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FORD EXPLORER - 2002 FORD EXPLORER Problems & Complaints

 
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by Ford Motor Company

There are 3207 complaints filed for the 2002 FORD EXPLORER

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2002 FORD EXPLORER. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2002 FORD EXPLORER, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (152) Equipment Adaptive (1) Other (3) Service Brakes Air (8) Tires (35)
Communications (2) Exterior Lighting (15) Parking Brake (17) Service Brakes Electric (3) Unknown Or Other (39)
Electrical System (134) Fuel Propulsion System (15) Power Train (1565) Service Brakes Hydraulic (94) Vehicle Speed Control (151)
Electronic Stability Control (3) Fuel System Gasoline (44) Seat Belts (33) Steering (152) Visibility (129)
Engine (39) Fuel System Other (12) Seats (28) Structure (476) Visibility Wiper (6)
Engine And Engine Cooling (165) Interior Lighting (7) Service Brakes (11) Suspension (456) Wheels (76)
Equipment (27) Latches Locks Linkages (48)

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SEATS

8/16/2016 - BALTIMORE, MD
DRIVER"S SIDE SEAT WILL GO BACK AND FORTH

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POWER TRAIN

8/15/2016 - EAST ORLAND, ME
AT FIRST WHEN SHIFTING THE TRANSMISSION WOULDN'T GO INTO ANY GEAR. WE HAD THE TRANSMISSION REPLACED. WHEN GOT VEHICLE BACK STILL HAD SAME PROBLEM TOOK IT TO TRANSMISSION SPECIALIST PUT ON COMPUTER FIXED THE INITIAL PROBLEM. THE TRANSMISSION WE HAD PUT IN HAD MUCH MORE PROBLEMS. OVERDRIVE STARTED BLINKING THEN LOST 2ND AND 5TH GEAR

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

8/8/2016 - GALLATIN, TN
THE DOOR LOCKS LOCK AND UNLOCK ALL BY THEMSELVES DOZENS OF TIMES IN A ROW WHILE I AM DRIVING. WITH THIS THE DOME LIGHT FLASHES OFF AND ON AND THE DOOR AJAR LIGHT FLASHES AND THE INTERIOR CHIME GOES OFF CONSTANTLY. ALL OF THIS HAPPENS AT THE SAME TIME. THIS IS A HUGE AND COMMON ISSUE WITH THOUSANDS OF FORUM POSTS BY OTHER OWNERS WHO HAVE SPEND COUNTLESS $$ AT MECHANIC'S TO NO AVAIL. THIS CAN CAUSE WRECKS AT NIGHT IT IS VERY DISTRACTING. ESPECIALLY THE DOME LIGHT. WHY IS FORD IGNORING THIS OBVIOUS SAFETY DESIGN FLAW? LIABILITY IS YOURS .. THERE ARE TOO MANY COMPLAINTS OF THIS SAME PROBLEM FOR YOU TO CLAIM YOU ARE NOT AWARE. IF SOMEONE GETS CAR JACKED WHILE LOCKS ARE FREAKING OUT YOU MIGHT GET SUED. IT HAPPENS THE MOST IF SOMEONE IS IN PASSENGER FRONT SEAT.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

8/8/2016 - GALLATIN, TN
THE DOOR LOCKS LOCK AND UNLOCK ALL BY THEMSELVES DOZENS OF TIMES IN A ROW WHILE I AM DRIVING. WITH THIS THE DOME LIGHT FLASHES OFF AND ON AND THE DOOR AJAR LIGHT FLASHES AND THE INTERIOR CHIME GOES OFF CONSTANTLY. ALL OF THIS HAPPENS AT THE SAME TIME. THIS IS A HUGE AND COMMON ISSUE WITH THOUSANDS OF FORUM POSTS BY OTHER OWNERS WHO HAVE SPEND COUNTLESS $$ AT MECHANIC'S TO NO AVAIL. THIS CAN CAUSE WRECKS AT NIGHT IT IS VERY DISTRACTING. ESPECIALLY THE DOME LIGHT. WHY IS FORD IGNORING THIS OBVIOUS SAFETY DESIGN FLAW? LIABILITY IS YOURS .. THERE ARE TOO MANY COMPLAINTS OF THIS SAME PROBLEM FOR YOU TO CLAIM YOU ARE NOT AWARE. IF SOMEONE GETS CAR JACKED WHILE LOCKS ARE FREAKING OUT YOU MIGHT GET SUED. IT HAPPENS THE MOST IF SOMEONE IS IN PASSENGER FRONT SEAT.

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AIR BAGS

7/25/2016 - CRESCENT CITY, FL
ON MAY 31ST 2016,I WAS INVOLVE IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT AND AT WHICH TIME MY AIRBAG DID NOT DEPLOY..AFTER FURTHER EVALUATION IT WAS DETERMINE THAT MY CLOCK SPRING WAS BAD..MY INSURANCE ESTIMATOR/OR ADJUSTER STATED THAT THE CAUSE OF THE MALFUNCTION WAS NOT A RESULT FROM THE ACCIDENT..THEN I WAS TOLD TO CONTACT THE NHTSA TO SEE IF MY VEHICLE WAS UNDER A RECALL FOR THIS INCIDENT ....MY VEHICLE WAS IN MOTION ON A HIGHWAY.

