1997 Ford Explorer XL 4.0 from North America
This vehicle is also a real gas hog
Since I bought the Ford Explorer the check engine light has come on for no reason. I disconnect the battery so the check engine light will go off and the computer re-sets itself. The dealer says we can put it on a scope and start changing sensors until we get the right one. I like the vehicle, but the check engine light coming on all the time is aggravating.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th May, 2004
5th Jul 2004, 11:50
We also have a 1997 Ford Explorer XLT with 86,000 miles on it and our Check Engine Light has come on. We can't find anything wrong with the car, just the light coming on.
19th Jul 2004, 00:08
I to have one that the light comes on all the time. My father-in-law owns a shop and taped over the light for me.
30th Apr 2005, 04:02
I have a 97 explorer in which the engine light is on all the time. It has an erractic idle speed in the morning and is worse when it is cold. The engine codes have been diagnosed and suggest both banks are running lean.
After much research, I have traced the issue to upper and lower intact manifold seals. Hope this helps.
9th May 2005, 14:28
With reference to the engine light, there is a good possibility that the lower intake manifold seals are leaking. I would also recommend checking for EGR valve faults (accompanied by erratic running from a cold start)
Learned this after many garage bills and reading bad reviews!