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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%)

Chart based on 1240 repairs.

Ford Explorer engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (9%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (28%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 180 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

28000 mi Oil leak from timing chain cover. 
3000 mi While idling in a parking lot, got "high coolant temp, low oil pressure, 4wd system failure, stability system failure" and other errors. After shutting off, vehicle would not start. After resting for 15 minutes, vehicle finally restarted. 
8000 mi Belt noise was getting loud. I showed the dealer the noise when I pulled in. 2 days later, it mysteriously wasn't making the noise any more and the dealer "did nothing." It still makes the noise on really rainy days. 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

1000 mi Engine began misfiring. Dealer determined one fuel rail was defective due to manufacturing defect. 
169000 mi

US $150
There was a crack in the radiator. Was sealed with epoxy material. 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

40000 mi Vehicle was sucking exhaust into the cabin. Some places were sealed up but did not work. 
21300 mi This was a recall that we had addressed - a coupler on a fuel line at the fuel tank had to be replaced due to leakage. 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

7000 mi Check engine 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

33000 mi Oil being sucked from valve cover to intake tube 

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2011 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

13000 mi Electronic cooling fans stopped working cuasing the car to overheat when stopped. Additionally, the air conditioning stopped working directly related to the cooling system. 
2000 mi Car made screeching noise from engine right after ignition. Dealer could not replicate. 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

81000 mi

US $100
Oil leaking - updated gasket 
53000 mi

US $45
Ignition was stuck on Saturday; resolved by Ford Roadside assistance. Took to dealer on Monday, 7/14; unable to duplicate or find any issues. Charged for 1/2 hour labor. 
58080 mi

C $125
Overheated. Engine cooling fan stopped working. Replaced under extended warranty. 
22000 mi leak from cooling system/heater core. Had to remove dash to replace part! 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

25000 mi

US $130
high water temp warning light on. 
10000 mi Exhaust entering cabin under hard acceleration. 
34100 mi Engine wiring harness replaced. 
25000 mi Cooling fan replaced 

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2010 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

60000 mi Another typical Ford 4.xL-Series Engine failure - "a blown cylinder" -- Dealership in McKinney/Allen, TX said it was fine less than a year ago. Died today. Dealership saying "it's not a warrantied item. Filing complaints with Ford, BBB, et 

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2010 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

69000 mi

US $250
Worn serpentine belt 

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2008 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

110000 mi

US $1500
The pcm was bad and needed to be replaced. It a few month to get this part. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic AWD

36500 mi

US $150
Ignition Switch was bad causing the interior lights to stay on/come on. 
39000 mi drivers side exhaust manifold studs broken (2). loud ticking/putt putt sound during cold start 
49000 mi

US $509
Excessive noise coming from front of engine. 2 idler pulleys were replaced. Bearings worn. Ignition key cylinder replaced. Key was very loose and memory seat did not always move into position when key was put in. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

26000 mi car lurches upon acceleration. dealer doesn't know what causes it. 
48700 mi Ticking sound from right side of engine. The Exhaust manifold was replaced and 3 broken exhaust manifold studs had to be extracted and replaced. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

48000 mi

US $582
Replaced ignition cylinder 3 times in 1 year because key would not turn. Repair shop (Ford dealer) was advised that if this is a recurring problem the lock housing should be replaced. They replaced the lock housing. 
81300 mi

US $600
Also, thermostat housing O ring wore out, replaced entire assembly. I will not buy another American brand of vehicle! 
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

59000 mi Was told the head gasket is blown. They are currently replacing it. 
55000 mi Gas filler replacement! 
8990 mi

$25
The (Service RSC Now)warning came back again, the dealership checked it and this time they said its the YAW sensor, they ordered it; they told me this is covered by the warranty. i supposed to get it in 2 weeks(2 weeks ago) 
15500 mi

$105
The vehicle was losing power, transmission was changing was rough. transmission was reprogrammed, fuel filter and spark plugs were replaced. 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

85000 mi

US $2900
Catalytic converter went bad because the Air Sensor went bad. They have had my car for 2 weeks, now they tell me the part is back ordered and will not be shipped for another week. 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

