Cruise Control problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer
21 problems related to cruise control have been reported for the 2002 Ford Explorer.
Cruise Control problem #1
The vehicle is a 2002 Ford Explorer. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FMZU73W42_. Approximately 30% of the time, the coast button on the cruise control will actually function as the accelerate button. This can be disturbing if you hit coast to increase distance between you and another vehicle. When this does occur, I am able to hit the brake pedal and deactivate the cruise control. This cruise control issue occurred Thu., Jul. 19, 2012.
Cruise Control problem #2
The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Ford Explorer. VIN of the vehicle was 1FMZU63E92_. Cruise control electrical disengage switch failed. Cruise control could only be disengaged by stepping on the brake very hard or by manually turning off the cruise control on/off switch. This issue happened on 11/21/2012.
Cruise Control problem #3
The car is a 2002 Ford Explorer. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FMDU75W32_. Speed control suddenly accelerated from 65mph (where cruise control was set) to 95 mph. It was full throttle and increasing speed when I hit the brake and it stopped accelerating. Dealer says there is nothing wrong and does not know why it did this. I'm still working with them to solve the problem becuase I no longer trust it. I was not touching any controls or pedals when the car began accelerating. This problem occurred on Tuesday, February 5, 2002.
Cruise Control problem #4
The vehicle involved was a 2002 Ford Explorer. While driving 45 mph consumer applied brake, however vehicle would not slow down, cruise control stayed on. Consumer then depressed accelerator pedal, then the brake throttle released. This issue happened on May. 23, 2002.
Cruise Control problem #5
The car is a 2002 Ford Explorer. Crash happened when the problem occurred. The consumer was slowly merging when the gas pedal had gotten stuck and the speed increased. The cruise control was not on. The brakes did not stop the vehicle from driving forward. The consumer shifted to reverse but that didn't stop the vehicle until it hit the vehicle in front. Later I lifted the gas pedal up with my foot. This cruise control problem happened on Monday, Jun. 2, 2003.
Cruise Control problem #6
The vehicle is a 2002 Ford Explorer. While driving, and after setting the cruise control, vehicle would accelerate beyond the set speed. Problem occurred five times. Manufacturer and the dealer had been informed of the problem. This cruise control issue occurred 09/02/2003.
Cruise Control problem #7
The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Ford Explorer. VIN of the vehicle was 1FMZU73E22_. Cruise control, vehicle keeps accelerating after cruise control set button is released also when coast button is pushed vehicle will accelerate. Buttons are free and not sticking. This is an intermittent problem. Almost rearended cars on two occasions. Just bought car and have not had a chance to get to delear. This problem occurred on Sat., Dec. 20, 2003.
Cruise Control problem #8
The vehicle is a 2002 Ford Explorer. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1FMZU73EX2_. When applying the brakes to disengage the cruise control vehicle would speed more instead of disengaging. Disengaged the cruise control using the hand button. Dealer changed the brake lamp switch. It was Feb. 19, 2005 when this cruise control issue occurred.
Cruise Control problem #9
Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1FMYU60E72_. The consumer's 2002 Ford Explorer sport was parked when it suddenly caught on fire. This cruise control problem happened on Jan. 8, 2005.
Cruise Control problem #10
The car was a 2002 Ford Explorer. The VIN of this Explorer is 1FMZU72E62_. While the cruise control was set at 72 mph, the vehicle would not decelerate. The consumer pulled over, restarted the vehicle, but the cruise control was still engaged. The vehicle was towed. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The vehicle was shut off as the manual suggested in order to reset, but it did not. The consumer said that her husband experienced this problem numerous times. It was Monday, December 6, 2004 when this cruise control issue happened.
Cruise Control problem #11
The VIN of the problem Explorer is 1FMZU63E72_. 2002 Ford Explorer concerns regarding cruise control fires. This problem occurred on May. 1, 2005.
Cruise Control problem #12
The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Ford Explorer. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1FMDU74E72_. The caller saw an new report on 48 hours about Fords burning up and has concerns about his vehicle. The dealer said to call the manufacturer to see what they say. The manufacturer said there was no recall on it. The consumer felt that this was a major safety issue and Ford should replace the part before anything else happens. The consumer is concerned about the cruise control switch and it's potential to cause a fire. This cruise control issue occurred 06/18/2005.
Cruise Control problem #13
The vehicle is a 2002 Ford Explorer. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FMDU74E02_. I had just left work with my mother and noticed a smell of burning rubber or wires. We drove for approx. 4 blocks still smelling this. We rolled down the windows thinking it was coming from outside. I even turned off my air conditioning thinking it was pulling the odor in from outside. We then decided we should turn around and go back to my place of employment and have the mechanics check it out. I turned the corner and smoke starting coming out from under the hood. We then pulled over to call our wrecker. The smoke got worse, so we got out of the vehicle and moved away. We then called the fire department. After about 5 minutes flames started coming out from under the hood. Then, there was a small explosion and there was a hole blown in the center of the hood close to the windshield. The flames were then shooting about 6 to 8 ft in the air. The fire department arrived and put the fire out. We have not yet heard if it is a total loss, but I'm sure it is. This cruise control problem happened on Thursday, August 11, 2005.
