Ford Explorer owners have reported 27 problems related to engine clicking and tapping noises (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.
While driving down the highway my Explorer made a loud clunk sound and then the wrench symbol appeared on my dashboard. Then the gas pedal quit working, and we had to roll off the highway avoiding being hit by other traffic. I had to stop and restart my car 5-6 times before the gas pedal would work again. This has happened 5 times in the past two months, and when I called to have it serviced they told me the wrench light had to be on for them to identify the problem. But I cant go anywhere when the wrench light comes on and a tow truck will not tow a car with it running for me to get it to the dealership to be tested. This is a safety issue that other people are having. The throttle body is going out on many Explorers after 55,000 miles. Is it going to take deaths before this is a recall?.
See all problems of the 2012 Ford Explorer .
First problem started with the brain in the transmission area. Hesitating, lunging forward and tachometer jumping when taking off and during driving down the roads/highways. Had diagnostics tests done (March 3, 2016. ) replaced brain and it stopped the hesitation, lunging and tachometer jumping=$2700. 00. Next problem came along when we started hearing a ticking sound when it was started in the driveway(may 16, 2016. ) come to find out the engine was blown which is now going to cost $6700. 00. We have always maintained our vehicles with proper care and attention, but how can all these major things go wrong at only 108000 miles???.
See all problems of the 2006 Ford Explorer .
Turned car on to drive it would not start after sever rainfalls until finally when I did the last time after a jump, battery new. It started to make this awful noise like a clanking sound like a chain sound. I took it to a mechanic and he did not know what the problem was, called a mobile mechanic and he said the same thing said it could be a valve or piston problem. From what I hear sounds like a chain. Before this happening the rear window regulators for the rear passenger windows right and left sides broke. Had left side fixed right side not fixed, glass still held with a board inside door.
See all problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer .
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while traveling 45 mph, the vehicle made a loud popping noise and the vehicle shook. The also contact stated that the check engine light, over drive, and message centers lights illuminated. The contact stated the vehicle had not been to the dealer or a mechanic. The failure and current mileages were 126,000.
Tl - the contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the contact heard a clicking noise coming from the a/c heater blend door actuator. In addition, the a/c failed to operate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised that the blend door actuator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and the current mileage was 110,000. The VIN was not available. Kmj.
See all problems of the 2003 Ford Explorer .
Due to a defect, we had to have the transmission replaced (thank god it was still under warranty). . . Then had to have the door ajar sensor fixed because alarm kept going off for no reason. About two years ago we were abut to go out of town for thanksgiving. I stop at a red light, and then we try to pull off when the light changes and hear the loudest popping noises. . . We're wondering how in the world did the spark plug pop out with so much force that it also rips the ignition coil. . . (fast forward to 1yr later, same thing happens while leaving home to go to work). Once again, on March 12, while on my way to work, sitting at a traffic light. Light turns green. . . I start to pull off and begin hearing a popping noise. . . Wth. . . Not again!!! (this is the third time this has happened in 2 years). Come on Ford. . . Fix the lemons!!!!.
The truck make a horrible ticking noise when you start it up. It will do this until the oil gets thru the motor. Ford states that it is the nature of the motor for normal wear and tear. It is embarrassing to say the least, as it sounds like a ticking time bomb that is waiting to go off. After the truck has been running for a few minutes than the noise goes away, seems that if I spent this much money on a vehicle, it wouldn't sound like an old cluncker.
Spark plug blew out on Ford Explorer XLT 2002 model year with 4. 6l engine. Has 145,000 and original plugs (platinum). Car started to make a ticking sound and then the plug popped off.
There was a clicking noise in the dash when I turned the heat on. One day there was one more hard click and after that no more heat. So now when I turn the heat on there's a clicking noise and no heat, when I turn it on cool the clicking noise stops.
When we starte d our car for the first time after it had sat at an airport parking lot for a week, we heard a ticking noise upon start up ouf our vehicle (2003 Ford Explorer eddie bauer with v8 engine). Upon taking it to a repair shop they stated the noise is coming from the value guard area in the would need to replace both cylinder heads (per Ford need to replace both & cannot replace just one). The cost of this repair would be $4,000. 00. Upon further research, it appears that this is a common problem for our model & year. With all the other problems we have had to pay out of pocket for, it would be nice to have Ford look into this issue and possible have a recall. Thank you.
April 2007 1. Just bringing the car up to freeway speed. 2. A popping noise emitted from the engine, passenger side. Unable to determine the problem as it was dark, the vehicle was towed to the repair shop. 3. It was determined that the 3rd plug had blown out of the engine and also destroyed the coil attached to it. A new threaded insert was installed in the spark plug hole. A new spark plug and new coil were installed.
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. Whenever the contact started the vehicle, he noticed a clunking noise from the engine compartment. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The current mileage was approximately 135,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 40,000.
While driving 50 mph engine started producing a clicking sound. Cause has yet to be determined.
See all problems of the 1998 Ford Explorer .
While driving at 65 mph a spark blew out of the cylinder head. There was a loud popping sound from within the engine compartment, and the vehicle lost considerable power at that time. The windows had to be opened due to the gas fumes.
See all problems of the 1999 Ford Explorer .