77000 mi

US $358
5 bad ignition coils out of 8. I replaced all 8. 
74000 mi high speed miss that comes and goes. repair shop said coil on plug issue but cannot tell which one because no warning light said to wait until part fails completely which should turn on warning light. 
98000 mi

US $300
Radiator leaking at seam between plastic tank and aluminum, top drivers side. Replaced radiator and refilled with G-05 coolant. 
108000 mi

US $270
Y-Pipe on heater hose split to rear heating unit has a slow leak. Coolant was not visible on ground, but could be smelled and left residue. Replaced with part from Ford that cost $240 from the dealership due to hose deterioration. 
115000 mi coil-on-plug (COP) condensate produces misfire of sparkplug. change cop, inspect plug, and replace if necessary. 
68820 mi

C $560
Full tune up 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

29000 mi

US $50
Low on antifreeze. Checked for leaks and found none. Flushed cooling system and put in new antifreeze. 
35000 mi engine dampner fell off - covered under warranty.  Radiator is bad - not covered under warranty. 
54000 mi

US $150
Thermostat housing gasket failed. The part failed close to home and was able to repair in my garage. Would not have been able to drive for another week. 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

125000 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. 
134700 mi

US $300
Thermostat housing developed a slow leak. OEM part is made of PLASTIC! Repair takes about an hour. Replacement part I bought is made of metal - replacing the lower portion now and will reuse the plastic upper for now. 
53700 mi

US $250
thermostat replaced 
67000 mi

US $2200
Brackets rusted on converter 
55180 mi coolant temperature sensor O ring leaking, O ring replaced 
97000 mi

US $375
housing over thermostat cracked allowing slow leak of coolant 
56000 mi

US $125
Coolant leak at the thermostat. Replaced gasket and fixed the coolant leak. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

161000 mi

US $450
Engine overheating due to leaking tee coupler from radiator to heater core. Ford will no sell just the tee, you have to buy the complete hose assmebly. 
171000 mi

US $475
Bad Fuel Mileage and lack of power. Oiled Changed, Fuel Filter Changed and Spark Plugs Changed. (First time the plugs were changed) RUNS OK NOW. 
102000 mi

US $6
Radiator was leaking. Flushed it and refilled, then added some Bar's Leaks Pelletized Stop Leak, and it fixed the leak. 
140000 mi

US $215
Fan clutch was slipping - replaced (easy). Radiator was leaking - replaced with an aftermarket radiator. 
35000 mi

US $18
Found radiator having a slow leak. Inserted Bars Leak Stop tablets into radiator and filled overflow reservoir with new coolant. Leak is now stopped but most likely this is a temporary fix. 
50000 mi

US $4
Slow leak on radiator. Added Bars radiator stop leak and it stopped the leak. 
53000 mi

US $100
Coolant leak from radiator top left corner. (Previous fix by leak stop products were no longer able to fix it.) Radiator replaced. 
50000 mi

US $100
Performed TSB for known transmission issue when shifting from 2nd to 1st. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

123000 mi

US $977
left exhaust manifold replaced. 
28000 mi Reflash ECM and TCM and problem is solved for now. 
25000 mi Engine would idle rough. Ford replaced throttle body and motor assembly. Slow leak from radiator. Service shop found leak from hose under radiator.  
138000 mi

US $120
Y pipe replacement due to leak 
65000 mi

US $100
Noticed coolant leak in parking lot after vehicle was parked about an hour. Took to dealer who diagnosed as bad radiator, replaced same plus trans cooler line broken in radiator removal process. 
80300 mi

US $85
Check Engine light on. Engine running rough. Code was P0303. Replaced #3 coil on plug assy. Problem solved. 
94300 mi

US $150
Car would miss and buck during acceleration. Dealer diagnosed 2 bad coil on plugs and replaced them. 
111000 mi

US $70
Check engine light on repl coil on plug assy 
113000 mi

US $65
Check engine light on. repl coil on plug for cyl. 7. 
78000 mi

US $980
Replaced spark plugs 
92000 mi

US $220
Thermostat was sticking 
36000 mi Hard shifts when cold - reflash of transmission cured it. 
210 mi lifter stuck in engine when bought new and not discovered by dealer until brought back in 
14000 mi Rough downshift into 1st, either while stopping, or while accelerating. 
45000 mi

