Battery Problems of Ford Expedition

Ford Expedition owners have reported 31 problems related to battery (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Expedition based on all problems reported for the Expedition.

car image   Battery problem of the 1997 Ford Expedition 1
Failure Date: 12/31/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while the vehicle was idled in the driveway, he noticed that the exterior and interior lights were flashing, the stereo would turn on and off, and the door locks would lock and unlock. The contact unplugged the battery and the vehicle operated as normal. In addition, the contact stated that the transmission completely failed and the contact noticed water leaking in from the windshield onto the dashboard. Both the dealer and manufacturer were notified, but denied any assistance with repairs of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000 and current mileage was 197,000.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 2
Failure Date: 01/24/2011

Sypmtom was a dead battery. Courtesy lights would not go off. Hard failure. Root cause was leaking windshield seal which corroded electronics. According to the Ford service bulletin this was first discovered well within the factory warranty period of the vehicle. An online search found numerous similar complaints along with a Ford service bulletin Ford special message #15773. Repairs to my vehicle included removing and replacing gem and cjb along with resealing the windshield. I purchased the vehcile new in April 2000 and it has never been in an accident. Repair cost was over $1400 for a latent defect that has been in the vehicle since it was built.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Ford Expedition 3
Failure Date: 07/15/2010

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Expedition. While driving at 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the main battery was replaced. The failure mileage was 37,142 and the current mileage was 37,280.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 4
Failure Date: 03/15/2010

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Expedition. Whenever it rained, the contact noticed that the warning lights would continue to illuminate off and on. The contact also noticed that when the key was taken out of the ignition all of the electrical components would continue to function and could not be turned off unless the battery was disconnected. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the failure could not be reproduced. There were no prior warnings. The failure and current mileages were 180,000.

car image   Battery problem of the 1998 Ford Expedition 5
Failure Date: 01/28/2010

First, the interior lights and running lights would not power off while all doors were closed, door ajar indicator was on. Took to dealer problem resolved for a month or so. Now need to spray wd40 on latches religiously. Dealer also replaced cruise control harness at this time. Then came the radio and heater running with the key out of the ignition. Beeps and clicks and bad smells coming from under dash. Again to the dealer, no codes found for the issues I was having. Battery draining occurring frequently now and no resolution. I now have to disconnect the battery everynight. Now when I drive down the road I get the many failure lights flashing on the dash, the windows won't work, speedometer fails, truck loses power and the transmisson shifts strangely. I was hours from home and doing 70mph on the highway when evidencing decided to not work at the same time. Then I realize that this is occurring only when it rains or is very wet out. And I was truly afraid for my life and the others that were on the road with me. I had to drift across a lane of traffic with no power to get to the side of the road. I put the truck in park and put my head down, whew, and the motor powered back up and all the failure lights were off. Only after investigating on the internet today do I find out this is a common problem. And the fix. . . Replace the windshield seal! and possible damaged fuse box and gem! now why didn't the Ford dealer help remedy this problem one of the many times I was in? this problem has been occurring for several years. New windshield $165 and they come to the house. I paid big money for "no codes match your issues, miss. ".

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car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Expedition 6
Failure Date: 01/21/2010

Was driving down the road in heavy rain when windshield wipers stopped working. Could not see 2 feet infront of me, so I was forced to pull over on a busy road. Put the truck in park, and wipers started working. Put back in drive and they stopped. Finally the rain slowed enough for me to drive with out the wipers, very unsafe! when I got home, I turned the key off, pulled them out of the ignition and the heater kept running. I had to turn it to off position. Lights on gauge cluster were flickering too. Opened driver side door and radio stayed on. Had to manually turn that off as well. Smelled something burning, so I quickly unhooked the battery. Came back a couple hours later, connected battery, now vehicle wont start! will turn over, but wont crank. Did some research and found that this is a very common problem with many different Ford vehicles! problem is caused by a faulty windshield, allowing water to leak into the cab, behind the dash, and get water on the gem and fusebox, creating corrosion. These problems could be very unsafe! possible fire from electric short, possible injury/death from wipers quitting while driving. Ford should take responsibility for their faulty design!.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 7
Failure Date: 12/20/2009

