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Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by wilpetty, February 14, 2020 at 3:59 AM.

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  1. wilpetty

    wilpetty New Member

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    Anyone have the crack on the "trunk". If so, where did you order the replacement panel?
     
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  3. Josef161

    Josef161 New Member

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    Probably every second one has that thing. It probably would brake again and they cost around $ 100.
     
  4. MrQ

    MrQ Smokey the Clutch is, Missed Shift You Did Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Put in a lift gate from a 4th gen. :laugh:
     
  5. 94Eddie

    94Eddie Elite Explorer

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    Nearly every 3rd gen Explorer/Mountaineer has a cracked upper face plate on the hatch and those that don't have probably had the original one replaced. I am surprised when I am behind one in traffic and there isn't a crack showing. I owned two 3rd gens and each had this crack. I just lived with it.
     
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    I've seen them for sale at Rock Auto. My early build 2002 still has the original one, unbroken.
     
  7. 94Eddie

    94Eddie Elite Explorer

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    Your Explorer might be a unicorn. ;)
     
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  8. 96firephoenix

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    getting more common than that. It sticks out to me when I see one that isn't busted now.
     
  9. Donystoy

    Donystoy Elite Explorer

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    I replaced the plastic piece on my early 2002 about a year ago. They break because Ford used a glue that would not allow movement between the glass and the plastic which expands at different rates with temperature change. I used a liberal amount of silicone to attach mine. Silicon will allow movement between the plastic and glass.
     
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    My 2003 has cracks too. Just not sure it's worth fixing
     
  11. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Active Member

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    my 2004 was one of the rare uncracked Explorers. Then last year it finally cracked. I threw some silicon into the crack so that water doesn't seep down inside. Now it looks horrible. Considering putting in some bondo and painting.
     
  12. 94Eddie

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    I could see the crack on my 2002 XLT change in width from the cooler mornings to the heat of the afternoon. I don't think Bondo would hold and if it did then a crack would appear elsewhere.
     
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    Probably why it cracks in the first place.

    I put the silicon on in the fall when it was warm, flush. Now it it has contracted and pushed the silicon out from the crack some.
     
  14. Donystoy

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    Forget about trying to repair this with bondo. I tried it and the first time out in the hot sun I had a worse mess than I started with. Complete waste of time and materials. I just removed it using a Dremel tool to cut it into small manageable pieces. If using silicone to install a new one make sure it is not expired. Old silicone will not set up.
     

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