really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
122,974 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac electrical problems

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2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 262016

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 147,260 miles


I purchased a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport tract I didn't get to test drive it because there were other vehical surrounding it. When I finally got to drive my truck home I noticed the transmission had a severe issue. When I turned a corner my tires rubbed badly on some other part to the trucks parts and the driver seat has a medal rod that jabs me in the back that's coming thru the fabric now my battery has leaked acid every where in the battery compartment and surrounding areas.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #6

Apr 012015

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 174,000 miles
Ever since I got the truck about 4 months ago I have been having a problem with the rear brakes locking up. It happens after the vehicle has been sitting up for a few hours and it's raining or there's a good but of moisture in the air. When you first get in the truck the rear brakes will lock up on you only going forward for some reason. If you apply very little pressure it does it. After about 10 times locking it up it drives fine as long as its not parked for a while. On a good hot summer day with no moisture or rain it does do it at all. A few weeks ago I backed out my drive way it was raining and it did it. So I decided to pull back into my driveway and take my fiance's car to town. When I was pulling up it locked up when I trying to stop and slid into the corner of my home. No major damage was done just cracked the front bumper. I have taking it to 3 local mechanics. None know how to fix. They looked at the breaks, rotors and hubs. All was fine. One mechanic told me this was the 3 time he has seen this on the same exact kind of truck. I do like the truck. But I'm terrified to drive it. I thought about selling it, but now I'm in a situation where if someone gets hurt in it I would feel horrible. I sure hope someone on here can help me out with this problem.

- Bunkie, LA, USA

problem #5

Dec 162013

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 202,556 miles
On Sunday the night before the incident the vehicle was used that day. In the afternoon around 3 pm it was taken to get gassed up for the work week. The next morning was chilly and it was started to warm the vehicle up. However, the vehicle didn't start at all. The dash lights, interior-exterior lights all have power to include power locks and windows. The battery tested good, the starter and solenoid tested good. The wire to the solenoid from the battery has power. The vehicle had not shown signs of faulty starting. Two to 3 times before this incident none of the lights would work but then miraculously work again. When the lights would work I'm mean the headlights, left and right turn signal, etc. It seemed the one way to get them to work again would be to adjust the steering wheel but that didn't always work. Why is this vehicle not starting when the day before is was working just fine and had not given any signs of failure?

- Fort Stewart, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 102009

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 59,000 miles


We became the owners a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac through a family member, and found that the signal blinkers do not work when the steering column is adjusted. The family member never knew she could adjust the steering column (she is 74 years old). I contacted Ford and they declined this was a safety issue. The blinkers work fine as long as the steering column remains in the top upright unadjusted position. I researched this problem on the internet and several owners have complained with the same problem in other Ford trucks as well such as the Ford 150 pickup truck. Yet, Ford claims this is not a safety issue. Our Ford dealer has closed locally. I am interested in finding out if this problem has been identified as a safety issue.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 102009

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 125,000 miles
01 Ford exp Sport Trac 4X4 with rear radio/ac controls air bag warning light does not go out and keeps popping fuse (location for fan blower) and blower inop even with higher amp fuses. Happens change weather cold/hot and rough roads. Jiggle wire harness under dash/center console area corrects (temp). Can not trouble shoot airbag mod when fuse blown. Ac inop when fuse blown.

- Okc, OK, USA

problem #2

Jul 012008

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 85,000 miles
No real event leads to this failure. Problem is the "door ajar" light on the dash. It detects whether a door is partially open. The switch in one of the doors fails for no reason. When it senses this falsely, the dash warning light comes on & beeps a tone & quite often the interior dome lights turn on. The dealer says to lubricate the door latches & work them several times. I've done that many times & it does not help. When the switch fails & the light comes on, it may be brief but other times, I'll park the truck & walk away & the light remains on for quite a long time. I'm sure I'll come out to a dead battery one day. Please check this out. I have seen hundreds of other reports like this on the internet - for various Ford model cars & trucks. The light coming on is very distracting and could be dangerous.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 162003

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 68,000 miles
After making an emergency stop air bag light came on and remained on while driving. Vehicle was taken to the dealer. Dealer informed consumer that the problem could be an electrical short.

- Boyce, VA, USA

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