Sudden electrical issues resulting after rain. Radio played without key or ignition turned on in morning. Vehicle attempted to crank with key out of ignition would not stop until battery terminal removed. Radio would shut down when engaged in drive, returned when gear shift moved to park or reverse windshield wipers turn over when ignition initially turned.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Expedition 8
Failure Date: 12/16/2009

My 2001 Ford Expedition has an electrical problem ,that causes me great concern as to the safety of me and my family due to electrical short circuit fire & ecct. ,sometimes the radio will come on with the ignition off and sometimes the heater fan comes on full blast when I cut the car off and remove the key ,something is killing my battery ,I am afraid to drive the vehicle off any where because when I get back to it ,it may or may not crank,this is truly a safety problem that I think is on the Ford motor CO. To fix , just let my family get hurt by this problem and I think I might just own the Ford motor CO. After the law suit.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Expedition 9
Failure Date: 12/12/2009

Ford Expedition 2001 raining outside yesterday and today for first time this year. Yesterday, battery light on dashboard (indicating electrical problem) went on for first time. Tonight, went out with my wife and 3 young kids and as we were driving could tell something was definitely wrong with the electrical; radio shut off randomly, lights in cabin began slowly dimming, gauges went off then headlights, all in about a 3 minute period we were trying to get home as quickly as possible, but the Expedition almost stalled, etc. We were able to make it home in the dark by the grace of god. Went on the computer and began to read at Ford-forums. Com and realized our electrical problem was not unique but was a widespread problem that other Ford truck/SUV owners experienced. . Read more...

car image   Battery problem of the 1999 Ford Expedition 10
Failure Date: 05/16/2009

The contact owns a 1999 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that she previously experienced failures with the battery losing power and the vehicle shutting off without warning. The battery was replaced three times, but the failure was not corrected. On may 16, 2009, while driving approximately 30 mph, the battery lost power and the windshield wiper washer released fluid. Within seconds, the vehicle shut off. The dealer stated that the gem module was corroded. The manufacturer filed report number 0481541389 and stated that there was no recall; therefore, they would not assist. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and current mileage was 130,000.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Ford Expedition 11
Failure Date: 12/04/2008

While driving the vehicle will have not have any throttle response and "check electronic throttle component" shows on dash. After pulling to the side of the road, or coasting into someone's drive-way on a curvey road, turn the ignition off and sit for a few minutes and restart engine and is fine. Has occurred 3 times now, all 3 at speeds less than 45 mph. Took the vehicle to Ford dealership where they charged me $75 to tell me the battery needed to be replaced because that is all the codes that they came up with. Then I would have to return the vehicle to have it checked again. On my description of service codes p-1867-2f, b-1317-2f, b1318-2f, b2477-60, b2486-20, b1318-20, u1900-20, p0121-ff, p2104-ff, p2112ff, b1318ff, were all found.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 12
Failure Date: 12/04/2008

First the blower would turn on high after the key was turned off. Then the dash warning light would flash on and off along with relays. The the abs relays would click on and off after key has been turned off. The wipers would stop will the vehicle was running. Now when the key is turned off and removed the car is still in the start position,radio,fuel inj. ,heater,wipers. All stay on. The only way to keep battery from dying is to disconnect the negv. Post. Then the theft light flashes sometimes when battery is re-connected causing the car not to start. I have checked and replaced many relays. I am at a loss,what can I do?.

car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 13
Failure Date: 10/18/2008

Recurrent issue with my 2000 Ford Expedition. When it rains, the electrical system shorts out, causing the battery to drain, making it undriveable. Various electrical components go on and off without the key in the ignition, and some go out while driving. Extremely dangerous for windshield wipers to fail during a rainstorm!!! sometimes, there is a burning smell coming from below the steering wheel.