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POWER TRAIN

7/25/2016 - STERLING HEIGHTS, MI
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2002 FORD EXPLORER. WHILE PARKING THE VEHICLE, THE GEAR SHIFT LEVER FRACTURED AND SEPARATED FROM THE STEERING COLUMN. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER TO BE DIAGNOSED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 144,000.

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STEERING

7/16/2016 - ROCKFEILD, KY
I OWN A 2002 FORD EXPLORER, IT'S OUR DAILY DRIVER EVERYTHING WORKS EXCEPT THE HUBS, THIS TRUCK HAS NEVER BEEN WRECKED, AND WE FIND OURSELVES@ ABOUT EVERY 15,000 TO 20,000 MILES HAVING TO REPLACE THE WHEEL BEARINGS AND HUB ASSEMBLY'S , LAST NIGHT ON THE WAY HOME THE DRIVER SIDE FRONT HUB STARTED SQUEALING AND CAME APART AND WE HAD TO HAVE IT TOWED AGAIN, I HAVE OWNED THIS TRUCK FOR 3 YEARS, I HAVE HAD TO REPLACE THE BEARINGS AND HUBS BRAKES 11 TIMES AND NOW I'M GOING TO HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN, WOW, THESE PARTS ARE REALLY EXPENSIVE TO HAVE NO BETTER QUALITY THAN THAT, EVERYTIME WE GET IT FIXED IT COST AROUND $1400, IT'S A NICE TRUCK, AND EVERYTHING ELSE WORKS GREAT, NO ISSUES, I TRANSPORT MY FAMILY MEMBERS IN THIS VEHICLE, AND I'M GETTING TIRED OF FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES AND MY OWN WHEN THE WHEEL HUBS BREAK AND LEAVE US STRANDED , IT'S OBVIOUSLY TIME FOR A DIFFERENT VEHICLE, AND I JUST THOUGHT ABOUT HOW MANY OTHER PEOPLE DRIVE ONE OF THOSE TRUCKS, AND HOW DANGEROUS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN OUT ON THE INTERSTATE, IT'S A GOOD THING WE WERE DRIVING 30 MPH ON A COUNTRY RD, IF WE HAD BEEN IN TOWN WHEN IT BROKE AGAIN WE I THOUGHT THAT THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED TOO, THERE DEFINATLY IS A PROBLEM, WHEN THE GUY AT THE DEALERSHIP SAYS THAT'S A VERY COMMON PROBLEM, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, ALL HE CAN DO IS FIX IT, OR SELL ME SOMETHING ELSE,AND THAT THAT'S THE ISSUE THAT THOSE TRUCKS HAVE AND THAT EVERYDAY SOMEONE IS DROPPING ONE OF TO GET FIXED FOR THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM, ANYWAY I THINK IT'S TIME TO TRY SOMETHING ELSE, BUT THIS PROBLEM NEEDS TO BE ON A RECALL LIST BECAUSE IT'S JUST BAD BUSINESS AND A SAFETY HAZARD, AND IT'S PROBLABY ALREADY GOTTEN PEOPLE AND FAMILIES KILLED, I'M GOING TO FIX THIS THING ONE MORE TIME AND GIVE THE PEOPLE THAT BUY IT THIS WEBSITE INFO, FORD MOTOR COMPANY NEEDS TO FIX THIS EVER OCCURRING PROBLEM.

