECU. The second dealer found the problem and replaced the bad alternator. 
53000 mi

US $1500
no air coming from dash air outlets. took out dash and replace vacuum assembly. problem solved 
60000 mi cruise control inoperative. Not used often and deemed too expensive to repair. 
63000 mi cruise control never fixed 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

64000 mi

US $475
Alternator and battery replaced 
153140 mi

C $65
Blend Door Actuator needs to be replaced 
82000 mi Battery went completely dead for no reason. After a full charge "check ADVTRAC" notice appears. Can't clear message 
67000 mi Alternator replaced. Above 3500 RPM I was getting “check charging system” and the voltage would dropped. I had it load tested and it failed. Getting worse every week. 
72000 mi Replacement alternator failed. Replaced under part warranty by self. 
60000 mi

US $700
Also had prob with cruise. Part ordered and prob. fixed. Battery failed - was nearly 6 yrs old. 
66000 mi

US $150
Cruise control again, would go off after being set. Left rear window will not operate. $250+ to repair. Will live with it for now. At least it is stuck in the up position. 
71000 mi Left rear window would not operate from the driver's console or the left rear door control. Then the right rear window stopped working. In March, I tried the windows and both are now working. Not the motor as dealer had diagnosed. 
70000 mi Little things were broken which were not repaired. Central window switch would not lower or raise rear windows. 

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2004 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

64480 mi

C $230
Air conditioning was recharged. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

118000 mi

US $2200
Manifold hose leak, and actuator door broken. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic AWD

109700 mi

US $800
Defroster vent 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

106000 mi

US $1600
Starter failed, and the flywheel had to be replaced as well. 
184000 mi

US $40
Recharge 
184300 mi

US $600
Charged ac 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

76500 mi

US $100
Alternator died. Replaced. 
87300 mi Battery died 
162700 mi

US $100
Alternator went bad 
76500 mi radio volume broke 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

108000 mi

US $50
Replaced bad tire pressure warning sensor inside the tire/wheel assy. They have a long life (5 yr) battery, but that wasn't the problem. Road Salt had corroded the metal cap that screws on to the metal stem to add air to the tire. Junk.  
65000 mi First, backup sensors stopped working. 
128000 mi

US $400
The backup warning system was not working. wiring and speaker replaced. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

110000 mi

US $150
Car would not turn over when attempting to start 
122000 mi

US $250
Clicking noise from underneath dash when temp control moved out of Cold position. Replaced blend door actuator 
97000 mi

US $500
Heater Blend motor broken, had to disassemble dash to access it 
84000 mi

US $514
Replaced alternator and battery 
65000 mi

US $125
A/C recharge previously taken to another garage who did not repair it. replace blend door 
138000 mi

US $845
Replaced alternator and emergency brake shoes. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

44000 mi

US $160
Broken duct vent in dash. 
52000 mi Rear window motor replaced. 
54111 mi

US $38
Blew out blocked moonroof drains, replaced parking sensors, lubricated driver's "door ajar" switch 
54000 mi

US $545
Replace rear parking sensors.  
67000 mi

US $60
Multi-function (turn signal) switch failed, replaced with OEM part. 
104000 mi

US $150
AC refrigerant loss - system sealed and recharged Driver's side blend door actuator failed 
112500 mi

US $80
Driver's seat heat switch failed, replaced switch 
96000 mi Air conditioning compressor was in need of replacement- dealership replaced at no charge because I had just purchased it used. 
97200 mi Driver's side rear window motor stopped working. Dealership replaced at no charge because it was missed in inspection before I purchased the vehicle. 
143840 mi

C $465
Heater Blower Fan 
154380 mi

C $90
Wiring harness for windows loose. 
5000 mi April 2004 A/C no-op. Warranty repair. 
68000 mi Ext'd Warranty: A/C operation intermittent. New control head installed. 
65000 mi

US $80
Driver's seat heater went out. 
110000 mi

US $70
Changed alternator 
93000 mi Heated seats stopped working; turning on rr defrost turned on all interior lights & gave "door ajar" warning. Dealer claimed bad harness to liftgate. $600+ (seriously!) repair was refused. Vehicle returned--issues had disappeared! 
99000 mi

US $600
Corroded ground: rear defrost, automatic light timeout and heated seats no-op. Heated seats still not functional. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

151000 mi

US $55
Rear A/C blend door not working and constant clicking noise. 
107000 mi blender door not allowing air conditioner to work properly. due to cost, will fix myself with help of friend. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

94000 mi

US $125
Blend motor assy replaced. 'click of death' 
199000 mi

US $125
Door ajar light wont shut off. Drivers door wire severed- common problem and a quick fix once the problem was found. 
206700 mi

US $160
Rear wiper motor burned out. Bought part on ebay for $80, and dealer charged $80 to replace 
85560 mi right pass window inoperable 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

39000 mi 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

Engine not specified

86000 mi CD changer no longer worked when sold. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

109000 mi

US $1800
A/C compressor developed two cracks, entire a/c system had to be replaced 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

10300 mi

US $450
SRS light on. Dealer replaced seatbelt pretensioner. 
53000 mi A/C stopped working, tried to charge with kit. Wouldn't hold charge 
102000 mi

US $800
Air compresser failure. 
112000 mi

US $330
Insufficient cooling; recharged system Ambient temp sensor failed. Temp incorrect on display. Replaced sensor. 
97000 mi Replacement of emergency brake light switch. 
101000 mi

US $186
replace brake light switch plus rewire 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

92000 mi

US $1124
power door lock on passenger front door would stick and not unlock 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

