definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,427 miles

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac electrical problems

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 032007

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,500 miles


Vehicle is a 2002 Ford Sport Trac with approx 42K miles. Began with rapid flashing of left turn signal. Rear turn and brake lamp were inoperable. Replacing bulb had no effect. Found positioning steering column to a higher tilt position corrected malfunction. Removed steering column cover and found 4 wires pulled out of connector on multi-function (turn signal switch). Wires move in and out as column is moved through tilt range. Wires out at bottom of tilt and in at top of tilt range. Removed connector part # E6db-14489-da. 3 connector pin retainers fell out and were recovered. A fourth was found to be in the connector but not retaining it's pin. Connector must be replaced to correct problem. Also the wiring harness is secured above the tilt pivot point of the steering column. I believe the harness is secured with insufficient slack to prevent excessive stress on the connector at the lower positions of the steering column tilt range. I base this on the fact that the 3 pins with broken retainers are on the top row of the connector and would be the most stressed in a lower position of the steering wheel. Also I have over 20 years of aircraft electronics experience as an avionics technician and fully understand proper wire routing procedures. Digital pictures of the connector are available.

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #3

Jan 042006

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
There is a problem in the steering column wiring that after a while causes not only your turn signal and brake light to stop working but in some cases causes problem with air bag as well. A lot of cases can be seen by going to www.mysporttrac.com/mysporttrac/ and doing a search of turn signals. On my particular vehicle. My turn signal or brake light on the passenger side will not work when the tilt steering is engaged. If I leave the steering wheel all the way up everything works. I attribute my air bag indicator light coming on to this same issue. Most people are saying the wires are too short and some come unplugged and others break their pins off.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 032006

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,208 miles
: the contact stated there is a short in the wiring system causing the vehicle to continually blow fuses. This causes the vehicle taillights and dashboard lights to be inoperable. The dealership was unable to find the source of the problem. Updated 03/03/06.

- Moberly, MO, USA

problem #1

Jan 082005

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While being parked vehicle caught on fire. The cause of this was still undetermined.

- La Vergne, TN, USA

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