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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,125 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Ford Explorer fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles


2008 Ford Explorer. Consumer writes in regards to having problems filling the gas tank. The consumer stated the pump hose would click off automatically, as if signaling the tank was full, even though that was not the case. The consumer stated it took approximately 20 minutes to fill the tank. The check engine light illuminated shortly after, it started happening, but went off a short while later. A flashing red light and a warning to shut down the engine occurred. After shutting down the engine and restarting it, the problem seemed to go away. The red light issue occurred twice. The consumer discovered Ford issued a tsb several years ago, over the problem, as it apparently occurred frequently enough in the market place.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #1

Jan 182011

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 95,250 miles
My engine light came on and I was unable to put gas in the vehicle. I took it to 3 local mechanics and all 3 concurred that due to the design of the gas tank vent hose (water from the road) has ended up in the gas. This in turn contaminated the gas canister and gas vent valve. To fix the problem they will be replacing the vent hose, gas vent valve and canister. This is information was obtained through running 3 different diagnostics and receiving the service bulletin (tsb 07-25-3). I contacted Ford and they stated there is a service bulletin on this issue but they will not help with the repairs since my warranty is out. This is a known defective part that they could have replaced when being notified of the defect and it would have prevented the water getting into the vent valve and canister causing this expensive repair. I will be going with the cheapest repair which is $609 and to the average working person this is a big expense for something that could have been prevented. I believe Ford should be made to repair this issue has been reported by consumers and their poorly designed part caused the problem not the consumers. Thank you for investigating my complaint.

- Groesbeck, TX, USA

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