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Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by 4pointslow, March 30, 2015.


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    1. 4pointslow

      4pointslow Explorer Torture Tester Elite Explorer

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      Today after driving 42 miles home from work, I stopped at the post office.
      When I came out the truck would not start.
      I tried multiple times to get it going and even walked down the street and around the corner,
      to a shop (that had a tow truck) only to find they were closed.
      I went back to the truck and called a tow company and was waiting for a call back when it finally started.
      I called the tow company back and told them never mind.
      I noticed the fuel pump was not running when It would not start, so I put a fuel pump in tonight.
      After all there is 271,555 miles on the truck and I had had it since 132,000 and never put a pump in it.

      The job was not too bad, except for the time I banged my knee cap on the running board. It hurt so bad I could not move for 5 minutes.
      There is a nice bump on the center of my knee cap now and I am sure it will remind me that it is damaged throughout the next week.
      The sad thing is I have done this a few times before and it never fails, as soon as I go to slide out from underneath the truck.... Bang! here comes the pain. lol
      At least it is finished, and I did not have to have it towed. Onward towards my goal of 300,000 miles. lol. We shall see.
       
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    3. ZWilson07

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      Getting up there. Does this one have the 5.0 or SOHC like your other one?
       
    4. 4pointslow

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      This one is a 4.0 sohc. Now all three Explorers I have are all 4.0 sohc engines.
      I need a mustang 4.0 sohc to add to my collection. lol.
       
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      Yeah I ended up viewing your thread on the transmission saga and saw it had the 5r55e in it so I figured it out lol. Why in the world do you have all 4.0s lol? I don't think they are necessarily bad or anything just wouldn't take one over the 5.0 in the same chassis you know.
       
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      I dont mind the fuel pump job other than the lines that like to crack and the not so quick connects
       
    7. 4pointslow

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      "not so quick connects" lol, that's funny and true. I fought with them for sure.
      As far as the 4.0, it is just what I ended up with before I knew anything about them.
      Then after doing what I have done to the 98 sport 4.0 sohc and it holding up to over 20 lbs of boost, I just kind of like it now.
      I also have to get through state inspection and don't know the ramifications of changing to a 5.0.
      I would love to join the others who have boosted ones (or 347's), but am still having fun experimenting with the 4.0 sohc.
      Really would like to try heads and cams, I think I could hit low 12's but it would cost me at least 3400.00 plus gaskets and fluids etc.
      Maybe next year, lol.
       
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      You should try a 5.0 at some point, new world, I have a 4.0 now, they'll certainly turn up, the 5.0 felt like it had more though.
       
    9. vroomzoomboom

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      not to mention also beating the crap out of guys who have boosted 347's......end rant....lol
       
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      This gives me so much hope for my 98 XLT 5.0. It's strong and happily turning at 225k, just purchased about a week ago. Thanks for sharing!
       
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      Well, today was rather unpleasant.
      I am sick, caught a cold of some sort.
      On the way to work the overdrive light started flashing and the torque converter was not locking up.
      There is a clicking noise coming from the pan area, feels like I have been here before.
      I have a remanufactured valve body, I will try that out to see what happens. Have to buy fluid though.
      I was hoping to not have to put money into this truck as it is starting to rust on the passenger side rocker pretty good.
      Just trying to keep it going for another year, and hope to hit 300,000 miles
      Definitely going to keep an eye out for another Explorer or Ranger to replace this truck, just have to find one cheap with no rust.
       
    13. 4pointslow

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      Well, never tried that valve body.
      I suspected the pump may have been cracked and against my better judgment I took it out on a road test anyway.
      Didn't make it to far and bam! The pump broke and now I have no gears at all. The tow was only 150.00, lol.
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      I'm sorry to see that trans give up on you. I think you are one of the 5R trans gurus here. Thanks for steering me to the torque converter from the FL company. I hope to get my trans apart soon, I finally got the truck back up in the air.
       

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      Glad to hear you are getting back to working on your Explorer. I just ordered another torque converter from them since I know the one in my truck will be all chewed up from the pump breaking.
      I will never claim to be any transmission guru, not my specialty. lol. Especially with this 5R55E acting up again for the third time. lol.
       
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      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      Well, what you have accomplished with the boosted truck makes that trans very special. I only know the AOD and 4R trans, so my opinion isn't that great I know.

      I'll bend your ear about double DIN radios later too, I want a backup camera and steering wheel controls for my mail truck.
       
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      So right before the transmission went out, I had a check engine light come on for an Evap leak.
      Friday after work hours I smoke tested the evap system with the canister vent commanded closed with the Ford IDS scan tool.
      I could see smoke coming out of the evap canister but not exactly where since it is over the spare tire.
      So Today I dropped the spare down and got a closer look, the metal bracket was all rusted away and the plastic canister was worn into.
      I used a soldering gun to melt the whole closed, I took a tab off one end for more plastic to melt into the whole.
      When done I vacuum tested it and it held.
      I had to make a bracket out of aluminum strips and wood, yes wood. If it lasts a year I will be happy, truck will be rusted away to nothing by then.


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      Good find, and would a glue gun help with that kind of plastic? I don't have one, but that's an odd tool that may sometimes be useful.

      Is that rusted piece a bolt on part, that you could buy from a parts source here?
       
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      I swappped mine out for the plastic bracket from an 01 , all the metal ones are rotten and the spare tires always have a rim so rusty id never trust it
       
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      A glue gun may have worked, but I did not want a chance of it leaking from the glue falling off later on. I do have a glue gun.
      The part is a bolt on but you will probably not find a good metal one anywhere around my way.

      Now I had no idea there was a plastic one in 2001, if I did I would have gotten one of those. Do you happen to know the part number for a plastic one?
       
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      Plastic, cool. I'll have to see what that looks like, I think that's a front to back bracket under the charcoal canisters.

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      I'll be under there sometime this week , doing a ton of work to it so ill see if i can get a pic of any numbers on it
       
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      Today my power steering cooler blew out as I arrived at work.
      I didn't even know it until a coworker said my truck was smoking in the parking lot.
      My first thought was oh no the trans went again. lol.
      When I looked under it I thought it was the front main crankshaft seal.
      I was very happy to see it was just the power steering cooler.
      It is now bypassed with a piece of 3/8 fuel line that is flared on each end and bent into a sort of U-shape.

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      Interesting, you killed a cooler. That doesn't happen often, did it let go at a seam or what?
       
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      The cooler is just a tube bent in a u shape with fins attached to it. I think the tube may have rusted from the outside.
      I was going to pressure test it to see if I can see where it is damaged but I ended up working on another project instead.
       

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