car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 14
Failure Date: 08/21/2008

When I turned my trucks engine off last night and removed the key, the ac blower continued running. Of course it drained my battery. I replaced the battery. I researched the situation on the internet and found that hundreds of other Ford Expedition owners have the same problem. Due to a mal-fitting windshield, water drains into the fuse box. It shorts out the fuse box and gem module. My truck is now not working and estimates range about $1000 to fix. Clearly this should have been a recall issue, since Ford admits that the windshield is the cause of the problem.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Expedition 15
Failure Date: 07/24/2008

Water leaked through windshield. Car stays on when key is out at times wasting all gas. Blower and dash lights stay on at times draining battery.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Ford Expedition 16
Failure Date: 04/01/2008

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Expedition. While driving at various speeds, the contact heard a beeping noise and then noticed that the check electronic throttle warning light was illuminated as the vehicle lost power. The failure recurred on four separate occasions. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic who advised the contact that the electronic control module had failed. He removed the battery terminal, reset the computer, cleared all codes, replaced the throttle position censor, and cleaned the throttle body. The dealer was notified of the previous failures and did not offer any assistance. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The current mileage was 110,000 and the failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 04/25/11.

car image   Battery problem of the 1999 Ford Expedition 17
Failure Date: 11/30/2007

Every time it rains. When SUV is parked and turned off the wipers come on. Headlamps and flashers go on and off. Radio turns on and off. Vehicle tries to start itself without key in the ignition. Battery discharges.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Expedition 18
Failure Date: 11/26/2007

Unwanted electrical activity. The blower motor comes on (sometimes) when the ignition is turned off. Also heard a clicking sound under the hood, may be the abs. Will not start as battery is low.

car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 19
Failure Date: 10/26/2007

My husband bought me a 2000 Expedition 9/15/2007, on 10/26/2007 after a rain, the electrical system went crazy. When I open the door, the radio was on and the chirp like I had a key in the ignition, not only to say, I just replace the battery this morning. The blower motor will not cut off even though the key is out. And the radio will turn off when I put the car in drive or reverse.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Ford Expedition 20
Failure Date: 08/15/2007

Turned on ignition, large explosion , smoke came out from under hood, subsequent investigation showed battery had exploded- blew the top cover of the battery off of base as well as right front side. Cracked the clear coat on hood directly above the battery.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Ford Expedition 21
Failure Date: 07/01/2007

First, the door ajar light came on and stayed on. I continued to go around the vehicle opening and shutting the doors and the light remained on. Consumer could not start the vehicle since the light came on, and had to get a jump to start it. After a few days of this the battery was finally ruined, and I was forced to buy a new one. I used lubricants to try and clear debris from the door sensors and this worked for 3 months. Now it will not work at all. Talked to dealer and they want to charge 600 dollars per sensors. Nothing wrong with sensor its just dirty. Second, the rear ac is making a clicking noise and will not control temperature. I sent it under warranty to the dealership and replaced the ac mechanism, stated "this was a common defect with the vehicle". 5 months later this part went out again and it was no longer under warranty and the dealership would not replace the problem and wanted to charge me over 300 dollars. They apparently replaced the defective part with the same defective part and would repair it again 5 months later!!!. Third, the side panels on the Expedition exterior started fading at about 20,000 miles. The dealership replaced them under warranty. About 20,000 miles later we noticed they had faded again. We took it to the dealership and they would not replace the defective panels this time because it was know longer under warranty. Even though it was another defect replaced with a defective part. Forth, the rear passenger exterior door/window trim is bubbling and peeling off. This looks horrible! fifth, the front passenger and font driver window switches that roll down the windows are having issues. I had the motor replaced for the passenger window and it fixed the issue for a little bit. Now the passenger can not roll down the window. However the driver can??? please help! I need help with any or all of these issues. I don't know where else to go!.

