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Old 01-29-2009, 15:28   #1 (permalink)
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We recently had a problem with the 4x4 on our 02 Explorer not working or engaging - after searching the web and other forum's we found others having the same problem - it was during one of those searches that I came across some who found the problem to be with the 4x4 Control Module - its located behind the glove box and in front of the blower motor - seems like there may have been a defect in the original control module - Not knowing for sure if this was the problem I called Ford only to be told a new one would have to be ordered and would cost $339.00 - being the frugal person I am I started to shop around - by this point I had a "brilliant" idea, what about calling a auto salvage yard - being an 02 they must have one laying around - well let me get to the point before I "lose" you....the salvage yard had an 02 4x4 explorer and guess what? it had the control module still in it - however the part number was for a "newer" control module...Ford Part Number: 1L24-7H473-AH - the salvage yard let me try it before buying it and it worked! - my original ford part number for the controller was...1L24-7H473-AF - so let me conclude by saying my mechanic told me it was most likely the electronic shift motor - boy was I glad I found some good information on the web and by reading what others are experiencing and saying - I'm taking the time to write this to repay the person who wrote about there problem and solution - hoping it will help others and save them time and some money!
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Old 01-30-2009, 20:46   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats on the find! Salvage yards can come in real handy. Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market is a great site to find nearly any part you can think of, even locally!
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We recently had a problem with the 4x4 on our 02 Explorer not working or engaging - after searching the web and other forum's we found others having the same problem - it was during one of those searches that I came across some who found the problem to be with the 4x4 Control Module - its located behind the glove box and in front of the blower motor - seems like there may have been a defect in the original control module - Not knowing for sure if this was the problem I called Ford only to be told a new one would have to be ordered and would cost $339.00 - being the frugal person I am I started to shop around - by this point I had a "brilliant" idea, what about calling a auto salvage yard - being an 02 they must have one laying around - well let me get to the point before I "lose" you....the salvage yard had an 02 4x4 explorer and guess what? it had the control module still in it - however the part number was for a "newer" control module...Ford Part Number: 1L24-7H473-AH - the salvage yard let me try it before buying it and it worked! - my original ford part number for the controller was...1L24-7H473-AF - so let me conclude by saying my mechanic told me it was most likely the electronic shift motor - boy was I glad I found some good information on the web and by reading what others are experiencing and saying - I'm taking the time to write this to repay the person who wrote about there problem and solution - hoping it will help others and save them time and some money!
Forgot to mention the cost including tax was $53.00 - the experience and trill of fixing it myself....priceless!
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Good price!!!

I prefer doing my own work whenever possible and time permits. It's not only the lower cost, but knowing that if anything goes wrong I have no one to blame but myself. So far, everything I've done, from head gaskets to brakes and axle swaps have taken time to do, but it's the satisfaction of knowing that it was done as good as could be expected.

I use Amsoil motor oil and after the media had issued a problem with a couple local garages taking customers product and putting in cheap oil instead, I began doing my own work. One guy in particular sued a garage as he had wanted them to install Royal Purple oil that he purchased. It's a full synthetic that lasts up to 15, 000miles. Anyway, this customer drove 10K and sent an oil sample in for testing. Turns out that the oil was cheap non synthetic and was degraded so badly that it should have been changed 2K ago. I'd be fumin' too!
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