US $50
Car was leaking (minor) in the driveway. Appeared to be radiator fluid. CarMax stated the radiator was leaking and new radiator needed. Replaced for $650, but with extended warranty I only paid $50. Not fixed satisfactorily. Car continued to leak radiator fluid. Took back to CarMax, and they tightened all fittings, stated they thought is was transmission fluid, as that circulates through the radiator also. Ran the car in the shop for 1/2 hour, but still leaks 
46500 mi

US $50
Coolant leak was finally tracked to a valve/fitting under the car (around the location of the front passenger seat), whereby coolant leaked onto my driveway. After having the car into CarMax twice before, it is now fixed. 
79000 mi

US $350
Check engine light came on. Was a leaking gasket on the fuel system (around the gas tank), which was allowing gas vapor to escape. New gasket needed. 
94000 mi

US $900
Exhaust manifold cracked and needed replacement. 
744 mi Shifting problem from 2nd to 3rd and downshift from 3rd o 2nd, also 2nd to 1st downshift - was very harsh. 
83080 mi

C $101
Bad misfire in Cyl 8, coil and plug removed, coil boot badly cracked and corroded, plug badly fouled. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

124000 mi

US $150
wet spark plugs 
75000 mi

US $235
connection parts on radiator needed to be replaced, they were leaking. 
94000 mi

US $1000
Crack in piece where you put oil in the engine causing oil to leak. Thermostat needed to be replaced. 
121000 mi leaking coolant. 
124000 mi Leaking coolant 
32300 mi

US $550
Vehicle gave a loud "WHOOSHING" noise when gas pedal pressed and had no working heat. Noticed coolant tank was empty and radiator fluid low. When refilled, the radiator began leaking slowly then profusely. Radiator was replaced. 
73000 mi

US $600
Thermostat housing cracked causing leaks 
93000 mi

US $1500
Radiator failure, barely made it a mile to the garage. Radiator replaced. This is the 2nd radiator I have had to have replaced. 
109000 mi

US $1100
Thermostat housing cracked (2nd time) 
138000 mi

US $650
Jet Engine Noise, coolant smell, losing coolant - Thermostat housing replaced 
64000 mi Engine cooling system (radiator, water pump, thermostat, heater core, etc.), repair 
16000 mi Factory Warranty repair-issue not resolved. Gear shift lock will not release when brake depressed. 2 visits to same dealership; problem not yet resolved. Escalating issue through warranty company. 
136000 mi

US $350
Replaced Spark plugs, spark plug wires. 
137000 mi

US $90
The EGR valve went bad, car would turn off or sputter. I replaced the EGR valve. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

80000 mi

US $1000
Replaced Radiator 
40000 mi

US $580
Radiator leak at 40000 miles. waited for radiator because Ford didn't have any and neither did radiator shop. Ford was out, this tells you they have a problem w/ radiators. there should be a recall. 
72780 mi

C $750
Thermestat housing crack causing coolant to leak. Issue found before any other damage could occur to engine, no overheating occurred. 
111000 mi

US $2900
New radiator, fuel line repair. 
35000 mi Radiator was replaced under warranty due to a leak 
84500 mi

US $800
Radiator was leaking and had to be replaced, 2nd time this issue has occurred. 
93000 mi

US $400
Thermostat housing cracked, needed to be replaced. 
110000 mi

US $95
Thermostat housing split again... second one within 2 months 
127000 mi

US $3700
jumped timing, blew engine 
152000 mi Quick disconnect for trans cooler lines at radiator leaking. Shop had to engineer parts for repair, so a new $1000 radiator would not have to be done. Milled the connector and added 3/8npt fitting with trans hose jumper. No mare leaks seen. 
12400 mi

¤500
While going off road, broke the hose of the tranny cooler and thus leaking tranny fluid. Had to replace the whole of the radiator/tranny cooler. Disappointed with the positioning of the hoses of the tranny. Tranny cooler should have been a sep unit 
35960 mi A drop in coolant level was noticed and duly informed to the service center. After troubleshooting, a leak in th radiator was found. There is a TSB regarding this and the radiator was replaced free of charge. 
40000 mi

