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Ford Recalling 1.2 million Trucks and Vans

Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by gensic11, August 3, 2006.

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  1. 96ExplorerSport

    96ExplorerSport Active Member

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    What is IVD? How can I tell if my 96 Sport has it? I checked my switch and it's hot only when key is in ON position, not 24/7. I still plan to replace it though with a new one.
     
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  3. gijoecam

    gijoecam Village Idiot Elite Explorer

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    AFAIK, the 98s were the only ones with the switch hot 24/7. If the switch isn't hot with the key off, there's no need for a replacement switch unless it's leaking.

    -Joe
     
  4. gijoecam

    gijoecam Village Idiot Elite Explorer

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    Update: Found this on teh daily broadcast messages:

    So, a quick trip to FMCDealer, and I found this:

    They also have a copy of the owner letter, reimbursement procedures, and a background summary, but they're PDF files and I can't copy the text easily.

    So, it looks like the official word is that it'll only be for the 98 Explorers and Mountineers with cruise control.

    -Joe
     
  5. gensic11

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    what about the people with the "pre-98" model.. that's technically a 97 but has features of a 98. i have the late 97 model and i wonder if they switched the cruise on my model as well..
     
  6. 96ExplorerSport

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    I know that 96 has the same switch, so it still can leak. The only difference is that it is not hot 24/7, so I'll be there when the fire starts :) . If you have a voltmeter you can check the voltage across the sensor when engine is OFF. I plan to replace mine anyway, for a peace of mind.
     
  7. gijoecam

    gijoecam Village Idiot Elite Explorer

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    The 97 lists it as being hot all the time as well. I can't say why it's not been included in the recall. It may be a matter of 'It's not included YET' or it may be a matter of 'they're not seeing the problems in the 96 for XXXXXX reason.' I have no way of knowing why they wouldn't include them. My best guess is that the fuse that's in-line is only a 7.5A on the 96, so maybe it was determined that the 7.5A fuse will blow before it becomes a fire hazard. I dunno... That's strictly supposition on my part.

    If you have questions, you can contact the dealer and they can reference the VIN number to see if yours may be affected.

    As I've said all along, it's not going to hurt anything to replace it.

    -Joe
     
  8. dogfriend

    dogfriend Human-Animal Hybrid

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    My 97 schematic shows that it is only Hot In Run, not Hot At All Times.

    My switch is leaking like a sieve and I lost cruise control a couple of weeks ago. Guess I'll be getting a new switch.

    The manual says you should bleed the brakes after installing a new switch.



    P.S. I park out in the driveway away from the house. Maybe I should reinstate my comprehensive insurance? :D
     
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    A while back I added a 1/2 amp fuse to the hot wire just above the connector for the switch. I'll probably go get the Ford part just to see how it's put together.

    I like the fuse even with the newer switch, since you still have a similar part that could potentially fail. the real problem is that the circuit is always hot.
     
  10. Runnin'OnEmpty

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    I think a fuse is a good idea even on the models that the circuit is 'hot while running'. After all, if the fire starts while driving down the highway, there's still the possibility of vehicle loss.

    Whether running or parked, there's still a danger, in my humble opinion...... :rolleyes:
     
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    dogfriend Human-Animal Hybrid

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    Yeah, but if you are moving down the road and you see smoke coming from under the hood, you can pop the hood open to try and blow it out. :p
     
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    Hmmm my 99 has the red switch...
     
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    My 98 Mountaineer is hot all the time....
     
  14. gijoecam

    gijoecam Village Idiot Elite Explorer

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    As stated in the recall above, your 98 Explorer/Mountaineer will be included in the expanded recall.
     
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