Top 5 Problems Ford Explorer SUV 3rd Generation 2002-05

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Here are the top 5 problems with the 3rd generation Ford Explorer! In this video, Len explains common problems specific to the 2002 to 2005 model years of Ford's flagship SUV! He also gives you tips and suggestions on what you can do to fix those problems yourself!
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0:00 Top Problems Ford Explorer 3rd Gen 2002-05
0:15 Ignition Coils
2:45 Timing Chain and Tensioner
4:02 Blend Door
5:24 Fuel Pump
7:29 Rear Wiper Arm
9:25 Rear Hatch Panel
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    1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics Know1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics KnowСарын өмнө
  • I have an 03 explorer 176k miles. On first start up whether it's cold out or not it chugs and takes a few seconds to actually get running. When it does get running normally it runs great. Any idea what could cause the chugging right away. I has no other symptoms. Like the ones u mentioned in the video relating to the fuel pump or filter. If there was something wrong with the pump or filter I would assume it would happen all the time but it doesn't so I'm not sure where to go from here.

    Sam KuiperSam Kuiper7 өдрийн өмнө
  • The most annoying thing about This generation is the transmission issues 😪

    KM_1 SKM_1 S8 өдрийн өмнө
  • If anybody could give me some help with the p420 and it has a brand new cat that would be awesome I've already changed out the transmission I've changed out the ignition coil I've changed out the thermostat and thermostat housing I've changed out the oxygen sensors I've changed the shock struts. I've changed the mass air flow sensor. Lost on what this damn p420 is

    N J RasmussenN J Rasmussen8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Can you show a radiator replacement for this model?

    MorganMorgan9 өдрийн өмнө
    • @1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics Know thanks!

      MorganMorgan9 өдрийн өмнө
    • +Morgan We're always cycling through common cars. We'll add this repair to our list!

      1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics Know1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics Know9 өдрийн өмнө
  • Love seeing that crack on the back lift gate. Got it on my 04 Explorer! Got the back wiper issue too. I'll have to try that fix!

    VampireOnlineVampireOnline11 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you for sharing Dora’s most common issues

    Malick SolutionsMalick Solutions17 өдрийн өмнө
  • Question: I have just purchased an 05 explorer with adv traction control, the undercarriage cover (shield, skid plate?) Is missing. Will it screw up my stuff if it's not replaced?

    Darla MuehlmannDarla Muehlmann19 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are a life saver!!I just purchased an 05 with idle, power issues, and the tailgate panel is cracked!The dealership is replacing the time &chain right now (and some gaskets they said). Woo hoo!! I had previously owned an 05 Malibu Maxx and you helped me (I did it all myself) replace alternator, master cylinder, bleed brakes, and the water pump. And multiple fuses, lighters, and lights.

    Darla MuehlmannDarla Muehlmann19 өдрийн өмнө
  • It's in pretty good shape

    Wanda JacksonWanda Jackson20 өдрийн өмнө
  • How much is the Ford explorer worth a 2005

    Wanda JacksonWanda Jackson20 өдрийн өмнө
    • Good question I just paid $6000 for an Eddie Bauer

      Darla MuehlmannDarla Muehlmann19 өдрийн өмнө
  • My list of problems, transmission, rear glass hinges recall not fun at all, thermostat leaking , rear doors windows getting stuck when they are all the way up, temperature blend door actuator stuck on hot( left side of dash) mode door actuator (vacuum operated ) door plastic linkage broken . And just in case anyone id wondering the price to fix that rear cracked plastic trim, well it is really expensive to fix because of labor at least 9hrs trying to remove that glue , it is really time consuming

    Therealdeal TechTherealdeal Tech21 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wait Intell you have to D. I. Y. Transmission problems at 150,000 miles. Should have bought a Honda....🤔

    Shawn TShawn T24 өдрийн өмнө
  • Well I have a loud rattling noise coming from the transmission whenever I'm in drive/reverse while braked, sounds like the TC wants to just get going instead of sitting still. Great waiting at traffic lights!

    Boss Boom BoxBoss Boom Box27 өдрийн өмнө
  • Ignition coil v fuel pump and i already fixed my ac/heater door. That was a different video but it was helpful!

    Kevin McIntoshKevin McIntosh29 өдрийн өмнө
  • Rear end differential at 60k miles

    Zdenko RakitnicanZdenko RakitnicanСарын өмнө
    • +Zdenko Rakitnican Thanks for the feedback!

