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    Rear brake line replacement and bleeding question

    Hi Folks, My 1996 Explorer developed a leak in the one-piece steel brake tube that runs along the rear axle. Enough fluid leaked out that the master cylinder emptied. I don't know how much more leaked out, but it's possible the line leading to the rear axle emptied too. I replaced the...
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    Lower / Upper ball joint repair evaluation and cost

    Hi Folks, My 1996 Explorer (2WD) just failed inspection because of lower and upper ball joints. I had heard previously that the lowers were due, but the uppers came as a surprise. My car is not allowed on the road until fixed (thanks PA).:us: I am not equipped to handle a repair job like...
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    Battery discharge problem

    Hi, I've got an Explorer and usually ask my questions in other forums. However, my father has an older Camry that keeps losing battery charge. He's 150 miles away so I can't diagnose in person easily. Whoever is working on his car is either inept or dishonest. First they got him for an...
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    Head Gasket leak and commercial sealers

    Hi Folks, My '96 Explorer has a small head gasket leak located on the driver's side. It's only a small drip, and I know the eventual and proper repair is to replace gaskets on both heads. However, at this time I can't pony up the money for the repair, and am not skilled enough to attempt...
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    Spark plug removal and possible plug breakage

    Thanks for the kind offer Andrew...I sure I'll be OK. My only real concern is the length of time these things have been in there (my bad!!), and the potential for plug breakage. Then it would time to give AAA a call for a tow, and megabucks for repair. I've already picked up new wires...
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    Spark plug removal and possible plug breakage

    Thanks guys !! I'm not familiar with PB Blaster, but will definitely look into it. And yeah, I had remembered the 100K as being on the selling points Ford had. Andrew...did you have 100k miles on your '96 XLT too? I've also done some groundwork to figure out the best way to get to the...
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    Spark plug removal and possible plug breakage

    Hi folks, OK, first I've got to 'fess up my negligence / ignorance. I had thought that my 1996 Explorer didn't need plugs changed until 100K miles. I've seen postings here where waiting that long is incorrect. So now I want to correct this mistake by changing out my plugs, but I've found...
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    Splash shield plastic plug removal

    Hi folks, Not sure if this is the proper forum to be in, but this seems body related... I am replacing the spark plugs in my 96 XLT, and understand the jobs is easier if I remove the rubber splash shield on the passenger side fender. the splash shield is held on by a bunch of those...
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    Check Engine Light - 1996 Explorer

    Ooops...sorry, memory failed me. The struts were only $21.99 for the pair (better still) excluding shipping
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    Check Engine Light - 1996 Explorer

    Hi guys... I'm finally getting around to do the plug swap. I had to replace the hood struts first, since the old ones gave the hood almost zero support. BTW, here's the best online price I found...Gabriel StrongArms (Made in USA !!) at $25.00 for the pair at partshighway.com. Anyway...
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    Check Engine Light - 1996 Explorer

    Hi guys !! I'll be trying these tips in order of difficulty. I know for sure that the plugs are old, so replacement is needed anyway. I'll check to see if codes appear after that, and then try the cat sensor switch. Regarding the AutoZone counterman's explanation...I have NO idea if he has...
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    Check Engine Light - 1996 Explorer

    Thanks again for the extra info Joe, and you also Joe Dirt for the plug suggestion. The Bosch plugs (and wires) have been a big reason for me delaying the plug changing. But the Bosch parts can't be returned, and I'd hate to just toss 'em...so I might end up using them . I'm hoping that the...
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    Check Engine Light - 1996 Explorer

    Thanks for the reply and sound advice, Joe !! I stopped by AutoZone and they read the code for me (nice service). According to the scan, the truck registers a 0420 which ,according to the printout and explanation AutoZone supplied, is "The catalyst system efficiency for bank 1 is below...
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    Check Engine Light - 1996 Explorer

    Hi guys, After many mostly trouble-free years, my '96 2WD Explorer has just thrown the Check Engine Light. I tried the old gas cap remove and replace, but it seems it's a real problem. I have a couple of questions I was hoping to get advice on, if you would be so kind... I don't have a...
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    Multi-Function switch replacement

    Thanks for the info Studd469, Good to know I can leave the ignition in place. I wasn't sure why it had to be removed, knowing the cover is in 2 pieces. And thanks for the safety tip about the air bag too. I've got to work on this before my upcoming inspection...the switch has been buzzing...
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    Multi-Function switch replacement

    Hi Folks, I'm just wondering if there are any pitfalls to be aware of when replacing a multi-function switch ('96 Explorer)? I've got a Haynes manual for the vehicle, and it lists popping out the key lock cylinder because both top and bottom steering column covers must be removed. It seems...
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    Intermittent noise from engine bay

    Hi folks, Explaining and identifying a noise is probably one of the more challenging things to get right, but if anyone can key in on this please let me know. My '96 Explorer has been lately making a noise which vanishes if I gun the accelerator. The sound is close to what you might get...
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    Brake rotor resurfacing and longevity ?

    Snoborder42, ExplorerDMB, gijoecam and XplOrer... Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to offer your advice and knowledge. It's convinced me that new rotors likely are the best way to go (and I haven't yet checked the price difference between resurfacing and new, but that'll probably...
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    Brake rotor resurfacing and longevity ?

