fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
74,150 miles
Total Complaints:
11 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the radiator (9 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 142017

Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles


I started smelling anti freeze when I shut off my Sport Trac. Then one day I saw the anti freeze leaking on the ground. I took it to my local mechanic and he found a crack in the plastic on top of the radiator under the hot and cold level tank. I had to have the radiator replaced.

- Richard M., Claremont, NH, US

problem #10

Dec 152011

Explorer Sport Trac Limited 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Replaced myself in my garage. New radiator ordered from online retailer. Coolant purchased locally.

- Lawrence D., Moorpark, CA, US

problem #9

Oct 132017

Explorer Sport Trac Limited 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,300 miles

So when you go to the parts store or online they will sell you an OEM replacement that has LIFETIME GUARANTEE. . SO why is ford not using this product 60k miles is too soon to be replacing the radiator which overheats the truck and causes damage to water pumps, engine and many other crucial parts.

It's crazy. . . Why not put the lifetime radiator in the truck to start with and just charge little more for the beginning rather than make people spend $500-1000 to fix this. Since it is such a COMMON PROBLEM Ford should be held responsible and replace it at cost. They know the product is terrible and they use it anyway. That is criminal.

I change my overseas cars to buying AMERICAN cars & Ford was my 1st go to but this is proving to be a bad thing. Having a truck with so many problems is getting old quick.

- Tyler D., Sarasota, US

problem #8

Sep 142016

Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,336 miles


I bought my 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac in June and in Sept the radiator started leaking in Sept. The top of the radiator is made of plastic and the plastic split open right under the fill jug. It had a crack about six inches long. The rest of the radiator was fine but had to be replaced because of the crack on the top! Why would you put a plastic top on a radiator when there is so much pressure and heat in that area??????????

- Richard M., Claremont, NH, US

problem #7

Nov 192014

Explorer Sport Trac Limiyed V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

Typical leak problem for the Sport Trac. Great little truck however Ford has been having this problem for a long time. I called the Ford dealer for service and they indicated the radiator only would be over 540.00 dollars. Plus labor and part over $1,000. I told the dealer to shove it and bought the part online for less than $100.00 including shipping and took to my local shop. Ford has know about this problem for a long time . Charging this much for a part they don't make anyway is highway robbery. Both the dealer and Ford can forget my repeat business.

- burkhalter, Rogers, AR, US

problem #6

Jun 092013

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

2007 sport trac , I noticed radiator leaking up high, soon fan makeing a roaring noise between 10-30 mph. then temp gauge jumping to h then back to cool. Im very disappointed in this vehichle.

- rnurse, Festus, MO, US

problem #5

Jun 012012

Explorer Sport Trac V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


My Explorer Sport Trac one day starting having the loud, roaring noise coming from the engine. No warning lights at all came on. It sounded like I was pulling a huge trailer uphill and the engine was struggling...but I was only going out of the driveway. On the highway, it was normal, but going under thirty it sounded like it was revving up for a race. Then just a couple of days ago the Temp Gauge started to go crazy showing my engine going from normal to hot in less than 10 seconds and back to normal in another 10 seconds. My air conditioner also went out as well (which I thought was just a completely unrelated problem). Took it to a national chain auto repair place and they said I had a bad RADIATOR. Explains the temp gauge and the roaring sound (I think). Supposedly the A/C will go off when the engine needs to compensate. I hope a new radiator fixes it all. I still have to go pick it up at the shop today.

I see that many people complain about Ford Explorer's with bad radiators. Now I have 95000 miles but still. The radiator never indicated any sign of leaking at all. At the same time, I never did a radiator flush in the past 5 years. Whoops. Let's see what happens!

- aikman5000, San Antonio, TX, US

problem #4

Jun 012010

Explorer Sport Trac Limited 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Radiator developed a crack in the upper half after roughly 60,000 miles and 4 years from purchase. Crack is somewhere high enough that it leaks coolant when filled to the full mark but doesn't affect operation. Never had fixed because of the location of the crack.

- chasdriver, Charleston, SC, US

problem #3

Apr 212011

Explorer Sport Trac XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,550 miles

I purchased the 2007 Sports Trac brand new approx. 5 months after purchasing and with only 500 miles the master break cylinder went bad and had to be replaced covered under warranty. Now with 27,000 miles my radiator is leaking and has to be replaced , not covered due to 3 yr or 36,000 mile warranty. To add insult to injury I watched a ford commercial that Ford Built tough to Last... What a joke.......

- Luis S., Katy, TX, US

problem #2

Jul 012010

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

I bought my 2007 Sport Trac new and noticed during the summer of 2010 that some coolant was leaking. It is now Jan 11 and it is now a major problem. The cost of a new radiator is ~$300 from Auto Zone.

- james.fenton, Lorton, VA, US

problem #1

May 042010

Explorer Sport Trac V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

Purchased 2007 Explorer Sport Trac 6 months ago. It only has 33,000 miles on it. One day looked out and noticed coolant on the driveway. Took auto to dealer. Was told it was a cracked radiator and they wanted $1300 to fix it. Since it was not under warranty--how lucky am I--I opted to take it to a friends shop to have it fixed. I was still out quite a bit of money. Don't you think a car ought to last longer than 33,000 miles, especially for what you have to pay for them???


- Patti J., Independence, MO, US

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