I wish I would have read some of these articles before I bought my 2000
Ford Explore XLT. Well, Ford still has the same problems with the
2000's. My timing chain and cassette had to be replaced at 1,600
miles. (along with many other repairs). There is still an engine
noise that Ford can not identify. I have repeatedly complained about
it. I guess Ford is just sick of me. They have offered to buy back
this Explorer. Guess what??? I am taking them up on it.
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
email@example.com (Jaz5437) wrote:
Just interested in hearing about anyone elses problems with thetiming chain
tensioners in the 4.0L SOHC engine.
I bought my '97 used in April '99 with 50k and luckily also boughtthe extended
warranty (although it hasn't helped me really). I noticed the problema week
after I bought the thing. Took it in to have repaired. They had itfor two
weeks and didn't fix the problem. Was then told the tensioner wasbeing
redesigned and would be in in 30 days. Five months went by and stillno part.
Finally I took it to another dealer who tried to fix it again. Stillno go. He
then said there was another new design and was ordering parts. A weeklater I
took it in again to have the yet again redesigned tensioner put inand it still
didn't fix the problem. He told me that Ford had no clue what theproblem was
and was going to put a new engine into it, but the bad news is thateven the
new engines had not been corrected. So I took it in again only tofind that
Ford changed their mind. Ford had yet again redesigned the tensionerso I was
on the parts list again. Three weeks have gone by and still no parts,although
I was told to bring it in next Monday and parts should all be there,but why
should I expect that after 8 months of screwing around that they willfinally
get it right.
Is this what everyone else has been through? Isn't Ford obligated torepair my
vehicle by any means up to the retail value of the vehicle in areasonable
amount of time under the contract they signed with me (extendedwarranty) ?
I guess one good thing is that it is still running, although the noise continues to get worse and I have been told that this problem has ledto the
timing chain failing and ruining the engine on numerous occasions.
Why can't they just get rid of the chains and retrofit to a beltsystem and why
cant they just offer the V8 with the fully functional 4WD?
To everyone out there DO NOT BUY AN EXPLORER WITH THE SOHC ENGINE?The few
extra HP or MPG will be made up for by the many sleepless nights youwill be
spending worrying about the POS in your driveway.
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