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Old 01-05-2006, 00:03   #1 (permalink)
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Strange Shudder in 2004 V8 Explorer

Hello all! Just purchased a 2004 V8 Explorer. Love the vehicle but has an odd shuddering when accelerating and turning from a stationary position. Only happens when you accelerate harder than normal.

Transmission / drive line is fine otherwise. Vehicle only has 40000kms. Never towed previously and appears to have been very well looked after by original owner.

Any feedback welcome.....

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Old 01-05-2006, 18:15   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Strange Shudder in 2004 V8 Explorer

Craig,
I have an IDENTICAL problem. Its starting to annoy me so it will be going back to the dealer to be looked at under warranty. I can't work out what it is. My shudder will appear even under normal load.

My beast is on '03 V8, also very well looked after with 38,000 kays.
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Hi Tim, I just took mine down to the dealer today and we went for a drive.

They are 99% sure the problem relates to "Bindings" which is apparently caused by the various 4x4 clutches engaging when they shoudlnt. Apparently it is not damaging to the vehicle....just annoying.

They advise that they simply hook it up to the computer, check the loadings / ratios etc on the clutches and then adjust them through the computer. All covered under warranty.

Now....given you have an Explorer V8 as well, can you tell me what you have done to it re lift / tyres / mods etc?

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Well....beggining to dislike Ford Australia. They had the vehicle all day today to tell me they couldnt replicate the problem. Told them it was one of their staff that came for a drive and identified it. He was not in today so I need to call him some other time.

Pretty ordinary.

Two other things I mentioned under warranty they didnt do as well.

Hope this isnt the start of a bad relationship.

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Re: Strange Shudder in 2004 V8 Explorer

Craig,
I haven't done anything mods wise to the car.

Yes you will come to understand that a lot of the dealers (when it comes to warranty work) are completely and utterly useless. You really have to take charge with them to get the issues fixed cause they will stuff you around again and again and again and again.

Can't replicate the problem?? You've gotta wonder don't you? You'd have more trouble not finding the noise in mine.
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LOL TJS.

I expressed my concerns and they took it back for three days. They changed the transmission shifter and the prob still exists. Now it has to go to Thompson Ford to have the transfer case pulled and fixed / replaced.

Seems the second time around they found the prob. They also advised that it was that bad that the transmission was binding every time they turned a corner under acceleration. It is better than it was but they advise that it needs to go in sooner rather than later.

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I have a 2002 V6 Explorer and it had the same problem. I was also experiencing a vibration at highway speeds on DECELERATION. I signed up for a membership on www.alldatadiy.com and found that Ford has issued TSBs on both issues. The shudder you have is a problem with the clutches in the rearend. The vibration I was getting on the highway was the driveshaft. I had to point the dealer in the right direction. When they tested it according to the TSB they agreed and rebuilt my rearend and replaced my driveshaft. It was a 3600.00 repair (thank god for the extended warranty) . By the way , my car only has 40,000 miles on the clock.
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Re: Strange Shudder in 2004 V8 Explorer

Craig,

Was your problem fixed by rebuilding the transfer case? Did the problem completly go away? Has it come back?

My 2003 V8 explorer has the same problem, in today for a service and I mentioned this problem to them, Was hoping to get some more facts as I suspect they are going to come back with the usual response, that they can not reproduce the problem.

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