really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,900 miles

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac brakes problems

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 042011

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 70,400 miles


While applying the brakes at approximate speed of 3 to 5 mph, anti lock brakes activate. Ford dealership had the vehicle for 7 days, replaced the anti lock brake sensor and advised me that the vehicle was fixed. As soon as I left the dealership, I noticed the same problem. To date, Ford has not fixed the problem, or refunded my money for the repair that was not necessary (anti lock brake sensor.)

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 102005

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
2002 Ford Sport Trac 8 year old child broke door handle when trying to open door with child lock on. 5 year old child broke the other door handle the same way. Something needs to be done about this. These handles are not heavy dty enough for the weight that is forced on them when trying to open even with the child lock off. These automakers should be forced to stop using the public as guinea pigs to find out what problems they have and then never issue recalls. They just modify it on the next model and blow off prior owners. The handles actually cut my daughters hand when it broke. It is utterly ridiculous. Also the brakes on the same vehicle. I have had to replace the caliper on the pass side twice and they eat brake pads up like mad. It is not driving habits that caused this it is a design flaw. No wonder they went to 4 wheel disc brakes( another wait and modify routine) I'm sure this was their fix for that problem and they avoided another recall. We pay thousand of dollars for these vehicles they should pay the thousands of dollars to fix their engineering and qc departments lack of detail when testing these vehicles. Thank you for anyone caring.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #4

Aug 052007

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 38,000 miles
Brake failure 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac only 38000 mi when this occurred in Aug 07. I almost hit the back of a school bus when dropping my children off at school. The brakes would grind and not stop the vehicle and sometimes pulsation would occur at any speed. It was like the antilock braking system was coming on when it shouldn't(summer dry roads) and then getting stuck in the brake release state. So when trying to stop the vehicle with the foot pedal, the antilock braking system was working against your braking action. This causes a very scary feeling when you have your foot to the floor and the vehicle still remains in motion. The brake pads and rotors were replaced, but not the problem. The next incidence occurred in a busy intersection when we were almost hit by oncoming traffic because the vehicle wouldn't stop at a red light. When taking the vehicle to the mechanic I almost hit 2 pedestrians in a crosswalk at a stop sign. The vehicle just kept on going and I quickly beeped the horn for a near miss of a man and his little boy. The mechanic told me there is something wrong with the antilock braking system which causes the brakes to malfunction. He sent us to another mechanic and he said this is a defect in certain Ford Explorer models. The antilock braking sensors, along with the location of them is the problem. He said to fix this it would cost anywhere between 300-600 depending on what else was damaged, but he stressed driving the vehicle like this is an extreme safety hazard. I was upset because of the low miles on this vehicle. It was only over warranty miles by 2000 but 5 yrs old. I could not afford to fix this so I was instructed to pull the fuse on the ABS because it was unsafe to drive with the ABS. I have three children and this is my only transportation. With the ABS fuse pulled I do not have the problem, but lacking ABS. Ford needs to stand by there product and offer a recall on this completely unsafe malfunction of the antilock braking system.

- Seward, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 072008

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 50,000 miles


When I would make a sharp left hand turn and use the brakes the brakes would pulsate and would not stop the truck right away. It would act like it had hit ice and its was the middle of summer. It would still move about a foot. I took it to a shop to have it looked at and was told he gets alot of Ford's that do this and they don't have a recall on this. The shop replaced the part in the hub or wheel not sure and now its fine but it cost me over $500 and I only have 50,000 miles on it. I know that parts wear bout but this was a failure of a part that should not have gone bad. Also the electric door lock button in the truck stops working, the open section works but not the lock button.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #2

May 172008

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
The Ford recall for cruise control switch is a joke. I just had the dealership perform the repair on my 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac and was surprised to find they only installed a fused jumper instead of replacing the failing switch. This is a safety issue not only because of the potential for fire but also the switch failure could cause a loss of brake fluid pressure. With the jumper installed a failure would blow the fuse and remove the switch from overheating but the switch could still leak brake fluid onto the hot exhaust manifold. I talked with the service rep and asked why Ford doesn't replace the switch. He stated " good question, probably because the jumper is cheaper ". after spending $30,000 for a vehicle you would think replacement of the switch would be a minimal cost to the Ford Motor Company. I was considering getting a new Ford Sport Trac but will look to another manufacturer for my next vehicle. Fords safety awareness and responsibility sucks.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 302002

Explorer Sport Trac

  • miles
Driver 's side seat recliner bolt broke. Brakes squealed constantly. Replaced left rear axle and seal. The consumer stated that while driving he smelled something burning and saw the vehicle was filled with smoke in the bed area from the brakes on passenger side. It was discovered that the brakes were too tight.

- Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

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