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Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by sakirfp, April 12, 2013.

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  1. sakirfp

    sakirfp Active Member

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    The wife's 2005 XLT V8 230,000 miles might be on its last leg. Last night while I was replacing the rear axle bearing in my 04 Sport Track(260,000 Miles) . She came rolling in with a horrible clanking noise coming from the engine. It sounded like a valve or something horrible coming from the left rear of the engine.. Well this morning taking it to the repair shop, because I did not want any part of it fixing, it shut off and would not start back up but does turn over and tries to run..So we had it towed the last 2 of 6 miles trip to the repair shop.

    They are going to look at on Monday and let me know the damage. I am just wondering if the valves are shot or the time belt is all jacked up

    Will it be worth fixing? I am sure the transmission is not far behind since both are still original.

    Should I keep the Explorer..It is great shape just the drive train is hurting. Oh and my wife wants to get ride of it for something samll

    This has not been a good week for either of our Explorers.
     
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  3. Exproblems

    Exproblems Well-Known Member

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    From what you are describing and from what I read in here the last 2 years or so, it sounds like your "plastic timing chain guides" may have broke and pieces of it are getting bound up in the motor. It is a timing "chain" you have, not a belt. Take a look at the link below:

    http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=204267&highlight=timing+chain+whoops
     
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  4. sakirfp

    sakirfp Active Member

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    That sounds promising... I just hope it does not cost an arm and a leg to fix.
     
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    From what I know about it, it's not a cheap repair. Think the motor has to be removed for the repair or you may need another motor if it is damaged beyond repair.
     
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    At least a leg. Maybe leg and half an arm.

    It is a pricey repair. Might want to look into other options such as a junkyard motor.
     
  7. sakirfp

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    We were thinking a new motor might be the worst case..just have to decide if we want to do that. I am sure the transmission is not far behind..the Explorer does have 230,000 miles on it.
     
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    The repair shop called...The motor is toast and needs replaced.

    Let see how much it is going to cost for a replacement motor.
     
  9. Exproblems

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    Try to find a used motor yourself online, it should be cheaper than buying one thru a repair shop.
     
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    If you're looking for a used engine, I bought one here. Make sure you know what you need and are getting before you make the deal. http://car-part.com/ Also remember part prices are ALWAYS negotiable despite what the yard people want you to think.
     
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    I would look at more than one place to find the best deal. Might be able to find one with less miles and less cost.
     
  13. sakirfp

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    Well my wife does not want her 2005 Explorer fixed, well at least for $4500..The repair shop will replace the engine with the one I found for $1350. She has been wanting a new vehicle for a while...So she got one today..

    I am thinking of keeping the Explorer and replacing the engine myself over a nice period of time...:)
     
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    Great site.

    I am keeping the my 2005 Explorer and just going to replace the engine.
     

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