Starter Problems of Ford Expedition

Ford Expedition owners have reported 21 problems related to starter (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   Starter problem of the 1999 Ford Expedition 1
Failure Date: 12/12/2013

I have this very same problem. While vehicle is off the heater blowers will turn on and run battery down. While driving 4x4, washer lights, power windows, radio, interior lights all turn off and on. Radio works while in park but, powers down when vehicle is put in gear. Have had issues with water getting in and running down drivers side. Appears alot of people are having the same issue. Bought the vehicle in 2008 just started having these issues within the past year started out slow but are getting worst and more frequent. Now my vehicle after jump starting it I hear a electrical noise coming from my starter, it shuts the car off and kills the battery. The car will only run for ten seconds or so before it repeats.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 2
Failure Date: 12/07/2013

Summary: water leaked around the left side of windshield causing electrical failures, including but not limited to the starter, radio, windshield wipers, headlamps, etc. The water entering the vehicle wet the power distribution box (pdb) and the generic electronic module (gem). These components control various electrical systems in the vehicle. The vehicle continued to attempt to start itself without any key in ignition until it resulted in the starter burning up as well as damaging associated wiring and battery. Vehicle's windshield had to be replaced as was the starter, associated wiring and battery after vehicle was towed to repair facility.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 3
Failure Date: 05/15/2013

While driving this Expedition I began noticing strange intermittant electrical behavior like the windshield wipers not working, radio turning off, windshield wash light blinking, and 4x4 light blinking. Several times in the middle of the night I'd notice that the headlights would come on on their own. Also the air ride would turn on and off while the car was off, and the heater fan would also come on. This would kill the battery. Several times while driving the 4x4 would turn on in the low gear making it difficult to maneuver. On several occasions the starter would turn on while the car was already running. I replaced the gem module and had the windshield resealed several times, but after just a few months the problems would recur. The final nail in the coffin was when the starter kicked on while running and it took a minute to get the car safely stopped. I could smell smoke from the burned up starter motor. The Expedition has sat for 1. 5 years as I am unable to sell it and am unwilling to put any additional money to fix this lemon.

car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Ford Expedition 4
Failure Date: 08/15/2011

The radio would turn on and off without the key in the ignition, the starter tries to start the vehicle without the key in the ignition. While driving down the road the interior lights flicker and the headlights will turn on and off randomly. Automatic door locks will not always work.

car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Ford Expedition 5
Failure Date: 06/14/2010

My 1998 Ford Expedition began having severe electrical problems after heavy rains. The starter will cycle when the key is not even in the ignition, the ac blower remains on when truck is shut off, speedometer fails to work, transmission shifts roughly, interior lights come on, truck shuts off unexpectedly. Researched on internet and apparently many Ford trucks made in 1998 have similar problems due to leaky windshields, allowing water to enter fuse boxes. This problem could be very dangerous particularly the constant cycling of the starter in an unattended truck, and shutting off while driving. I would imagine engine fires are also a possibility given the range of electrical issues this is causing. Repairs include a new windshield and gem box, running approximately $1,000.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 6
Failure Date: 02/08/2010

Serious electrical malfunctions consisting of fan blowing without vehicle being started, radio going on and off, 4x4 light blinking, clicking noises, starter trying to start the vehicle while already started, popping noises, windows working and not working. Battery being drained. All this after snowstorm.

car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Ford Expedition 7
Failure Date: 07/10/2009

I have experienced a windshield leak on my 2001 Ford Expedition. This has lead to unwanted electrical activity when the vehicle is unattended. This has included the radio coming on or the blower motor running and even the starter engaging with the key removed. I am very concerned about a possible fire!.

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car image   Starter problem of the 1997 Ford Expedition 8
Failure Date: 06/19/2009

The contact owns a 1997 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the main computer, which was housed behind the main fuse box, would absorb moisture whenever it would rain. The failure caused several failures including the failure of all of the instrument panel gauges, the vehicle would lock and unlock independently, the interior lights would illuminate independently, the starter would attempt to engage when the vehicle was running and when the keys were not in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who made several repairs to no avail. In addition, the main computer was also replaced b ut the failure persisted and would only recur when it rained. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The current mileage was approximately 150,000. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 9
Failure Date: 02/18/2009

