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Timing Tensioner Problems of Ford Explorer



Ford Explorer owners have reported 42 problems related to timing tensioner (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2008 Ford Explorer 1
Failure Date: 03/11/2014

The car was traveling at 30 mph from store to school in midday two miles, started ticking and got louder as traveling back home(2 mile). At home popped hood, listened for noise ,engine idling smoothly ,but ticking or rather hitting noise from top of valve cover,drivers side front,was very prevalent. Turned off car and pulled chain tensioner out and looked inside with snake camera and saw broken plastic parts all around timing chain area. I searched online and found this has been happening from 1997 to currant. Plastic, vinyl parts in the motor repeatedly shattering for years, costing consumers thousands in repairs. These v-6 and v-8 Ford motors are flawed because of these weak parts. This is a engineering bomb, and when you least expect it, the timing chain goes bad at 72931. 5k. That should not happen. The motor has to be pulled to change the four chain cassettes, or single cassette,because vinyl parts are in the pan and in the oil galleys. 18-19 hours on book the repairs are expensive, unreasonable,and a cover-up. Ford could change the part, but chooses not to. An addition 3000$ to the cost of ownership is not acceptable in the first five years. That's what the n. H. T. S. A. Is to be observing. The car is inoperable, for fear of having the valves contact the piston, and end up with metal in the bottom of the oil pan. Someone is responsible for the decision to make these parts out the inferior media. P. S. Regular oil changes are documented.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 2
Failure Date: 03/03/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that there was a rattling noise heard from the engine as soon as the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the timing chain plastic tensioner was fractured. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was unavailable. Kmj.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1998 Ford Explorer 3
Failure Date: 01/15/2013

The timing chain tensioner broke allowing the chain to slip. It was a recall problem but I was not the original owner and the problem must not have been addressed, or else the recall didn't get done properly. After the repair it hasn't had good oil pressure at idle. It is too bad that Ford put this motor in so many vehicles and doesn't stand behind they. It is poor design in my opinion to have four timing chains on a 4. 0 liter motor is crazy. I wish that Ford would have put more effort into seeing that my vehicle were recalled and not allowed to depreciate because it was happening to so many other Explorer.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 4
Failure Date: 12/26/2012

Was driving car along local road when the engine started to make noise and the car would not go over 5 miles and hour. Many cars severed to avoid truck and was lucky there was no accident. Truck was towed to local facility and had Ford tech look at vehicle. The timing chain tension broke. Tech and dealerships( called two for quotes ) said this was a common problem. After finding out the engine needed to be pulled for repair I had to junk the vehicle could not afford repair. This is certainly a safety issue any time a vehicle breaks without warning in the middle of traffic. It is also a know common problem. Dealer says the design of the tension is poorly produced and they had extended the warranty for the repair. Ford should fix/ replace the tensioner on these truck before someone is killed.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 5
Failure Date: 12/09/2011

Rattling noise in 4. 0 liter-sohc 2003 Ford Explorer XLT. Dealer replaced rear tensioner. Noise remained. Diagnosis said engine noise is coming from rear cassette and possibly front one. Engine would have to be removed and taken apart to replace timing chain cassettes for @ $4k. The car only has 53,070 miles on it. Online search verifies an obvious issue pattern and complaints to an inferior quality cassette material requiring labor intensive engine removal repair.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 6
Failure Date: 08/15/2011

Timing chain tensioner failure with valve cover damage provoking oil leak and heavy smoke out of the engine, wich lead to spill of oil in the highway (oil dropping) and engine out of sequence due to a plastic "casset" tension break, I have read over the internet alot of complains about the same incident.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 7
Failure Date: 02/01/2011

Timing chain broke, with no warning, bent all the valves and wasnt even driving it. Had just started the car in the garage and backed out of driveway with car idling very rough. Pulled back in driveway and oil was pouring out underneath, due to chain had busted the valve cover. Well had to pull the motor, replaced guides, cassettes, and tensioners, with 2000. 00 just in parts alone. Had car back from mechanic not even 3 weeks and engine started knocking as if a rod was knocking. Went back to mechanic and tensioners were the cause of timing-chain "clank". Apparantly they (Ford) designed these tensioners with "plastic" guides which shred off into the hydraulic tensioner pick up tube therefore clogging up the hole for oil to get to chain and will continue to do so unless you get updated tensioners directly from Ford at 100. 00 each. There are 3 timing chains and multiple tensioners as well, which continue to go out after 30,000 miles and need replacing, which most can be replaced with motor in but some cant therefore I have had motor out twice now, at 2500. 00 each time. There was an onp to owners but Ford would only cover cost up to 100,000 miles and only if owners complained!! otherwise they would not fix!!! well this is a bad design on Fords part with plastice tensioners to guide your timing chain!!! now they have updated with a tougher nylon "plastic". But have not recalled the old ones so unless you order dealer parts you receive the old parts which are no good and will end up making you spend more money and for the last 12months, I have had my car 3 weeks due to cant afford the enormous repair bill, which Ford knew about all along, but failed to recall plastic parts unless someone complained. According to my research it has been an ongoing problem since the 1996-2006 year model explores with 4. 0 sohc v-6 motors. Something definitely needs to be done!!!.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 8
Failure Date: 03/08/2009