Cruise Control problem #14
There was crash involved with this Ford Explorer. Contact's wife on states on 9-17-05 was driving the 2002 Ford Explorer and she stopped at a red light on a hill. She took foot off of the brakes and the car surged very high and lunged forward, resulting in a rear end collision. The contact was concerned that this may had something to do with the cruise control. The contact's wife did not have the cruise control on at the time of the accident. The dealer did not think this had anything to do with the cruise control. A police report was taken. This was the first incident of this kind. The contact reported of having no problems with the cruise control prior to this accident. . The failure date was Sep. 17, 2005.
Cruise Control problem #15
The VIN of this vehicle was 1FMZU67E52_. The reporting person owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact received a recall notice for the cruise control in August of 2007. He took his vehicle to a local dealer to have the recall repaired and they stated that the parts would be unavailable until November. He called another dealer and they currently do not have any parts as well. He attempted to notify the manufacturer, but was unable to speak with a representative directly. The contact has not had the speed control switch deactivated. There had been no failure to date. The current mileage was 51,000. This cruise control issue occurred August 27, 2006.
Cruise Control problem #16
The car was a 2002 Ford Explorer. Cruise control will not always engage, even when indicator light shows it is on. Initial failures were failure to engage or unexpected disengagement. When it does engage, the speed continually accelerates and does not disengage with brake pedal, must use off button on steering column. All buttons are free. Contacted dealer and manufacturer, and they report no recall on this VIN. Search of NHTSA site shows 3 similar complaints. This cruise control problem happened on 11/16/07.
Cruise Control problem #17
The vehicle is a 2002 Ford Explorer. The VIN of this vehicle is 1FMDU62E42_. Speed control does not engage even though it shows that it is on, on the dash board. Once engaged after numerous attempts, the speed will then increase on its own. It was Feb. 29, 2008 when this cruise control issue happened.
Cruise Control problem #18
The vehicle was a 2002 Ford Explorer. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FMZU74W82_. While traveling on the freeway my cruise control was acting up, it kept turning itself off, and not keeping a set speed. I got it to turn back on and set the speed to 80 mph. After a few minutes it felt like we were going faster than we thought , I looked down and noticed the cruise control had surged from 80mph to 105mph on its own. This really frightened my and I immediately put the brakes on to slow down and turned off the cruise control feature for the remainder of my trip. I had my husband and my three young daughters in the car and was pretty shaken up about how quickly things could have gone terribly wrong and someone or all of us could have been killed if we were to crash because of this incident. This cruise control problem happened on Saturday, Mar. 1, 2008.
Cruise Control problem #19
The VIN of this vehicle was 1FMZU67E52_. The vehicle is a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact received a notice for recall number 05s28 for the vehicle speed control: cruise control in August of 2007. As of March 26, 2008, the part for the recall repair is still unavailable. She feels that this length of time is unlawful. She called the manufacturer and was denied to speak with a supervisor. There had been no failure to date. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage was 62,000. Updated 04/14/08. Updated 04/11/08. This problem occurred on Mar. 18, 2008.
Cruise Control problem #20
2002 Ford Explorer cruise control would not release, the car accelerated each time after trying to release the cruise control. I had to ride the brake to stop the car. I shut the racing engine down and tried to restart and found the engine raced as soon as it was started. If we were in traffic, we may have crashed. I stayed calm but thinking about my wife and son driving the car at times, they may not have reacted as I did. This was a very scary and dangerous situation. This cruise control issue occurred Sat., Jan. 9, 2010.
Cruise Control problem #21
The reporting person owns a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT. The contact was driving with the cruise control set to 70 mph when the vehicle abnormally began to accelerate over 80 mph. The contact then depressed the brakes to disengage the cruise control yet the vehicle continued to accelerate. The contact then drove to the shoulder and shut the engine off. When restarting, there was an abnormal increase in engine rpms from 5,000 to 6,000. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure but recommended replacing all components of the cruise control mechanism. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was 8,200. This cruise control problem happened on Monday, Jul. 19, 2010.
Other Vehicle Speed Control related problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Vehicle Speed Control problems||38|
|Cruise Control problems||21|
|Accelerator Pedal problems||18|
|Car Accelerates On Its Own problems||10|
|Speed Control Cable problems||10|
|Accelerator Stuck problems||7|
|Speed Control Linkage problems||2|
|Car Throttle Stuck problems||2|
|Car Throttle Sticking problems||1|
|Fail To Slow Down problems||1|
|Speed Sensor problems||1|