I went out to my truck to start it and the radio was on. No keys in ignition. Starter engages while running in park and neutral. Wipers come on and off no keys in ignition. Locks and unlocks by itself no keys in ignition. While driving have to put in neutral to roll window down and up. All this happens when it rains or snows.

car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 10
Failure Date: 02/25/2008

I posted a complaint earlier and would like to follow up on it. I had several electrical problems after the rain. This last time caused my battery to completely die and all of my electrical stopped working. I had aaa come out and jump start the battery and I let it idle for about 45 min. Until the electrical shop opened. During the idling I heard a loud noise that sounded very strange and unfamiliar so I jumped in and when I put it in gear to leave the noise stopped and I continued to the electrical shop. As soon as I parked and put it in park the noise began again. The guys at the shop heard it and immediately recognized it as the starter engaging. This was a result of my electric system malfunctioning. After a whole day of diagnosing where the electrical problem came from, they found that the main fuse box located inside the vehicle below the drivers side had a lot of moisture, rust and corrosion on the back side. They were not able to locate where the water is leaking from because it stopped raining. I am familiar with the windshield seal and the drain hole of the wiper blade as being the suspected origin of the leak, so as soon as it rains again I will go back to the shop so they can try and find the leak. They ordered a new fuse box from the dealership and it was around $145 but will take 4 days to ship, so they cleaned the back of the fuse box to hold me over. It runs fine and seems to be back to normal. So I would check that fuse box if you're having trouble. The high power fuse box in the engine compartment was not damaged. I'll update again if I find out where the leak is coming from.

car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Ford Expedition 11
Failure Date: 02/10/2008

It started off with a beeping, that happened once and a while. I also noticed when the defroster was turned on black dust like stuff would blow out. Then one day my husband and I heard the Expedition trying to start. No keys in the ignition, no one in the truck! my husband had to disable the battery to get it to stop. We were going to take it to the Ford dealer,but when we started it, it continued to try and turn over. Therefore my husband had to disconnect the battery again and we had to pay for a truck hauler to take it to the Ford dealer. While at the dealer we told them it couldn't be started, because of it trying to turn over, but apparently they did let it run and now we have starter problems. Also they had the windshield seal replaced, but it still leaks. We will be taking it back to them to have their repairs repaired. It's a shame, I was so proud of my SUV, now I just don't know.

car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 12
Failure Date: 01/06/2008

My 00 Ford expy has several electrical problems when ever there's rain this latest incident happen on 1/6/08 I came out of my house because I keep on hearing like someone was trying to start the truck and yeah it had been raining all night I open the truck and the radio was on the lights were coming on I started the truck and when it was on the starter was still spinning hitting the fly wheel I had to disconnect the battery I think if there's water leaking everytime it rains it could create a short and cause a fire on the truck I will like someone to look into this thanks.

car image   Starter problem of the 2003 Ford Expedition 13
Failure Date: 03/07/2007

The vehicle would randomly fail to start over a period of 2 months, usually in the morning. All lights, gauges, radio, and heater would work, but the engine would not crank. After turning the key 4-5 times, it would eventually start. One time, nothing worked and had to jump start the battery. I replaced the battery and 1 week later, it did not turn over again at all, but everything else was working. I let it sit, and tried it later in the day, of which it started right away. I took it to the dealer and they tested it. They had the problem happen twice on the first day and determined the cause to be the starter terminal wiring pigtail was corroded, and they replaced it with a new one.

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car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Ford Expedition 14
Failure Date: 11/27/2006

Events leading up to failure: (1) started with fog light switch not working. (3) took it in for service and was told the windshield was leaking and shorted the switch. Service attempted to correct leak by leaving windshield in place and providing more sealant. (1) leak in windshield discovered to persist after battery drained due to radio and various electrical functions would continue even without the key in the ignition. Most recently, the starter would repeatedly attempt to start the engine randomly after the engine was started and even while the key was out of the ignition! (2) with this uncontrolled electrical activity battery drain was causing stranding and the most recent occurrence the smell of an electrical fire was noted. (3) the car was taken immediately to a Ford dealership for service, where currently the gem module and fuse box are getting replaced as well as the windshield to fix the leak - I was told that the original windshield cannot be re-sealed as it will break when removed. I don't have VIN with me at this very moment, but can submit it later. What does oem mean next to the defective elements I've listed?.

car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Ford Expedition 15
Failure Date: 01/24/2006