Timing chain rattle on a 2002 Ford Explorer. Had the fronts replaced once under warranty at about 25,000 miles and again at 80,000 miles at my expense. Now the rear chain is making noise, this is after having the rear tensioner replaced last month at 94,000 miles. The rear cassette seems as if it is ready to go. I don't know how Ford can get away with producing such a poor product. There a thousands of complaints about this problem and Ford won't do a thing about it.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 9
Failure Date: 11/16/2008

1997 Ford Explorer 4. 0 sohc, my engine is making a terrible rattle sound while running, I have been told by many that its the timing chain tensioners, and that Ford knows about the problem but is not doing anything to help owners to get this repaired.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 10
Failure Date: 07/14/2008

My wife's 2002 Ford Explorer had a whine in the rear end since it was new and it continued to get worse with time. At about 55k miles it was so bad that we had to have the entire differential rebuilt at a cost of over $1,000. At 65k miles the engine had begun to make noise and it became much louder rapidly. The entire cam drive (timing chain, sprockets, tensioners) had been ground up. The tensioner pads had 3/8" deep grooves worn into them and there were metal shavings everywhere. The bill this time was almost $1,300. It is interesting that all the parts that were replaced were a different design than the originals. If there was nothing wrong with the original design, why spend the money to change them? of course Ford would not admit that they had a problem with the timing chain for the cams. After the timing chain was fixed there was still a noise so we took it back to the shop that did the work. With a stethoscope the noise was isolated to the bellhousing/torque converter area. We took it to a transmission shop we trust and he thought it was a cracked flex plate because that happens frequently on these vehicles and it causes that kind of noise. The flex plate was fine as was the front pump on the transmission and the starter drive. The only thing left in that area was the torque converter so we replaced that. The noise was still there. He said that the noise had to be coming from the transmission and that would be a $2,000 repair. I've had it with Ford and their "quality is job one" or whatever their current advertising lie is. This car is a lemon and they won't admit to a single thing being wrong with it. Every driveline component has had to be fixed and it only has 67k miles on it. Ford should be ashamed of the way they hang their customers out to dry. Even though I had to identify a particular date below, this car has had major problems since it was new in 2002.


 
car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 11
Failure Date: 06/25/2008

Ford 4. 0l sohc timing chain issue. Currently my timing chains are still in one piece. The plastic tensioners break, leading to chain slack, and eventually, breakage. There has been nothing done to correct it as of yet, the only way to repair them is to buy $500-$600 worth of parts and tools, remove the engine from the car and repair and replace the timing chains and guides.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 12
Failure Date: 02/03/2007

I have two or three issues; the first one is my timing chain tensioner broke and came up through the head gasket cover. It was brought to my attention that Ford has had this problem with many of it's 2002 Ford Explorers. I am just returning from iraq (air force) I have just had it towed to the repair shop it has not be fixed. I have transmission problems for about 2 years were it jumps into gear and I have a whining noise coming from the rear end. I spoke with ganley Ford in barbeton and they tell me that there are no recalls however, a lot of customers complain.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 13
Failure Date: 07/06/2006

I just bought a 2002 Ford Explorer with 74,000 miles on it. I have had it for just long enough to discover a few problems with it, and have done enough research to know that I am not the only one by far with the same problems. I am not sure what causes the problems that I am experiencing, I just know that lots of other people are also having these problems. First of all, there is a leak in my rear differential. My truck is currently in the shop for that now - however, the shop mgr refuses to fix the leak until the rear end breaks. . . . Which will cost more and cause more repairs than necessary at the current time. My second problem - which the service mgr again refuses to fix until it breaks is with the timing chain tensioner - which leads to transmission problems which are also very costly. I have done my homework on this situation, since I have been forced to, and I am seeing over and over and over again, replaced the rear end on my 2002 Explorer (multiple times on the same vehicle), and I am seeing over and over and over again, new transmission on my 2002 Explorer (again, multiple times on the same vehicle). I don't know if anyone else knows about this site, or I'm sure that hundreds of the same kind of complaints would be filed with you. . . . Someone really needs to look in to this problem, because Ford is awful proud of their vehicles and I am paying a hefty chunk of money for mine, as are the tons of other people out there with the same problems who just may not know how to go about getting something done regarding this problem. . . I'm speaking not only for myself, but, for loads of other people with the same problems. Please look into this problem, I beg you!! I don't want to be on the side of the road with my babies (4 & 5 yrs old) praying that the right person stops to help me and not the one with bad intentions!! something needs to be done about this - Ford has got obvious drive train problems!!! thank you for your attention in this matter!.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1999 Ford Explorer 14
Failure Date: 05/19/2006