    Hi Folks, Not sure if this is the correct forum...thought there used to be one just for drivetrains...but hopefully someone will be knowledgeable about brake rotors for a 1996 Explorer. My truck is due for brakes all around, and I have one rotor for certain that needs to be turned. I'm...
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    Turn signal switch noise

    Thanks to marragtop, dogfriend and '97 V8... marragtop, dogfriend and '97 V8... Much appreciation for the quick advice (and particularly the links, dogfriend). Now I'm not as worried that something more serious might have happened. Seems to be an easy enough repair, and not too costly...
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    Turn signal switch noise

    Hi Folks, Seems that when I set my turn signal to a right turn a buzzing-type sound happens, and the indicator doesn't blink. However, if you hold the signal arm close to the point where it will stay in place, the signal blinks fine, and there's no buzz. The left side works as normal. So...
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    Grille damage from cleaners...and repair ??

    Hi folks, I'm just curious as to what applying chrome cleaner would do to the appearance of the flat black part of a grille. I recently used 2 types of chrome polish... a petroleum distillate saturated wadding and turtle wax chrome cleaner. I think I might have inadvertently gotten some on...
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    Spark plug removal

    Hi Hal_94, Thanks for taking the time to add your experiences. Procrastinator that I am, I still haven't attempted the plugs...but I will get to them when other higher priority chores have been finished. Hopefully, it will be within the next couple of weeks. With the height of the engine...
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    Temp Gauge Fluctuating - caused by head gasket leak ?

    Thanks for responding ! Today I installed a new thermostat and gasket (Stant 29959 /195 F), and replaced the amount of coolant I drained out with fresh coolant...didn't do the whole system because my coolant recycling container was already close to full. So I took it for a test drive and was...
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    Temp Gauge Fluctuating - caused by head gasket leak ?

    Hi folks, Here's the lowdown...the temp gauge on my 96 Explorer moves up and down a lot. It rises enough to set off the check gauge light at times. Usually keeping the heater switched on prevents it from going that high. The gauge will read near the top, and then fairly quickly drop down...
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    Spark plug removal

    Thanks guys. I'll be doing the job this Saturday, weather permitting. And I'll remove the rubber flap and wheel liner...thanks for that tip.
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    Spark plug removal

    Hi, It's a 6-cylinder. I've probably got enough universal joints and wobble extensions to get at the plugs (I hope), I'm more concerned with pulling off the boots without damaging the wires.
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    Spark plug removal

    Hi Folks, I'm planning to change out my plugs on my '96 Explorer, and took a look under the hood to check the access. It seems pretty tight and a couple of the plugs look like you need to be a contortionist to get to. I'm wondering if there is a definite need to use a plug wire puller, as...
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    Leaking head gasket

    Hi folks, My explorer has developed a head gasket leak and is depositing drops of coolant on the ground, although not at a high rate. The price on having the gaskets replaced is pretty steep...over $1000. So I'm wondering if anyone has experience using any brand of radiator stop-leak that...
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    Spark plug choice and installation

    Guys, Thanks for checking in with your experiences and advice.
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    Spark plug choice and installation

    Hi Folks, My '96 Explorer is probably overdue for new spark plugs, and my Haynes manual specified the originals are platinum. So I picked up some basic Bosch platinum 4205s, and was wondering a couple of things. 1) Anybody think these are not sufficient ? 2) Would I need resistor plugs ...
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    Intermittent chirping sound in engine compartment

    Thanks for the replies. To answer ExplorerDMB, I believe it was called a Gator belt. It was much more substantial than the other belts offered. I'll try to look into the idler pulley as well, one problem is the chirping is sometimes nonexistent for days.
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    Intermittent chirping sound in engine compartment

    Hi...and thanks for looking into this topic. My '96 Explorer has been making fairly loud chirping noises that sometimes last for about 10 minutes, sometimes 1 minute, and sometimes doesn't happen at all. The only alteration that I did before the sound became noticeable was to replace the...
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    What causes brake calipers to get stuck ??

    Hi Tstone, That's interesting to know. In my case the rotors are probably OK (they passed inspection) and my vehicle only has about 48K miles. The pads were real low (and probably below minimum thickness, which is why they needed replacing. But what would be seen if these seals you...
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    What causes brake calipers to get stuck ??

    Thanks for all the advice. The pistons coming out too far just didn't make much sense to me. We're talking about milimeters between goog and bad pads. I was thinking maybe the shop didn't apply brake libe, and had even brought some of my own when I went back...but they assured me they always...
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    What causes brake calipers to get stuck ??

    Hi folks, Can anyone tell me what usually causes a brake caliper to stick? I had my rear pads replaced today, and after getting home noticed a burning brake smell and heat coming from one rear disk. I brought it back to the shop and was told that my caliper was probably sticking, even...
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    Chirping noise

    Hi folks, After studying previous posts about what to do about a stuck A/C compressor pulley, I went with a smaller belt that bypassed it. From what I read there were mixed reviews about doing this...some thought it would mess up bearings because the angle of tension would be different. And...
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    Child Safety Tether installation

    Hi All, I'm finally getting around to installing the rear child seat tether anchor on my '96 XLT. I was given a kit for free a couple years ago, and the instructions start off with removing the Rear Scuff Plate which is held on by 6 screws. Unless I'm not looking in the right area, these...
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    Turned bearing ??

    Thanks guys, You're right Mbrooks420....he called it a spun bearing. My mistake with calling it a turned bearing. So, the next question is....what about the symptoms of a spun bearing ?? Richard
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    Turned bearing ??

    Hi folks, My '96 4.0 liter explorer has developed a noise which I can't yet seem to pinpoint. I mentioned this to a co-worker, along with the fact that the truck has been dripping some coolant from the head gasket, and he said there's a good chance it's got a turned bearing. I'm not...
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