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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Explorer
Over 20 years ago, Ford changed everything for the American car-buying market when they introduced the first generation of the Explorer. Today, the 2012 Ford Explorer continues the evolution of modern large SUVs...

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My car 2002 explorer was Making a grinding sound when I got over 30mph It's not the breaks but seems like my car was in wrong gear
Hi There, It sounds like your vehicle may be a bit low on transmission fluid or you may potentially have a bad transmission control solenoid. As you know, the transmission works on hydraulic pressure built up from the fluid inside...
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Feels like rear tires are dragging truck won't move 4x4 light is on
Check to be sure the parking brake is not applied, seized, or stuck at the rear wheel positions. Apart from that, if the rear wheels are not turning, there is a mechanical failure in the differential, transfer case, or transmission....
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My service engine light is on
Generally, the check engine light comes on when something fairly serious is going on with the vehicle. This can happen for many different reasons such as a faulty mass air flow sensor, a faulty O2 sensor, a bad catalytic converter,...
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Door ajar warning and globe light stays on when all doors are shut and car is running 2003 Ford Explorer
This vehicle has a computer system to scan to get the door data to show what door is showing open. Any one of the doors may be causing the issue. The most common is the drivers door ajar switch since...
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2012 explorer liftgate ajar on when it is closed
The rear door has two different door or window ajar switches is you have separate window that opens. The wiper will not operate when the door shows open for safety. Open and make sure window is closed secure and then...
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I have a 98 Ford explorer and it seems like it gets super hot but the temperature gauge isn't rising about normal/middle?
The upper radiator will get up to 200 degrees when the engine is up to full operating temperature. This is normal and not a problem. It will be hard with pressure in system. You should not have any issues as...
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A/c doesn't work
Hi there. There are multiple reason why an AC system would stop working, ranging from an electrical fault, damaged electrical relay or damage to individual AC components like the compressor, condenser or other. To correctly diagnose this problem, it's a...
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Hello to whoever is reading this, I’m currently driving in a 95’ Ford Explorer and there has been problems with the tranny but my
The OD light flashing is an indication that the transmission has a failure and has stored codes for the problem. The shifting will not be smooth as ling as the light is flashing since the transmission control module goes into...
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Oil filter
Assuming you are referring to replacing the oil filter, there should be an o-ring on the filter that should seal to the oil filter housing. You may also want to replace the oil drain plug gasket/washer in the oil pan...
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What does the maintenance of Ford Explorer 2005 close to 100,000 miles include?
Hi there. One of the best tools we have on our website is the scheduled maintenance tool, where you simply type in your vehicle information and press the Get the Maintenance Schedule button and all of the recommended services will...
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SUV won't move until high RPM
Hi there. Usually when the vehicle is hard to accelerate unless the RPM is high, it's a clear indicator of a damaged or worn out torque converter. It is also common for an obstruction of transmission fluid to cause issues...
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Broken thermostat housing
A cracked thermostat housing can definitely cause the coolant temperature sensor to produce false readings due to the fluctuation in temperature and leaking coolant. I would suggest having a professional from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect...
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Rear anti lock
An inspection could determine if the the anti-lock warning light and the grinding noise stem from the same cause(s). The grinding noise is likely to due to a brake pad/rotor/caliper issue but if there is debris in or around the...
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I have a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport and the rpm's vary while the car is at idle. The past two days the car has shut off while drivin
Hi there. Typically a rough and inconsistent engine idle is caused by a fuel system component that is dirty, damaged or out of adjustment. Some of the common culprits of this symptom include dirty or clogged fuel injectors, idle control...
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When I stop quickly then go to start the car hesitates then jolts forward
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing to consider is your driving habits. If you are consistently braking hard, it can be rough on your brake system and you transmission. The jolt is the biggest cause for concern....
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keyless entry door code
Hi there. Resetting a factory security system (like the door locks) require dealerships to reprogram correctly. Although we could scan the computer for possible error codes, your best bet is to contact a local Ford dealer to inquire about how...
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How do i tell the diffrence between bad head or bad head gaskets in my 1991 ford explorer 4.0 4x4
If your engine overheats and head starts leaking coolant it is most likely from the head warped and fluid leaks past the cylinder head gasket. You would need to remove the heads to have a machine shop check for cracks...
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My Ford Explorer is stuck in 4 wheel drive if I take off the front wheel drive axle will that damage my truck is it safe to drive
Hi Steven. I wouldn't recommend that method of correcting your 4WD issue on the Explorer. The four wheel drive system works in conjunction together with a center shaft supplying power to the front and rear drive axle, so removing the...
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I have a 97 ford explorer leaking coolant found out a freeze plug came out up under my truck what would be the cost tofix it.
To my knowledge, freeze plugs are not currently a service that is offered by YourMechanic as it involves servicing the engine block. For this service, I would recommend calling around to local shops in your area to compare prices and...
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My check engine light is on and the autozone said it's the fuel rail pressure sensor and its high. I am supposed to drive to Texas
Hi Kelly. A check engine light is typically triggered when a senor detects a mechanical or electrical failure within an engine or transmission component. It usually will be accompanied by symptoms. In the case of a fuel rail issue, the...

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