pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
150,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. rebuild engine (1 reports)
2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 042013

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


Engine light and fuel cap light always on. Was told to change the fuel cap, I did. Mechanic couldn't find anything wrong, reset the lights and back on it came. Sucks!

- , Honokaa, HI, USA

problem #2

Jun 092013

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

End of May, 2013, engine running rough. Discovered catalytic converter bad and replaced. June 2013 engine start running rough, clicking sound, and smoking, "check engine light" came on and engine died. Towed to repair shop. Engine full of metal particles. Had engine overhauled and determined that the jackshaft bearings seized and were out of their block placements. Block checked and all within spec. No evidence of overheating or oil pressure problems. Mechanic felt rear bearing went out first as in worse shape than front bearing. Check with three shops and no one can figure out why it occurred. We have maintained all maintenance schedules and oil changes. Over 129,000 miles. No overheating problems, oil pressure or other warnings. Mechanic who overhauled engine did find that the jackshaft tensioner was questionable. Expect for the poor fuel mileage for a V6, we have been very please with our "Squatty", (a wannabe pickup). We do have a 3yr warranty on the rebuild engine. Has anyone else have or had a similar problem with the jackshaft?

- , Eagle Point, OR, USA

problem #1

Mar 262011

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

this light is a pain in my ass.

it annoys me it stays on all the time.

and the only help it is when it flashes

cause something else is happening.

- , Red Deer, Alberta, canada

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