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    Disappointing towing performance

    What ARE we comparing, really? In talking about tow capacity isn't power-to-weight and gear ratios what matters? What difference does cab volume make? Would an Excursion with the same 238HP 4.6 tow better? (I will concede it should track better. The short wheelbase of the Explorer is a...
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    Disappointing towing performance

    I really only use my truck for trips so it's so frustrating to learn I've bought such an anemic SUV. FordLover: Few years ago I bought an enclosed aluminum-frame 20 foot trailer to replace my open 18'. Weight was up ~800 pounds and frontal area--even with a V-nose--was much more. Mileage...
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    Disappointing towing performance

    Whoa--not mine! A comparo: 2005 Durango Ltd. AWD 4.7l Hemi 235HP, 300 ft-lbs torque Curb weight 5095 Lbs Tow cap 8700 Lbs. 2004 Explorer Ltd. AWD 4.6l 239HP, 282 Ft-lbs torque Curb weight 4463 Lbs Tow cap 7000 Lbs. When my daughter wrecked my Durango last December I did my...
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    Disappointing towing performance

    I bought my truck last December and this past holiday was the first time I used it to tow my 18-foot aluminum utility trailer & 2 Rzr's. Total weight of trailer & machines is approximately 4000 pounds. Truck does have the Trailer Package. What a pig it was on the highway! The truck has...
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    Wet passenger floor mat

    I do have a sunroof and have no idea of the history of this new-to-me-last December truck. As soon as I got home from work it started raining...again. Today my wife drove the truck because her car is leaking oil. I hope soon to be able to check those drain holes behind the front wheel well...
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    Wet passenger floor mat

    This weekend I found the carpet under the rubber mat wet. No coolant smell--it's just water. There's no rust on this from-Arizona truck and no leaks that I'm aware of. Door seals are full & soft. Where should I be looking? It's been very rainy lately so this may have been happening a while...
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    What is this connector/connected to? 2004 4.6L V8

    Fragile little *******s aren't they? Every time I unplug my coils I break one of the connector locks. Now have 3 zip tied to the coil :-/
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    Warning* retourque your lug nuts after 50 miles

    I'm surprised they would loosen with that much torque applied. Are you sure you didn't use an inch-pound wrench? ;-) Is that the spec for steel or alloy wheels?
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    2004 Limited w/ 4.6 Coolant Leak on backside of engine

    Well I guess I'm not going to be much help in adding to the "causes" database. My mechanic found the intake leaking at the driver's side rear but said the intake would need to be removed to find the reason. Could be a cracked intake, could be a bad gasket. He recommended first trying a...
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    2004 Limited w/ 4.6 Coolant Leak on backside of engine

    I have a 400+ mile trip this weekend so I've taken my truck to a shop to look into my leak. We've invited friends or I'd risk driving it with the slow leak.
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    2004 Limited w/ 4.6 Coolant Leak on backside of engine

    I don't have that fitting on my 04 4.6. I have what I guess would be called a "boss"--a raised post to mount something to. No lip for a hose and no through - hole. So is my truck a unicorn?
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    2004 Limited w/ 4.6 Coolant Leak on backside of engine

    OK--that fitting/cap looks easy enough to get a good look at. That link implies that the re-designed intake with aluminum thermo housing doesn't have the problem with cracks. What does the collective here say?
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    2004 Limited w/ 4.6 Coolant Leak on backside of engine

    I'm also losing coolant and can't see where from. It's from the back of the engine and I can see drops hanging on the rear crossmember. Is it possible to see the cap, or look for an intake crack without taking anything apart? I couldn't even see anything with a flashlight and inspection...
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    How to: Replace Front Blend Door Actuator in 3rd Gen Ex.

    They're back. Probably never went away, exactly. I had that happen to me once when I posted an animated GIF image on a forum--the constant page hits & file reloads exceeded my monthly traffic limit on my photo site (photobucket). Result was my photo links EVERYWHERE were dead for most of...
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    I really need electrical help

    Date code is 12/14. As posted above there are no lights on, and no accessories other than the remote start/alarm (that I unplugged). I'm going to write down the battery voltage for a few days to see how much it drops each day.
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    OBD II Scanner for under $20

    Ya know--it's cheap enough for a USB ELM adapter that I might go the Windows laptop route rather than wait for FORscan to develop and test an Android version. If they're a bunch of Apple fan-boys it could take months to make an Android version available...
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    I really need electrical help

