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    Looking to buy a 2011 XLT

    Hello, I'm on the verge of trading my 1998 Eddie Bauer for a 2011 XLT with almost 66k on it. When I brought it home for the test drive, I turned the knob to mud, ruts, sand (or whatever it said) and did some figure 8's in my dry front yard, and did not feel any of the bucking that my 98EB or my...
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    "Stop Leak" Coolant Additive. Which one?

    FYI, the "very small leak" that I couldn't find on my 98 SOHC ended up being the lower thermostat housing. When it finally failed due to heat/age two yrs ago, the small nipple on top broke off and it blew out a lot of coolant.
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    Solved Clicking noise from the dash.

    I may have solved the problem. Over the weekend (and for the first time), I could correlate the electric arcing noise to motion in the multifunction switch. All it took was slight movement of the turn signal lever or barely wiggling the hazard light button. I removed the switch and took it...
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    Solved Clicking noise from the dash.

    Anyone?? Over the 5 days I started it at 7am this week, Mon thru Thurs was in the 30 and 40s and the left signal was flashing every time. A quick tilt down and back up of the wheel and it stops. This morning it was in the 60s and the signal was not flashing. Could the multifunction switch cause...
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    Solved Clicking noise from the dash.

    So the sound of electric arcing has come back, and there's another thing happening now. I have a remote start, and when I start it before heading out in the morning the left turn signal will be flashing. It seems to happen more frequently in low temps and typically (but not always) stops when...
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    1998 EB SOHC fuel economy change

    Any other thoughts on this? Can a TPS even affect the fuel economy?
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    Rear Window Hinge issues

    This is what I did...
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    1998 EB SOHC fuel economy change

    Comments below. The TPS voltage ranges from 0.93 to 4.5 and seems to be a smooth incline. I meant to clean the MAFS today but forgot. I was going to take the Expl on a 500 mile trip later this week, but @ 13mpg I may be better off taking the F250 7.3.....
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    1998 EB SOHC fuel economy change

    I didn't want to Hijack the recent thread on a 96 with a similar problem so started another. The mileage in my 98 has recently gone to crap. I used to get about 16mpg, now it's more like 13. Over the last few months it would oocasionally have a dead spot midway on the throttle. Could a TPS...
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    Serp Belt_98 Eddie Bauer 4.0 SOHC

    Nevermind, my son was logged in with his school account, that's what was restricting the video. And I see the video is not specific to an Explorer....
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    Serp Belt_98 Eddie Bauer 4.0 SOHC

    It says I'm restricted from seeing the video, maybe because of my sloooow internet connection. I can see the image though, is the large pulley to the bottom right for the air pump? I don't believe mine has that.
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    Serp Belt_98 Eddie Bauer 4.0 SOHC

    Thanks, but what's the air pump for? I know mine doesn't have an air-ride suspension.
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    Serp Belt_98 Eddie Bauer 4.0 SOHC

    I'm looking to order a new belt from RockAuto and a bit confused. I see options for with and w/o an Air Pump. Would that pump be for an air suspension system or is it smog-related? I checked the number on my current belt (865K6) bought from a local parts store11yrs ago and it appears to be for a...
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    No brake lights, 3rd brake light glows constantly

    I misstated, I meant both brake lights were working after the bulbs were replaced, and the 3rd brake light is no longer glowing dimly when everything is shut down.
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    No brake lights, 3rd brake light glows constantly

    I'm a littel embarassed to say this, but it turned out being two bad bulbs. Replaced them both and the signals work normally. With the 3rd brake light constantly glowing and neither side's brake light working, I thought it was something major. Since both bulbs went out at the same time, maybe...
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    No brake lights, 3rd brake light glows constantly

    I'm not sure what's normal, but only the amber rear lights blink with the hazard flasher switch on. Should the red brake lights also flash?
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    No brake lights, 3rd brake light glows constantly

    I'd had the battery disconnected to replace the radiator. Yeah, not really necessary, but that's what my manual said to do.....
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    No brake lights, 3rd brake light glows constantly

    I came home last night to find the 3rd brake light on my parked 98EB with a dim glow. Hit the brakes and found the brake lights do not work but the 3rd BL did. I'd had the battery disconnected earlier in the day, and did so again last night to avoid draining the battery. Getting ready to tear...
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    Overheating on hills

    It's the 4.0 V6
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    Overheating on hills

    Thanks. I'll check that out, but the vehicle is immaculately clean so I'm guessing that's not what's causing the problem.
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    Overheating on hills

    My in-laws have a 2007 Explorer (90k miles) that's overheating when climbing hills. They have no trouble with the vehicle when they're close to home, but on the last few trips to visit us it overheated going through the hills of western Maryland on I-68. My FIL has had the dealer look at it a...
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    Noise from alternator area - 1998 4.0 SOHC

    Yep, I was wondering if it might be the belt tensioner since it's right below the alternator. Haven't correlated it to engine temp. It only happens when the AC is turned on, so I'm guessing it won't make the noise with the belt removed but I might try it.
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    Noise from alternator area - 1998 4.0 SOHC

    There's a rattling noise coming from somewhere around the alternator on my 98 only when the AC is turned on. I thought it was the alternator so it was replaced last weekend but the noise is still there. The AC compressor is on the opposite side so it can't be that, and I'm hoping it's not the...
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    Solved Clicking noise from the dash.

