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Mootsman
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Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
It is an 02 V8 ford explorer with about 160k miles.

This has happened twice. The engine shuts off and the check engine light comes on. The steering wheel loses all power and the gauges all die but the AC/radio/lights stay on.

Has anybody had this issue? The people I've talked to have no idea what it could be and I may just have to buy a new one but I don't want to.


jmarto1
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
This has happens 3 times with my 2010 f150. I love my truck but I hate not knowing what this issue is


zacata88
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
What do these two cars have in common?


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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
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issue with Ford


Water is wet.


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TaderSalad
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
Sounds like something going on in the electrical. Some shops will do an electrical test for like $50 and try to narrow it down for you.


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rantfan
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
Expedition- did the same relay switch burning out. Had to replace the whole fuse box.


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Breric
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
Had a similar issue with my 08 BMW. It was the crankshaft position sensor that was bad. Had it replaced and everything has worked since.


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goofball
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
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This has happened twice. The engine shuts off and the check engine light comes on. The steering wheel loses all power and the gauges all die but the AC/radio/lights stay on.


That happened to our old POS Ford Taurus.


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ElectricWizard0
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
This happened to mine as well. Engine thermometer was busted so after like 10 minuets of running it would read as extremely overheated. Had to get mine changed


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goofball
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.


But seriously though, start looking through the fuse box and replace the one that is blown. Ford puts a handful of extras in there.
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Mootsman
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Charlotte, NC
Member since Oct 2012
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
I don't know anything about auto electrical. Would this be worth getting an engine diagnostic on? All the ford forums say they can never figure out what is wrong with it and I don't want to spend 2k fixing a car that no longer has any value.

If it is the fuse box how much do the fuse boxes run when installed?


Mootsman
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
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This has happens 3 times with my 2010 f150. I love my truck but I hate not knowing what this issue is


Over a span of what time? This has happened to mine twice within a month.


goofball
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
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If it is the fuse box how much do the fuse boxes run when installed?



Something else is probably causing the short, and that could be a number of things.

Automotive fuses are very small and pretty cheap. There are probably already extras in the box if you check. There are youtube videos that can show you how to figure out which one is blown.

That is probably a temporary solution though.


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LSU Delts
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
Had this issue with one of my cars at 110,000 miles. It ended up being the distributor relay.


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kritra
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
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Had a similar issue with my 08 BMW. It was the crankshaft position sensor that was bad. Had it replaced and everything has worked since.


What this guy said. Might not be cost effective to fix on a vehicle with 160k but pretty sure this is your issue.


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Hogwarts
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
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It is an 02 V8 ford explorer with about 160k miles.


I thought the "cash for clunkers" campaign got rid of old Explorers


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jmarto1
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
3 times over 7 years. Each time had at least a year or two apart


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12Pence
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
Had the same car. Did the same thing. POS.


#1TigerFan
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
Take it to Advance, AutoZone, or O'Reilly's Auto and tell them your Engine light is coming on. Ask them if they could plug in a engine diagnostic reader to see what codes are showing. Along with the codes the computer reader will list possible causes and fixes for your issue. They do it for free in hopes of selling you the parts you need.
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airfernando
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re: Strange issue with Ford Explorer. Need advice.
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engine shuts off
This is really the only thing to go by for now. All that other stuff is consistent with what happens when the engine stops.

You should include more specifics about when this happened. Was the vehicle moving? How long at it been running? For example, if you were slowing down or sitting still, I would suggest looking at the air idle control valve, which would be a very easy fix. Some others have mentioned good possibilities.


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