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7.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$82.00
Average Mileage:
110,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. jiggle handle to get opened then lube latch mechanism (1 reports)
  3. replaced lock, actuator & handle (1 reports)
1998 Ford Explorer accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012013

Explorer XLT 4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

DRIVER'S SIDE DOOR WAS INTERMITTENTLY NOT WORKING WITH THE REMOTE. HAD TO CRAWL OVER FROM THE PASSENGER SIDE AND AFTER ABOUT 20 ATTEMPTS FINALLY WOULD GET IT OPEN. EVENTUALLY THAT STOPPED WORKING. ALSO EXT. HANDLE HAD SPRINGS BROKEN. ALSO DRIVER'S SIDE PASSENGER DOOR WAS INTERMITTENT WITH THE REMOTE.

- , St Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

May 012011

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

the door does not unlock because the latch is stuck open. jiggle the door handle until. the door will unlock, then lube the latch mechanism when you get a chance. any spray lube will be fine

- , Edmonton, Alberta, canada

problem #2

Oct 272009

Explorer Sport V8 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,000 miles

The back door handle, the lock and button for the window all seem to get stuck and seem to slip when you squeeze it for it to open. When you put the key in the key hole (button) and push in to turn the key it doesn't work all the time. The back door handle is like it doesn't catch to open.

- , Conway, SC, USA

problem #1

Mar 222007

(reported on)

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Driver's side exterior handle often feels "loose" or where it has no tension/spring to it. Doesn't happen all of the time. It coincides, when it does happen, with the driver's side lock not working. It will not unlock with keyless entry, key pad entry, or by key in the door (can't turn the key). The only way to open the door is to pull the interior door handle forcefully from another entry point (ie the back seat, passenger seat). MAJOR PAIN IN THE &$%#! Dealer suggested replacing the handle & hardware/springs inside. Says it'll cost around $30 for the part, and $90 for labor. hmmmm

- , Belleville, IL, USA

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