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SUSPENSION

7/16/2016 - ROCKFEILD, KY
I OWN A 2002 FORD EXPLORER, IT'S OUR DAILY DRIVER EVERYTHING WORKS EXCEPT THE HUBS, THIS TRUCK HAS NEVER BEEN WRECKED, AND WE FIND OURSELVES@ ABOUT EVERY 15,000 TO 20,000 MILES HAVING TO REPLACE THE WHEEL BEARINGS AND HUB ASSEMBLY'S , LAST NIGHT ON THE WAY HOME THE DRIVER SIDE FRONT HUB STARTED SQUEALING AND CAME APART AND WE HAD TO HAVE IT TOWED AGAIN, I HAVE OWNED THIS TRUCK FOR 3 YEARS, I HAVE HAD TO REPLACE THE BEARINGS AND HUBS BRAKES 11 TIMES AND NOW I'M GOING TO HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN, WOW, THESE PARTS ARE REALLY EXPENSIVE TO HAVE NO BETTER QUALITY THAN THAT, EVERYTIME WE GET IT FIXED IT COST AROUND $1400, IT'S A NICE TRUCK, AND EVERYTHING ELSE WORKS GREAT, NO ISSUES, I TRANSPORT MY FAMILY MEMBERS IN THIS VEHICLE, AND I'M GETTING TIRED OF FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES AND MY OWN WHEN THE WHEEL HUBS BREAK AND LEAVE US STRANDED , IT'S OBVIOUSLY TIME FOR A DIFFERENT VEHICLE, AND I JUST THOUGHT ABOUT HOW MANY OTHER PEOPLE DRIVE ONE OF THOSE TRUCKS, AND HOW DANGEROUS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN OUT ON THE INTERSTATE, IT'S A GOOD THING WE WERE DRIVING 30 MPH ON A COUNTRY RD, IF WE HAD BEEN IN TOWN WHEN IT BROKE AGAIN WE I THOUGHT THAT THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED TOO, THERE DEFINATLY IS A PROBLEM, WHEN THE GUY AT THE DEALERSHIP SAYS THAT'S A VERY COMMON PROBLEM, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, ALL HE CAN DO IS FIX IT, OR SELL ME SOMETHING ELSE,AND THAT THAT'S THE ISSUE THAT THOSE TRUCKS HAVE AND THAT EVERYDAY SOMEONE IS DROPPING ONE OF TO GET FIXED FOR THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM, ANYWAY I THINK IT'S TIME TO TRY SOMETHING ELSE, BUT THIS PROBLEM NEEDS TO BE ON A RECALL LIST BECAUSE IT'S JUST BAD BUSINESS AND A SAFETY HAZARD, AND IT'S PROBLABY ALREADY GOTTEN PEOPLE AND FAMILIES KILLED, I'M GOING TO FIX THIS THING ONE MORE TIME AND GIVE THE PEOPLE THAT BUY IT THIS WEBSITE INFO, FORD MOTOR COMPANY NEEDS TO FIX THIS EVER OCCURRING PROBLEM.

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SERVICE BRAKES

7/16/2016 - ROCKFEILD, KY
I OWN A 2002 FORD EXPLORER, IT'S OUR DAILY DRIVER EVERYTHING WORKS EXCEPT THE HUBS, THIS TRUCK HAS NEVER BEEN WRECKED, AND WE FIND OURSELVES@ ABOUT EVERY 15,000 TO 20,000 MILES HAVING TO REPLACE THE WHEEL BEARINGS AND HUB ASSEMBLY'S , LAST NIGHT ON THE WAY HOME THE DRIVER SIDE FRONT HUB STARTED SQUEALING AND CAME APART AND WE HAD TO HAVE IT TOWED AGAIN, I HAVE OWNED THIS TRUCK FOR 3 YEARS, I HAVE HAD TO REPLACE THE BEARINGS AND HUBS BRAKES 11 TIMES AND NOW I'M GOING TO HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN, WOW, THESE PARTS ARE REALLY EXPENSIVE TO HAVE NO BETTER QUALITY THAN THAT, EVERYTIME WE GET IT FIXED IT COST AROUND $1400, IT'S A NICE TRUCK, AND EVERYTHING ELSE WORKS GREAT, NO ISSUES, I TRANSPORT MY FAMILY MEMBERS IN THIS VEHICLE, AND I'M GETTING TIRED OF FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES AND MY OWN WHEN THE WHEEL HUBS BREAK AND LEAVE US STRANDED , IT'S OBVIOUSLY TIME FOR A DIFFERENT VEHICLE, AND I JUST THOUGHT ABOUT HOW MANY OTHER PEOPLE DRIVE ONE OF THOSE TRUCKS, AND HOW DANGEROUS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN OUT ON THE INTERSTATE, IT'S A GOOD THING WE WERE DRIVING 30 MPH ON A COUNTRY RD, IF WE HAD BEEN IN TOWN WHEN IT BROKE AGAIN WE I THOUGHT THAT THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED TOO, THERE DEFINATLY IS A PROBLEM, WHEN THE GUY AT THE DEALERSHIP SAYS THAT'S A VERY COMMON PROBLEM, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, ALL HE CAN DO IS FIX IT, OR SELL ME SOMETHING ELSE,AND THAT THAT'S THE ISSUE THAT THOSE TRUCKS HAVE AND THAT EVERYDAY SOMEONE IS DROPPING ONE OF TO GET FIXED FOR THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM, ANYWAY I THINK IT'S TIME TO TRY SOMETHING ELSE, BUT THIS PROBLEM NEEDS TO BE ON A RECALL LIST BECAUSE IT'S JUST BAD BUSINESS AND A SAFETY HAZARD, AND IT'S PROBLABY ALREADY GOTTEN PEOPLE AND FAMILIES KILLED, I'M GOING TO FIX THIS THING ONE MORE TIME AND GIVE THE PEOPLE THAT BUY IT THIS WEBSITE INFO, FORD MOTOR COMPANY NEEDS TO FIX THIS EVER OCCURRING PROBLEM.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

7/14/2016 - CHICAGO, IL
LIFT GATE WINDOW FELL OFF THE HINGES AS EXPLAINED IN RECALL #04V442000

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