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2002 Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (26%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 196 repairs.

2002 Ford Explorer repair cost distribution

$2500+ (11%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (43%)

< $100 (4%)

Chart based on 113 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2002 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

Ford Explorer in Oregon, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

70000 mi

US $3000
Third gear clusters out on 5-speed automatic transmission. Common occurance on 2002 Explorers with this particulr transmission. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Colorado, United States
Aug 2008 - Jul 2011
Sep 2009

64000 mi

US $500
Bad left wheel bearing discoverd during mechanic test drive. Noise also noticed by driver, but not confirmed to be wheel bearing. 
Oct 2009

65000 mi

US $330
Intermediate steering shaft removed and replaced based on diagnosis of loose, off-center steering wheel. This finally resolved the "alignment" issue. 
Jan 2010

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. 
Mar 2010

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. 
Apr 2011

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. 
Ford Explorer in Connecticut, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
Oct 2008

97000 mi
Replacement of emergency brake light switch. 
Ford Explorer in Ontario, Canada
May 2008 - Dec 2010
Jun 2008

83700 mi

C $450
Front wheel bearing 
Sep 2008

102920 mi

C $1000
1 front and 1 rear wheel bearing replaced. 
Apr 2009

135160 mi

C $100
Replace broken front sway bar link. 
May 2009

140740 mi

C $300
Replace right front shock absorber. 
Nov 2009

169260 mi

C $3400
Crankshaft bearing spun - engine seized. Engine replaced with used engine from wreckers. 
Feb 2010

179180 mi

C $3200
Transmission failed at 288,000 km. Bores worn, overdrive planetary gear destroyed. Rebuilt. 
Mar 2010

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. 
Aug 2010

210800 mi

C $350
Replaced #8 ignition coil. 
Dec 2010

220100 mi

C $450
Replaced U-Joints Rear differential failed. Has been howling for 250,000 km and finally died. 
Ford Explorer in Illinois, United States
Nov 2007 - Apr 2012
May 2008

102000 mi

US $800
Air compresser failure. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Ford Explorer in Indiana, United States
Oct 2007 - Sep 2010
Apr 2008

114000 mi

US $500
Problem with rear wheel bearings, worn out. 
Aug 2008

119000 mi

US $900
Replace rear end, later fix seal leaks on new rear end. 
Oct 2008

122000 mi

US $1250
Transmission failure, replaced with rebuilt transmission. 
Feb 2009

126000 mi

US $700
The rear wheel bearings were replaced due to completely being worn out (they were smoking and creaking). This was formerly misreported on Truedelta, last year the rear end was replaced. 
Jul 2010

142000 mi
Driver's power window. 
Sep 2010

142000 mi
When sold had some noise coming from the rear end, a high pitched whining sound when accelerating, but we didn't do anything about it. Also some squeaking when driving over bumps at low speeds from the front suspension, but it has done that forever. 
Ford Explorer in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2003 - Mar 2010
Jan 2003

22000 mi
Back molding on door broke when closing in the cold, was told it's very common for the 02 model 
Jan 2004

32000 mi
rear seal on rear differential 
Apr 2004

2400 mi
rear seal on transfer case leak 
Jan 2005

35000 mi
Rear seal on differential leak 
Jan 2006

52000 mi

US $250
rear seal on differential leak 
Jan 2008

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 
Mar 2008

72000 mi

US $1250
Rear seal on differential leak, noise in rear end. Replaced the bearings in the rear, brakes also and the seal AGAIN!!! Drove home much quieter. Have had a grinding noise in the engine when cold for about 40000 miles, according to forums it's a timi 
May 2008

76000 mi

US $1200
Replaced clutch in rear differential. complained about cruise control, everything checked out and dealer said he couldn't repair it. Still doesn't work 
Apr 2009

89000 mi

US $850
Rear end howling. Was told by dealer couldn't be fixed. It's a factory defect problem and I ended up shimming the pinion in the rear end myself. Rear panel on back tail gate broke for the 4th time since we purchased this vehicle new. I ordered the part and replaced it myself. I am sure It will break again. These things have more problems than I care to mention. 
Nov 2009

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. Replaced the rear differential oil in an attempt to shut up the rear end which failed. 
Ford Explorer in California, United States
Sep 2007 - Sep 2012
Sep 2008

91000 mi

US $400
Brake master cylinder out. Front driver brakes rattling/noise. 
Mar 2009

103000 mi

US $2400
1st, 2nd and reverse gears were all damaged by a failed pin-bearing in the transmission. A complete overhaul was required. 
May 2009

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. 
Sep 2010

140000 mi
Past transmission overhaul failed at 40,000 miles. Shop covered the second overhaul for free. 
Oct 2011

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. 
Dec 2011

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 ... ?!! 
Aug 2012

178300 mi

US $85
Rear passenger power window stopped working. Replaced window regulator. 
Ford Explorer in California, United States
Nov 2007 - May 2012
Feb 2008

74000 mi

US $264
Emission sensor needed replacing. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

Ford Explorer in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2007 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

113460 mi

C $290
Left rear wheel bearing replaced. 

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2002 Ford Explorer Repair Histories

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