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Ford Explorer owners have reported 50 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer 1
Failure Date: 05/09/2016

I was driving in a parking lot when the wrench light came on, as well as the check engine light, and the car lost all accelerator function. I was able to coast only. I was driving straight when this occurred. Since I was already in a parking lot, I was able to coast into a parking spot. Luckily there was no safety threat, as it could have been much worse if I was on the freeway or city streets. The dealership reports this is a throttle problem and the part is on backorder until 5/30/16.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 2
Failure Date: 03/01/2016

Check engine light came on went to a auto repair shop and was given oem code p0442 (evaporative emission system). The scent of gas was present. I changed the fuel cap and issue still remains. Gas fuel tank vapor vent check valve is defective and must be replaced.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford Explorer 3
Failure Date: 11/29/2014

While I was driving my 2012 Ford Explorer XLT, it lost all power for the 4th time. When I pressed the throttle there was no response. Indicator lights said awd off and displayed a wrench icon. I coasted to the side of the road. When this happened the first three times I turned the car off, restarted it and all was fine for a few minutes, before this happened again. This is quite a dangerous situation to be in. I have also seen several complaints of the same problem from several other Ford and Lincoln owners. I believe this is a serious safety issue, since stalling in the middle of anywhere is not safe and can lead to accidents without warning. Also my check engine light is now light and I will be taking it to the Ford dealer to get it fixed. It is going to cost me an arm and leg, but hopefully it ends up being a safety recall and Ford reimburses down the line.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford Explorer 4
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

My car is less than 3 years old. At the time of the first incident, I was driving about 25 mph and my car just suddenly stalled. I saw an "awd off" message on my dash. I tried to accelerate to pull over to the side of the road, and there was no response to the foot peddle. I hit the brakes and killed the engine. I was able to restart the car and continue on to work. I just assumed that I had someone hit the gear into that mode. But it happened a 2nd and then a 3rd time that same week. I brought the car in to the dealership around the middle of August. Before I brought the car, I searched the internet for other related complaints from Ford owners. . Read more...

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Ford Explorer 5
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

4/1- a couple days before 4/1, the check engine light came on. On 4/1, I was driving the car on a side street and it shut off on me, without warning. I got it towed to a dealer near by and was told it was a faulty alternator. Dealer changed it. . . 4/10 - the wrench and the check engine lights came on the dashboard. I took it back to the dealer to have it checked. The dealer was very passive of the situation - but ultimately, he said they were old codes that needed to be cleared from the computer. He cleared them and all was suppose to be well. 4/17 - my husband and I were out running errands, when again the wrench and the check engine light came on at the same time. Moments later, the car shut off on us while we were driving in the middle on the street. Luckily we were able to get it out of the middle of the road. We called the dealer and arranged to have them check it out. We managed to get the car started and drove it to the dealer. 4/24 - the dealer told us that the pcm was busted - and that alot of 2008 Explorers were having this issue. Unfortunately, Ford did not have the part available anywhere and we would have to wait until August 2014 in order to get the part fixed. Right now, our car is sitting at the dealer - not working. Ford has done nothing to compensate or to alleviate the mental and financial stress of not having car has done.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Ford Explorer 6
Failure Date: 01/18/2014

I was driving the vehicle on the highway when, a wrench icon appeared in the instrument cluster, and the engine immediately lost all power, I was able to pull over to the shoulder. I then put the vehicle into park and started it without a problem, and was able to drive without a problem no warning lights were on. This happened again about 3 weeks later, was driving about 45mph this time a wrench did not appear when the engine lost power, I again was able to pull over to the shoulder and was able to restart the vehicle, this time the check engine light came on. I am bringing the vehicle to the Ford service center for diagnostic testing.


car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford Explorer 7
Failure Date: 11/19/2013

2013 Ford Explorer. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle recurring problems. The consumer stated the vehicle was taken to the dealer on numerous occasions, because the vehicle would not start and/or check engine light illuminated. The battery was replaced.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford Explorer 8
Failure Date: 07/19/2013

