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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. Replace Charcoal canister (1 reports)
2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 022012

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


I have had fuel tank issues for a year now and they are getting worse. My gauge stopped working which is no big deal but now I am unable to put more then 4-5 gallons in at a time. The safety sensor stops the pump from filling up my tank and if I try to do it a little at a time it just shoots gas out of the fill area. I have to stop every day for gas, I have run out of gas and when that happens it shuts down everything including the power steering. It was dangerous and difficult to maneuver my truck, I was getting on the freeway at the time and it was a semi-circle on-ramp. You can't steer this truck when it stalls, I went straight and bumped to a stop on the curb. The dealership said a new gas tank is $900 and they can't guarantee that's the fix. Has anybody been through this before.

- , Altadena, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 052012

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

had vehicle at shop 4 different times check engine light kept coming on when it was put on machine it kept saying gas cap. replace gas cap didn't work.still couldn't pump gas w/out it spurting out on you and check engine light still coming on. 2nd time they replaced a vacuum hose. check engine light still on couldn't pump gas still. 3rd time they said it was fixed i don't know what they did just unplugged the battery far as i know still wouldn't fixed went on computer and seen where somebody said it may be charcoal canister.took it to shop and they replaced canister and so far it worked. can pump gas w/out it spurting out and check engine light is off. hopefully this was the fix. why didn't they think to do this. maybe i need to become a mechanic..

- , Hickory, NC, USA

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