    Does the steering column feel wobbly? No Do you hear clicking even though the vehicle isn't in motion? Yes
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    Solved Clicking noise from the dash.

    Both the horn and cruise are working normally
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    Solved Clicking noise from the dash.

    When I started it to leave work last night, the popping and cracking behind the panel was the worst it's ever been. I found some tools at work to remove the panel below the steering column and the metal plate behind it, and the noise is coming from the steering column. I tilted the wheel down a...
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    Solved Clicking noise from the dash.

    I can hear what I guess is the blend door moving when I change the temp or output, but this also happens when the heat is turned completely off. I'm pretty sure it's right behind the left side of the panel below the steering column because I can feel the panel vibrate when the noise occurs. And...
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    Solved Clicking noise from the dash.

    I've had an annoying electrical clicking periodically in my '98 EB. It usually occurs when it's really cold out and goes away once the cab warms up, but it never stopped this morning. Sometimes it's just a single click, sometimes it's like pouring milk over rice crispies. It doesn't seem to get...
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    1998 Explorer_shift indicator repair??

    Yes, broken. I can see the wire around the hook on the steering column, but it's pulled out of the conduit that goes to the indicator. I have a spool of kevlar cord, just wondering if I can get to the end that's connected to the indicator to replace it, or if I need to order a complete assy...
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    1998 Explorer_shift indicator repair??

    It looks like the line going to the shift indicator in my instrument panel is broken. Before I start tearing it down, can you get to the end that's inside the indicator to replace this line? If not, any suggestions on where to get the complete indictor assembly? It doesn't look like AutoZone...
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    I'm looking to buy 2005 Mountaineer....

    It has the 4.0 SOHC. I did start and let it idle a few minutes, and did not hear anything odd. I've been concerned about the timing chain problem popping up on my 98 4.0, but at almost 170k miles I guess I've been lucky. Can someone post a video link of what they sound like when going bad? So...
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    I'm looking to buy 2005 Mountaineer....

    ... is there anything specific I should check out on it? It has really low miles (61k), and while there are a few dings and the normal plastic panel below the back glass cracked in the middle, it really doesn't look too bad. Are the 2005 trannys problematic? I know the 5r55e in my 98 EB was. Any...
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    Anyone with experience with keeping a car that the insurance company has totaled?

    After 35+yrs behind the wheel, I hit my first deer with my 98 EB in Dec15. It hit square across the front smashing the grille, header panel, right headlight, marker light, put a little kink on the front corner of the hood where the head hit, and bent the trans cooler bracket. With150k miles and...
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    $1700 for a 210k rustbucket

    I found a '99 XLT w/73k on the local Ford lot Thursday for $5800. The first words out of the sales guy's mouth was "we have someone driving 200 miles tomorrow to test drive it", so I told him there was no need for me to look at it and left.... It's been taken off their website......
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    Need to replace water pump. What else should I do?

    UPDATE: I got the aluminum housing from eBay and it bolted right up, but I did have a little problem with the heater hose. The nipple was a little farther over and the existing hose would not reach so I had to put another one on it. The ultimate failure of the original plastic housing was when...
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    Need to replace water pump. What else should I do?

    Donalds, thanks for the info, I ordered one for the 01-11 Explorer and going to switch out the upper spout. I can't wait to get the old Explorer back on the road, getting tired of driving (and parking) my F250....
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    Need to replace water pump. What else should I do?

    Does anyone know if an aluminum thermostat housing for 01 and up 4.0 SOHC will bolt up to a '98? If the only difference is that the neck points another direction, I can put my original plastic upper part on it.
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    Need to replace water pump. What else should I do?

    I still haven't changed the water pump because I wasn't entirely sure that's what was leaking. Since the radiator would never leak down to the water pump level, I figured it was coming from somewhere else but could never find it. Then on my way home one night last week, the engine had spiked to...
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    V8 Down

    For what it's worth, when the 5r55e went out of my 98Exp 5yrs ago, I ended up getting a reman from the local Ford dealer. $2500 for a 36mo/unlimited mileage warranty that was good at any Ford dealer vs. $1500 for a 12mo/12k mile warranty from the local tranny shop, it was an easy decision. And...
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    Need to replace water pump. What else should I do?

    Yeah, I've been looking at it for a while because I wasn't sure if it was the water pump or possibly a head gasket leaking. AF was running along the side of the head, but I'm hoping it's coming from the pump. I'd feel better if I could actually see AF coming from the weep hole, but I can't even...
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