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FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC - 2003 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC Problems & Complaints

 
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by Ford Motor Company

There are 75 complaints filed for the 2003 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2003 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC. 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 2003 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC, 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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STRUCTURE: BODY

9/23/2011 - HOUSTON, TX
BODY MOUNTS PREMATURELY DETERIORATING AND CRUMBLING. BODY RIDES LOOSE ON FRAME, WHICH CAN IMPACT SAFETY OF THE VEHICLE AND HANDING IN AN ACCIDENT. ALL BODY MOUNTS FOR THE CAB OF THE VEHICLE HAVE FAILED AND FALL APART TO THE TOUCH. SINCE THIS VEHICLE IS A BODY ON FRAME DESIGN, FAILED BODY MOUNTS CANNOT KEEP THE CAB FIRMLY ATTACHED TO THE FRAME OF THE TRUCK. APPARENTLY THE RUBBER MATERIAL USED WAS DETECTIVE.

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING: ENGINE

8/14/2011 - APPLE VALLEY, CA
ENGINE & MULTIPLE PARTS IN 2003 FORD ARE NOT 2003, THEY ARE 2001 & 2002. 2002 ENGINE AND EARLIER HAD A TSB FOR THE TIMING CHAIN GUIDES & OILING. EVEN THOUGH TAKEN INTO THE DEALERSHIP WITH THAT COMPLAINT, MINE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE 2003, NOT AFFECTED BY THOSE PROBLEMS, SO SERVICE DID NOT REPAIR FOR TSB. LATER ON TIMING JUMPED BECAUSE GUIDES NOT REPLACED, BENT VALVE AND RUINED THE ENGINE TO TUNE OF $5,000, PLUS PARTS SPENT TO GET TO THAT POINT & RENTAL CARS. SHOULD BE NOTED THE FIRST REPLACEMENT MOTOR INSTALLED BY FORD RAN ONLY 15 MINUTES BEFORE IT BLEW FROM TIMING CHAIN DEFECT/POOR MANUFACTURING. HISTORY: BEFORE END OF 75,000 MILE EXTENDED WARRANTY I TOOK THE SPORT TRAC INTO THE DEALER TO TAKE CARE OF ALL THE LITTLE COMPLAINTS. ONE COMPLAINT WAS SLIGHT RATTLE TYPE OF SOUND WHEN THE CAR WAS COLD/COLD MORNING. DEALER SUGGESTED AN ENGINE FLUSH & TO SWITCH TO FULL SYNTHETIC OIL. THAT DID HELP FOR SEVERAL THOUSAND MILES. ENGINE RATTLE CAME BACK, ONLY VERY OCCASIONAL BUT WORSE SOUND THAN BEFORE ON REAL COLD MORNINGS. WAS COASTING TOWARD RED LIGHT, LIGHT CHANGED & I GAVE IT GAS, ENGINE STARTED MISSING SEVERELY AS I TOOK OFF W/CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMING ON. LIMPED THE CAR HOME. PUT CODE READER ON & STARTED REPLACING PARTS CALLED FOR, MOSTLY TUNE UP, THEN EGR COMPONENTS, ETC., NEW CODE THROWN AFTER EVERY REPAIR. SMOG PARTS FOR 2003 DID NOT FIT, I HAD TO TAKE THE PARTS BACK & EXCHANGE THEM FOR 2001. WHEN ENGINE WAS CHANGED SERVICE REP TOLD ME ENGINE IN CAR WAS 2002, EVEN HAD TO REPLACE THERMOSTAT HOUSING BECAUSE ROUTING WAS DIFFERENT, ANGLE INCORRECT, NOT 2003, I TOOK PICTURES OF BLOCK & #'S, NOT A 2003, IT IS 2002 (PICTURES SHOW MY ENGINE, NO DIRT ACCUMULATION AT ALL). CARB STATES I CANNOT INSTALL AN ENGINE OLDER THAN THE CHASSIS INTO THE CAR, MOST ESPECIALLY OLDER SMOG COMPONENTS. CAN FORD? CAN FORD SELL A CAR AS NEW, SPECIFIC MODEL YEAR, BUT USE LEFTOVER PARTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS & STILL CALL IT A NEW CAR? ISN'T THIS FRAUD? HOW CAN VEHICLE BE REPAIRED, TSBS FOLLOWED, ETC.?

