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    4wd not working. Traction Control Lights on

    Hello all, hopefully someone has a fix for me. My 2016 Explorer Base had the Rack and Pinion go out. I had it replaced and programmed, but the traction control lights came on, and the 4WD is no longer able to be used. We took it to a Ford Dealer and it's showing the parking assist in not...
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    2011 XLT 4WD to FWD Conversion

    Hi Explorer Community. I am new to the forum and will appreciate your support here. Not sure if covered in another thread. I do have growling noise coming from the rear left side of the vehicle. It was diagnosed as coming from the rear differential unit or RDU. A brand new RDU was put in...
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    Rear Axle Seal question?

    Would a Rear leaking Axle Seal cause the truck to have traction issues when going up my gravel driveway? I haven't check the diff fluid color or level yet.
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    95 xlt Hard Knock in drive line / 4wd

    95 XLT with 2wd 4hi 4low switch on dash. When I drive in the mornings 2wd mode I have a hard knock that feels like in the drive shaft / 4wd system. IT will knock sporadically until I get up to speed and when cold. Once warm and spinning fast knock seems to go away. Knock feels like it is...
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    Transmission Limp mode. Need help!

    So i took my 1998 ford explorer XLT on a very bumpy ride and after the drive the overdrive and 4wd started flashing. I was able to drive it home (and still able to) but the car shifts rather hard and it revs extremely high anywhere past 25 mph. Even when I step on the brakes and let off the gas...
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    1996 Explorer 4WD question

    Hey guys having a difficult time diagnosing my issue. My vehicle is a 1996 Explorer 2D 4.0 v6 5 speed. Power everything & everything is functioning. so I put the vehicle into 4wd (auto 4wd) i can hear the shift motor working, I inspected the vacuum axle disconnect, it works flawlessly. I put...
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    PTU / Transmission

    11 explorer limited 4WD. Have recently experienced what I think is transmission slippage/shutter at highway speeds when accelerating to pass a vehicle. Description of a hesitation and lunge 3 or 4 times before kicking in to pass, not really a Jenking action. Then last night at a steady 55 mph...
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    New member..My 01 Sport 4x4 hunting rig

    I'm glad I found this place..I am just finishing my 01 Sport 4x4 for hunting..I have about 90% done so far..Needs new shocks and some cosmetic stuff,,I'm also looking to get some more hp out of the 4.0 sohc..I've put a new performance exhaust and filter, but It's still not where I want it to...
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    What are the best first steps to take?

    Hi all, I recently purchased a 2001 Explorer Sport 4WD. I used to have a Mustang so the difference in space and handling is immense! I've already purchased new rims, tires, and a front grill guard. But what else (besides a lift) would you guys recommend for offroad/convenience for a first-time...
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    Greetings from Colorado!

    The oh so fun process of turning my '97 explorer into my 4wd off road rig starts here. Hoping to greet many fellow off roaders through this as well as getting advice in the build
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    Engaged 4WD without front propeller shaft installed.

    I removed the propeller shaft out of my 2001 Sport Trac trying to narrow down a vibration. Anyways, not knowing there is an issue with doing this, I engaged 4WD. I previously had the transfer case apart and wanted to test to make sure there were no weird noises in 4WD. Have I caused any damage...
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    Gear selector not working on 1997 Manual Ford Explorer XL 4WD RHD

    I was driving when my selector just stopped working. No gear forward or reverse. The engine is still running and there is no grating noise. 1. Can you tell me where to look on a RHD vehicle. 2. Is a photograph available 3. Is there a video on my model for the repair/replacement for my model car
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    New one from Kazakhstan

    Hey guys, I am one of those people on the planet who own Explorer. I have 2007 4.0 Explorer with 4wd Limited. I am very far from all of you :(, on another continent. More than 20 hours of flight. :confused: Would be glad to meet everyone.:D
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    2016 Explorer XLT 4x4 turns off

