Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

My '07 Limited V8 'Garage Thread'

Discussion in 'Modified 2006 - 2010 Explorers' started by Partsman109, March 1, 2016.

  • Searches ExplorerForum.com
    1. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      Put my stock wheels back on for the winter today, sucks...
      IMG_5629.JPG
      ...back to regular looking Explorer!
      This set will do much better in the snow.
       
      Last edited: October 29, 2016
    2. Support EF

      Join the Elite Explorers for $20

      Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself, and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


      to hide adverts.
    3. nopistn

      nopistn New Member

      Joined:
      October 15, 2015
      Messages:
      19
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      Texas
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2007 ford explorer
      I had the exact same symptoms as you with the tranny. The dealer recommended I use SP fluid though. It seems like SP trans fluid is going out of style though. what made you go with LV?
       
    4. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      I read on this site a few guys used LV and their trans felt better.
      Plus, the guys in my shop (Ford dealer) recommended I use LV when I did the drain and fill.
       
    5. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      Believe it or not, but I was noticing some little, green drops on the ground when I parked at certain places...and not all the time.
      WTF?
      The only place where I could see coolant was where the two halves of the fan shroud come together...and of course some at the bottom where it appeared to run down.
      The drips that made it to the ground were more under the passenger side.

      I also noticed that the level in my overflow/reservoir was not staying where I would fill it. So, I figured I would start there.
      Installed a new one today...
      IMG_5658.JPG
      The part number did change, so hopefully this will work.
      IMG_5659.JPG

      I also let it run a while and reach operating temp, watching for the thermostat to open with the radiator cap off...just in case there was any air in the system that I didn't get out when I did the radiator.
       
      Last edited: November 5, 2016
    6. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      Ok...I had some parent-teacher conferences this morning for my 3 boys and when we parked I noticed more green drips on the ground, more than usual.
      WTF?...at the second conference I looked on the ground and nothing, not one drop.
      The reservoir/overflow still reading normal...BUT, I did notice this when I got home from work...
      IMG_5670.JPG

      ...zoomed out a little...
      IMG_5669.JPG
      ...that's the upper radiator hose and clamp on the right.

      I don't know what to do now...get another Ford one?...use a different brand?

      I do know a guy from back in the day that does radiators, I might stop in and see him on Saturday. He has to have seen this issue before, maybe he has a fix.
       
      Last edited: November 8, 2016
    7. 1996xlt

      1996xlt Active Member

      Joined:
      August 8, 2005
      Messages:
      285
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      18
      City, State:
      South Mills, NC
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      02 Ranger XLT
      I think the correct fix would be a new radiator, but it seems to be an inherent issue with aluminum radiators with plastic tanks. IMHO the best fix would be an all-aluminum radiator but those would have to be custom-made or find a universal piece and adapt it to fit.
       
    8. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      I'm trying to not have to build one, that's a lot of time I don't have right now.

      I will check my radiator guy hopefully Saturday, see what he says.

      I suppose I could adapt an all aluminum one...would just have to run a external trans cooler.
       
    9. JeepGuy25

      JeepGuy25 Member

      Joined:
      January 20, 2016
      Messages:
      71
      Likes Received:
      3
      Trophy Points:
      18
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2010 Ford Explorer E.B.
      What kind of paint did you use on the steps? How are they holding up to being stepped on and brushed against?

      They look amazing when fresh. Im not sure how the straight black would look on my Eddie Baurer, but the steps are faded so bad I have to do something.
       
    10. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      They are holding up pretty well, no flaking, peeling, or chipping yet!

      I used the 2X Rust-Oleum satin from Walmart.

      Edit...April 15, 2017...
      I noticed the other day that the paint on the stainless trim was flaking off...I obviously didn't prep it correctly. I just wanted to get the paint on the steps.

      [​IMG]

      I will be trying something different on the stainless trim...just not sure what I want to use yet!
       
      Last edited: September 21, 2017
    11. Mountain_Dewd

      Mountain_Dewd New Member

      Joined:
      January 15, 2017
      Messages:
      23
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      13
      City, State:
      Saint Joseph, MI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2007 Explorer EB 4.6 V8
      I'm a new Explorer owner, only owned my '07 4.6 for a few days. I've enjoyed seeing what you've done with yours. I may be new to my 4.6 3V, but I've had a 4.6 2V in a Crown Vic for a few years. Just wondering if those little green drops you were seeing in your driveway should have been gold colored. I didn't think green coolant was compatible with gold (motorcraft premium gold or Zerex G-05).
       
    12. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      You are right, it should have the Motorcraft Gold coolant in it. I decided to use the green coolant we have in bulk in our shop until I can actually keep the coolant in the system.

      I plan on changing the radiator (again) and all the hoses, and possibly the water pump while I'm in there.
      I just have to figure out what radiator to use.
       
