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Ford Explorer owners have reported 62 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: 10/05/2016

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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer 2
Failure Date: 08/15/2016

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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer 3
Failure Date: 07/22/2016

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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer 4
Failure Date: 07/16/2016

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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer 5
Failure Date: 07/15/2016

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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer 6
Failure Date: 07/13/2016

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.


car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer 7
Failure Date: 07/06/2016

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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer 8
Failure Date: 06/16/2016

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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford Explorer 9
Failure Date: 06/14/2016

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.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Ford Explorer 10
Failure Date: 06/12/2016

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.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer 11
Failure Date: 06/03/2016

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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford Explorer 12
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 13
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 2013 Ford Explorer 14
Failure Date: 08/12/2015

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.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford Explorer 15
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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford Explorer 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford Explorer 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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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