US $300
broken radiator 
40000 mi

US $100
ignition coil malfunction faulty EVAP solenoid and canister; car sold with this unrepaired 

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2005 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

89000 mi

US $5600
Engine timing chain broke. Not happy! 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

148500 mi

US $50
tapped and re-thread sparkplug "socket" in #3 cylinder after sparkplug blew out while driving 
160000 mi

US $600
Catalytic converter disintegrated and clogged requiring replacement of y-pipe that includes 3 converters. Also replaced o2 sensors as insurance against future removal. 
125000 mi

US $300
replace coil and injector and plug 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

12150 mi Small amount of oil leaking on garage floor under vehicle. Crack in housing of transfer case; replaced under warranty. 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

59500 mi

C $175
Fan belt squeeked. Needed to replace belt and tension adjuster 
86000 mi

US $400
fuel injection clog  
61000 mi

US $160
Thermostat housing cracked open at seam 
70000 mi

US $850
Split radiator 
95700 mi

US $560
Replaced radiator. Slow leak at the tank seam. 
110000 mi Replaced leaking radiator 
42000 mi replaced fuel pump and gauge assembly - repaired under extended warranty 
74300 mi

US $120
thermostat replaced 
86000 mi

US $300
Replaced leaking radiator 
122140 mi

C $450
Cat Converter 
52000 mi

US $200
EGR valve was replaced due to computer sensor problem. A previous design where there are two chips and the EGR valve would have worked just as well and been cheaper to repair by at least a $120.00. Ford does not have a better idea. 
68000 mi

US $500
new fuel pump and filter. 
53000 mi

US $138
leaking radiator 
68000 mi

US $40
Replaced belt tensioner and idler pulley 
60000 mi

US $700
Vehicle went in for 60k maint. Discovered leaking water pump - warranty repair.  

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

118000 mi

US $2200
Oil filter adapter gasket leaking. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

106000 mi

US $30
EGR value was bad and had to be replaced 
93000 mi

US $500
Cat back exhaust 
88040 mi

C $718
Short in wire harness leading to fuel pump. Harness cost $28 CDN. Remaining cost, diagnoses and labour. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

164000 mi

US $160
Overheating. Replaced water pump and thermostat. 
70000 mi

US $200
THERMOSTAT HOUSING LEAKED  
85300 mi

US $150
Thermostat housing cracked. Replace housing. 
93000 mi

US $20
Fuel Pump Relay had to be replaced. 
95000 mi

US $5300
The car was shaking at idle. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

61400 mi

US $200
replaced intake manifold twice under warranty with $100 per visit 
65000 mi Then engine idle was very rough, diagnosed as failure of manifold gaskets, common for this year of truck. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

82000 mi Needed a new exhaust system (or at least some new pipes/clamps). 
65000 mi

US $65
replaced plugs replaced upper radiator hose...it was swelled in two places. 
67000 mi

US $25
In line Heater valve not opening fully. Some heat but not much. Replace heater valve, flush out heater core, top off anti freeze. 
87000 mi Emission system was causing rough transmission shifting. system cleaned and trouble went away. 
140000 mi

US $180
Radiator leaked and had to replace. 
80000 mi

US $100
Oxygen sensor at the back of the catalytic converter had to be replaced 
114000 mi

US $60
Rough idle and hesitation. Replaced ignition wires 
120000 mi

US $115
Replaced serpentine belt, idler pulley and belt tensioner. 
159700 mi

US $68
Thermostat housing was leaking and ultimately was replaced 

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2003 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

148000 mi

US $100
leaking water pump 
137000 mi I get a high and low simultanious whistle or whining sound from either the engine or transmission when I first start car. Once car warms, I still get the sounds but intermittently. Hoping its not the valve assembly on the transmission?? 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic AWD

94000 mi

US $302
air sensor 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

77000 mi

US $80
Idle air control valve replaced to correct rough idle 
88000 mi

US $170
#3 fuel injector failed and was replaced. Spark plugs also replaced. 
109000 mi

