Ford Explorer owners have reported 69 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Explorer based on all problems reported for the Explorer.
Began feeling very sick on Friday January 5th, car had bad exhaust smell. Headache, dizziness, nausea, this continued over the weekend so much so that I did not drive anywhere Sunday from 1:00 on or at all on Monday. Woke up Tuesday feeling ok and drove my car to work, while driving the 4 miles on the fwy to get there my car started smoking profusely from the exhaust pipe. I immediately took it to Ford, it is still there. They are refusing to pay for repairs, they say turbo engine and engine need repair/replacement. Could this have to do with the exhaust issues I see people keep having? never once did the check engine light come on since I've owned the vehicle (2 yrs, 2 months) could there really be that much wrong with the car without even a hint there was an issue and no check engine light?.
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The turbo boost went out on my 2013 Explorer, I have had this vehicle for 15 months and it has 76000 miles on it. Apparently the part is backordered due to this happening to a ton of Explorers. I had to go on a waiting list and I am number 488 to get this part, they are telling me it will take months and it is unsafe to drive. I could loose power when driving and make things worst. This is a safety issue and I can't be without a car. The dealership will not give me a loaner car either. I have seen a lot of e-mails regarding the same thing, don't you think that this should be a recall due to safety issues? I am beside myself and have know idea how I am going to be without a car, do I chance driving it and may possible get killed because I loose power? the check engine light comes on and off all the time when driving no matter where I am driving. . .
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This has happened twice now, when driving on the highway (with no warning or any check engine lights on) the engine will suddenly stop, a notice to "check manual" plus a wrench light will come on. The vehicle will not accelerate, forcing you to coast or stop on the side of a road/highway. Vehicle has less than 14,000 miles on and has had maintenance and oil changes regularly. ).
Turbo failure while driving, large loss of power and potential for an accident. Turbo charger failed on my 2. 0l ecoboost engine at 58,000 miles. Turbo failed while in traffic and caused very poor performance and could have easily caused a wreck. Turbo failure does not create a check engine light or give any indication that is has failed other than a large loss of power and the engine continues to run. Turbo failure is sudden and there is no indications prior to it failing. The turbo was not covered by warranty due to vehicles age even though under 60k.
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Exhaust odor, carbon monoxide present in cabin. Check engine light.
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No engine acceleration the truck failed to accelerate when entering highway CA 92 west bound. The truck maximum speed was 20-25 mph with the accelerator pedal fully extended. The check engine light came on flashing yellow and you could smell fuel. The truck was shaking and shuttering. The truck wouldn't not accelerate beyond 25 mph onto to the highway. I believe the problem lies with the eco boost system.
Was traveling on I-96 at 60-65 mph fairly heavy traffic in the left center lane. The wrench light and check in light came on and loss of acceleration. Luckily was able to move to the left shoulder without incident. The engine was running very rough and I shut the engine off. The wrench light message gave a message to check manual. I started to call for roadside service and was on hold for a short amount of time. I hung up and tried to start the car as I was approximately a mile from the next exit. I was able to start the car. The wrench light was off but the check engine light remained on. I was able to get the car to accelerate normally and decided to try and get to the next exit. I was able to cross to the right lanes but the same thing happened and was not able to make it to the exit but at least I was on the right shoulder. My opinion is that this issue could be a big hazard. I was fortunate to have traffic that was light enough to allow me to maneuver but if this were to happen while making a left hand turn across traffic, heavy traffic or close following traffic this could have been a bad accident.
The contact owns a 2016 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle lost power and stopped. The check engine light and a wrench indicator illuminated. The driver pulled over and restarted the vehicle after about ten minutes. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer where it was diagnosed and the throttle body was replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that NHTSA would be notified. The failure mileage was 14,000.
Driving down road and Explorer started losing power, cutting out and engine almost died. The check engine light and tool light came on display. I was barely a few hundred feet from my house, so I slowly managed to get vehicle to my driveway. My husband attempted to drive Explorer in subdivision again and Explorer again started misfiring and engine died. Turned air conditioner off and it restarted and appeared to shake Explorer as engine misfired and we barely got it back in our driveway. It only has 7,740 miles on it!! I called dealership and had it towed to there today.
The contact owns a 2016 Ford Explorer. While driving 60 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed; however, the vehicle failed to respond. The contact also stated that the check engine warning light and the air bag warning light were illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000. The VIN was not available.
