I noticed that the blower motor of my Ford Explorer only runs in High. What could be causing this?
There is a good chance that the blower motor resistor assembly is broken. To confirm this, you will need to run two tests. First, check the resistors that make up the assembly. If they do not show continuity, do the test again to confirm the results. If they're still not showing continuity, then you need to replace the assembly.
However, if the blower motor resistors passed all the continuity tests, then it's obviously working, but now you will have to check other components like the blower switch on the A/C heater control panel. To do this, you will have to bypass the blower resistor using a jumper wire. If the blower motor did not run when you jumped the connector terminals, then either a specific circuit or the blower switch is faulty.
Now you will have to inspect the blower switch itself by doing a continuity test on each blower speed. You must also do the same test on the wiring between the blower switch connector and the blower resistor's connector to find out what is causing your problem.
I replaced the steering column of my Ford Explorer and now my door locks and windows are not working. It seems to be related to the new steering column but I'm not really sure what the problem is exactly.
If you bought a steering column specified for a model older or newer than the Ford Explorer you own, then your new column is causing your problem. You can either replace it with one specified for your vehicle's model year or rewire your door locks and windows. However, if you want to do the latter option, you will need schematics for both the steering column's model year and your Explorer's model year to work on it.
I'm not happy with my Ford Explorer's audio system, but I'm not ready to spend hundreds of dollars on replacing it yet. Are there any tips on how I can make it work better while I save up for the audio system I want?
Consider replacing the stock subwoofer first, and keep the factory amplifier and enclosure. Make sure that the subwoofer will fit in the audio box and has the same power input/output as the factory subwoofer.
To find the subwoofer, take apart the interior in the rear cargo area. Remove the amp and then the box containing the speaker from the enclosure. Taking out the stock subwoofer is a tedious process, so find a reliable step-by-step instruction and follow it to the letter. You might also want to install fiberglass outside the enclosure if you want a punchier sound coming out from your new subwoofer.
Note that you will need to have some advanced technical skills for this DIY. If you're not confident in doing this install, find a friend who's more familiar with electronics and ask him to help you.
Ford Explorer: Proven Versatility Over the Years
First built in 1990, the popular and versatile sport-utility vehicle Ford Explorer replaced the smaller Ford Bronco II. Since then, Ford continues to beef up the Explorer with drive-enhancing systems and passenger-safety technologies matched with sleek design.
1991-1994: First Generation
The first-generation Explorer, slotted between the Expedition and Escape, initially came in four trim levels: XL, XLT, Sport, and Eddie Bauer edition. In the 1993 model, the Explorer added its most upscale trims under the Limited edition, which donned matched body color on its grille and headlight trims compared with the chrome- or black-colored of the other four trim levels’. During its four-year period, the first-generation model upgraded its engine only once, which only added 5 horsepower to the standard 4.0-liter Cologne V6 engine’s 155 horsepower.
1995-2001: Second Generation
Almost every year, the second-generation Explorer had new features added or parts redesigned. Ford’s ControlTrac automatic four-wheel-drive system was first used by this generation Explorer. It was also the first to have dual airbags. Meanwhile, from a neon center-high-mount stop lamp in 1995, the newer second-generation model rolled out with the more conventional LED lamp in 1998. Parts that received restyling over seven years were the liftgate, seats, bumpers, fog lights, and the steering wheel to name a few.
2002-2005: Third Generation
The third-generation Explorer received a total redesign, making it look like the Ford Expedition. In fact, this generation Explorer was greatly mistaken for an Expedition. But besides its makeover, the Explorer sported fully independent rear suspensions for more comfort, better handling, and stability. Ford also added their technologies such as the roll stability control and AdvanceTrac systems, but only making it standard in the 2005 model. Also, a third-row seat appeared for the first time, making the passenger capacity total to seven.
2006-2010: Fourth Generation
The Explorer and the Escape gave way for the Ford Freestyle to sit right in between. But the Explorer made the most adjustments as it had to increase its size by using a new body frame. The bigger fourth-generation model had several significant additions. An improved navigation system with voice control and traffic-flow monitoring found its way into the Explorer’s dash while side-curtain airbags, power-folding third-row seats, and systems like the tire-pressure monitoring system, electronic stability control, and the trailer-sway control became standard. Another standard was Ford’s MyKey security system that allows speed and volume controls and seatbelt and fuel reminders.
2011-present: Fifth Generation
The fifth-generation Explorer featured a floating-roof effect with the help of its unibody design. This generation model is also packed with hi-tech features for safe and comfort driving. Running on either the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine or the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged I4 engine that were both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the latest Explorer is equipped with a collision warning and brake support pre-crash system, hill descent and ascent controls, MyFord Touch, Ford SYNCH by Microsoft, and Sony audio system with HD radio and Apple iTunes tagging among others.