      1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics Know1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics KnowСарын өмнө
  • Forgot the thermostat housing, water pump oh yes and ball joints lol

    MILIAN49MILIAN49Сарын өмнө
  • Shocked to see nothing about the catastrophic transmission failures

    WᴏʀʟᴅsSᴍᴀʟʟᴇsᴛVɪᴏʟɪɴWᴏʀʟᴅsSᴍᴀʟʟᴇsᴛVɪᴏʟɪɴСарын өмнө
  • They forgot the transmission, no dip stick and it’s made out of aluminum, also the ground wire in the drivers door it will brake I still drive a 2002

    John RumbaughJohn RumbaughСарын өмнө
    • +John Rumbaugh Thanks for the tip! We'll pass this info along to our production team.

      1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics Know1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics KnowСарын өмнө
  • I bought a used '02 Explorer. The previous owner told he had just replaced the fuel pump. And I just noticed the heater doesn't work.

    djmatter98djmatter98Сарын өмнө
  • My 04 was a total lemon. 6 common things like clockwork!

    Dana CrookDana CrookСарын өмнө
  • What about a 2001 isuzu rodeo?

    Carlos SpicyWeinerCarlos SpicyWeinerСарын өмнө
    • @Carlos SpicyWeiner LOL, you'll be waiting a long time

      Nick RNick RСарын өмнө
    • @1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics Know okay, awesome. Im looking forward to the video

      Carlos SpicyWeinerCarlos SpicyWeinerСарын өмнө
    • +Carlos SpicyWeiner We do not have a video for this repair right now, but we'll keep this request in mind for a future video!

      1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics Know1A Auto: Repair Tips & Secrets Only Mechanics KnowСарын өмнө
  • Cam phasers were an issue as well

    DrawkcabDuoDrawkcabDuoСарын өмнө
    • False. These dont have cam phasers.

      WᴏʀʟᴅsSᴍᴀʟʟᴇsᴛVɪᴏʟɪɴWᴏʀʟᴅsSᴍᴀʟʟᴇsᴛVɪᴏʟɪɴСарын өмнө
  • Waiting on this video! Thank you

    Kevin HeeralallKevin HeeralallСарын өмнө
  • Awesome thank you!

    Ydiscovered YdiscoveredYdiscovered YdiscoveredСарын өмнө

    Raman PreciadoRaman PreciadoСарын өмнө
  • Who is holding the camera for you

    Dhairya GanatraDhairya GanatraСарын өмнө
    • Sue

      Nick RNick RСарын өмнө
  • The mountaineer has Same issue with back panel cracking.

    Robert VanceRobert VanceСарын өмнө
  • What about the elephant in the room (transmission)

    • That's GM

      Nick RNick RСарын өмнө
  • That's on the v6, what about the v8 version? That's what I have and they have a different set of problems.

    CatfishCatfishСарын өмнө
    • Also you forgot to mention the OEM front wheel bearings only rated for 80k miles. I've put about 80k on mine and I have went through 3 wheen bearing on each side.

      CatfishCatfishСарын өмнө
  • I always thought that this generation of explorers were notorious for transmission issues. has anyone else had transmission issues with theirs?

    Jeff HarrellJeff HarrellСарын өмнө
    • Yes transmission issues and a p420 even with a new cat I still got to p420

      N J RasmussenN J Rasmussen8 өдрийн өмнө
    • My 2005 explorer transmission is blown

      Azim AnsariAzim Ansari11 өдрийн өмнө
    • You’d be right. I think from 2005 and on the transmissions were better.

      Elon SusElon SusСарын өмнө
    • They had faulty shift solenoid!

      Dana CrookDana CrookСарын өмнө
    • It's because no one changes the freaking fluid. Transmission fluid is suppose to be changed at 75,000 miles...

      Raman PreciadoRaman PreciadoСарын өмнө
  • When my blend door messed up I just reach their the glove box flip it down when I need heat!!!

    atown7714atown7714Сарын өмнө
    • Same I put a zip tie on it and I just reach over and pull it when I need heat lol

      A sneakerheadzworldA sneakerheadzworldСарын өмнө
    • I stuck a long screwdriver from driver side and got hot cold that way.

      Dana CrookDana CrookСарын өмнө
    • Lol I used to do that until I had mine fixed

      kelcey burris srkelcey burris srСарын өмнө
  • You should add a number 6.... transmission issues. The torque converter strips out.. leaving you stranded 👌🏾😎

    Andrew OliverAndrew OliverСарын өмнө