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2004 Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (24%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (24%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

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

Other (2%)

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2004 Ford Explorer engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (40%)

Chart based on 25 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

106000 mi

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

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

112000 mi

US $300
Leak in cooling system 
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

93000 mi

US $500
Cat back exhaust 
189300 mi

US $175
New oil filter housing 
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

85100 mi

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

US $20
Fuel Pump Relay had to be replaced. 
164000 mi

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

US $200
THERMOSTAT HOUSING LEAKED  
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

64000 mi Then engine idle was very rough, diagnosed as failure of manifold gaskets, common for this year of truck. 
61400.0 mi

US $200
replaced intake manifold twice under warranty with $100 per visit 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

80000 mi

US $100
Oxygen sensor at the back of the catalytic converter had to be replaced 
83500 mi

US $290
Replace serpentine belt and pulley tensioner kit 
140000 mi

US $180
Radiator leaked and had to replace. 
114000 mi

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

US $115
Replaced serpentine belt, idler pulley and belt tensioner. 
158800 mi

US $68
Thermostat housing was leaking and ultimately was replaced 
65000 mi

US $15
replaced plugs replaced upper radiator hose...it was swelled in two places. 
76500 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. 
80000 mi Needed a new exhaust system (or at least some new pipes/clamps). 
86500 mi Emission system was causing rough transmission shifting. system cleaned and trouble went away. 

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2004 Ford Explorer Engine Problems

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