    I repeated the circuit #15 monitoring and it drops from 225mA to 0 after about 40 minutes. So I'm going to say there's nothing wrong with the circuits and I've been chasing my tail for a few hours :-/ Maybe I simply have a bad new battery. It's fully charged to 12.8V when I park it and after...
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    I really need electrical help

    45 minutes? That's about how long it took to pull & replace all the fuses so I haven't checked beyond that time. I'll watch the video & maybe try again. BooMin: Yes all doors/lights work correctly. No chimes, no Door Ajar.
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    I really need electrical help

    Was this supposed to be a link?
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    I really need electrical help

    Everything is clean and there are no forgotten accessories plugged in. .. especially to the "memory, courtesy lights" circuit :-)
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    OBD II Scanner for under $20

    A shame there isn't an Android version. I use the Torque app but I'd like to compare to another...maybe something a little more basic.
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    I really need electrical help

    The weather has finally improved so I can spend some time tracking down a parasitic drain on my battery. I have pulled each fuse in the under-hood power distribution box and have found that #15 (Memory, Courtesy Lamps...) has a constant current draw of ~230mA that starts when the door is...
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    Fusible links & orange wire direct to battery?

    Is that part of the wiring diagram on here our elsewhere online? I'm looking for a .5A drain on my battery that doesn't stop when I pull each fuse in the power distribution box.
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    Fusible links & orange wire direct to battery?

    I'll have to clean it up abd see if it has a light blue stripe but sounds right that it's the sense wire. Thanks!
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    Fusible links & orange wire direct to battery?

    Are these fusible links and are they between the battery and alternator? One of them connects to the orange wire, which disappears into the harness -- where does that wire go?
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    -10 threw truck into test mode??

    Mine started up with TEST mode this morning and it was (surprise!) -10°F outside. I'm not really doubting that low voltage initiates it--but I have a parasitic loss problem so my truck is ALWAYS low on volts. If I let it sit for more than 4 days it won't even turn over. Battery new in...
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    How to: Replace Front Blend Door Actuator in 3rd Gen Ex.

    MrA THANK YOU for your detailed description. I thought the blend door and shaft were 100% internal. All the videos I watched only showed the actuator end so I had no idea the shaft stuck out the other side. Is that little paddle/button some kind of a stop? Re your comment about moving it...
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    New battery won't start car in 3 days

    Then I can limit my search to non - factory since none of the outside fuses killed the .5A load.
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    New battery won't start car in 3 days

    And again. .. DO ALL CIRCUITS GO THROUGH THE PDB UNDER THE HOOD? Sorry to shout. ..
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    New battery won't start car in 3 days

    That's a bit of a problem. I'm looking for a drain of a fraction of an amp but to pull the fuses in the interior panel(s) the door needs to be open -- and that's 5 amps worth of bulbs. How do ppl find these small parasitic loads?
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    New battery won't start car in 3 days

    I haven't pulled any interior fuses yet because I assume those panels get power from a big fuse in the under - hood PDB. Am I right?
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    2002 OBD scanner location???

    If they haven't found it in 10 years, there's no hope! :D
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    Digital AC

    Ahh... so that s why so many YouTube fixes don't look right. I assumed only the control module was different.
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    New battery won't start car in 3 days

    I'm starting to look for the source of my mystery load that keeps draining my battery. Does every circuit first go through the PDB under the hood? I have a 450mA drain that doesn't go away when I pull each fuse.
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    How to: Replace Front Blend Door Actuator in 3rd Gen Ex.

    This is the one I had just watched that had me going "wtf?" Supposedly it's for 2002-2008 explorers and it shows some paddle thing snacking a button behind the center console stack. Everything about the problem and noise are right but what the heck is the part he claims is the problem...
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    How to: Replace Front Blend Door Actuator in 3rd Gen Ex.

    Why do some descriptions and YouTube videos Indicate a vacuum actuator for the blend door, and some show an electric motor-- supposedly for the same year & model? Are there different versions of the heating system?
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    Dual passenger heat have 2 blend doors?

    Great video--but now I'm thinking I have a problem somewhere else. I don't think both my blend doors would fail at the same time so it blows cold out both sides. No matter what setting I choose I get cold air. All the vac actuators seem to be working (except the heater valve but I have...
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    That mysterious HVAC vacuum switch box

    I'm talking about the 5-hose black box under the right side of the dash that controls what all the vac actuators are doing. Not sure if it's the same thing & same place for a manual AC system--I have the electronic system. Anyways all my actuators seem to work except the heater valve by the...
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    Dual passenger heat have 2 blend doors?

    Good. I never use the dual mode. Maybe the passenger side works so I can get heat and drive this thing till it warms up enough outside to repair it.
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