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Instrument Panel Problems of Ford Explorer



Ford Explorer owners have reported 21 problems related to instrument panel (under the electrical system category).

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2011 Ford Explorer 1
Failure Date: 03/21/2012

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and the brakes would not respond when depressed. The gauges on the instrument panel also stopped functioning. The vehicle did not stall. The contact stopped the vehicle on the shoulder of the road and regained steering and brake power after restarting. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 22,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2012 Ford Explorer 2
Failure Date: 10/24/2011

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Explorer. The contact stated the speedometer design does not show you the lower range while driving and that caused the contact to exceed the speed limit. The higher numbers were on the top of the speedometer which were shaped like a "c" and the numbers should be at the bottom to avoid speeding. The vehicle was not taken back to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The Ford manufacturer was notified, a claim was filed and they informed her to contact NHTSA. The failure mileage was 78. Updated 12/28/lj the consumer also stated it was extremely difficult to see out of the rear window, as the window was too small. Updated 12/28/11.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer 3
Failure Date: 06/24/2011

While stopped at a traffic light I switched on my turn signal to indicate a right turn and noticed the normal click of the turn signal was not occurring. I looked down at my instrument panel and saw the right turn light was lit but not flashing. The rest of the trip I had to continually turn on and turn off the turn signal to let others now my intentions since the signals would no longer flash. Finally I rapidly worked the switch up and down and was able to get the turn signals to operate correctly again. Also on other occasions the signal would click very fast which and the actual signal light would not flash or light but would eventually start working again. I assumed it was a burned-out bulb but when it came back on again I knew that was not the case. I saw a recall recently for the turn signal switch on ranger pickups and excursion suvs in the age range of my vehicle and this seems to be exactly what is happening with my Explorer.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 4
Failure Date: 12/14/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer. The vehicle was experiencing an intermittent failure in which the headlights, radio and windows stopped functioning while driving at any speed. The failures persisted for a duration of approximately 1-5 minutes. During the failures, the power door locks and instrument panel lighting also did not function. The vehicle was not taken to have the failures diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 97,000 and the current mileage was 98,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 5
Failure Date: 11/28/2009

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that as he attempted to start his vehicle with the gear shift in park, he was unsuccessful; however, he was able to start the vehicle in neutral. The dealer confirmed that there was a shortage in the instrument cluster. The dealer also stated that they could repair the vehicle for $700. The contact is aware that his extended warranty does not include the instrument cluster. There is no recall for this part. The failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 01/15/10. Updated 01/19/10.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 6
Failure Date: 10/15/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 50-60 mph the lights on the dashboard flickered on and off which also included a beeping noise. The vehicle had not been taken to the dealer for the failure. The failure was intermittent and had been on going for more than a year. The contact stated that the failure happened more frequently while driving on the highway. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 114,376. Updated 03/29/lj.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 1996 Ford Explorer 7
Failure Date: 08/17/2009

The contact owns a 1996 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that dashboard lights were too dim. The gas cap was not secure on the tank and did she was unable to replace the gas cap on tight. The dealer advised her that the catalytic converter needed to be replaced because it added to the pollution. She received recall notice 09v399000,vehicle speed control and the dealer replaced the catalytic converter instead of the speed control deactivation switch. She called the dealer and the manufacturer but received no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 157,000.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer 8
Failure Date: 04/30/2008

Continuous and repetitive malfunction of gas gauge. It occurs very often and is a well known problem in Ford Explorers. Additive has been added to no avail, I think Ford just wants owners to have to pay for this and purposely continues to design vehicles like this. It is a major safety concern. . . What if I run out of gas in the freezing cold with two babies?.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2005 Ford Explorer 9
Failure Date: 04/30/2008

I recently purchased a near new 2005 Ford Explorer. The vehicle is in pristine condition and has very low mileage to the point where it is below the industrial average. Since I purchased the vehicle, I have fueled it several times, always filling the tank to the top. Every time I have filled the vehicle up, the fuel gauge has dropped to empty and the mileage till empty indicator shows just dashes. In addition to the gauge dropping to empty my "service engine light" comes on immediately following the fuel gauge dropping. At first I thought it was possibly just a problem with my vehicle so I figured I'd have it fixed. Then out of curiosity I decided to check online and with other fellow owners of the 2002-2005 Ford Explorer model to see if they were having this problem as well. And to my surprise I found that it was a very common problem. This issue disturbs me mainly because it is a safety issue. God forbid my wife is traveling down the road with my 14-month-old son and runs out of fuel due to a faulty fuel gauge on a deserted dark highway. Since this was such a common problem I thought I would be able to come online and find out that there was a recall. But I did not find that. All I found was a bunch of people complaining about the same exact thing. Now my question is, why hasnt there been a recall yet with an updated part for replacement? if someone could contact me and assist me with this matter I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 10
Failure Date: 12/07/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer. The vehicle was quality checked with a 115 point inspection; however, she was later notified that the vehicle was in a major crash. The driver side door is misaligned. The sunroof was replaced with tape. She doesn't know if the vehicle is equipped with air bags. The windows have condensation on the inside of the vehicle. The speedometer does not register the proper speed in the vehicle. The approximate speed can range from 20 to 50mph. The fuel pump and sensors were replaced. The vehicle was purchased March 20, 2007. The dealer stated that the vehicle is currently operating normally. The dealer has diagnosed the failure on several occasions. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 23,000.