142000 mi Driver's power window. 
106000 mi Rear passenger window regulator broken. I disassembled it myself, the cable was broken and tore up the pulley system. I wedged in a block to hold the window up, will repair it when I want to spend $250 on a new regulator. 
164000 mi Keyfob no longer locks or unlocks doors. Factory programmed keypad no longer unlocks doors; however my personal programmed code and the 'lock all' function still work ... ?!! 
178300 mi

US $85
Rear passenger power window stopped working. Replaced window regulator. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

92000 mi

US $50
Windows quit, broken connector. 
100300 mi

US $200
Door sensor/ Alarm goes off intermittently. 
61000 mi

US $177
alternator and battery had to be replaced 
50000 mi

US $50
seat belt sensor and air bag sensor. Covered under warranty $50 deductible applies. 
88000 mi

US $380
door switch and handle replaced 
125000 mi

US $200
Window regulator failure. Replaced by new one. 
112000 mi Driver side airbag light was on when traded. 
132000 mi

US $800
replaced trailer wiring plug 
138000 mi

US $100
gauge cluster overheats and needles flail about with reckless abandon after approximately five minutes of run time 
140000 mi

US $1450
gauge cluster was overheating, sent out for repair, was unable to repair so had to replace with new cluster power windows completely inoperative, door was taken apart and rewired to replace worn wires that were causing a short door ajar light was staying on, as was dome light, regardless of whether the door was open or closed. new door sensor was installed 
161000 mi

US $15
starter relay in junction box failed. car would not start 
163000 mi starter failed. needed to be replaced. 
109000 mi

US $300
Replace alternator 
176000 mi

US $140
I replaced the alternator myself at the site it failed so I did not have to have it towed. 
102500 mi Air Bag Warning light flashes, intermittently comes on and goes off. Problem is in the wiring of the seat belt buckle which cost over $320 not including labor. Also Door Ajar warning light works intermittenly and problem can not be located. 
172000 mi Odometer display out. Selling dealer had to send to Ford affiliate, who contracted outside facility to repair PCB. Took 30 days to get car back 
174000 mi

US $35
Replaced outside temperature sensor 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

215-horsepower 5.0L V8 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

165000 mi

US $250
Clock spring in steering is defective. No horn, No drivers airbag, no cruise control. 
187000 mi

US $1000
repaired AC with a new condenser. 
188000 mi

US $150
Alternator gauge showing discharge, battery light came on. Truck would not start. Used Jump Box to drive to repair shop. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

127000 mi

US $550
Back wiper would not work. Indicated it was the motor but it works. 
170000 mi

US $120
Low voltage light went on, faulty alternator. Repair was easy with three easily accessible bolts. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

194000 mi

US $140
Noticed that the battery was losing charge. Tests showed it to be a failed alternator. Bought a new alternator and installed it. Problem solved. 

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1999 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

144800 mi

US $124
Battery died due to cold weather. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

94000 mi

US $600
A/C variable motor control module was replaced. Lock function was not working; replaced lock control parts so that lock function would work. Unlock function was always working - it was only the lock function that was broken. Radio Antenna would not power up/down although radio itself was working. Powered radio antenna was replaced.  
95000 mi Radio lights did not work although radio/Cd/Cassette worked fine. I replaced the entire radio so that you could see the station ID as well as clock time. 
96000 mi

US $100
AC needed re-charging. O-ring replaced. Work done by Firestone for $100. 
97000 mi

US $397
A/C was not repaired with o-ring replacement. After additional check, the evaporator was replaced. Oil change/tire rotation and alignment done at same time. All 3 wipers replaced. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

109000 mi

US $200
AC blowing hot air - had lost all coolant - still don't know if there is a leak or not but I have some cool air now. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

127000 mi Repaired the dim LED issue on radio. Purchased rebuilt powersupply from online vendor. Very satisfied. The first time this happened the radio was repaired under extended warranty. This time I repaired myself for 25% of the cost of a dealership repair. 
127000 mi

US $75
Speedo and Odometer intermittently stop working. Problem was a bad instrument cluster printed circuit membrance. Replaced cluster with used unit and it works fine. 

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1997 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

159700 mi

US $120
first bought it and notice it was starting funny like not turning over right away. then it finally just stop working so had to replace it fix it with a new starter started right up again 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

162000 mi

US $280
Starter failed, no warning. Attempted to start car with remote start, forgot to turn the key so when I pressed brake to put car in gear, it stalled (safety feature). Upon restart, car wouldn't start. Had to tow to mechanic. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

146000 mi also needed new A/C seals (had degraded to the point of adding a can of freon every month)... an overhead dome light that would not shut off unless you removed the fuse... 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

248000 mi

US $200
Electrical cable at starter shorted out, requiring vehicle to be towed to shop. 
278000 mi

US $40
Alternator failed. Replaced with used part. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

101000 mi

US $125
Blender door oh heater/AC unit inop, resulting in no temperature control. 
103540 mi

C $550
No airconditioning because of leaking coolant. 
117380 mi

C $450
Power chair did not move back or forth. Repaired power seat switch. 
135000 mi

US $140
Lights,Dash,dimmed and trouble lights came on. Air bag began to beep and engine began to run terrible. Tested Battery,voltage regulator and alternator. Replaced alternator which included a new voltage regulator. Work was done by me. 
150000 mi

US $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 

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1996 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

208000 mi

US $120
Headlight out lamp indicated driver's side headlight not functioning. Replaced bulbs, but light not repaired. Investigated other areas and determined lamp out module failed and switch corroded. Ordered replacement parts, but not installed. 
208000 mi

US $100
Replaced Lampout module and headlight switch. Discovered old headlight switch corroded and dashboard mount broken. Installed new switch and taped in place. New lampout module did not fix headlight issue. Wiring is the next item to fix. 

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Ford Explorer Electrical Problems

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