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Why Were They Called EXPLODERS?

Discussion in 'Stock 1991 - 1994 Explorers' started by 1993Saturn, February 15, 2009.

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    1. 1993Saturn

      1993Saturn Member

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      OK, I'm falling into the ignorance and lost category, but I do'nt really know why Explorers used to be called Exploders?

      Also, what was done to rectify the problems? Is there something I should do to my '94?
       
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      Welcome To The Forum! Not sure if there is a deffinete answer to your question I know I used to call my old explorer an exploder just as a nick name. I know some 91's blew head gaskets but like I said don't know that theres an exact answer for that people probably have different reasons for it.
       
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      I've owned 4 Exploders ('93, '97, '00 and my current ride a '99). I wouldn't read too much into the nickname. I call mine an Exploder all the time. Ford-haters tend to relish that name. :D
       
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      Ford vehicles are still bursting into flames, often leaving little more than the frame. Some vehicles were covered by the recall and some were not.

      In one of the biggest recalls of automotive history last September 2005, Ford warned almost four million owners of pick-up trucks and SUVs of possible fires. Ford Explorers should be on its lengthy recall list.

      then urban dictionary
      Ford Exploder ... Ford Explorer after many tire blow outs causing crashes and rollovers

      Then


      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKbBEpO_sZs
       
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      The recall relates to the cruise contol switch. Ford still does the required work for free. Assuming they have the parts in stock, it's a "while you wait" job.

      Re: the infamous Firestone Wilderness A/T "scandal", I was happy because I got a new set of Michelins in the deal but NEVER felt nervous about having the Firestones. Completely overblown by the media just like most things in the US. :thumbdwn:
       
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      I always thought it was tyre related too...

      Si
       
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      Somebody gave me set of the Firestones during that ordeal...... I didn't have any problems and factoring in they didn't cost me a dime they could very well be the best set of tires Ive ever owned......lol
       
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      Just a nickname people give them, could be related to the firestone thing too.

      Ford haters just LOVE to shout it out loud too.:rolleyes:
       
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      The gas tanks don't explode, the cruise control switches were known to overheat or spark even while the truck is turned off and cause the truck to catch fire and burn to the ground, I assume the name "exploder" came around because of the unexpected fires. Ford recalled this switch though which also included ford pick-ups, excursion, bronco, etc.. The tire that blew out and caused roll overs was a firestone tire produced back in the 90's, once it was discovered that this tired blew out firestone recalled the tire. It was only today that I pulled the spare out of my truck (i haven't had the truck on the road since i've owned it) and discovered it was one of these firestone tires, the tire looks brand new!!! It still has the "little rubber thingies" as I call them and there are no signs of wear on the treads. The rim is rusty but i filled the tire up with air and it seems to be holding fine, I am debating actually keeping that tire for my spare considering there is nothing wrong with it and it saves me the money of buying a new one. This was everything that I read by researching the internet, I don't believe that my truck is about to explode in flames, or rollover going down the highway, Explorers are awesome, I'll never get rid of mine!
       
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      Maybe no one here actually had the Firestone failire? The recall was NOT due to tires "exploding", but to the treads coming off.

      This actually happened to me, while doing about 75-80 mph in the left lane of an interstate highway with no where to go but right... managed to limp off the road, pissing off lots of other drivers in the process. I actually thought the tire exploded from the noise it made, and was shocked to see it still inflated when I got out to look at it. The tires had over 75,000 miles on them, so I figured I was due for new tires anyway. Bought 4 Michelins, and the recall came out about 6-9 months later. Wish they had just held up a bit longer...

      Mike
       
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      haha the "exploder" is so common. Even people that dont have explorers call them that. I have actually seen a "Jay Leno Headline" where they miss-spelled explorer, and the ad actually said ford exploder. That was probably the first time i heard that... years ago. Perhaps that helped introduce the nickname. Friends of mine call my explorer "Dora"... (after the kids cartoon Dora the Explorer) kinda lame, but its starting to stick, unfortunately.
       
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      All I know is I am the 4th person in my family to drive our '94 Exploder. It's got 176000 miles on it, 90,000 of that was on those Firestone A/T tires. My family got a new set of tires, and my dad was disappointed they wouldn't give him the same ones that got recalled because they were good tires for us. Everyone in my family calls it "the Exploder". I have no idea why, but it is definitely not because we have had issues with it. I love my Exploder, and am hoping to get at least another 50,000 miles out of it!
       
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      So it seems the tires didn't blow apart, just eject their tread like a saturn booster rocket. This could cause one to overcompensate from surprise or whatever due to the change in steering and voila! you are flipped over! Could happen in any vehicle.

      Thanks gentlemen. Glad to have the Canadian input, I graduated from Sr. Sec. in N. Van, BC.
       
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      Lots of other vehicles have derogitory nicknames;

      Mercury Mistake (Mystique)
      Rustang, Pustang (Mustang)
      Chevy Crapalier (they really are)
      Pontiac Stunfire (Sunfire)
      Pontiac Aztec (not really a derogatory name, just about the butt ugliest vehicle ever made)

      I wouldn't put a lot of stock in the Exploder nickname, we have called both of ours that and to date no calamaties.
       
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      Dang, and I thought it was called "Exploder" cause of how it performs offroad when you mix a 5.0L V8 with a locked D44 and Ford 9 behind it. :rolleyes:
       
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      I call mine the xploder just because the first time I ever saw an explorer off roading with my friends dad, the person driving the xplo slammed on the gas and a big old black cloud shot out the exhaust lmao, heard his dad say typical of an exploder, so i just grew up calling it that.

      Never knew the real reason, don't think there is on.
       
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      mine is an xploder cause its just an awesome name, i wanna get some d's from an expedition and put them on my truck so everyone will know the awesomeness of my xploder
       
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      that is a great idea... lol once it's warm out i'm hitting up the junk yard in search of d's
       
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      i knew i should have copyrighted my idea lol but its cool i get alot of ideas and learn alot from this site, i put up my ideas in return and i'd glad someone can find a use for them
       

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