Notes: How can we give the 2001 model year a "seal of pretty good" when it has some problems with a slipping transmission and a known problem with the speed activation control switch? Because it's not the 2002. That's how.


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2001 Ford Explorer cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 052002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Temperature indicator light flashed, afterwards engine stalled. Dealer has replaced thermostat.*akthe service engine light illuminated, vehicle started to smoke while in motion at a speed of 65 mph. Vehicle was taken to dealer where he was informed he had a blown head gasket. Consumers insurance company did a test where it was determined out that a faulty thermostat was the cause.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 112002


  • miles
Mfg installation or design defect--- upper radiator hose lays on the upper part of engine. It lays against the heater core inlet hose. The heater core inlet hose has a clamp that cuts into the upper radiator hose., normal engine vibrations are enough to cut through the hose. Note: The hose has a nylon netting which is abraided. This results in a loss of engine coolant. The offending clamp is of poor design and placement. It is made from stamped sheet metal and has obvious sharp edges, hence cutting into the radiator hose. This could have been avoided at design with a different hose clamp or at assembly by turning the offending clamp aprox 90 degrees.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

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