US $190
Failed tensioner pulley bearings 
112500 mi

US $550
#3 spark plug shot out of head after threads in head failed. Destroyed #3 coil pack when it happened. Apparently a common problem in 4.6L Triton engine. 
42000 mi

US $210
DPFE - EGR Pressure Sensor IAC - Idle Air Control Sensor both replaced at same time 
44000 mi

US $160
Broken heat shield on front transfer case. 
93000 mi

US $200
Replaced all 8 ignition coils and spark plugs. 
155000 mi

C $200
New ignition on the steering column since the old one came out with the key 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

178000 mi

US $150
Thermostat housing cracked leaked coolant. 
151000 mi

US $70
Plastic part connecting radiator hose to engine failed. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

135000 mi

US $2000
oil pump broke, engine seized. replaced with used engine. 90 day warranty. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

118420 mi

C $450
Check Engine Light came on. Driver side Oxygen sensor needed to be replace. 
63000 mi

US $110
Re-flash computer to resolve surging on deceleration/coast. 
157300 mi

US $650
Thermostat housing was leaking. Flush coolant, replaced thermostat housing and refilled. 
154700 mi

US $250
P0301 CODE REGULARLY SENT, NO RESOLUTION 
166700 mi

US $150
Thermostat housing cracked 
170000 mi

US $630
Exhaust noise, needed new muffler P0301 code still active 
173000 mi

US $200
P0301 code still active, replaced intake gasket and bolts. 
187000 mi

US $499
Timing chain issue diagnosed with rear chain. $3500 to repair. No repair made. 
199000 mi

US $125
Exhaust replaced 

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2002 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

60000 mi

US $25
valve cover seal replaced, leaking oil. 
139000 mi

US $1000
Head Gasket leaking oil. Transmission had to be removed to repair. Made it far more costly. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

109000 mi

US $250
Vehicle would not idle when cold, Idle Air Control (IAC) valve replaced. 
122000 mi

US $800
Intake manifold was leaking coolant at the thermostat housing, needed to be replaced CEL was on, gas cap needed to be replaced 
126000 mi

US $110
CEL light on, shop indicated gas cap was bad after testing emissions system. 2nd time gas cap had to be replaced in 6 months! 
129000 mi

US $150
Bypass hose in the back of the engine split, 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

116560 mi

C $250
Replace belt tensioner 
1000 mi software update 
67000 mi

US $965
Owner detected tapping noise under left side valve cover cylinder # 6. Dealer diagnosed and replaced lash adjusters, follower and installed new valve cover. The problem is back within less than 1 week so the vehicle is going back in. 
68000 mi After multiple trips back to the dealership, the noise persists on the left side and now on the right side. Ford Motor Company representative has recommended new cylinder heads be installed which I'm declining to do at this time given the costs. 
76300 mi

US $280
Fixed tapping sound in engine myself by replacing lifters on right side. Took far too much of my time, but couldn't have traded the vehicle otherwise. 
115700 mi

US $200
Replaced two idler pulleys. Replaced belt tensioner. 
106000 mi

US $603
replaced EGR valve 
169260 mi

C $3400
Crankshaft bearing spun - engine seized. Engine replaced with used engine from wreckers. 
185 mi

C $450
Engine misfiring. Replaced all spark plugs. Misfire continued, returned and replaced a coil. Misfire continued, returned a week later and replaced another coil. 
210800 mi

C $350
Replaced #8 ignition coil. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

126000 mi

US $85
Cooling system. Thermostat Housing / Water Outlet cracked, coolant leaking. Replaced unit plus thermostat and temperature sensor. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

160700 mi

US $60
Engine ran fine, dropped off kids at school, then it would not start. AAA came an hour later and it started right up. Mechanic could find nothing wrong. This was one year ago. Same situation again today. I will start with the fuel filter. 
20000 mi ignition sensor went bad and brought up the check engine light. Sorry not sure which one it was but it was fixed under warranty 
92000 mi

US $100
Blew out the water pump. Replaced plugs attempting to stop the grinding noise, do this every 10K miles. Replaced the rear differential oil in an attempt to shut up the rear end which failed. Replaced spark plugs to reduce grinding noise caused by timing chain tensioner, every 10K miles. Also add Sea Foam to oil about 100 miles before changing oil. Real fix would replace tensioner. 
162000 mi

