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94 ford explorer xlt 2wd problems


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jeremy
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Sep 2, 2006, 12:03 AM

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hi everyone,

I got some problems on my 94 ford explorer

first, each time I push the gas it makes a weird sound, like a fan sound or a belt sound (especially in first gear, but not in overdrive).

also, I lose power when going up hill, it feels like it s struggling to stay at 65mph and it generally downshift in 4th


I had some repairs lately : front radius change, rear brakes change, alignment, water pump belt and oil filter change, intake manifold gasket change (cause I was leaking coolant) and radiator hose change.

Please help me, I'm going to a mechanic at least once a week this time and I'm fed up.

ps : if you do know what it could be can you tell me how much would it cost as well?

thanks


Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 2, 2006, 11:39 AM

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A wild guess is that you have an exhaust restiction which can be tested out but would take a book as to how and since you don't seem to be doing the work yourself you may want to ask about that but don't tell them more than a suggestion that you could have a problem there.

It would probably be a cat converter problem and you won't like the price if that shows upFrown T



jeremy
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Sep 2, 2006, 7:52 PM

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thank you for your reply,

so it would be either an exhaust restriction or a converter problem? or both are the same ?

what would be the price for this approximately (I prefer to know here than at the mechanic ! Smile )

is this an important problem that needs to be fixed? if yes is that urgent? or should I just go around the uphill roads?

thanks again


Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 2, 2006, 10:03 PM

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The converter is part of the exhaust system. This is a more common problem than other exhaust parts for a restriction but we aren't there yet.

This needs some hands on diagnosing. If you don't trust your mechanics you really need to find another place. If you want to do this yourself you need some tools for this.

What is it you want to do? T



jeremy
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Sep 2, 2006, 11:10 PM

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well, the best would be to fix it because I feel like I"ll never gonna make it to where I have to go (and I already had my engine blew up with my last car -> pull over on the freeway, etc etc and it"s not really cool when you"re waiting for the tow truck in the middle of nowhere)

I"ve been to 3 mechanics and I"m not satsified with any (one diagnosed a wrong problem for leaking coolant, the other was founding "expensive problems" and the last one, an engine repair shop didn t see anything).

the thing is I could go to a friend s mechanic so someone efficient and that I can trust, but the thing is I have to drive 40 miles in the desert (north of los angeles) and a lot of uphill. So I want to know if I could make it without any problems or is it more like an urgent thing that need to be fixed around the block.


more precisions : the problem happened after I had my first repairs (radius, rear brakes, alignment, water pump belt and oil filter), and I noticed I was leaking coolant (that I fixed after then but didn t change anything about the engine performance).

another thing, I didn"t notice any overheating when leaking coolant (by that I mean that the needle on the dashboard did't go to the red), although one of the mechanic I've seen did tell me that "due to possible overheating, internal engine damage may have occured. not detected at this time. warining due to engine overheating possible transmission damage may have occured. not detected at this time"

so my initial question : is it safe (and reasonable) to drive some 40 miles to get my car fixed ?

thanks so much again !


Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 3, 2006, 8:44 AM

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You don't seem to have had too much luck with the places local to you and all different ideas??

What bugs me is the noise and lack of power. It has to be your call to make the 40 mile run. Do you have a towing club that could do this? If not the shop you trust may have a towing company that discounts.

If you do drive it check all the fluids before you head out and bring some spare water. Remember that you will have to leave the car and get a ride back and again to pick it up.

It's hard to believe you can't find good help in the LA area. I don't think a mild overheat would kill your transmission but it could have a problem anyway.

Good luck and let us know what the fix was, T







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