    Every time it snows and we actually need the 4WD it shuts itself off. This will be the 3rd time in to have it serviced. The first time they didn't see any codes recorded and couldn't get it to shut off (it wasn't snowing). We had new tires with good snow ratings installed. Next time it snowed...
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    4wd / AWD off

    2012 Ford Explorer xlt 4wd 3.5L (non flexfuel, non eco) So while driving hard on dirt roads or while inducing wheelspin in any of the terrain management modes the vehicle with thro a warning on the dash saying 4wd off and go into a fwd only mode. I have to turn off the vehicle about 10-15sec...
  16. digifoss

    Picking up our "new" 07' XLT Explorer tomorrow

    Hello all. We looked at a gold 07' Explorer a few days ago. 1-owner, 93k miles, 4WD, immaculate and most everything has been Ford Dealer maintained since new including annual transmission service and annual a/c service. New CV axles and wheel bearings, and new brake pads all 4 wheels...
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    2003 V8 4WD leaking transmission fluid after towed

    This is my favorite car I’ve ever owned. Yesterday, the starter went out (I think) because it wouldn’t crank or anything. (Tried jumping, swapping relays, no luck) So I called AAA to have them tow it to my house at lunch today, where I could jack it up and replace / troubleshoot the starter...
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    Question about gear selector 2005 EB 4.6L 4WD

    Hi All, I finally got my gear selector sliding all the way to park (removed indicator andf cleaned and re-lubed the slide) and centered on each selection. I noticed quite by accident that the shift lever does not lock between N and D. It does lock (have to pull lever forward) between D and 3. I...
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    Opions requested on rear shocks

    I have rebuilt my front suspension on my 05 EB V8 4WD over the last 1 1/2 years. Last part was lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rods, and new Monroe quick struts which were replaced last month. I am now planning on the rears. I ocassionally tow a 6 x 12 cargo trailer and am thinking about...
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    After Attempted Theft, Not starting. No obd2 codes

    My ex tried to steal my 01 Explorer. He drilled out the ignition, in the process he broke the pats transceiver.. After a failed attempt he broke the 2 side, tail gate and driver passenger windows. He threw the original key in the lake when he realized he had it , tried to use it and couldn't...
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    2WD vs 4WD Explorer XLT 2017?

    Hi All - We are considering buying a 2017 XLT 4WD instead of the 2WD which my wife prefers due to lower cost, better mileage, and less complexity, but I would like to take it to the snow and avoid chains. I would be grateful for answers to a few questions: - like many AWD SUVs, if a tire needs...
  22. Mr_Fruffles

    For Sale 2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD 130k miles 2nd owner (Denver)

    For sale in Denver Colorado. Clean and Clear Title 2nd Owner 130K Miles Comes with a digital repair manual. New all terrain tires put on at 116K miles and are warrantied for 50k miles. Does not come with the snowboard rack/lightbar 2 Keys, remote entry, door code entry, third row seats...
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    1997 Ford Explorer Sport Manual Transmission 4x4 v.s. RWD - Difference?

    Hey, I've recently purchased a 97 Explorer Sport with a manual transmission and 4wd. However, the manual transmission needs to be replaced. What I want to know is if I can go to a junkyard and rip out a manual transmission from a RWD Explorer and use it in my 4x4 Explorer. Thanks in advance!
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    Front Diff Disco Actuator...Baffled!

    Hello. First of all, this is my first post here...seriously, the knowledge you guys have has gotten me through most of my repair question. My apologies in advance...This is gonna be a long, but an issue I've been having since January has taken me on a wild ride, and today just got stranger...
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    4 Low Help Please

    Hello All! I am in need of assistance from those more mechanically inclined than I. I am having trouble with 4 Low in my 96 Explorer XLT. 4 Auto will engage (it clicks, then you can hear it mechanically engage, and the light comes on), but when I move the switch over to 4 Low I can hear a...