Explorer Owner's
 Maintenance Reference Page

Explorer Maintenance Tips

Note: These tips are primarily for the 1st Gen Explorers 1991-1994
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Common Answers to Common Problems

General Items

Service Schedule - Dr. Bob's TLC for Your Explorer

Plugs and Wires - A Treatise

Kleenex Juniors!!!!


Engine and Electrical Systems

Battery Cables - Starter Won't Start?

Thermostat - How to Replace It

Changing the Coolant

Coolant Loss - from a Cracked Head

Coolant Loss - from the Lower Intake Manifold Gasket

Cooling Fan - Removal and Replacement

Water Pump - Removal and Replacement

Replacing the Radiator

Engine Pinging

Converting the A/C System - Getting Away from R-12

Power Steering Pump

Valve Cover Gaskets

Removing the Exhaust Manifold

Changing the Tail Lights - A Little Trick

Changing the Spark Plugs

Trailer Wiring

No Oil Pressure - Flush the System

Fuel Systems

The Fuel Pump Relay

Fuel Pump & Sender Replacement - 1991 to 1994

Fuel Pump & Sender Replacement - 1995 - ?

Replacing the Fuel Filter

Fixing a Dead Fuel Gage - Maybe It's the Float

Fuel Pressure Regulator - Check Engine Light Driving You Nuts?




The Manual Transmission - Beware of Rubber Plugs

The Automatic Transmission - Changing the Fluid

The Automatic Transmission - The Speed Governor

The Automatic Transmission - Check Your Alternator Lately?

The Automatic Transmission - Modulator Valves

What Happened to My Overdrive?

Hubs, Diffs, and Transfer Case

The Differentials - More Fluids to Change

The Transfer Case - What to Check First!

The 4wd System - Overhauling the Hubs and Troubleshooting

The 4wd System - A Note on the Automatic Hubs

The 4wd System - Converting Automatic Hubs to Manual Hubs


Front Brakes - Also some more hub stuff

Rear Brakes

Make Your Own Bleeder

Suspension and Tires

Shocks - Improving the Ride

What Tires To Buy? - A Net Consensus

Radius Arm Bushings - Those rivets are tough!

Radius Arm Bushings - A little sidewalk engineering!

Radius Arm Rivets - The Blue Torch Approach

Fixing a Rear End Clunk



Interior and Body

The Center Arm Rest - Fix it Yourself

Radio R&R?

Fixing the Power Windows

Fixing the Door Switch

Fixing the Rear Wiper

Removing the Instrument Cluster

Fixing a Broken Lock on the Rear Liftgate

Replacing a Driving Light Lens

Fixing the Sagging Driver's Door

Noises, Bumps, and Everything Else

Vibrations - Where to begin?

If You See Lots of White Smoke - Check Here First

The Clanging Cat Shield - A Few Suggestions

Passenger-Side Heat Shield - Loud thumps from that side???

Need a Cargo Liner

Fixing a Vibrating Luggage Rack

Replacing the Exhaust System

Steering Wheel Clunk

Miscellaneous Items

All of the information contained in this section of the site was compiled by Jeff Singleton.
 I have archived Jeff's site so that the Explorer enthusiast community can continue to take advantage of this excellent resource.

Jeff, if you come across this and would like to contact me please e-mail me at ab7fh@yahoo.com.






As is customary, all procedures detailed on these pages are without warranty of any kind.
 Use of these suggestions and hints are at your own cost and peril. It is your vehicle and your hands doing the work, so please be careful.
 This information has been posted to the web free of charge - Caveat emptor most certainly applies.


In no way are these procedures representative of the opinion of either Ford Motor Company,
the University of Maryland, or the United States Government.


This web site is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company.
Ford Explorer is a registered Trade Mark of the Ford Motor Company


All tips and information provided are for use at your own risk and discretion.
Some modifications described within this website may void your factory warranty.


All contents of this section Copyright 2001 Jeff Singleton. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.