I have a 2002 Ford Explorer and have had numerous problems that the dealer has not been able to fix. At any speed the engine is constantly making a ticking noise. Sometimes when making a complete stop the truck will stall and then jerk forward when I am trying to push on the gas to go. This happens so much and I have sent it in numerous times for this and no solution. This also happened twice on the freeway when I had to press on the brakes to stop quickly the truck locked up for about 5-10 seconds and then jerked forward. I still have to deal with this situation since I am in a lease and the dealership says they can't find anything wrong. I tell them it is dangerous for me to be driving this vehicle. Twice at a stop sign I took my foot off the brake to go but the truck starting moving backwards. I pressed the brake again then released and it still moved backwards. I then put it in park and then back in drive and then it move forwarded. I took the truck in again the next day and told him the situation and still nothing was done.
Consumer states when starting the vehicle the engine would make a ticking sound. Consumer states engine is no longer any good. Dealer notified. Ts.
See all problems of the 2000 Ford Explorer .
I own a 2002 Ford Explorer xls and it has been into the Ford service-repair shop a total 0f 37 work hours -10 documented service days for an annoying ticking noise coming from the front dash-console-engine area that can not seem to be repaired. It doesn't matter whether or not that the engine is cold or warm, the weather condtions hot-dry or humid and wet, it still ticks intermitently for sometimes around 8 minutes or can go on for 20 at that moment. When it starts it sounds like a toggle switch going on and off and then makes a rubbing ,squeaking , ticking noise that starts off low and then gets so loud that you can hear it with the radio on set at a slightly high volume. It does not matter whether the air is on or off, the radio-cd is on or off or the heat is on or off. All conditions have been tested . The front dash has been removed numerous times and reinsulated, a new radio has been put in, the winshield replaced, vents and glove box removed and wiring checked. Once the sound starts, bumpiness in the road seems to produce the sound louder and more often. Also while turning the steering wheel on a winding road that is somewhat bumpy also produces the sound. It is not a pleasure to drive this vehicle and it has been serviced as I stated for this problem ever since 2002. It was purchased in July of 2001. The dealership and many diffferent techs. Ca not find or repair the problem. I would get rid of it if it wasn't for the fact that I could not honestly sell a lemon in good faith. This vehicle body wise is is excellent condition and only has 27,000 miles on it. As I see it, I have only had a perfect vehicle for 1 year out of the 3 years I have owned it. I have been faithful to Ford and that is only what I have owned the last 28 years and currently own 3 other Ford vehicles. My father worked and retired from Ford motor CO. His whole life and none of us have ever experienced such disappointment in one of their products.
While driving, vehicle will automatically shut off. Vehicle will only shut off when it is idling. When going up hills vehicle will stall. . Consumer states the transmission gives a ticking noise when the engine is running. 8jb.
We have had a hood latch recall, cruise control recall, questions about a tire recall (firestone), power steering fluid leak, cv boot rip, wipers turning on with the turn signal, 1 engine replaced due to 0 psi oil at idle (did they really replace it or just say they did?) several independent re-evaluations after the "new" engine had even more noises, fuel injectors replaced, a mysterious clunking sound on the right side during left turns, ~5000mi after 1st engine "replacement" another Ford repair center is now saying that the engine has 0psi at and we need another engine. We feel like this 99 Explorer (with currently <35,000mi)is a lemon and we are tired of recalls, repairs, waiting for engines. We want a dependable car! we have taken immaculate care of the car, have had professionals do the work on it (usually Ford dealerships) and yet we are afraid that the warrentee will run out and we will have an expensive problem or, worse, the car will fail and someone will get hurt! does this car qualify as a "lemon. " if not what does? if so, what are our options? p. S. All of the mentioned problems are documented by Ford dealership records that are in our possession.
Start up makes clicking noise and sometimes won't start for a few minutes. Has done it too many times to count. The dealer cannot find anything wrong with it. They say it doesn't do it when they have it.
When vehicle is sitting or moving there is a ticking noise coming from engine. Vehicle was at repair shop, and mechanic told consumer that vehicle needed a cam chain guide. Dealership was aware of problem. Dealer replaced the timing chanin, also the brake light was inoperative.
See all problems of the 1997 Ford Explorer .
Consumer was at stop sign when there was a loud popping sound and the engine shut down. Timing chain broke. Consumer was hearing popping noise for years, took to dealership and they never were able to duplicate noise.
This is a very distinct tapping noise coming from the right side of the engine that can be heard at all times and gets louder as you drive the car. We are afraid that this is a lifter and our engine is going to blow up while we are driving. The service shop denies even hearing this tapping noise but when we went to arbritration 5 people , whom are not mechanics all heard and verified that this noise is present. The service shop will not even say they hear this noise, alone fix it for us. We want to know how to get this fixed, we have had it in the shop 22 days.
Was driving and car stopped with a clicking sound. No prior warning with engine lights, etc. Dealer claims failure to change oil resulted in engine failure and that engine needs replaced and Ford also denied claim to replace said engine.
The engine has a loud clicking noise on the right side. The local dealer helped to get a remanufactured engine for me under warranty. The new engine has just started to make the same noise. It's very loud. I haven't had any stalls or hesitations, just a very loud noise.
Engine makes cracking sound when stopping. Yh.
A piece within engine has broken off, and it is making a clanging noise within engine. Dealer claims Ford has instructed them not to diagnose or fix defect.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Engine Exhaust System problems||
|Car Stall problems||
|Engine Cooling System problems||
|Gasoline Engine problems||
|Check Engine Light On problems||
|Engine Stall problems||
|Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problems||