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2004 Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (26%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (3%)

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Chart based on 109 repairs.

2004 Ford Explorer repair cost distribution

$2500+ (10%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (31%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (12%)

Chart based on 51 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

Engine not specified

Ford in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

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 - Sep 2015
May 2011

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
Jan 2011

104000 mi

US $400
replaced right rear wheel bearing 
Ford Explorer in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

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
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
May 2011

108000 mi
All 4 wheel bearings were replaced along with back brake pads 
Ford Explorer in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2011
Apr 2009

71000 mi

US $800
Replaced rear axle (limited slip) for the second time under warranty. ALso replaced radio subwoofer, and front wheel bearing.  
Jul 2009

80000 mi

US $4300
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. 
Aug 2010

107000 mi

US $200
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. 
Nov 2010

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.  

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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
Oct 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 - Sep 2015
May 2010

80000 mi

US $180
Front Pinion Seal Replaced (Leaking). Also had Rear differential oil replaced (Maintenance) 
Oct 2010

86000 mi

US $700
Rear wheel bearings howling - New bearings installed, TSB. Rear Differential Seals Leaking - New Seals installed, TSB. 
Jun 2011

92000 mi

US $20
"creaking" sound when going over speed bumps. Replaced front sway bar bushings with aftermarket ones that could be lubricated via grease gun 
Jul 2012

107000 mi

US $250
Rt wheel bearing found loose during brake pad replacement Found upper ball joint boot cracker on RT side 
Jan 2013

110000 mi

US $150
Car would not turn over when attempting to start 
Jun 2013

114000 mi

US $60
Rough idle and hesitation. Replaced ignition wires 
Oct 2013

114500 mi

US $50
Replaced left upper ball joint 
Dec 2013

120000 mi

US $115
Replaced serpentine belt, idler pulley and belt tensioner. 
Feb 2014

122000 mi

US $250
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 
Aug 2014

133000 mi

US $50
Power steering pump leaking 
Oct 2014

136000 mi

US $200
Replaced upper control arm and lower ball joint and had four wheel alignment 
Aug 2015

153300 mi

US $200
RT front brake caliper siezed. Replaced both calipers, disks and pads 
Ford Explorer in Maryland, United States
Jan 2007 - May 2011
Aug 2007

10000 mi
Transmission slipping. Warranty repair. 
Jan 2009

110000 mi

US $375
Gas level sensor replaced. Had to drop the tank. 
Jan 2010

125000 mi
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. 
Feb 2010

128000 mi

US $552
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. 
Oct 2010

138000 mi

US $1500
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. 
Dec 2010

138000 mi

US $845
Replaced alternator and emergency brake shoes. 
Feb 2011

138000 mi

US $2300
Replace rear differential 

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2004 Ford Explorer Repair Histories

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