Noise coming from under the hood. Repairman said it is a tensioner in rear of engine and is common problem in the Explorer. He thought it was under recall. This requires engine to be pulled to fix with only 85000 mile on engine.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2002 Ford Explorer 15
Failure Date: 02/20/2006

2002 Ford Explorer with a v6 engine, purchased new, maintained, has 77,000 miles. While driving vehicle it became erratic, as if water in tank, drove about 1/2 mile when it died. Now the engine needs to be replaced: according to warranty inspector the "cassette failed due to the hydraulic tensioner and it is clogged with sludge, sludge is getting thicker and it has clogged a pin hole in the tensioner and caused a loss of pressure". Geico will not cover the engine replacement because they claim it was caused by lack of maintenance; however, I provided them with records of the mileage and date of oil changes at intervals between 3k and 5k miles, problem I have receipts for only 75% of those changes. The highest gap between a receipt backed change and non receipt change is 7000 miles. This problem seems awfully similar to the 1996 - 2002 Toyota camry engines. I think Ford has a lot of explaining to do. Previously, this SUV had to have a transmission replaced at 50k miles and a rear differential at 65k miles, thank goodness they were covered by the warranty.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1998 Ford Explorer 16
Failure Date: 11/26/2004

Very heavy rattling in the engine of my 1998 Explorer 4. 0 sohc. Took to local Ford dealer, they claimed characteristics of the motor, twice. Some time later tensioners broke while driving and motor ceased. No cooperation offered on Ford's part. Had to replace engine out of pocket for Ford's design flaw, which has been getting swept under the rug for years now. One month after the replacement Ford offered to fix others, if found before 75k miles, etc. Too late for me. How many failures have occurred? what if this failure had of occurred at highway speed, instead of idle speed. Check the figures on this problem, it's scary, and Ford is pitiful.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2003 Ford Explorer 17
Failure Date: 02/16/2004

Vehicle failure problems with 2003 Ford Explorer. While driving the vehicle stalled in an intersection. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that there was sludge in the engine. The dealer insisted that the consumer's neglect was the caused of the failure and if he refused to purchase a new engine from them they would void manufacturers and extended warranty. The consumer indicated that he took care of his vehicle performing all the regularly scheduled maintenance. The consumer believes this problem is related to a defect in the timing chain tensioner.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1999 Ford Explorer 18
Failure Date: 08/02/2003

Service bulletin 00m12 from Ford called for replacement of timing chain tensioner. Tensioner was replaced but did not solve problem. Returned to Ford and was confirmed to be coming from tensioner. Was directed by dealer that ther was no other fix for problem but would not cause damage. Was told that if part failed Ford would warranty for 5 yrs or 75,000 miles. Part failed causing timing chain to slip and break, causing #6 cylinder piston to strike valve and put hole in piston. Ford now states that they are not responsable and will provide no relief for repair. Ford dealer advises that should have been covered but Ford makes final decision. Ford's final position is that age/mileage of vehicle problem is now my problem. Vehicle is 1999 Explorer with 60,000 miles which meets both of their cryteria in their service bulletin. Now Ford wants me to pay $4500 for new motor.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1999 Ford Explorer 19
Failure Date: 04/09/2003

Service bulletin oom 12 from Ford was for the replacement of the camshaft tensioner in my 1999 Explorer. It was replaced on 11/27/01 and now needs to be replaced again. The Ford service center refuses to see the same componet continues to fail again and again as their problem.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1998 Ford Explorer 20
Failure Date: 04/12/2002

Rear chain guide tensioner broke - part of cam chain guide assembly. Engine died in morning rush hour, but car coasted safely to emergency lane.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 21
Failure Date: 09/17/2001

Cam tensioner broke. Metal piece from tensioner ran through engine and damaged it. There was a recall on vehicle's make/model; but, consumer's vehicle was not included because it exceeded 100000 mile warranty. Consumer bought vehicle and didn't know recall.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2001 Ford Explorer 22
Failure Date: 06/21/2001

While driving engine check light will flash intermittently. Dealer has been notified. Consumer states that when the light illuminates, the vehicle begins to drive sluggish, rough, and sometimes makes a screeching noise. Dealer has replaced the pcm, vapor management valve, canister purge solenoid, tensioner assembly, vacuum hose twice, dpfe, and the fuel tank.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 23
Failure Date: 05/13/2001