On a night with light rain, after traveling 1. 5 hrs with cruise control on, I pulled off interstate exit to make a phone call. I did not turn engine off. After call I proceeded to get back on interstate, while merging back onto interstate I accelerated hard to attain merging speed, when I merged safely in front of semi the engine shook violently and lost power. To avoid being hit, I jerked vehicle into emergency lane. The check engine light was flashing and the car placed in limp mode. I turned the vehicle completely of and restarted the engine and every thing appeared to have returned to normal. I later read that night that the f150 with same engine was having similar problems. I took the vehicle to Ford the following Monday. The service advisor informed me that Ford has been having the same problem with my engine that is in the Ford f150 in humid areas. He stated that large amounts of condensation forms in the intercooler when driving for long periods without utilizing turbo, then next time you accelerate hard the turbos suck all the condensation into the engine causing a misfire and puts engine into limp mode. After a week of them contacting Ford engineers and running test, they told me they cannot repeat problem and the engine did not store any codes in the ecm from the problem. Ford also told the dealer that I'm the only person with a 2013 Explorer with the 3. 5 ecoboost engine that has ever reported problem. Since then I have read about two lawsuits which have been filed against Ford involving the ecoboost engine and included the 2013 Ford Explorer sport. Apparently this statement is not true. This is a very serious safety issue for me and my family. The Ford company is apparently denying the issue exist, leaving me to drive a vehicle that can potentially put my family others with the same vehicle in harms way. Thank you, fred williams.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford Explorer 9
Failure Date: 06/09/2013

Taking a trip in my 2013 Ford Explorer sport (texas to florida) with the 3. 5 turbocharged engine in raining conditions and vehicle began to shake violently, shudder and stall when I attempted to accelerate. Would not drive properly, check engine light came on and vehicle had to coast off highway and stay in hotel until dealership opened next day. Loss of time and very dangerous.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 10
Failure Date: 05/13/2013

The contact owns 2006 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Ford Explorer 11
Failure Date: 02/06/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle also locked up immediately after. The vehicle was able to restart and drove as normal. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was confirmed that the pistons fractured and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 138,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 12
Failure Date: 01/25/2013

While driving, the vehicle just shut off. I had no control of the vehicle once it shut off, except to utilize the emergency brake to get me stopped. Once stopped, I put it in park and it started up first try. No check engine light came on. Same thing happens on a regular bases. Usually happens while braking or turning at speeds lower than 30mph, then engine just stalls and everything turns off. This to me is a major safety concern, because without total control of the vehicle and vehicle lighting at night, it could seriously injure or kill someone. I highly recommend investigating this further so we can all continue to be safe. Thanks!.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 13
Failure Date: 01/19/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving on an incline at an unknown speed, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the overdrive warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the solenoid pack and the oxygen sensors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact also mentioned that the check transmission and check engine warning lights illuminated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 14
Failure Date: 12/16/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the check engine lights continued to illuminate every two months after the vehicle was repaired. Each time the vehicle was taken to the dealer, she was charged a diagnostic fee to perform the test and repair a different problem. The contact did not know what repairs were performed on the vehicle. The manufacturer was called who stated that they would send her information on how to trade the vehicle in for another vehicle, which included additional discounts; however, she had not heard from them. The failure mileage was 59,078.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Explorer 15
Failure Date: 05/14/2009

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Explorer . The contact states that while driving the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle stalled. She then pulled over and turned the vehicle off. She then restarted the vehicle and drove directly to the dealer. The technician advised her that the failure occurred from a crack in the cylinder head of the engine. The vehicle was repaired under owners expense. When it was at the dealer ship they took the vehicle apart without the drivers permission. The driver called an investigator from the bureau of automotive repair. It was determined that they used a defective engine for the 2000 Ford models and found out after a year and that's why the y discontinued using that specific engine. The failure mileage was 93104 and the current mileage was 93300.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 16
Failure Date: 04/21/2009

Trac control, abs, check engines lights on. Rattle on left rear axle, abs ring loose form axle, need to replace ring and axle.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 17
Failure Date: 03/01/2008

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Explorer. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle would completely shut off. Afterwards, the instrument panel and check engine lights flashed one time. The contact allowed the vehicle to coast to a stop and then restarted the vehicle. The contact drove to the dealer and they found no failures. A diagnostic was performed in an attempt to find an error code for the failure. The contact believed that the vehicle was completely unsafe to drive. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 61,000 and failure mileage was 60,700. Updated 4/16/08 updated.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Explorer 18
Failure Date: 01/11/2008

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Explorer. The fuel line rusted and developed tiny pin holes and cracks. The engine light illuminated also. The contact was informed that the cost would be between $400 and $500 to remove the tank. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 34,200 and failure mileage was 34,100.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 19
Failure Date: 03/19/2007

We have a 2004 Ford Explorer eddie bauer, originally purchased in may 20'06 with approximately 30,000 miles . At approximately 36,000 miles in August 2006 we were told that the harmonic balancer needed to be replaced. That was about $500. My husband drove it to work on 3-19-07 and everything was fine. He took it to lunch, everything was still fine, and when he came out, he tried to start the vehiclem and it would not start. There were no check engine lights, no noises, nothing out-of-the-ordinary at all. We had it towed to a Ford dealership, who ran some tests, and initially could not figure it out. They ran more tests, and came to the conclusion that the cams are not working. They told us that the engine needs to be replaced. $5,600. 00 to replace the engine with 46,000 miles. Ford is not offering us any help. They refuse to stand behind their product. They said if we had the extended warranty it would be covered. But the point is that it has 46,000 miles. I need someone to help me before I explode!.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 20
Failure Date: 01/16/2007