My 2002 Ford Expedition's windshield wipers and audio system would not function in any position except park. I took the vehicle in on Jan. 24 and was told that since the vehicle audio and wiper system functioned properly. I got a call later in the day saying that the vehicle's wipers and audio system displayed the malfucntion that I had described. I was also told that there was severe corrsion around some of the eletrical parts. The service tech suspected a leak but could not tell where the leak was coming from. The dealership replaced the corroded part for the amount of $1065. 70 and released the car to me. On Jan. 31, my husband noticed at 5:00 a. M as he was preparing for work that the audio system was blasing and the dash board was lit. He attempeted to start the car, but it wouldn't. He called the dealership at 8:00 a. M to report the problem. A towing company was contacted at this time. At approximately 12 noon, my husband attemted to start the car again. This time it started and my husband drove the vehicle to the dealership. The "service engine" light remained on, and the vehicle drove "rough". On arrival at the dealership, a small fire started under the hood of the vehicle. The starter had burned (according to the service tech). The starter was replaced on Feb. 6. The service manager then reported that a leak was detected, and he suspected that it was coming from the top of the windshield (we told them that we replaced the windshield in July because of a small whole from a rock in the road). We paid an additional $335 for the replacement of the starter. We carried the vehicle back to the glass delearship and had them run a "wet" test with my husband as a witness. Water did not enter the vehicle through the windshield. As an extra precaution we had extra sealant placed around the windshield. Upon further investigation, I learned that the wipers may have a malfunction that causes water to enter the dash after rain or snow. Both occurances started after rain.

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car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Ford Expedition 16
Failure Date: 02/17/2005

(1) 1999 Ford Expedition would not start, dead battery. Replaced battery, determined all electonic components shorting out and inoperable: headlights, brake lights, and interior lights goes on and off, wipers work only intermittently. (2) vehicle taken to local Ford repair facility. Dealership was immedietly familliar with problem. Failure attribuited to leaking windshied and subsequent water leakage on vehicle gem (general elecronic module) and fuseblock (3) repairs consisted of replacing winshield, repacing gem module with improved water resistant variation (result of TSB), replaced fuseblock, replaced starter motor. Problems with some electronic systems persist after repair. (4) resuling $1,650. 00 repair bill for 5 year old, 70k mile garage kept vehicle due to being left in the rain for two days.

car image   Starter problem of the 1997 Ford Expedition 17
Failure Date: 01/16/2005

Parking brake on 1997 Expedition fall to pieces, replaced both e-brake assemblies. The consumer started using the parking brake since his driveway contained a slop, until one day when he backed of out of a parking spot, the vehicle began to make funny noises. The next day the vehicle began to make grinding noises and started to vibrate badly. The vehicle was towed and the consumer was informed by the dealer that it was a known problem, but Ford would not fix it for free. The starter was replaced.

car image   Starter problem of the 1997 Ford Expedition 18
Failure Date: 01/08/2005

Parked vehicle at 12 pm at around 5 pm the vehicle caught on fire. One day prior to the fire the low washer fluid level light came on. Then the light cluster for the 4 wheel drive flashed a few times. The day of fire, the vehicle was driven about 14 miles. The sames lights were flashing and then the odometer stopped working. Took it to local gas station and they said probably a loose wire. Car started it self and the starter motor kept trying to start the vehicle on its own. Popped hood and saw lots of sparking and popping. So video taped it as it happened. Fire seemed to come from the passenger side. Did not use cruise control and so do not know if worked.

car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Ford Expedition 19
Failure Date: 12/01/2003

I have a 98 Expedition, windows roll down, stereo come on heat turns on, all dash panel warning lights come on and off,the air bag light go on and off,and the wipers and overdrive go on and off ,the starter tries to start while running it started few years ago on occasion when it would rain now everytime ,found out the windshield leaks water on the fuse box and some other generic box, I feel Ford should fix the Expedition its there default look on the internet ,there are lots of other people with the exact same prob. Please help.

car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Ford Expedition 20
Failure Date: 11/05/2001

While driving windshield wipers and radio stopped working. When shutting off engine, heater blower blewout cold air full blast, and starter kept clicking. Vehicle taken to dealer twice, could not remedy problem. Please add further details.

car image   Starter problem of the 1997 Ford Expedition 21
Failure Date: 02/01/1997

Starter failed. Mjs.

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