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8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$6,000.00
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1999 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 202003

Explorer Eddie Bauer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

Every summer when it gets hot, my Ford Explorer stalls out. The RPMs go way down, it acts like it is not getting enough gas, the gauges on the dash flutter, and then it just quits. Even pressing hard on the accelerator doesn't push enough fuel into it to keep it running.

I took it to the mechanic and he replaced the fuel pump and strainer on 3/24/2005, costing $386.69. On 6/16/2007, it did it again. The same mechanic put in a Fuel Pump Assembly and an air filter, costing $531.08. It seemed to cure the problem. In Dec. 2007 when it got cold, it did it again. I took it back to the same mechanic. The fuel pump was still under warranty, so they warranteed the part and charged me $152.65 for the removal and replacement. On 6/26/2009, the fuel pump FAILED AGAIN. It was NOT under warranty (12-month warranty) but because I had pitched such a fit to my mechanic, he got his parts supplier to warranty it. The mechanic charged me $283.68 to remove and replace the 3RD FUEL PUMP that had failed. TEN DAYS LATER on 7/6/09, my engine failed again while the vehicle was parked on a boat ramp. The mechanic said the reason my vehicle wouldn't start - even though it had a 1/4 tank of gas in it, was that the fuel pump could not PUMP FUEL because it was parked on a decline! ??? Does any of that make sense?

IT SEEMS TO ME that if a FUEL PUMP is "fixed" it should PUMP FUEL, every last drop of fuel. Not quit functioning because the vehicle is on a decline and has 1/4 tank of gas! Excuse me for thinking this way, but my vehicle is not EMPTY of gas until it is EMPTY. How many of you Ford Explorer drivers drive in fear when your fuel gets down to a 1/4 tank?? My "trusty" mechanic also said not to put "cheap Maverik" gas in it.

Since July of 2009, I have not put one drop of Maverik gas in my Ford. It has been cooler weather and SO FAR so good. We'll see what happens this summer when it warms up again.

- , St. George, UT, USA

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