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the vehicle lunged forward when the brake pedal was depressed. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle sporadically stalled and the engine warning light illuminated on the instrument control panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they could not duplicate the failure. They also did not find any error codes when a diagnostic was performed. The failure still persists and she is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The purchase date, transmission type, powertrain, fuel system, and fuel type were unknown. The failure mileage was 25,000 and current mileage was 48,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1999 Ford Explorer 21
Failure Date: 12/08/2006

: the contact stated upon starting the vehicle, the engine stalled immediately. This was followed by the check engine light illuminating constantly. This was the fifth occurrence of this problem. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer on four other occasions, where the dealer determined that the idle bypass valve was sticking. The valve was replaced each time, but the problems persisted. The manufacturer was also notified.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer 22
Failure Date: 08/11/2006

: the contact stated the engine surged and the check engine light illuminated at speeds of 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealership on four occasions and were unable to correct the problem. The ring pin gear was replaced the first time the vehicle was taken to the dealership. The dealership determined the third and fourth cylinder spark plugs needed to be replaced on the second visit. The cylinder spark plugs were replaced on the third and fourth visit. The rear axle was replaced due to a shutter coming from the rear of the vehicle. The right handle was loose. The lumbar seat switch was loose. Updated 09/13/06.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 23
Failure Date: 11/13/2005

We purchased a 2006 Ford Explorer a few years ago and ever since we go it, we have been having issues with the wrench light coming on. When this light turns on the car starts jerking and we cant step on the gas any more because the car hesitates to go. We have to pull over turn the car off, wait a while then turn it back on and the car is ok again, but the engine light stays on sometimes for a few hours and sometimes for a few days. When we 1st had the problem we took it back to the dealer and they said nothing was wrong. We took it back a few more times and they kept telling us the same thing. Well that dealer closed, we took it to other Ford dealers and they would tell us the same thing, there is nothing wrong with the car. Well at 1st it would happen like once ever 2 to three weeks, then it would do it like once a day, well now it does it everyday more than once a day. Two days ago I was on the freeway going 70 miles an hour it happened to me. I always have my 8 year old daughter with me so im usually on carpool. Well when this happened I had to get out of car pool crossing the yellow lines just so that I can get to the other side to pull over, and I cant step on the gas. So I turned the car off, waited a while and then turned it back on and continued. Then it happened again not 2 times, 6 times total that day while traffic is moving at 70 miles an hour, we almost crashed. I am tired of taking it to the dealer just for them to say nothing is wrong. I emailed Ford corporate and all they can say is take it and have it diagnosed. I told them we have done that many times and they tell us the same thing. I got mad so I called to speak to a manager, which was no help. She said for me to have it diagnosed again. I asked her if they found something wrong with the car, is Ford going to have it fixed and she said no. I looked in to this and there seems to be lots of people with this same dangerous problem with their 2006 Ford Explorer.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2000 Ford Explorer 24
Failure Date: 03/20/2005

On 20 Mar 2005 while driving my 2000 Ford Explorer the check engine light came on. I pulled to the side to check the problems, everything seemed normal except it was idling rough. I called the dealer the next day to bring it in. I brought it to the Ford dealer on 21 Mar 2005. I was told that afternoon, that it was the cylinder head gasket. I called the dealer on 22 Mar to check and see when I could pick it up and was told that it would not be ready because they found the cylinder head had a crack. I called on 23 Mar to check and was told both cylinder heads were cracked and there is a possibility that the engine may have to be replaced. I was also told that they were waiting for an adjuster from Ford to make a determination to see if the engine needs to be replaced or just the cylinder heads. It is now the afternoon of 29 Mar and I was told by the dealer that the cylinder heads are on back order and they do not know when my car will be ready. I called Ford (800-392-3673) and basically was told sorry nothing we can do the cylinder heads are on "national back order". If that is true, there is a great demand for Ford 4 liter engine cylinder heads. Iis that a result of a defect with the engine or the cylinder heads. Has anyone looked into this? also, do not what can be done to get Ford moving on my problem?.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 25
Failure Date: 01/12/2005

Vehicle loses power while driving. The check engine light comes on. Owner has taken the vehicle to the dealer and was told that they could not duplicate the problem. Owner has also contacted the manufacturer who has been of no help either. Provide further details.

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