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    valve cover compatibility

    Got a crack on the passenger's (rh) side valve cover. Wouldnt care except it's dripping onto the hot exhaust manifold and smoking up a storm. The only replacement valve cover I've found is labelled 2004+. What changed in 04 to where i cant use this on my 2002? Just from looking at the picture...
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    Notre Dame de Paris is burning.

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/no...ing-2019-04-15 Last I checked the feed, the iconic spire has collapsed, and the structure is almost 80% involved. No injuries or deaths reported. Currently being assessed as an accident possibly related to renovations. This doesn't look like terrorism at...
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    Radiator exploded

    Wife was driving, said it overheated in stop and go traffic, and she heard a pop and then plumes of steam. Me, thinking it was simply the overpressure cap giving out, brought 2 jugs of coolant to her rescue, to find the plastic side tank in multiple pieces. All told, I think the electric fan...
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    Definitive Guide: Power Heated Seats in an XLS

    I still need to come back with pictures and to double-check the wire colors on everything, so it's not definitive yet. I've done what was thought to be impossible: Power, heated seats with full function into a base model XLS without cutting the harness on the truck. For what it's worth, it used...
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    Misting oil out the valve cover gasket

    I'm getting a bit of leakage around the valve covers when I let off the gas. I know it's coming from there because it's the only spot with oil on it, and I watched it happen while I was jumpstarting another car. It happens any time I let completely off the throttle from above 2500 RPM. Valve...
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    Where to put the brake controller?

    So this is not a new thread asking where the connector to plug in the controller. I already know that it's behind the glove box in my 2002 4-door SUV - I've looked and seen it there. I'm curious to know where people mount the controller in the cabin. Obviously it needs to be within reach (and...
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    Might have lost my condenser to a rock - what else to replace?

    Title pretty much says it all... yesterday, I noticed my AC wasn't working in the afternoon, but it had been working in the morning. Did a quick visual check of the system, fuses, lines, etc... and noticed about a dime sized rock (or something) had impacted the condenser, right where the vents...
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    Steering wheel switch upgrade

    Just a friendly FYI: If you have the Base model Steering wheel switches that only have cruise control (on/off on one side, and Res/+/- on the other), you can upgrade to the higher trim switches that have cruise control on the left, and climate and radio on the right. This is a mostly...
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    Trunk-Stored Fire Extinguisher Recommendations?

    I recently had a situation to use the fire extinguisher that I've kept in my trunk for the last 10 months. I confidently pulled it out of my trunk and marched over to the fire and... It shot a two second burst of almost unpressurized (it went 2 feet) suppressant and sputtered out. Fortunately...
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    Failed Catalytic Converter and O2 Sensors, or something else?

    Got my reman engine all hooked up and ready to run, and it runs like trash. Engine is a 4.0 SOHC, 2002 Explorer 4door SUV with 5sp manual. When I say runs like trash, I mean that you have to mash the gas to get any power under load (Think floored in 3rd gear to hit 55mph), and it gets about 3...
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    Electronics problems - no crank and odd dash feedback

    Sooo... I got my engine replacement all buttoned up, and was ready to do the break-in dry motoring on the engine so that the oil pump is primed - crank with the sparkplugs unplugged from the ignition module for a couple minutes. Trouble is, no crank. Turn the key, and the relays in the dash...
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    Maximum Torque through Stock 4WD/AWD system?

    Had a crazy thought for an EV conversion project... to find an AWD or 4wd Explorer with a busted engine, then get an EV West kit. Trouble is.... That kit can put out 1000 lb-ft of torque, or in layman terms, over 3x the 4th gen v8. I could obviously limit that with varied power input, or use a...
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    Thoughts on NOS transmission?

    Seeing an ebay listing for a New-Old-Stock manual transmission from 2002... Just wondering what people's thoughts would be on purchasing an unused transmission that has been on a shelf for around 15 years. It would be a relatively inexpensive and quick addition to the scope of the current work...
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    Aftermarket Radiator for the 4.0?

    Looking around, I'm not really seeing any radiators that are made for the explorer 4.0 v6. I was kind of hoping to find something a little better than the stock radiator, like a full aluminum tank... but I can't seem to find anything on ebay, amazon, LMC... Can someone point me in the right...
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    Autopsy of a Failed 4.0 SOHC

    Just going to start this here. I've got a spare dead engine that I can use for a reman core, and just for grins and giggles, I'm going to tear apart the one that is coming out of my explorer. Pictures will be added as this progresses. Parts will be sent to scrap, so it is kinda worth my time to...
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    Thinking about F150 to upgrade from Ranger

    So I've scouted an 03 F150 flareside with the 4.2v6 and 5sp... 2WD. it's got the usual rocker panel/cab corner rust, and some odd corrosion pattern in the engine bay - definitely going to check if it was plated in the gulf area in the 04-06 timeline any other red flags to be on the lookout...
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    4.0 Replacement Thread

    Sooo... found a pair of 4.0 longblocks with assorted random loose accessories on craigslist. for the same price as one longblock at a junkyard, and I don't have to pull it off a wreck. The plan is to do a complete teardown and rebuild, while cobbling together a good engine out of the two...
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    Previous Owner Rage Thread

    I just love tackling simple jobs only to find that they are undone by the previous owner's incompetent repairs. Example: Thermostat housing gasket. Normal work of 3 hoses, 3 bolts, old gasket off, new gasket on, 3 hoses, 3 bolts. Find only 2 bolts. 3rd bolt hole has a broken bolt in it...
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    Factory 5-speed needs an Engine

    I've got so much going wrong with my engine, that rather than take it down for a day here and a day there , I'm planning to get a junkyard engine and a rebuild kit, then wait for the 4.0 to go belly up. The question is what do I get that I can bolt in place of my 4.0? Is my best option to...
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    Parking brake release handle return spring P/N?

    The little spring that returns the parking brake release handle broke. Very clear that this broke due to metal fatigue. Of note: the PB had almost never been used by the previous owner, despite being a manual... SMH. Parking brake release handle needs to be pushed back in manually after...
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    Overheating when I get off highway

    last couple of days, my Ex has been acting... peculiarly. I have a roughly 60 mile commute - 55 on the interstate, and when I got home last night and pulled into my driveway, the truck overheated and filled the surge tank. It was making this pained burping sound at regular intervals, and I...
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    Rear seat options with child seat anchors?

    So our 2015 Jetta has the little anchors that you can clip a car seat into down at the bottom hinge point, and I couldn't find anything on here saying what years got those... my 2002 does not, it just has the ones in the cargo area for the over-the-seat strap that no carseats these days come...
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    My Manual Transmission sounds like an idling diesel

    I've observed this condition in neutral, parked. No way to observe while driving due to wind/engine/road noise. Clutch is pressed (disengaged) from about 0:09 to 0:12 and 0:20 to 0:22 This is making noise in the opposite pattern of a bad throwout bearing. One of my co-workers...
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    Experienced Technical writer looking for new horizons

    I'm a technical writer with 2 years experience at my current job, which is my first out of college. I'm looking to avoid what I see as an inevitable downsizing at my current company, and get into something more long-term. Unfortunately due to Export Control and Proprietary Content Contracts...
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    Lund-style cab visors?

    Does anyone know if there's a cab-visor available for the third-gen explorers? If so, does it/would it look like crap? I'm torn on whether or not I think it would look good on a 3rd-gen, and I can't seem to find any pictures. This is what I'm talking about:
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