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car image   Battery problem of the 1997 Ford Expedition 22
Failure Date: 04/16/2007

In 1998, my 1997 Ford Expedition began having electrical problems. Window locks going up and down on their own, radio playing when no one was in the car, clicking from under the dash, seatbelt lights coming on when seatbelts were being worn, wipers working on their own. I had this vehicle in the shop multiple times for these issues. After having his vehicle in the shop numerous times to no avail, I threatened a law suit if something wasn't done. The dealership called in a crew that they referred to as the rain doctors. Come to find out, the windshield was leaking on the gem module and shorting out the electrical system. The vehicle was under warranty at that time. Now, in 2007, I am still driving the same 1997 exped. In the last few weeks, all these problems have started all over again. This time, the 4x4 cluster lights coming on and going off, clicking under the dash again, heater coming on by itself when car isn't running and running the battery down, beeping under the dash on passenger side, radio playing on its own. The whole scenario happening all over again. I am currently parking the vehicle 100 yards from my house for fear it may catch on fire by itself as I have read many, many instances in which the 1997 exped. Caught fire while parked. This should be a recall by now. Several recalls on this vehicle but all these were checked out. However, I cannot for the life of me understand why this leaky windshield problem is not being recalled. Now ten years later, when this problem is discussed at garages and parts store in my community, the technicians immediately are familiar with the problem. Again, I cannot imagine why this has not been a recall issue. The first time I went through this nightmare, it was under warranty. This time, I guess it is completely up to me to repair this faulty windshield problem. I sincerely hope no one dies or has died due to one of these Expeditions catching fire. Recall where are you???!!!!!.

car image   Battery problem of the 1998 Ford Expedition 23
Failure Date: 04/04/2005

Gem module/ecu failed - corosion found on ba box fuse assembly - progressive and randon symtoms over period of time prior to complete failure - Ford looked at problems previously and never corrected(replaced batery worn out from repeated drains). Caused electrical backflows into various systems when power off such as ac, radio, engine etc. . . Draining battery numerous times and causing a potential fire hazard. . . . Caused airbags to become disabled. . . Compromised abs braking randomly. . . These sysmptoms occurred many months prior to total failure at which time many really weird sysmptoms made the car virtually undriveable at speed. . . Transmission changing gears erradically. . . Speedometer works off and on. . . Engine cycle thru startup cycle over and over while driving.

car image   Battery problem of the 1999 Ford Expedition 24
Failure Date: 03/24/2005

Every time it rains or snows, several functions controlled by my 1999 Ford Expedition's electrical system begin to function irratically. As an example, while driving in the rain, the windshield wipers do not function continuously. In addition, if the vehicle is sitting in the rain, several functions come on automatically and the battery inevitably dies. I've had to replace a battery and I would like for Ford to acknowledge and repair the problem before I sink anymore money into it. It appears that others have had the same problem and it has been linked to a leaky windshield and the gem module of the vehicle. A recall has been issued for explorers and mountaineers with this problem, but to date, nothing has been done about the Expedition.

car image   Battery problem of the 1997 Ford Expedition 25
Failure Date: 01/09/2005

Wet conditions cause electrical malfunctions on my 1997 Ford Expedition. Was traveling on 01-10-05 on snow packed roads with 4x4 activated. Four whell drive cluster on the instrument panel started to flash intermittently causing the vehicle to shift very akwardly. Took car out of 4x4 and seemed to correct the problem. Next occurance was on 01-21-05, traveling on wet roads. Turned off vehicle in parking lot and interior lighting and running board lights would not shut off for a few minutes. After the vehicle had dried out after a few days the problem seemed to fix itself again. The next incident was on 01-29-05, once again wet road conditions. Parked vehicle in driveway overnight went out to start the next day and heater blower was still running without the key in the ignition. Vehilcle had dead battery, jump started the car and the interior lights would not turn off, as well as the running boards. Heater blower would not shut off. Took the vehicle out to make sure that the battery was charged enough and the speedometer stopped working and it would not shift correctly. It felt at one point that it had shifted itself into neutral. This is very unsafe as the traffic behind me had to suddenly brake. Managed to get the car home safely. I have been made aware that this seems to be a common problem on the Expeditions of any year. I am having the car serviced tomarrow to find out what the problem is. Hopefully this can be corrected, but the more I look into it other owners have had their vehicles in several times before it can be corrected. I think this is a terrible situation that should be looked into by the Ford motor company. It is not an isolated incident.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Ford Expedition 26
Failure Date: 05/01/2004

