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Sitcoms' 1999 Explorer Sport 4x4 SOHC v6

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    1. Mike65

      Mike65 Elite Explorer

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      Sitcoms, what I do on cold mornings when the chains would make more noise I will crank the engine a few times in short bursts & then start it & I notice it almost if not always quiet on start ups.
       
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    3. Sitcoms

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      It has been surprisingly good this winter! These Vermont winters are harsh, and we've had quite a few days well into the single digits and below, and she hasn't really given me too many issues starting up - and it seems to be an intermittent thing with the chain guides rattling.. Some days they're REALLY loud and will stay like that until I drive 30-40 minutes, and other days they're quiet right on first crank and startup.
       
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      Anyone know what could cause this following problem:

      Has had timing chain rattle for ~ 15-20k miles or so. Not sure if relevant to the problem.

      Had been driving my usual drive back to my school - about a 4 hour drive.
      Was running how it normally does for about 2/3 of the ride, however, about 45 mins from my destination, there was what felt like really hard downshifts/shifts in general as I entered an area where the speed limit drops from 70 to 45 gradually. I thought, maybe for some reason I had accidentally shifted too far & put it into 2, rather than drive. I puled over, and put the truck in park, and moved it back over to drive. Then the truck started sputtering, and was almost like revving itself between 700ish and 1300ish RPM. I try pressing on the gas (back in park) to see if I could rev the engine, and it got to about 2000 rpm before the truck just died - CEL and battery light come on. I try starting it a few times - and again that same sputter/revving between 700 and 1300. Everytime you step on the gas, it sputters out and dies again. I pop the hood and tried the same, only this time manually doing it with the throttle.. and same result.
      I finally remember I have starting fluid in my kit in the back, grab a can of that, spray it in, and start her back up. I go back to using the throttle, and she's running slightly better. She was started and I was able to make it to my destination, and she rode fine as long as I stayed at about 65-70+.

      Got into the parking lot, checked everything out, and it looked, sounded, and performed as per usual. Any idea what could've happened/is happening? Are those timing chain guides finally going?
       
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      Well, I think this is the end. I can't get it started at all. Starting fluid, doesn't matter.. won't stay running. Will probably have it towed into town at some point this week and have someone tell me if it's even worth it to fix. I'll probably be looking to sell my taillights soon.
       
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      Damn best of luck to ya Sitcoms, hopefully it's good news back from the shop. Wish I had some suggestions, if she is a goner I'll sell ya my SOHC so I have a reason to do a 5.0 swap... haha. On a side note, Rhode Island looks pretty sweet! Probably more elevation in that one pic than the entire state of Nebraska
       
    7. Sitcoms

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      Haha, I still haven't had her towed down - I'm a full time student, so it's rough!

      And maybe not quite! Rhode Island is pretty flat - That picture is from Vermont - I go to college up there!
       
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      I hear ya man, I just got done myself.
      Well what can I say, I didn't major in geography... still cool though!
       
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      Sitcoms, so sorry to hear of the problem with your Explorer. Hope you get it fixed & it is not to major a repair.
       
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      Had it towed down to the shop - ICV needed to be replaced, and had them clean the throttle body & put in new battery terminals. Starting right up now!
       
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      Good thing it was not anything major.
       
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      For now.. timing chain guides are still rattling away..
       
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      Two very different pictures to post. First, some fun in the snow[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

      Second, guess who's explorer had a run in with a plow in the parkinglot? This Guy!
      [​IMG]
       
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      That sucks. His fault?
       
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      Yeah. Was parked in a parking lot, and my school's plow backed right into it. Estimated at about $600 in damage.
       

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