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    Tightening Intake Manifold Bolts

    Thank you for the reply. I am sure it is 89 in-lbs which is about 8ft lbs from research I did before I replaced the fuel rail sensor. I am just annoyed at the vacuum sound I hear at certain RPMs at the intake manifold bolts are the only thing I can think would be loose.
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    Tightening Intake Manifold Bolts

    Good Morning All Back in December of 2022 I replaced the fuel rail sensor on my 2005 Explorer with information from this forum and a thread I started which I have linked below. I used a new gasket when reinstalling the intake manifold and tightened the bolts from the middle one to the outside...
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    Replacing a Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor

    So I am happy to report this job is done with no major issues. The video linked above is a big help, although the component layout is for an earlier year Explorer. The 2005 does not have the cables and some vent tubes from the intake manifold are in slightly different places. Two tips I would...
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    Replacing a Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor

    Thank you. I also came across this Youtube video. The spec given in the video is 89 in-lb as well. As for the sequence in tightening the bolts it says at about minute 16 to work from the center to the forward aspect and then the rear. When I am done I will report back and let everyone know...
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    Replacing a Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor

    As I continue to read on this topic I have found this web page which list the torque specs for the intake manifold of a 2005 V6 as 12 ft-lbs. https://ford-specs.com/cars/2005/explorer4.0/torque-specs_engine.php This thread list the spec as 98 in-lbs of 10 Nm for a 2002 V6. This would be the...
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    Replacing a Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor

    Yes, I have gaskets on order as well.
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    Replacing a Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor

    Morning All, In the next few days I am replacing the Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor on my 2005 Ford Explorer. After reading some threads here and watching a Youtube video I understand it is under the intake manifold, which is secured by torx T-20 screws/bolts. My question is when I replace the...
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    Ford Timing Chain Tensioner Cutaway

    Thanks for the information. And those numbers are in the ballpark of what I was quoted.
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    Ford Timing Chain Tensioner Cutaway

    Hi All, So I installed the two external tensioners this weekend. Cold start up rattle is significantly improved, although it can still be heard for a split second. The rattle at 2100 to 2300 RPM is quieter but is still present. And it did take about 15 miles of driving to quiet down. Just...
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    Ford Timing Chain Tensioner Cutaway

    Yes, I agree as I have found six or so threads with useful or relevant information on this issue. And thank you to everyone for the advice in this forum. I will post when I have completed the repair, which might be several weeks, to let everyone know if the passenger side tensioner solved my...
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    Ford Timing Chain Tensioner Cutaway

    Thank you. I ask as with my schedule it might be two weeks before I can get to it. I will use the WOT on the first start of the day as that is when I hear the rattle.
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    Ford Timing Chain Tensioner Cutaway

    In the past week my explorer has started making the chain rattle noise on cold starts for around one second. In reading up on the problem I came across this thread. In the next few weeks I would like to change out the external chain tensioners as from my reading this could be the issue. Right...
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    Installation of Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor

    My Explorer has 173,x.. miles on it and yesterday it threw a P0193 (Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor) code. The recommended fix is to replace the sensor which is located under the upper intake manifold. I have searched this site but did not see a write up on this procedure. There are two videos on...
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    Replace rusty trailer hitch?

    Sorry for the late reply. Yes, the bolt screw into threads on the frame. I reused my original bolts although you could purchase new ones. I am only hauling bicycles so I was not worried about reusing hardware.
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    Wow been a while.

    Plugs and plug wires will make a big difference in fuel economy. I did mine last summer and the fueling saving in four tanks made up the cost of the plugs and plug wires. And that was before gas prices went up.
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    Replace rusty trailer hitch?

    Yes, but it is literally a five minute job to remove the bumper.
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    Replace rusty trailer hitch?

    Hi. I just did this same thing to replace the inch and a quarter hitch with a two inch hitch for a bicycle rack. The connectors for the two different types of wiring harnesses are the same. Here is that thread...
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    Switching Trailer Hitches

    So after a trip to a salvage yard here is the final result. Thank you guys for your help.
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    Switching Trailer Hitches

    Thank you both for the reply. Am I correct in assuming I will have to find an Explorer with a V8 to find one with a tow package and a 2 inch receiver? A local u-pull it yard has a bunch of Explorers with the six cylinder but only a few V8 models. Chris
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    Blend door actuator broken lever

    Expanding on what Number4 said, I had enough of the arm left to drill a hole and use zip ties to secure it to the actuator arm. Fifteen months later and it is still working. However, I will admit when the selector switch is in full defrost mode it helps to close the center air vents as some...
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    Switching Trailer Hitches

    HI All, I have a 2005 Explorer with the 4litre, a 1.25 inch trailer hitch receiver and, of course no tow package. I am looking at bike racks and the rack I like is for a 2 inch receiver not my 1.25. I know I can buy an adaptor on line but I am concerned about how far out the bike rack will...
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    Rear end whine

    Hi I just changed the rear differential fluid and transfer case fluid on my 2005 this past weekend. Here are some threads I found helpful. https://www.explorerforum.com/forums/threads/changing-differential-fluids.213749/...
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    Rear Differential Fluid-- Conventional or Synthetic At This Point

    I might have answered my own question. In looking at the housing it is clearly stamped "synthetic fluid" so I am 99% positive that would have been what I used.
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    Rear Differential Fluid-- Conventional or Synthetic At This Point

    Morning, After searching on this site and reading these threads along with one or two others: https://www.explorerforum.com/forums/threads/questions-about-differential-fluid.467770/ https://www.explorerforum.com/forums/threads/changing-differential-fluids.213749/ I was going to change the...
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