US $336
Coolant leak, hoses and valves needed replacement 
163000 mi

US $700
fuel pump died 
173000 mi

US $206
Heater control valve was leaking. Valve was replaced. 
190000 mi

US $1000
Replaced leaking radiator and radiator hoses.  Replaced valve cover gaskets. 
220000 mi Check Engine Light on, so failed emissions test. No driveability issues and emissions normal. Diagnois: computer failing to detect position of solenoid in evaporative emissions system. Recommended replace computer, a $1200 part. Decided not to. 
105000 mi

US $260
Car stalled out on left turn, shop cleaned throttle bore and plate, IAC motor. Also replaced serpentine belt, lubed lower control arm bushings in the front. Am really afraid this stupid Explorer will stall out again. 
124000 mi

US $2100
4 oil leaks in the car 
74000 mi

US $264
Emission sensor needed replacing. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

174000 mi

US $35
Replaced DPFE sensor; per SES diagnostic code. 
163000 mi

US $75
Replace thermostat. 
78000 mi

US $39
EGR sensor failed 
139700 mi

US $900
Failure of fuel control module 
158000 mi

US $500
Leaking thermostat  
126000 mi

US $450
Valve cover cracked and was leaking oil 
30000 mi Water pump bearing broke, leaking coolant. Replaced water pump under warranty. 
50000 mi

US $3000
Head gasket blown, cylinder head warped. Took several diagnostics to determine cause of rough idle, hesitation at highway speeds, and check engine lamp. Required new head gasket, spark plugs, and aluminum cylinder head. Reprogrammed PCM (Powertrain C 
111000 mi

US $300
New coil pack, plugs and wire. 
171740 mi

A $2600
Vehicle missing replaced 3 x coils still missing, it is a known fault replaced upper bearings & other parts 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

95000 mi

US $2200
Motor froze. Cause undetermined. Recommended by mechanic to find specialist and replace motor 

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2001 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

116000 mi

US $108
intermittent juttering low rmps .. dealer said it was number two plug was bad said it would cost 670 to repalce plugs wire and coil.. i declined and replaced myself problems still happening. 
144000 mi

US $200
Replaced upper and lower intake manifold gaskets for 2 codes. Right and Left banks running lean. 

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2000 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

83000 mi Leaking head gasket, burning coolant. Quoted $1500, not worth cost of repair. At least one if not more fuel injectors bad, not cost effective coupled with leaking head gasket. 
119300 mi

US $100
Tensioner, idler pully, serp belt radiator 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

201000 mi

US $470
Replace Fuel Pump in tank, and fuel filter. Pump failed. 
205700 mi

US $30
serv engien light, running rought, just put set of new plugs in it and ran ok. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

115000 mi

US $500
Coolant leakage around the thermostat housing. Housing replaced. Major engine belt replaced due to wear, original belt. 
135000 mi

US $600
Radiator cracked, was leaking coolant and had to be replaced 
172000 mi Radiator leaked from transmission cooler, replaced radiator. 
180000 mi

US $560
Replaced fuel pump. 
56420 mi

C $650
Installed both upgraded timing chain tensioners and replaced gaskets 
103700 mi

US $200
3 weeks later took it to local repair. Found 3 bad plugs on left side. Fixed. Runs great now. 
109120 mi

C $150
Leaking exhaust 
217000 mi

US $100
Fuel pump failed. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

104000 mi

US $790
DPFE valve shorted out and melted. Used code finder to find problem. Replaced valve and reset code. Good to go. 
105300 mi

US $190
Engine missing on 2 cylinders. Had vehicle towed. Dealer warranty would not cover cost of new coil pack. It took the dealers garage 4days to repair after originally saying it would be one day. 
109000 mi

US $190
Engine came on one more time. Replaced another sensor on emission system. Garage mechanic stated the wrong part had previously installed. 
131000 mi Heater core leaking. Added stop leak to stop leak and traded vehicle 
193000 mi

