Category Archive: Ford / Explorer

Steering Wheel Vibration

Car Information:
Ford Explorer
Year: 2008
Engine Size: 4.0 Liter
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: I feel a vibration or shudder through my steering wheel when I start to turn the wheels. The situation is this: From a standing start, creeping the vehicle very slowly forward or backwards and turning the steering, I feel this momentary shudder or vibration. Could this be due to the steering system activating itself from a standing start, or could there be a problem? My tire pressures are at 35ib.

Answer:
I would suggest putting the truck on an alignment rack so the suspension stays loaded and then turn the wheels to see if any binding is present. This will check for seized ball joints. These ball joints don’t have grease fittings and when the grease gets thick it will no longer lubricate the joint and cause the shudder. If the joints are still tight sometimes we can re-lube the joints with a grease needle through the boots, providing their still intact.

Magic Mechanic
1432 Lee Road OrlandoFL32804 USA 
 • (407) 298-7447

O/2 Sensors

Car Information:
Ford Explorer
Year: 1988
Engine Size: 4.0L V6
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: 107k miles Engine Light on. Codes P0171 and P0174. I have read several things about this code. O2 sensors, intake manifold gasket leaking, mass air flow mechanism. I know that the only way to find the leak for sure is to run a vaccuum diagnostic check. My questions are as follows: What is the charge for the vaccuum diagnostic check and if the intake manifold gasket was faulty shouldn’t I see coolant drops on the garage floor? I do not see any.

Answer:
No it can leak vacuum and never leak any coolant, it depends on where the leak is. If we don’t do the repair after diagnostics we charge $84.50 for our time.

Ford Explorer

Car Information:
Ford Explorer
Year: 2002
Engine Size: V6
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Yesterday while diving home the vehicle almost seemed to slam forward when the gear switched into second. It almost felt like someone hit the car in the rear, lurching it forward. It also generates a squeeling noise when this occurs.

Answer:
Bruce it sounds like it had high line pressure during the 1-2 shift, electronic pressure control solenoid usually causes this problem. Either the switch is going bad or one of the input sensors may be failing. Scanning the system with our NGS scan tool will show us the Data and voltages of all the sensors so we can find a starting point, let us know if you want us to take a look at it.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Ford Explorer Shifts

Car Information:
Ford Explorer
Year: 2002
Engine Size: V6
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Yesterday while diving home the vehicle almost seemed to slam forward when the gear switched into second. It almost felt ike someone hit the car in the rear lurching it forward. It also generates a squealing noise when this occurs.

Answer:
It sounds like it had high line pressure during the 1-2 shift. Electronic pressure control solenoid usually causes this problem. Either the switch is going bad or one of the input sensors may be failing. Scanning the system with our NGS scan tool will show us the data and voltages of all the sensors so we can find a starting point.

For professional auto repair and auto services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Transmission problems in Explorer. Wait or not?

Car Information:
Ford Explorer
Year: 2006
Engine Size: V8
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
I have 92k miles on my explorer. For some time (10k miles or so) the transmission has been very ‘jerky’ when I put it in gear, sometimes the wheels peel out,other times while driving and it switches gears it jerks hard. And when I put it into Drive, it goes in hard and jerks. I have always heard to leave transmission problems alone, as they usually get worse if you try to fix them. Basically wait until it just gives out. What advice do you have for this problem? I need/plan to keep this vehicle for a while and want to do the right thing.

Answer:
If you do nothing there’s a good chance something will brake internally sooner or later. I would like to look at the transmission data on our NGS scan tool and look and see if theres a reprogram that might take care of all the issues. In many cases that’s all thats needed is just a reprogram or in this case a faulty electronic pressure solenoid could also cause the problem.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Explorer Service Engine Light

Car Information:
Ford Explorer
Year: 2003
Engine Size: 4.6L
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Service engine light came on then off then on then off and has stayed off after 2/3 can of Amsoil PI and a can of Techron In successive gas fill-ups. Trouble code 1406 is stored in computer for differential pressure feedback electronic sensor circuit downstream hose, whatever that is. Is it OK to drive as long as service engine light stays off? Explorer has 60,000 miles on it.

Answer:
DPFE failure is common on these, it recognizes positive EGR pressure.
if its to great it could mean the tube is plugging up or restricted, other times it means the DPFE solenoid is going bad we can scan the system look at the DPFE data and find out what it needs, let us know if we can help 407-629-2661.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Bad Battery

Car Information:
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Year: 2007
Engine Size: V-8
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
Went to start auto, completely dead, no dome light. Put a battery meter on it, showed bad. Put battery charger on it, and the charger needle went spastic, thinking there might be a dead short in the battery. Put my rv battery in and works fine. Could a two and a half yr old battery act like that, thinking everything in this vehicle is fused if there were a short somewhere in the system,wouldn’t affect the battery like this.

Answer:
A battery can leave you high and dry and never blow a fuse, because they short out internally, replace the battery (have the old one pro rated) and you should be fine.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Wheel Bearings

Car Information:
Ford Explorer
Year: 2002
Engine Size: V8
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
The car is making a loud hum with increased speed. I have had 3 wheel bearings replaced and my mechanic finally decided that the car needs the rear-end rebuilt. I’m planning a trip to Naples, FL the weekend of 4/29. My husband said that I can drive a long time needing that repair without having a problem (breakdown).
1. Do you agree with that?
2. How long does it take to have the rear-end rebuilt?
3. How much would that cost?

Answer:
If its a worn ring and pinion I agree it could go a long time like that, BUT! If its a bad side or pinion bearing the entire rear end can lock up while your driving it! Swing it by the shop, one of us will take it on a short test drive and let you know if your in any danger, wont charge you a dime to do so.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Dead Battery

Car Information:
Ford/Explorer
Year: 2007
Engine Size: V8
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
I went to start the car and it’s completely dead. There is no dome light. I put a battery meter on it and it the results were bad. I then put battery charger on it, and the charger needle went spastic. I’m thinking there might be a dead short in the battery. I put my RV battery in and it works fine. Could a two and a half year old battery act like that? Everything in this vehicle is fused. If there were a short somewhere in the system, it wouldn’t affect the battery like this.

Answer:
A battery can leave you high and dry and never blow a fuse because they short out internally. Replace the battery (have the old one pro rated) and you should be fine.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Explorer Shutting Off

Car Information:
Ford/Explorer
Year: 2003
Engine Size: 4.6 V8
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
My explorer is cutting off on its own, but only does it under certain circumstances. It only happens on cold days when the heat is on and will only shut off at idle whether in park or while stopped at a light while in drive. In either instance I can simply put it in park and turn the key and it starts right back up and runs fine. The only modifications to the vehicle are a K&N cold air intake kit and remote start. I tested the battery and alternator on Friday and they are both good.

Answer:
If the check engine light isn’t on I would suspect low minimum idle air flow like a restricted idle air control or restricted throttle body. Let us know if you want us to take a look at it.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Switch to our mobile site

Napa Information Center