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    New to Explorer

    I owned a second gen explorer from 97 until I shipped it to the boneyard last year. My advice - if you want a commuter car, buy a 4-cylinder Toyota. If you need a truck, an F-150 will get the same mileage, be far better at hauling and towing, and hold better resale value.
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    I think my 4.0 SOHC is hooped ...

    You should be able to narrow it down if you poke around with a mechanic's stethoscope http://amzn.to/1On0PhI , or just pull the valve covers and take a look. Sounds to me like a tensioner exploded and the chain is grinding on something.
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    Can i use diesel truck oil ?

    I would not recommend it. I tried Delo 15w-40 in my 4.0 SOHC - there was excessive startup noise, probably bad for the timing chains. 10w-40 was fine.
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    Don't buy 3rd Gen with 4.0L

    The timing setup on the 4.0 SOHC is a ridiculously flawed design. What other manufacturer ever produced an engine with timing chains on the back of the motor? And plastic guides made so cheaply that they tended to grenade and destroy the engine? The 4.0 SOHC should have never made it off...
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    I know, I know, I know...

    Gotta be honest, I would suggest you pass on the 2nd gen Explorer and look for an F150 instead. You'll get about the same gas mileage, but the F150 will hold resale value a heck of a lot better, especially if you put a lift kit and big tires on it.
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    remove door chime all together!

    Here's a video showing the procedure to disable that noise. https://youtu.be/DdThzJob7aA?t=17m1s
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    4.0 SOHC Timing Chains

    Could fail tomorrow, or could last another 75k. Take the valve cover off and visually inspect the cassette. If it's missing chunks of plastic or the chain is eating into the mounting post, the engine is close to done.
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    Help with pricing my truck for potential sale?

    If someone will pay that price where you are, go for it. Down here you can buy one that runs for half of what you're asking.
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    headlight conversion question

    9005 and 9006 can be safely replaced with 9011 / 9012 HIR bulbs that are ~70% brighter with the same power consumption and an identical beam pattern. That'd be a great reason to ditch the 9007 housing.
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    Is Anyone running a system w/o leaf springs in the back?

    The coil-over shocks will get you an inch or two, and stiffen up the ride a bit. If you need more, Pro Comp Add-A-Leafs replacing the stock overload leaf are good for a couple inches, but a much harsher ride.
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    Is Anyone running a system w/o leaf springs in the back?

    If it's just a little sag, the Monroe shocks with coil springs are a cheap and easy fix.
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    Recalled Firestone a/t tire

    I absolutely would not risk driving on either of those spare tires. http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=414299 The price of a new spare or a tow home isn't worth the risk.
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    Help, leaking Brake Fluid can't identify part?

    I had what looked like a leaking brake line in that area, but was actually the hood support was leaking hydraulic fluid. It would drip directly on the brake line when the hood was closed.
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    Put in wrong oil

    Ford never changed the specifications for the 4.0 SOHC or 4.0 OHV engines. The 5.0 was back-spec'd to 5w-20. If you don't want to dump the 5w-20, I would put a bottle of STP oil treatment in to thicken it up. Not worth risking the fragile timing system components on a 4.0 SOHC, IMHO.
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    Lower thermostat housing question...

    The intake manifold is pretty easy to take off. It's held on by a bunch of torx-headed wood screws. Fortunately coolant does not flow through the manifold, and taking it off does not expose the inside of the crank case, so you won't have a big mess to clean up when you take it apart (one of the...
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    Truck hasn't run in years, no oil pressure

    If it's that big of a deal to get the lower pan off, I'd be tempted to pour a couple gallons of kerosene in the crankcase, let it sit for a while, and then see what comes out of the drain hole.
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    Truck hasn't run in years, no oil pressure

    The gauge isn't really a gauge, it's more of a dummy light. Did you change the oil and filter? I'd do that, then pull the plugs, pull the fuel pump relay, and use the starter to turn the engine over for a bit and see if the gauge indicates oil pressure coming up. It could a take a...
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    1999 4.0L Timing chain install question

    Sorry, doesn't work - when I try to view your albums I get "Serious Explorations" Invalid Album specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator You can use our Google search box to search for a similar thread. You might try a flickr or photobucket instead.
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    1999 4.0L Timing chain install question

    Pic links don't work...
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    2001 ranger 4.0 SOHC

    It's worth pulling the valve covers to take a look, and pulling the heads to inspect the valves. On mine, the left side chain broke and threw itself through the valve cover without bending any valves.
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    Free Explorer Parts - Oviedo, FL

    My last second gen Explorer took her final ride to the boneyard last week. Edit: Stuff is gone. Sadly, no local takers.
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    will heavier or lighter oil quiet a noisy 4.0 SOHC ?

    Depends on your climate... down here, I've found that 15w-40 is too heavy even during the summer (increases chain noise), while 5w-30 with a bottle of STP oil treatment, and 10w-40, are both about right.
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    Seafoam/Siezed Engine/How to turn Crankshaft?

    Looks like a very fair price compared to Jasper. Been there, done that with bottom-end damage... next time I'm ordering a reman engine and calling it a day.
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    Seafoam/Siezed Engine/How to turn Crankshaft?

    Sure sounds like you hydrolocked it and bent a connecting rod. Probably new engine time if you plan to keep the truck. The good news is Amazon sells reman engines - free shipping with Prime!