hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,282 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 292016

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 61,130 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. While at a stop light with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body and motor assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 61,130.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 242015

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 140,000 miles
Driving the car it began to lose power, then get power, then it shut off. Restarted the car, started driving and it surged unexpectedly then began to lose power again, then it shut off. This scared my wife because she didn't know if it was going to surge or lose power. Took it to a mechanic and finally after a lot of diagnostics they determined it was the ECM or electronic power control module. I have researched this and a lot of people have had this problem.. Ford knows of the problem but will not replace the module. Others have written of this same problem. Https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=ucusqj3-evk I just wish someone would look into this do something about it.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 052015

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
After turning onto the main road out of our subdivision the vehicle shut down and would not start. The car behind us nearly ran into the back of the vehicle. It appears there is a design flaw in the tensioners used for the timing chains on the motor in this vehicle. The tensioners are a plastic that cannot hold up to the heat and eventually deteriorate prematurely. Apparently when one of them fails the vehicle automatically shuts off the engine causing the driver to lose control.

- Corinth, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 262012

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact stated that the radiator began to leak abnormally. The contact attempted to locate the parts needed to make repairs to the vehicle from an independent parts dealer, but was unable to locate the part. The vehicle was then scheduled for repairs with an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 35,000.

- Clendenin, WV, USA

Not what you are looking for?