hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,396 miles

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2007 Ford Explorer electrical problems

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2007 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #19

Aug 032015


  • 161,000 miles


I bought the car from a Ford dealer used 2 years ago. It was a one owner vehicle. This problem started about six months after purchase and has been continuing since and over the last 3 months has been more and more frequent. Car will suddenly display the yellow box and wrench on the status screen in dash board and if cruise is set, the cruise will turn off. It will start lunging, then stop completely. After several tries I can finally get it started. Then it will start running, stop, start and will only rev to low RPM's and move very slowly. The safety issue occurs when it completely stops running suddenly while traveling at 40-70 mph. The power steering no longer works and the power brakes are very hard to use.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #18

Dec 172015


  • 95,000 miles
On several occasions while driving during the past several months, the power seat has moved backwards on its own, causing problems in reaching the pedals safely. In several incidents when this occurred, the interior lights also turned on. Two of the times this happened, it was when I had to honk the horn, but has happened on other occasions as well. Tonight, while making a right turn, the interior lights came on and the seat moved backwards, then the vehicle died - all electrical components went dead. I could easily have been rear-ended while trying to get the vehicle re-started and this is a huge safety issue.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #17

Dec 102009

Explorer 4WD 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Continue to receive sudden engine surges and stalls at low speeds and now the "wrench" engine warning light comes on before the vehicle stalls.

- Shiloh, IL, USA

problem #16

Jul 122012


  • 119,088 miles


Ford Explorer 2007 eb. Tire light would come on. Had Ford dealer check. Adjusted air pressure. Continued to occur. Dealer would try to retrain sensors. Never helped. Said they think it might have something to do with an aftermarket charger for the cell phone affecting the computer. They said it is happening in a lot of cars. Problem continued after sensor retrained even if phone had not been plugged in. New tires installed Nov. 2012 at sam's. they made a notation on the invoice about sensor showing fault. Went several times to dealer and they would retrain sensors. Never helped. Would start again. Finally in Oct 2013 asked dealer to check all four sensors for cracks or damage. They broke down tires, inspected TPMS and no cracks found. Retrained sensors again. Nothing they have tried has stopped the problem. Sometimes now it will say tire sensor fault then change to tire monitor fault. I just hit the reset button until the next time it does it, which is usually just a little farther down the road. Light turns off when engine is turned off, but does it again the next time I'm on the road. Ready to just have the sensor disconnected. Frustrating.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #15

Jan 012014

Explorer 4WD 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Dome lights do not turn off unless the ignition switch is in exactly the right spot. This varies each time I start the car. Sometimes the lights come on while driving. Could reduce visibility at night.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #14

Apr 142014


  • 80,000 miles
Vehicle interior lights would come on when the car would hit a bump. Problem would be temporary resolved by jingling the keys. At one point during this, car shut off after hitting a bump while driving. Took it in and the tumblers in the ignition needed to be replaced (as seen with the recent Chevy recalls). Replaced ignition switch and problem has not occurred since.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #13

Jul 072014


  • 58,000 miles


Driving along and interior lights came on then went off in the front then the rear interior lights came on and went off. This happened two times but did not reoccur yet. Could cause a distraction or problems seeing road at night.

- Englewood , TN, USA

problem #12

Sep 112013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
The ignition switch is on the steering column. My knee touched the key in the ignition switch and the engine stopped running. All power, (steering, brakes, forward motion), were immediately lost. This has happened on numerous occasions since then. There are other issues, which all seem to be related to the ignition switch. My local dealer said there are no tech bulletins or recalls related to this issue.

- North Branch, MI, USA

problem #11

Mar 142014

Explorer 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Drivers seat moved back and forth and interior lights came on while driving at various speeds, including highway speeds. First occurrence at 40000mi. Started out happening only occasionally, then began more frequently. Noticed sometimes occurred when going over a bump. Finally able to recreate the event at Ford with engine running in park by touching the keys. Keys are a standard key set, not a heavy ring of keys. Ford repair notes: Confirmed complaint - ran electrical test - no codes stored - checked all grounds and connections - contacted techline - ran diagnostics per techline - found internal failure in ignition switch due to worn push pin - removed and replaced ignition switch and retested part replaced 1 au5Z*11582 cylinder ignition repair solved the issue. Made at 61000mi the first Ford I went to for this problem was in sevierville, tn. I paid for diagnostics, but no codes. I expressed concern that the problem was related to the ignition since I had seen a similar recall on GM vehicles. Ford said would charge labor time to recreate the problem. I was then able to recreate problem in lot by touching keys. I alerted service desk and waited 20 min with engine running for a technician to come and witness the problem. They finally sent the girl that works the service counter who said turn it off and we will pull it into the bay and have a technician try to recreate it in the morning, confirming they would charge labor time to recreate the problem. She was very rude and told me no technician was going to come out and that I could leave the car or not, then stormed inside. I left without the problem resolved and made an appt. At the next closest dealership 40 miles away newport, tn. I was able to recreate the problem for the technician at the newport dealership. They were very nice and professional and performed the ignition repair quickly.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #10

Dec 032012

Explorer 4WD 8-cyl

  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the automatic driver's seat would independently move backward and forward without being engaged. The failure recurred four times while the contact was driving at an unknown speed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or a mechanic. The contact called the dealer and was advised that the seat failure was caused by a faulty door lock actuator. The door lock actuator would send faulty signals to the automatic driver's seat, indicating that the door was being opened and causing the driver's seat to move independently. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 123,000 and the current mileage was 125,000. Updated 8/11/14 updated 08/25/2014

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #9

Oct 302012


  • 31,000 miles


Noticed water while raining was coming from the lighting/heating panel at top-roof panel that controls heating, air and lights after entering the vehicle. Water continued to leak into the vehicle until the rain stopped, then lights inside the truck came on while driving at night which caused driver to swerve from lights coming on without warning. As of this date, truck is in body shop for repairs of water leak through the lighting/heating control switches. Light switch had to be set to off until can be fixed or lights now continue to come on randomly when driving and continues to leak whenever it rains. Also, note this started after the heavy rains of hurricane sandy. Have owned other SUVS by other makers and never had anything like this to happen!

