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    97 XLT 4.0 SOHC - Coolant drip on passenger-side, front of engine

    Original motor in this well-maintained vehicle with a lot of miles. Noticed slight overheating occasionally over the last year or so; gauge would fluctuate up very fast and then down in a few seconds, right after getting on the road. Coolant was low, so I topped it off and the problem...
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    Solenoid Wiring Question

    Usually I snap a quick photo on a job like this, so it's a no-brainer to put it back together, but didn't have my phone handy... So, I pulled this solenoid off my '97 Explorer to bench test it 'cause I'm troubleshooting starting issues. It worked fine on the bench: good solid click on/off, with...
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    97 4.0 SOHC - Spark Plug Replacement

    I just bought this 97 XLT a few months back, and it's in amazing shape for the age—just about everything works, and the body is rust-free! I don't know the maintenance history, other than it's had a lot of dealership work, but I figured it's always a good idea to do plugs/wires, like I've done...
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    New Owner - Just Checkin' In

    Hey everybody, I recently inherited a green Explorer XLT 4.0 SOHC from my parents for a terrific "family" price—they bought this vehicle brand new when my Dad was stationed in Grand Forks, ND back in '97. It's in terrific shape for its age ('cause they spent a ton of money on it at the dealer...
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