The vehicle had dead battery and required jump start. The attempt was successful how ever I began having electrical problems almost immediately. The instrument panel lights and odometer display malfunctioned on several occasions, including jumps in mileage or no change after a trip, radio would go off or change stations by its self, door locks would unlock and lock byself,and instruments not working. The cigarette lighter mounted next to the ashtray in the dash some how became welded in place. On occasion when starting the vehicle as you put key in ignition you would hear the door chime as normal then when you turn key to start position chime would die and nothing happened then return the key to off and back to start and it would start fine on the second attempt. I took the vehicle in to my dealership and they replaced the radio but this did not solve the problem. They where unable to find the problem and fix it. I continued to have the problem and it just seemed to happen randomly.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Ford Expedition 27
Failure Date: 03/15/2004

I have been having a problem with my new Expedition every once in awhile it does not want to start on the first try,it drags like something is wrong with the battery. I have taken it to Ford 3 times and they have not found anything wrong at all with the electrical system nor my battery. I have not had my truck not even 4 months now. It is brand new and it is frustrating when you get in your truck and it acts like it does not want to start, and no one can find the problem. I need something or someone to find out the prblem because when I take it to the dealer it does not do it, and it happened three times this week. I am frustrated and about to go under the lemon law if not handled in the next couple weeks.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Expedition 28
Failure Date: 02/15/2004

Today (7/21/06) I again contacted the Ford customer relationship center concerning a problem with the electrical system in my 2001 Expedition. It has continually eaten batteries and the battery saver relay due to a windshield leak that Ford claims they are not aware of, yet NHTSA has been receiving regular complaints on this problem. Initially the drawdown was diagnosed by Ford as relating to rhe cruise control recall. Guess what? that's fixed but the frying of the battery saver relay and battery drawdown continue. I did not appreciate dale at the Ford consumer relationship number referring me to a Ford dealership in carson city, I'm sure if I drove the vehicle from hawaii the leak would get worse. Meanwhile, what is NHTSA doing about complaints you've been receiving for years? this defect is well documented and caused injuries and economic stress. Would you please take some action?.

car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 29
Failure Date: 02/08/2004

During rain, windshield leaks into electrical system causing vehicle to malfunction. Malfunctions include, windshield wiper failure, electric window failure and radio failure. The electrical system also remains on when the key is out of the ignition causing the battery to drain. I have gone to my car with my keys in my hand and the instrument panel show that I am running 100 mph and 6,000 rpm. The blower for the a/c also continues to run after the vehicle is turned off. When the vehicle is running, it tends to "fix itself" in park and neutral, but when shifted into reverse or drive the electrical system continues to malfunction.

car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Ford Expedition 30
Failure Date: 11/18/2003

Consumer was at a stop in traffic while gradually the vehicle moved up. Upon depressing the brakes the pedal went to the floor and would not stop the vehicle. This problem occurred more than ten times in the last six months. Also, while driving at any speed the engine check light and battery light came on. Sometimes, the lights blinked rapidly, and sometimes they would just stay on. Dealer examined the vehicle seven times, and was unable to resolve the problem.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Expedition 31
Failure Date: 03/15/2001

I have had electrical problems from the begining, then transmission problems they have attempted to repair then replace the transmission over 6 times. This vehicle has become unreliable at this point. I am trying to go through the Ford dispute settlement board at this point but I am looking for all the help I can at this point.

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