US $30
The engine was overheating. Coolant was running out of the block from behind the alternator mount. Used a chemical block sealer to seal the leak. Car is now running after 30 hours of coolant system flush and repair work. The chemical sealant did not seal the engine block leak successfully. Had to remove the alternator and alternator mount. Found a hole in the head. Used a metal epoxy to repair. Working so far. 
216000 mi

US $50
Hole in the end of the right head opened again and leaked out coolant. Scraped out old epoxy and replaced with new. A new leak in the radiator was repaired with stop leak until a new radiator is put in. 
221700 mi

US $200
Replaced the radiator due to a continuing leak. Fixed now. 
250000 mi

US $20
Engine was leaking from the lower intake manifold to header connection on the driver side front. Patched over the leak with epoxy as repairs would cost ten times more than the vehicle is worth. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

170000 mi

US $411
the vehicle lost power and would only accelerate to a speed no greater than 40 MPH. mechanic replaced the intake set and an upper plenum. 

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1999 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

250000 mi Engine hot sensor on continually..engine not hot. Overdrive lite on...indicating transmission problem. Too expensive to diagnose. 

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1999 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

98000 mi

US $550
warning light on for oil pressure 
116300 mi

US $800
Water pump failed 
165000 mi

US $340
Fuel neck had a crack in it. Service engine light on. Would not pass WI emissions 

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1998 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

177000 mi Small coolant leak when sold. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

100000 mi

US $500
Car was taken in for engine light. Diagnosed and repaired two O2 sensors. Oil changed. And wiper connectors were replaced. Tires were replaced at Firestone at separate cost. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

158000 mi

US $130
Radiator and tank leaking. Replaced radiator. 
170000 mi

US $200
OBDII indicated bad O2 sensor. I replaced all three sensors, and reset the check engine light. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

108000 mi

US $800
Car lost ability to accelerate while I was driving on the highway. I coasted up an exit and called a tow truck. Repair shop couldn't find a smoking gun but replaced a few different things. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

120000 mi

US $145
Short in wire caused engine failures. Idler pulley snapped off, tension pulley broke and serpentine belt broke. 
146000 mi Replacement of one catalytic converter. Passed the DC emissions test. 
148000 mi

US $400
The Exploder was running rough at low idle and the problem became worse as it became harder to maintain speed on the road without frequent accelerator modulation. The 02 sensor had gone back and there was a misfire in cylinders 4,5 and 6. 

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1997 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

US $14 Drive pulley bearings seized. 
205000 mi

US $750
A rebuilt engine was put in in 2004 and now Timing Chain & Guides on front left have to be replaced. (Was a recall in 2001 I believe.) 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

169000 mi

US $1100
Valve cover oil leak. Gaskets replaced. 3 sensors replaced. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

144000 mi

US $450
Leaking coolant hose Split radiator seam 
146000 mi and the check engine light was dancing on and off (indicative of the need for a new oxygen sensor ....again). 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

277000 mi

US $41
No heat, replaced thermostat 
285000 mi

US $794
Replaced cat-back exhaust pipe and muffler to pass inspection 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

88000 mi

US $130
Engine serpentine belt idler pulley bearing froze, mounting bolt unthreaded itself and it and inner race were lost. New owner-provided belt and new parts installed by dealer in about 2 hrs. Very good, swift repair. 
103540 mi

C $1000
Leaking coolant from heating coil. 
104780 mi

C $250
Unable to start car from park position in transmission. Intermittent problem. Somewhat improvement after repair. 
133000 mi

US $2100
Engine blew a head gasket due to a clogged radiator. I bought a 96K replacement engine and a new radiator. Had my shop install. 
146000 mi

US $750
Intake manifold blew and dumped all coolant all over the place. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

153000 mi

US $800
thermostat, serpentine belt, idler pulley 

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1996 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

177000 mi

US $200
replaced gaskets 

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1996 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

140300 mi

US $750
lower and upper intakes needed replacing 
141000 mi

US $150
belt tensioner and belt needed replacement 
185000 mi

US $30
Timing chain cover was leaking coolant. Replaced all gaskets involved. 
192000 mi

US $160
Replaced fuel pump. The Explorer would not start in my parents driveway. I replaced the fuel pump myself and sold it two weeks later. 

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Ford Explorer Engine Problems

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