 
car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2007 Ford Explorer 11
Failure Date: 11/13/2007

On 11/23/2007 my 2007 Ford Explorer with 14,600 miles on it would not start. It was towed to the dealer. They changed the main computer and that did not fix the problem. It took 2 weeks for this part of the repair. They then said it needed a new instrument cluster which they ordered. The new part will not be here until the middle of Jan. 2008. So I will be without my Explorer for almost 2 months. After the first 2 weeks they provided me with a car to drive. It just seems like way way to long to have a new car (relatively) to be repaired. Do you have info of this part failing on more Ford Explorers.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 12
Failure Date: 11/07/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 45 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle's speed decreased dramatically. All of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel and then the engine stalled. Two minutes later, the vehicle restarted automatically. Three weeks later, the failure recurred. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle has not been repaired. Current and failure mileages were 54,325. Updated 03-05-08.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 13
Failure Date: 11/01/2007

2006 Ford Explorer with trac and wrench light illuminated. Consumer states they have taken the vehicle back several times to have this problem fixed. The mechanic stated it was fixed and then the failure would begin again. The consumer stated when the lights were on, the vehicle would hesitate, the brakes would pulse and then the vehicle stalled.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2007 Ford Explorer 14
Failure Date: 10/01/2007

2007 Ford Explorer instrument panel is not visible during the day. Customer states that he cannot see the odometer, temperature and gas gauge can be in a shadow at certain times of the day. The consumer stated the protrusion into the floor area of the seats and front seat rails is a safety hazard. The front seat anchors and rails should have a safety shield.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2006 Ford Explorer 15
Failure Date: 04/07/2007

2006 Ford Explorer with frequent transmission problems. Customer states that the transmission has shifting inconsistencies which causes the vehicle to shake. The consumer stated the erratic shifting of the vehicle started the day after purchase and after the incident he contacted the dealership to inform them of the defect. The dealership then in turn had the consumer come in on 4 separate occasions to rectify the situation but to no avail. The consumer would like the situation investigated and would like for the dealer to repurchase the vehicle at the value in which it was sold. The dealer stated the speakers sound like they are distorted, top cover of instrument cluster is loose.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 16
Failure Date: 08/01/2006

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer. While driving 40 mph, all of the warning indicator lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The speedometer and tachometer malfunctioned and the headlights dimmed. The dealer installed a wire harness, cluster, and pcm; however, the failure continued. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The failure mileage was 35,000 and current mileage was 66,000.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Ford Explorer 17
Failure Date: 01/03/2006

2004 Ford Explorer limited-owned SUV for 38k been in shop repeatedly-from minor to major things. SUV is a $ 34,000 turd. Currently needing to go back to shop for multiple repairs. The day our warranty expires car is gone.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 18
Failure Date: 08/10/2005

Digital odometer display numbers do not light up making it impossible to view cumulative mileage and use of trip computer and compass does not work.

car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 19
Failure Date: 09/30/2004

The message center lights are not visible in the daytime unless driver is in a shaded spot causing a dangerous situation to get any of the readouts!.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2000 Ford Explorer 20
Failure Date: 07/16/2004

I have a Ford 2000 Explorer XLT. The rear wiper works when it wants to usually when I don't need it and I am on the second motor for it. The check engine light stays on for three or four days then goes out for one or two then back on. I have lost all faith in Ford. At times it will shut off when I am driving and it starts right back up, but won't idle for about 2 days after that. I've had it with Ford no wonder their having problems selling their auto's. I am about to trade the vehicle and it sure won't be for another Ford.

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car image   Instrument Panel problem of the 2000 Ford Explorer 21
Failure Date: 11/20/2001

Electrical system is causing intermittent operation of interior lights/ instrument panel functions, and windshield wipers. Dealership examined vehicle, but could not determine cause of problem. Vehicle was not affected by recall campaign 00v072000/ electronic functions. Please provide any additional information / documentation.


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