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #8

Jul 022012

Explorer 8-cyl

  • 58,175 miles
While driving at 55mph the drivers power seat moved to the full back position. This as happened at any speed many times in the pass few months. A short operator of the vehicle can not apply the brakes to stop the vehicle if needed. You must reach down and move the seat forward with the power switch located on the side of the drivers seat. This procedure takes to long if you need to come to a quick stop. This a big safety issue. The local Ford dealer as no idea what is wrong with the vehicle.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 152010

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
A/C compressor failed when vehicle was 38 months old with 92,000 highway miles. Repair cost was $1500+ and Ford couldn't explain why it had failed so soon. After only 17 months and 21,000 miles, it failed again and was replaced under the 2-year warranty on the first replacement.

- Waleska, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 152011

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 64,258 miles
Water is leaking through the switch for the interior dome light in the driver's compartment of the vehicle. Vehicle has a sunroof not sure if that is where it's coming from or not. Searched online and found a tsb for this. Tsb 07-20-6 water leak in headliner / dome lamp area - revised

- Northfield Falls, VT, USA

problem #5

Apr 152011


  • 59,000 miles
4/15/2011 2:00 P.M. tried key in ignition didn't want to go in ignition at first, then it went in but would not turn. Cannot get the key to turn in the ignition. Wiggled the steering wheel, then it "locked". tried to move the shifting gear from park, cannot move it. Vehicle was in for repair/replacement of shifting gear on/around 3/17/2011. At that time was told that this was not covered under my "extended warranty" that was purchased when the vehicle was purchased. Called local dealer who agree to call roadside service for me since I needed to make arrangements for a ride (and a ride for 3 other people that were supposed to be riding with me). Local dealer took my cell phone number and let me know I would get a call back. This was on 4/15/2011 approximately 2 P.M. had to leave for appointment, didn't return until around 9:00 P.M. no call from roadside assistance had been received. Had cell phone service the entire time. Called them myself around 9:30 P.M. they had no record of the call from earlier in the day which referenced my cell phone number. If the tow had been arranged earlier, it could have been at the dealer before they closed on Friday. If I had known this wouldn't happen (the tow), I would have called my own towing company to do it. Horrible service! :) so we were supposed to leave for vacation on Monday, but not sure what will happen now with only a small vehicle to use for 4 people and 4 suitcases! not sure it will be feasible. Roadside assistance says the vehicle will be delivered to dealer tomorrow. Waiting to hear what the dealer has to say, but based on past experience am not very optimistic. I feel this problem directly relates to the replacement of the gear shifter (which I don't think needed to happen in the first place). Also just recently noticed that the console around the radio and the heat duct was loose.

- Northfield Falls, VT, USA

problem #4

Jan 102011


  • 55,000 miles
I was shoveling the driveway and wanted to shovel under my vehicle so I started it to pull it into the garage. The ice was thick on the windshield so I put the defrost on and let it run to warm up. I shoveled the driveway a bit more then after about 90 seconds decided I would just scrape the ice so I could get it in the garage. I opened the driver's side door to grab my ice scraper and saw black smoke coming from the passenger side floor under the dashboard. I grabbed the car keys and ran to the other side of the vehicle. I opened the passenger side door and saw liquid flames dripping to the floor but not catching it on fire yet. I called 911 immediately at 8:56am and ran across the street to my neighbor's house. At 9:06am the vehicle (first video) is completely engulfed in flames. The fire department said it was and electrical problem. The vehicle was purchase 10/12/2010 with just over 52,000 miles. The fire occurred on 1/10/2011 with just under 55,000 miles.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 202010


  • 54,000 miles
2007 Ford Explorer making a loud roaring sound upon acceleration. I finally got it to do it at the dealer. The service manager, lead tech and myself went for a ride. They agreed that the fan clutch was locking up and felt that a simple R&R would fix it. However at the last minute the service manager decided to call Ford engineering and he talked to an engineer who explained that the fan clutch is controlled by the PCM (module) and that replacing the fan would not solve the issue. He explained that for some reason the PCM thinks the engine is overheating and it is trying to increase air flow through the radiator. Makes sense. However there are no codes showing an overheating problem. Hmmmmżż upon further investigation it was found that the trans was throwing of an overheat code! IżM not sure why that was not apparent from the beginning. The laptop showed the trans temp at 270!. no way! so up on the lift, and physically check the trans temp and fluid temp. Well, 160 all day long! turns out that the thermo bypass was faulty and was misinforming the PCM that the trans was overheating and the PCM was locking up the fan clutch to pull more air to compensate. Replaced the thermo bypass and so far problem solved. To do this you must drop the trans pan and remove the valve body as the thermo bypass is located in the valve body.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 132010


  • 63,000 miles
Electronic throttle body in my 2007 needs to be replaced. I have not had the car long enough to have this problem. I have been told this needs to be replaced at a high cost.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 202007


  • miles
The computer system got out of control. The cd player was jumping between cd's and also the automatic stirrup got stuck and could not get down when doors are open. I took the car to the dealer but they have not been able to repair it yet.

- Tlalnepantla, Mexico, 00, USA

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