I rented a 2016 Ford Explorer from avis at the portland (me) airport (avis vehicle #40933351). On Friday, July 15th, the unit stalled as I pulled into an intersection. The accelerator was non-responsive and the car moved at a very reduced rate of speed. Several lights on the dashboard lit up - check engine, airbag, and a note came up to check the owner's manual. I was able to finish crossing the intersection at the slower speed and pull to the side of the road. I shut the car off and restarted it and it operated properly for a while. Later that night, I stopped at a stop light. When the light turned green, I made a left hand turn. Once again, the accelerator stopped working and the dashboard lit up with multiple warning lights. I pulled to the side of the road and called avis roadside assistance. The person on the line told me this was a common issue with Ford Explorers and that I had to turn the car off, step on the accelerator, then put my foot on the brake and restart the car to clear the fault but the check engine light would stay on. The check engine light stayed on but I was able to pull back onto the road at full speed. Approximately 1/4 mile down the road I stopped at a traffic light. Once again, I began to cross the intersection when the accelerator stopped working and the dashboard lit up. I pulled over and reset the car as I had done before and proceeded to drive away. A few hundred feet away, the accelerator stopped working again and the dashboard lit up. I was able to pull over, reset the car and drive away. This is an extremely dangerous condition that needs to be fixed immediately. The accelerator stops working without warning and the car only travels at a very slow speed that is not controlled by the accelerator. 3 out of 4 times it happened in the middle of an intersection. If there was oncoming traffic, I would have been hit.
Driving on I-10 about 1 mile before daphne, al, engine sputtered and vehicle began loosing speed. Pressing the gas pedal did nothing, check engine light came on, service manual light came on, and airbag light came on. Coasted to the side of the interstate, stuck between the white line of the lane edge and a guardrail with only inches to spare from traffic passing at 70 mph. All this with my wife in the front seat and our 2 daughters in the backseat who are 2 years old and 5 months old. Engine was running rough and would not increase rpms even when pressing the accelerator pedal. Shut engine off and on 6 times before it finally responded to accelerator pedal input. Was finally able to merge back on to the interstate and get to the daphne exit. We had to stay the night in a hotel in daphne while we waited for another vehicle to get us home to louisiana. This was a rental vehicle and had to be towed to the mobile airport so that we could get another vehicle from enterprise. A quick internet search revealed numerous complaints of the exact same issue but no evidence of any recall. Apparently the throttle body is faulty and most people report that the part is on back order. Ford knows about this problem and NHTSA should too but somehow nothing is being done. This incident left us on the side of the road, inches from being killed by passing motorists. How this is not under a recall or stop sale order is beyond me. Please initiate a recall and/or stop sale order on these vehicles before someone is killed or seriously injured.
This particular problem occurred three times over two days. The first time I was driving approximately 45mph on a city street when a wrench light and airbag light came on and the vehicle's throttle stopped responding. If I let off the break the vehicle would continue to move at approximately 5mph so I was able to get it off the roadway. I turned the vehicle off and back on and it seemed to be functioning normally with the check engine light illuminated. I was able to make it to my office where I left it parked until after lunch. When I cranked up the vehicle after lunch the check engine light was no longer on. After driving approximately ten more miles I attempted to make a left turn into a parking lot when the same thing happened and I was almost hit by an oncoming truck. After turning the vehicle off for a while I cranked it again and the check engine light was not illuminated. I made it home with no issue and the next morning I left home heading to the dealership to drop the vehicle off. As I was turning left on to a side street the vehicle again stalled and again I was almost struck by oncoming traffic. I turned the vehicle off and back on and after that was able to make it to the dealership without an issue. The diagnostic test indicated that the electronic throttle body was the issue. The dealership informed me that this was a widespread problem. The vehicle I was operating is an undercover police vehicle and only has 9,000 miles on it. Had I been responding to an emergency at a high speed I fear that either I or another motorist could have been seriously hurt or killed.
The contact owns a 2016 Ford Explorer. While driving 45 mph, the check engine light illuminated, the vehicle lost power, and stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and coasted to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was an issue with the throttle body, which needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.
I own a 2012 Ford Explorer XLT ecoboost was functioning fine till one day driving my family back from the airport my check engine light came on and began to flash. Then all of a sudden the car SUV began to shake horribly and would not in acceleration. After having the Explorer towed to the Ford dealer it was determined that the ecoboost system failed.
3. 5l ecoboost, 24k miles. Upon attempted acceleration, engine does not produce full power. Engine lags significantly then surges in both rpm and acceleration. Issues has persisted for approximately 3k miles. Issue occurs during all environmental conditions. Check engine light has not come on. No codes have been found. Vehicle has been examined by hudson Ford in wisconsin. No resolution provided, issue continues to exhibit itself.
Driving at highway speed check engine light and "wrench" showing a powertrain problem occured while driving at 70mph. Was in the left lane of traffic and due to the continued lane expansions in around the area of travel could not pull off into the center median. Had to negotiate moving across 4 lanes of traffic with no acceleration during morning rush hour in a brand new 2016 Explorer with less than 7500 miles. Once I was able to get across the lanes of traffic the vehicle was undriveable. This appears to be a continued defect with Ford and the NHTSA needs to address it before someone gets into an accident and a fatality occurs.
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.
The contact owns a 2015 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that there was an abnormal odor in the vehicle while the air condition was in operation. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, after several months the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure however, the contact was informed that no further assistance would be offered. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.
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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The contact owns a 2013 Ford Explorer. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 20,000.
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.
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...
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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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.
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