    13. Mountain_Dewd

      Mountain_Dewd New Member

      Joined:
      January 15, 2017
      Messages:
      23
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      13
      City, State:
      Saint Joseph, MI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2007 Explorer EB 4.6 V8
      The Explorer I picked up Saturday (was a trade in at a Chrysler dealership) has reddish coolant. I talked to the service manager and he thinks it's one of these generic coolants that you add the proper additives for the vehicle. Whatever it is I don't want it. I'll have to wait to the weather gets nicer before I can get around to changing it. It also had a small Quaker State oil filter that I don't think belonged on it either. I changed it out for the correct Motorcraft one already.

      I'm not planning on the extensive modifications like you've done, but I'm enjoying seeing your work. I plan to add a navigation stereo, backup camera and that's about it.
       
    14. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      Thank you, I appreciate it!
      After I get the cooling system leak fixed, I have some other stuff I want to do...u-joints, wheel bearings, etc.
      I want to get all the pain in the ass stuff done, then I can get back to the fun stuff!
       
    15. Joey Threesticks

      Joey Threesticks New Member

      Joined:
      July 5, 2016
      Messages:
      42
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      6
      City, State:
      Omaha
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2007 Explorer Limited
      Were you able to determine if your coolant overflow reservoir was leaking afterall? I'm suspicious of mine- same ride.
       
    16. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      I don't think my old tank was leaking, there was no evidence on the shroud underneath. I replaced it hoping it was that and not the radiator, no such luck.
       
    17. 06bluez

      06bluez Active Member

      Joined:
      March 24, 2009
      Messages:
      305
      Likes Received:
      6
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      St Charles MO
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '10 Sport Trac Adrenalin
      One thing I did a long time ago on my 2010 is switch to a 16 psi radiator cap, from the stock 21 psi. Not sure why ford felt the need for the extra pressure, but i haven't had any overheating or boilover issues with the more standard 16psi cap... I may just be lucky but i am still on the original radiator with no issues...
       
    18. SixPonies

      SixPonies Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 19, 2015
      Messages:
      176
      Media:
      3
      Albums:
      1
      Likes Received:
      11
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      Mahomet, IL
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2010 Sport Trac LTD V8
      V8, or V6?
       
    19. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      I might try a lower psi cap when I change the radiator (again)...might try a Spectra Premium one this time.

      I think I'll use the one Ford one that comes out for a prototype aluminum tank version.
       
    20. 06bluez

      06bluez Active Member

      Joined:
      March 24, 2009
      Messages:
      305
      Likes Received:
      6
      Trophy Points:
      28
      City, State:
      St Charles MO
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '10 Sport Trac Adrenalin
      Mine's the v8, not sure what psi cap the 4th gen v6's had..
       
    21. granadojl

      granadojl Active Member

      Joined:
      April 14, 2008
      Messages:
      165
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      Phoenix, AZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2006 Ford Explorer Eddie

      I installed the Spectre Premium on my 2006 EB V8 about 4 years ago and haven't had any problems since. I now have a coolant leak right where the thermostat housing is located.. Crappy part is that it's not the thermostat housing. I wish it were. The leak appears to be coming from the aluminum crossover tube that the thermostat housing bolts to.
       
    22. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      That's great to hear about the Spectra Premium radiator, thanks for the info!

      That sucks if it's the crossover tube. I haven't really looked at it too close, but it doesn't sound like a fun job.
       
    23. granadojl

      granadojl Active Member

      Joined:
      April 14, 2008
      Messages:
      165
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      Phoenix, AZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2006 Ford Explorer Eddie
      I was more bummed out that I will have to buy a complete Intake assembly just to fix this coolant leak.. But judging by these two images of the coolant bypass and the intake...

      [​IMG]

      They are separate parts and the coolant bypass can go through an O-ring swap.... Of course the Intake will have to come off... but with Fel-Pro gasket set "MS96687-1" I should be good to go in about 3 hours max.

      As for the Spectre radiator.... There are several threads here where people have used the Spectre Premium brand and they have had great success as well. This is what let me to go with the Spectre myself. I also use a Spectre on my 1990 Lincoln Mark VII.

      Good luck on your radiator replacement.......(again)
       
    24. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      I put my summer wheels back on today!!

      [​IMG]

      [​IMG]
       
      Last edited: September 21, 2017
      • Like Like x 1
    25. Campnham

      Campnham New Member

      Joined:
      July 19, 2012
      Messages:
      23
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      13
      City, State:
      Parma, Ohio. Somewhere south of disorder.
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2008 Eddie Bauer V8 4x4
      Callsign:
      N8LZA
      Did you ever get the rear spoiler mounted up. I'm curious as to how it looks.
       
    26. Partsman109

      Partsman109 Legion of Doom Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 12, 2010
      Messages:
      330
      Likes Received:
      35
      Trophy Points:
      38
      City, State:
      Westerly, RI
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2018 F150 SuperCrew 4x4
      I haven't done anything with it yet...I think I'm going to put it on my wife's Explorer.
      I have something different I want to try on mine. Unfortunately, all that 'fun' stuff is on hold until I do the radiator again, and I want to do u-joints and wheel bearings too.
       

    Share This Page







    We Support Our Troops!