Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: Well, it's not a 2002, so it's got that going for it.

3.0

definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
79,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. switch to synthetic oil (1 reports)
2000 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2000 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 012008

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

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

I never noticed how loud my Explorer idled till I kept my windows rolled down while going through a fast food drive thru line. And it's wierd, I never do that, but this time that I did, I could hear something from the back end of my car vibrating SO LOUD I could barely hear myself think. Then I thought about it, and my car always idled loud. I could hear it from inside, infact, I could FEEL it inside sometimes, but it's never seemed to have caused a problem with how the car drives, so whatever. Ol' Bessy's getting old and making strange noises!

- , Webster, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 122008

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I also have a noise in the engine. My mechanic said it was the tensioner that pushes in the timing chain. He said that he would have to pull the engine and tear it apart to fix it.$$$$$$$

- , Canby, OR, USA

problem #2

Nov 232006

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

As far as the engine sounding like it is "dieseling," or as others call it, like marbles in a can, the dealer is right in that this is normal. This happened to my Explorer at 25,000 miles and my dealer actually showed me a TSB that describes the sound, and added that I try using Synthetic oil. I started using Mobil 1 and the sound went away completely. Every once in awhile, I can hear the slightest faint of this sound while it is running in the garage. This sound had not affected the vehicle in anyway and I now have 61,000 miles on it.

- , Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #1

Nov 072001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • 27,000 miles

This is a 4 Liter EFI engine. The noise is heard from the lower part of the engine. It sounds like it is dieseling. A Ford dealer/repair shop says that there is nothing that can be done. They even have replaced this engine and it still happens. If this is not happening on all engines shouldn't those that have the problem be fixed or replaced???

- , Framingham, MA, USA

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