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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 242002

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


Driving in the rain causes debris and water to get into the fuel tank which leads to a fueling problem. If you try to fuel the car at any speed of the gas pump, gasoline spits back at tremendous pressure. It covers the car, the fueling person and Ford is not letting this secret out to the public. I talked to two mechanics at the dealership my car is in (the car has been there for a month, this time) and they said it's a factory defect caused by two canisters that are to keep rain and feul out. This is a dangerous condition!!!!!!!!!!! I've seen people with cigarettes in their hand while refueling. If this happens to them they are going to die because of the amout of fuel that spits back. I've filed for the lemon law because I don't want a car that does this because they are not addressing the issue only replacing the same part.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

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