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    Replacement throttle body needed

    So tonight's quick change of the TPS after a P1120 code and loss of power today pretty much was a failure. Having changed the TPS a few years ago, I knew to have a right-angle #2 Phillips ready, and the old TPS was off in a few minutes. Went to install the new TPS, and the top Phillips did not...
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    2004 ford explorer camber/caster issue

    Glad to find this thread. After physically (only partially financially) recovering from another timing chain and guide replacement and a transmission rebuild, the 03 XLT is wearing the inside of the tires all the way around. I replaced both front hubs several weeks ago too. I know I have to...
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    Stuck TTY cylinder head bolts

    We are on our 2nd T-55 socket trying to remove the TTY bolts today from my wife's 2003 4.0, trying to find possible solutions on the forum. A punch and hammer to the center sounds like a good idea, would an impact T-55 maybe get it done. Trying to destroy as little as possible.
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    2003 5r55s with 247k is tired...

    Did a little searching today, I am really questioning the $1400 quote for a rebuild now, looking at some of the prices for the parts kits. Since I already have to pull the motor for the timing chains, I could pull the transmission and take it to a shop to be rebuilt right, so distance matters...
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    2003 5r55s with 247k is tired...

    I appreciate the response. I'm willing to travel for a quality rebuild that checks the right boxes. Is a quality rebuild possible for that $1400 qoute? I could not ask technical details on the quote at the time, but that price seems low.
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    2003 5r55s with 247k is tired...

    I'm in Spartanburg, used to work in Pineville over 20 years ago.
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    2003 5r55s with 247k is tired...

    Well, I got a quote for a Jasper transmission with install for a little over $3K. But, with the Explorer on a lift today, sounds like one of the timing chain tensioners has failed, and a timing chain is slapping. We pulled the motor and did the timing chains almost 70K ago, but maybe with some...
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    2003 5r55s with 247k is tired...

    Last night, after dinner, our 03 4.0 XLT would not engage any gear while running. I slid under it, and the linkage worked, but shifting through the gears did nothing. Called AAA and got a rollback to carry home. Once unloaded, I started it, and have the accelerator a quick stab, then tried the...
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    '04 Explorer XLT Lift Question's

    Don't try an 3rd Gen body lift without these pliers, a can of PB Blaster or Kroil, a good breaker bar, and patience. http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/engine/locking-oil-filter-wrench-66570.html
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    Yet another transmission question...

    265/70R16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's....after trying a set for our trip to Colorado and Utah, with all the different terrain, and LOTS of highway miles, I'll keep buying them as long as I can get them. Planning for a set for my 2003 Jeep WJ daily driver too, good highway, rain, and even snow...
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    Yet another transmission question...

    The recent cold snaps we have had here in the southeast generated some more info, as I am trying to rebuild my cash reserves for repairs. During the wife's 12 mile drive to work before 8 AM, no issues. During the drive home, with maybe a 3 mile detour for grocery store, it will usually happen...
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    Yet another transmission question...

    As much as I hate to even think it, I can't help but wonder if the filter and fluid change stirred up something, because (insert Dun Dun DUNNN music here) it started after the filter and fluid change. The magnet in the pan was in the wrong spot from the last shop servicing the transmission...
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    Yet another transmission question...

    Good to have that confirmed on the CEL on these vehicles...I suspected as much. The "feel" of the behavior we are having very much resembles the jarring you can get from the 4X4 Auto with a single low PSI tire and sudden turns...not a complete "bang", but startling to the driver, because its...
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    Yet another transmission question...

    Well, struck out at the transmission shop I chose, it's a family-run place and the office manager is in the hospital, so several of the techs were visiting her.. The one guy there said they were booked for two weeks solid. Does the FORscan software read the transmission codes on the 3rd Gen's...
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    Yet another transmission question...

    Well, I am trying to decide if I should be slightly amused that I have found a brand new problem, or hopeless because I found yet another problem. I believe the transmission is the 5R55W. Digging through the paperwork we got when we bough the 3rd Gen from the previous owner, I found the repair...
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    Yet another transmission question...

    My wife's 2003 XLT with the K code V-6 has 217,000 miles on it. Trans was rebuilt by original owner at a little over 70K. The timing chains and tensioners were replaced last year, then had a head gasket leak this fall, tore it down to fix that, and one of the replaced timing chain tensioners...
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    **help!** with lift kit

    Ditto on the body lifts....about to pass 18 months with my wife's 03 with 1.5" body lift, and still very, very pleased. Wife said if we buy another 3rd Gen, it must have at least the 1.5" body lift installed.
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    How To: First Gen Rear Window with Cables Fix

    Well...... Another problem has kinda taken priority from the rear doors, but I still need the parts. My daughter ran the '91 hot and probably cracked the heads, but I am not picking up a single wrench to work on it until she saves up $200 to start. I may try the junk yard route for the...
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    Another head gasket thread

    Following this... After staying up until 2AM to replace the blown water pump...an actual test drive today (and hard questions to my daughter about how the engine sounded once she took her headphones OUT and pulled over) is indicating I will be replacing a set of heads myself.
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    How To: First Gen Rear Window with Cables Fix

