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2004 Ford Explorer Repair Histories

75 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2004 Ford Explorer. 38 of these members (50.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 99 repairs to 2004 Ford Explorers--an average of 1.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 2004 Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Chart based on 99 repairs.

2004 Ford Explorer repair cost distribution

Chart based on 47 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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2004 Ford Explorer

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Ford in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Mar 2010
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 4WD w/low range

Ford Explorer in North Carolina, United States
Apr 2011 - Mar 2015
35000 mi   Pump seal on the transmission replaced under dealer warranty. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Ford Explorer in Alabama, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2011
104000 mi US $400 replaced right rear wheel bearing 
Ford Explorer in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
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

Ford Explorer in Washington, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
64000 mi   First, backup sensors stopped working. Then engine idle was very rough, diagnosed as failure of manifold gaskets, common for this year of truck. 
Ford Explorer in Iowa, United States
Oct 2008 - Jun 2014
108000 mi   All 4 wheel bearings were replaced along with back brake pads 
Ford Explorer in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2011
71000 mi US $800 Replaced rear axle (limited slip) for the second time under warranty. ALso replaced radio subwoofer, and front wheel bearing.  
80000   Replaced transmission. I had reported hard shifting and other transmission problemds to Ford since the vehicle was new but they did not fix it. After the factory extended warranty (75K miles) ran out, the transmission failed entirely. 
107000   The rear limited-slip differential started chattering again on slight turns. It has done this repeatedly since delivery. The temporary "fix" is to replace the rear lube with new 140W synthetic lube and add the special XL3 friction modifier. 
108000   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.  

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Indiana, United States
Dec 2008 - Dec 2010
131000 mi US $1000 Gear (or sprocket?) at the head of the drive shaft was severely damaged requiring immediate replacement. 
Ford Explorer in Kentucky, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2015
80000 mi US $180 Front Pinion Seal Replaced (Leaking). Also had Rear differential oil replaced (Maintenance) 
86000   Rear wheel bearings howling - New bearings installed, TSB. Rear Differential Seals Leaking - New Seals installed, TSB. 
92000   "creaking" sound when going over speed bumps. Replaced front sway bar bushings with aftermarket ones that could be lubricated via grease gun 
107000   Rt wheel bearing found loose during brake pad replacement Found upper ball joint boot cracker on RT side 
110000   Car would not turn over when attempting to start 
114000   Rough idle and hesitation. Replaced ignition wires 
114500   Replaced left upper ball joint 
120000   Replaced serpentine belt, idler pulley and belt tensioner. 
122000   Left front wheel bearing making noise. Replaced wheel bearing assembly. Left upper ball joint boot split. Replaced left upper control arm (with ball joint) Clicking noise from underneath dash when temp control moved out of Cold position. Replaced blend door actuator 
133000   Power steering pump leaking 
136000   Replaced upper control arm and lower ball joint and had four wheel alignment 
Ford Explorer in Maryland, United States
Jan 2007 - May 2011
10000 mi   Transmission slipping. Warranty repair. 
110000 US $375 Gas level sensor replaced. Had to drop the tank. 
125000   First oily leak ever. It's the CV boot. Mechanic said to let it get worse before repairing. Mechanic could hear front left and right rear bearings starting to make rrrhing noise but decided to let them get worse before replacing. 
128000   Replace heater hose, flush radiator fluid and replace. Hose rubbing up against AC unit for 6 years finally rubbed a hole in it. Used dealer shop. 
138000   Replaced left front wheel bearing. Also got new Fireston Destination Tires and new brakes. Car now makes a road whirring sound from 35 mph to 45 mph. Had differentials and transfer case drained and refilled including friction modifier. 
138000   Replaced alternator and emergency brake shoes. 
138000   Replace rear differential 

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