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

8/5/2011 - WINTER GARDEN , FL
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2003 FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT START. THE CONTACT ALSO STATED THAT SHE ATTEMPTED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS TO START THE VEHICLE WHILE DEPRESSING THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL, BUT IT WOULD NOT START. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO A LOCAL REPAIR SHOP, WHO DIAGNOSED THAT THE FUEL PUMP WAS DEFECTIVE AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED, BUT THE FAILURE CONTINUED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE FUEL PUMP WAS REPLACED A TOTAL OF FOUR TIMES WITHIN THE PAST SIX MONTHS. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE, BUT OFFERED NO ASSISTANCE AND REFERRED THE CONTACT TO NHTSA. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 82,500 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 82,600.

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

8/5/2011 - HARRISON, OH
2003 FORD EXPLORER SPORTRAC, INTERMITTENTLY BRAKE PEDAL GOES TO FLOOR, PEDAL VIBRATES, UNABLE TO STOP. NO ACCIDENT YET BUT VERY SCARY SITUATION. SCHEDULED TO HAVE DEALER INSPECT ON 8/8/2011. THIS HAS HAPPENED SEVERAL TIMES. NO ERROR CODES ON VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS. THIS COULD CAUSE A SERIOUS ACCIDENT!!

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POWER TRAIN: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

2/21/2011 - CUMMING, GA
TRANSMISSION WENT OUT AT 89,000 MILES. THIS IS THE SECOND FORD I'VE HAD THAT THE TRANSMISSION WENT OUT AT 89,000. I HAVE ALSO HAD SEVERAL BRAKE ISSUES THAT FORD REFUSED TO ADDRESS AFTER EXTENDED WARRANTY EXPIRED.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

11/5/2008 - COCOA, FL
WHEN I PULL DOWN MY STEERING WHEEL, THE LEFT BLINKER DOES NOT WORK NEITHER DOES THE BRAKE LIGHTS. IF THE WHEEL IS UP EVERY THING WORKS.

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

5/22/2008 - DELAWARE, OH
AFTER DRIVING SEVERAL MILES WITHOUT INCIDENT, I PULLED INTO TRAFFIC AND ACCELERATED TO ABOUT 45 MPH THEN LET UP ON PEDDLE BUT VEHICLE CONTINUED TO ACCELERATE. TO BRING IT UNDER CONTROL I HAD TO TURN THE IGNITION OFF AND AT THAT POINT, LOST POWER STEERING AND SOME BRAKES. I HAD CAR TOWED TO LOCAL DEALER AND HAVE NOT YET HEARD FROM THEM.

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POWER TRAIN: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

3/18/2008 - RALSTON, NE
WITH NO ADVANCE WARNING, THE O/D OFF LIGHT BEGAN FLASHING AND THE TRANSMISSION BEGAN TO SLIP. MECHANIC SAID THE TRANSMISSION IS SHOT. I HAVE NOT DONE ANY OF THE WORK YET, AS I CAN NOT AFFORD $3000 IN REPAIRS. I HAVE SINCE FOUND OUT THAT THIS PROBLEM OCCURS ON A LARGE NUMBER OF FORD EXPLORERS.

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WHEELS: LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS

12/11/2007 - EAGLE RIVER, WI
TRAVELING ON A MAJOR HIGHWAY 65-70MPH, THE RIGHT FRONT WHEEL AND TIRE CAME OFF. ALL 5 STUDS HAD SNAPPED/SHEARED OFF. WENT ON THE INTERNET, TURNS OUT THIS IS NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT. PLEASE HELP!!!!! MY DAUGHTER DRIVES THE EXACT VEHICLE SO DO MILLIONS OF OTHER INDIVIDUALS.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

12/6/2007 - HOLUALOA, HI
VEHICLE ENGINE STOP WHILE DRIVING ON THE ROAD. DRIVING AS NORMAL, APPROX 30 MPH WHEN VEHICLE JUST STOPS. EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO STEER OR BRAKE. PERFECT WEATHER, NO ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES--NORMAL TEMPERATURE, ETC. INCIDENT OCCURRED TWICE, APPROX ONE YEAR APART. TOOK INTO REPAIR SHOP TO DIAGNOSE, NO CODE LEFT ON COMPUTER.

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