Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Grant AL
1997 Ford Explorer XLT Questions
Hello everyone. Just wanted to extend a thank you to the users and the admins of this board and hope I can find some answers.
So I bought a 1997 Ford Explorer XLT for fairly cheap. I know usually in the case of vehicles the cheaper the worse off the car is. But that didn't put me off, as I really needed something to get around in. The below is a list of problems that started happening, as soon as I got it.
The same month I got it, my battery kept going dead, in a 12 hour period. No lights were on, in fact some of the interior lights don't work the headlights were off, all that good stuff. But I'd need to be jumped off before I could go anywhere. I thought this was just a bad battery, so I went to my local auto shop, and Bought a New battery, but again, it kept dying. So My mom's Fiance and I, started using a Voltmeter and discovered a 12-14.5v draw somewhere. We have yet been unable to locate where this draw is. So our Band-aid solution was to hook up a battery buddy, which I still need to use to this day.
The Dash lights, the stopped working, and from what I was told they havne't worked in a while, to which I said "That's no problem, Ill get some small LEDS to illuminate my speedometer and panels at night."
Well I got those, and by this time I'd already had my Truck about a week or two.
Then the Next problem, I purchased the car some where in Late May, early June, which means it's gonna be hot, really hot. My air-conditioner worked up until the last week of June, then it just stopped all together. The clutch no longer kicks on when the A/C is on. My Mom's Fiance Works and has worked with cars in the past for upwards of 20 years. So he recharged the A/C and still no change. He said the clutch may be bad. Again, I say, that's fine Ill just roll down the windows...
Mid July, hottest time of the year, my windows roll down just fine, until it starts getting colder, Now my Driver window will not roll all the way up, and it will fall down back into the door on occasions, Also my passenger window will not roll down, at least not without a little pressure. Which shows me that the Motors are bad in the power windows.
I took the driver side panel off of the door and was able to get some what inside of it, to start working the window back up but now the window won't go up for about two inches, which is kind of okay since i have rain guards around all my windows, so water doesn't get in above those spots.
Now in October my Driver side door, doesn't close right, I usually have to try and close it about 15 times before the latches will engage which isn't too bad, except for one day I was able to get it closed, and the Door swung open going down the road, at 45 mph, At this point, I kind of peed a little, but I was able to get it closed and continue my trip.
So that is my list of problems thus far. But I know I need a new set of window motors, the problem is , I can't get inside the door to change them, And I also need some help locating the motors, somewhere. Today, at the time of this post, I'm going to go out and look through some junk yards and see what I can get. Or come up with. But aside from all of these, my car is my best friend,and I want to do what ever I can to take care of it, as it's my first car I own with title in tact, and no payments.
thanks for any help and advice I can get. Ill be checking back a bit later. Thanks everyone.