Cam chain tensioner failed, as described in technical service bulletins 00m12, 01m01, 12150, 6926. Ford customer relations refuses to cover the repair. They claim this is not a safety issue. I claim it is. When mine failed, I was nearly run over by a semi tractor trailer following behind me due to instantaneous loss of power without warning. Ford should be compelled to issue a general recall on all such engines with this known defect.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1999 Ford Explorer 24
Failure Date: 04/11/2001

Camshaft chain malfunctioned, causing engine to fail. Consumer states camshift tensioner failed, camshaft chain slipped, camshaft went out of time, pistons bumped valves, engien failed abrubtly on hill endandering passengers, engine was recalled previous years on different models, consumer states manufacturer does not want to acknowledge same failure.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 25
Failure Date: 12/15/2000

On 12/18/00-I had my car towed to romeo Ford,because my motor died sitting at a red light waiting to turn ,romeo Ford informed me that something in the upper half of the motor let go and that Ford motor company did not recomend the motor be repaired-that a factory rebuild is recomended-my cost would be 1,600. 00-and that Ford would pick up the rest-I thought great a new motor for 1,600. 00 dollars-I said fix it-I got the car back 01/18/01-runs great-on 01/24/01 I get in the mail a safty recall packet from Ford motor company-in this packet is a warranty extension on the camshaft chain tensioner-(thats what let go to kill my motor) I thought great my new motor is covered under warranty-I get my $1,600. 00 back! -nope- romeo Ford -Ford motor company-will not honor the warranty extension-can you help me?.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 26
Failure Date: 09/02/2000

While driving the tensioner failed causing the engine to stall without warning or indication of trouble, consumer request reimbursement. Nlm.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 27
Failure Date: 08/30/2000

Engine making ticking noise where time chain is. After disassembly by mechanic found tensioner with timing chain was defective. New tensioner and timing chain installed( dot number: ).

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 28
Failure Date: 07/31/2000

I have a big question conserning the 4. 0 sohc "plastic" cam tensioner. I have had my Explorer in a local shop for 4 weeks "diagnosing" me check engine light problem. Today I find out that I have a totally wrecked 48,000 mile engine due to the fact that Ford installs plastic cam tensioners from the factory only to replace them later with steel units. I also found out today that I am going to have to purchase a new engine for the low, bargain basement price of $5400. My god that makes me happy. There are 4 Explorers in my local dealership with the same problem. I am beginning to see a trend here! could somebody please tell me what's up with these engines. I was also told that the new engine, which is a 2000 model, "has been redesigned".

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 29
Failure Date: 07/07/2000

While driving about 25 mph and all of a sudden vehicle just died. This happened without any warning. Vehicle would not restart. This was due to a broken time chain tensioner. Entire engine was being replaced. Ford refused to help consumer with this matter. Manufacturer changed the design due to timing chain tensioner problem with this make of vehicles.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1999 Ford Explorer 30
Failure Date: 05/01/2000

Engine began producing sounds of dieseling or rattling at roughly 50k miles. Camshaft tensioner replaced under recall shortly after, mechanic said this would eliminate noise. Noise grew progressively worse over time - brought into a Ford dealer, had veh. For a week and replaced front cam chain guide. Went to p/u vehicle and was informed noise is still there due to rear cam chain guide needing replacement. Would have to pull motor for about another $1000. Two independent mechanics informed me both guides failing due to cam shaft tensioner. Both guides would not fail at same time on opposite ends of motor unless joined by common part. Dealer and Ford motor CO. Basically said that's my problem.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 31
Failure Date: 01/21/2000

1-21-00 took car into magic Ford in santa clarita, CA. For warranty work, replace catalytic converter. I was informed by tim heming that the timing chain tensioners were bad. About $1500. 00 to fix. I asked if it was a warranty item. He said no, but I can call the Ford customer assistance guide to see if I can get finacial help. I did and they said no. 1-27-00 I had my own service tech. Pick up car and start the repairs. 2-1-00 my service tech. , ken wagner lic. #0706-121676 informed me that the timing chain tensioners were broken and sucked up in the engine and desstroyed the engine. He also informed me that the timing chain tensioners have been upgraded from some kind of plastic material to metal. He also informed me that the dealer he ordered the parts from has ordered 104 of them. The dealer is antelope valley Ford lancaster, CA. The cost to buy and install the new engine was $4000. 00 I had to pay to ken wagner. I think that do to the fact that the parts have been upgraded and so many are being ordered that Ford is aware of this problem and I should be reimbursed for my out of pocket expense.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 32
Failure Date: 01/04/2000

The timing chain broke off and knocked a hole in the valve cover tensioner. Could smell oil burning prior to problem with timing chain. Vehicle was towed to dealership for repairs of timing chain.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 1997 Ford Explorer 33
Failure Date: 12/13/1999

Tensioner plastic piece wich supports the timing chain broke, caused the vehicle to stall while driving which may cause a crash. Please provide further information.