    He PM'd me back :D Work has been crazy, so I did not have much time to check the forums, but he's got a good deal. Now just to figure out how to pay him ;) and we'll get my daughter's ride back in shape, and then I might try to locate the parts at the local U-Pull. Dredwolf
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    How To: First Gen Rear Window with Cables Fix

    Well.... I have sent a PM to kbabiac, is that still the best way to reach him? I have a u-pull yard near me, but it got "assimilated" by LKQ recently, and I have not been since they added more fees for yard access, so I was hoping to pick up the tracks at least. Thanks, Dredwolf
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    How To: First Gen Rear Window with Cables Fix

    Whew...... Just wanted to thank everyone for keeping this thread going. My daughter started college, and actually WANTED to drive my '91 Explorer, so besides regular repairs, anything I can upgrade for her helps keep my '91 "alive" that much longer. I've already rebuilt the window drive...
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    Dakota Definity AT tires would not fit.

    Love the Coopers, best AT tire I have ever run....good road manners, wet traction, works rock/mud/sand/dirt in Moab Utah, works in rock/dirt/mud in Colorado, even decent in the red clay here in SC
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    Do I need a lift for 235/85/16's on my 02 Explorer XLT?

    The Coopers? Perfectly happy with them...during our trip, put 6K miles on them, in everything except snow...with the tread design, silica formula tread and the siping, they should do well in the snow too. Even with 6K miles in such a short time, very little wear at all. Wet asphalt and...
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    Spartan Locker

    Glad to see the long term feedback here...thinking about adding a lunchbox locker to the 2003 Explorer after the trip to Utah and Colorado. I can't cheaply add travel to the rear IFS to keep the tires planted, but a locker would at least provide " 3 wheel drive" :D Any issues with 4x4...
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    Prep Work for Road Trip...

    That is the Baby Lion's Back, since the famous "Lion's Back" is private property now and closed. Traction on the sandstone "slickrock" is amazing, its anything but slick..use your head, watch the throttle, don't panic brake, and let your rig do the work. We ended up wheeling solo a lot...
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    Do I need a lift for 235/85/16's on my 02 Explorer XLT?

    265/70-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3's did NOT rub on my wife's 03 XLT prior to the 1.5" body lift.
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    How to: 1.5" body lift for less than $50

    Looks good! We put over 6K miles on ours since I did the lift, no issues. It just works!
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    Looking for cheap 2-3" lift options for 02 Explorer XLT

    The 1.5" lift, tires, and factory skid plates made a decent off-road rig out of the 3rd Gen. And the stance just looks more like a capable SUV...
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    Looking for cheap 2-3" lift options for 02 Explorer XLT

    Cooper Discoverer AT3's, 265/70-16's, 1.5" body lift, all hand tools (plus Harbor Freight locking oil filter pliers), PBBlaster, done in the driveway on a weekend. No rubbing, pulled the OEM running boards for more clearance. Specifically for this trip to Colorado and Moab. Wife's 3rd...
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    Prep Work for Road Trip...

    "Dad, can we stop here? I have seen this place in pictures...." Well, that explains that.... "ohhhhkaaayy...don't think we were supposed to come out here...." And some of my favorite shots from the trip, our "first" off-pavement trip...Last Dollar Road, heading into...
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    Prep Work for Road Trip...

    Another view at Imogene Pass, at the top...we added a LOT more trail decals after this trip... Speed limit? More like idiot warning...yep, thats snow..at the end of July.. When you run Imogene Pass from Telluride, you end up in...Ouray!!! The next morning, we decided to...
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    Prep Work for Road Trip...

    Cool scenery too... the groups of TJ, YJ, and JK jeeps kept looking as us like we were crazy....with South Carolina plates, I played it up every time we stopped... "Hey ya'll, we're trying to get to family that moved to Denver, is this the right road?" I think this was the climb...
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    Prep Work for Road Trip...

    More Who says a 3rd Gen can't take you cool places off-road? Canyonlands overlook, Moab, Utah.. Jumping BACK to Imogene Pass, between Telluride and Ouray, Colorado... Heading down from the pass at 13,114 feet..NOT the same as the shelf roads in Moab, Utah, but the Cooper...
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    Prep Work for Road Trip...

    Going UP the Baby Lion's back.... Going up the Baby Lion's back...traction is awesome on the "slickrock", so the deal here is "nothing but blue" in the windshield, and once you are on top of the sandstone fin, don't do something stupid...
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    Prep Work for Road Trip...

    More pics... Castle Valley Overlook, Moab, Utah... La Sal mountains from the same spot..
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    Prep Work for Road Trip...

    More pics coming... my wife apparently took over 8000 pics....we got back yesterday and I am at work today, will start posting more pics this evening after I re-size and upload...
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    Prep Work for Road Trip...

    All the prep work paid off.... Imogene Pass, Colorado.....a loooong way from South Carolina I did blow the lower thermostat housing on the way to Moab, but Moab Ford got one in overnight from Salt Lake City, and we were rolling again... Coming back down Baby Lions Back in Moab...
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    How to: 1.5" body lift for less than $50

    Lift is installed.... Not the best pic, but the 1.5" lift and the Coopers made a huge difference.
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    How to: 4.0 Harmonic Balancer - know when it's going bad & how to fix

    Thanks for the info, I will be checking it tonight. Is the OEM part the only choice, or will a chain-store replacement suffice?
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