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Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by geojag, September 9, 2014.

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  1. geojag

    geojag New Member

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    The short version: My truck does not use a filter that I can find called for on an Explorer of this vintage. It uses a __8a filter, not the __2 filter that pretty much everyone says it should use. I can't figure out why.

    A longer version: I bought my 2002 Explorer from an individual who said that he was told the engine was replaced prior to him buying it. It didn't show up on carfax, so I didn't really believe that. It was cheap, and it runs great, so I bought it.

    Fast forward to yesterday. Time for an oil change. I went by Walmart and picked up the oil and the filter. The filters listed were all __2, I got the Fram XG2. Well, went to put it on and the threads were way too large. I look at the old filter and it was a __8A. I looked all over and can't find that filter being used for an Explorer of that generation. There is a tag on the engine that has the following information:

    2G 966 AA
    Made in Cologne Germany
    Auto FFV
    09/07/01
    as well as bal 266 and a barcode.

    This would seem to be the original engine since the tag on the door shows the manufacture date as being 09/01.

    Any theories on why this engine doesn't use the standard oil filter?
     
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  3. swshawaii

    swshawaii Elite Explorer

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    Thanks for the information.
    I am surprised the engine being replaced didn't show on carfax, but I guess it is an older vehicle so that could have been done before electronic records were as common as they are now, and I guess it could have been done by an independent shop.
    It did throw a slight wrench in the oil change, but now I know.
     
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    Number4 "I'm counting to 3, then I'm getting your dad." Elite Explorer

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    A clean carfax tells you nothing. A bad carfax tells you what not to buy. Use it only to veryify bad vehicles, knowing that it doesn't tell you if a car is good.

    Also, Fram is a 'crappy' filter. Not so much an opinion, but a fact. Just throwing this out there because so many people buy Fram because they see their advertising.
     

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