Before putting the dash back together, connect the 4wd switch and take it out for a ride. There will be a circuit board. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission would need to be replaced. I believe Ford has a recall on part of the cruise control, so if you cannot get it put back on yourself, you might contact your local Ford dealer to see if yours is one of the recall units and they may be able to help you get it back on. Hope this helps you get it fixed. Wondering if maybe the 4x4 control module went bad? Fits the following Ford Explorer Sport Trac Years.
The 4x4 fuses on the side of the dash and the ones under the hood are good. Tried shiffting in neutral and with wheels jacked up off of ground. I probably just jinxed all of you!! The 4wd indicator light would randomly start to blink while moving and when I flipped the switch to 4wd hi or low it would engage but easily disengage and the indicator lights would not come on. I like the vehicle but i've just had way to many problems, big problems. And now ive noticed it every time. The nerve of these car makers in this case Ford they should be ashamed of themselves.
Most likely I will start on it next week or two. Electrical problems like door buzzer keeps coming on, door lock locks and unlocks on their own back. On a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac : In the center stack of the dash , to the left of the radio , you will see a rotary dial. I would have to agree with the dealership. The 4x4 quit working,theres is grinding and rubbing when I start driving from a complete stop,the daytime lights flicker if i don't have the head lights on, the windows are stuck half way down because they just stopped working on day, the gear shifter snapped on me so i had to get the whole steering Column replaced, i had my rear bearing seize up on me, the hydraulic to keep my back window up quit working and just yesterday i closed the back window and it shattered. They ran a diagnostic and said that there was a problem with the contact points.
Make this modification at your own risk. I could go buy the part and then take the vehicle and have it fixed. I'm sure I'm forgetting a thing or two, so please remind me if I forgot anything -Stereo Removal Tools available from any AutoZone or WalMart nationwide -7mm socket, ratchet, and extension. Lights are showing that it is in four wheel drive but its not. Check any fuses that have any thing to do with the 4x4. Second, many thanks to everyone that has had input from the original ExplorerForum thread.
I used a pair of butt-connectors because it was all I had laying around, but I would recommend using a male and female bullet connector. I am furious to realize that this is such an issue for the 2002 Explorer and Ford won't take responsibility. But I'd go ahead and check all of the fuses just to be sure. Well you made a General Motors family out of us , you must be real proud of yourselves. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph and without warning, the vehicle slipped into various gears. Moisture can build up in that area and ruin the solinoid unit over time.
Many members have located it under the driver's seat as seen in this picture: Accessing it only requires pulling the driver's seat out which is not a difficult job. Ford motor company is failing to address this issue as being a safety concern. We are taking it back to the dealer today to see what they feel needs replaced this time. This produces some clunking and unconventional engagement and disengagement that many people don't like. If so, everything is working properly. Truck was ran off the road and center punched a small Cherry tree last year. When i turn the 4x4 switch to either 4hi or 4lo the lights on the dash do not light up and the 4x4 motor does not engage? Sport tracs come in two generations.
To access it, you will need to remove the stereo using the special tools. My car wouldn't crank over. The contact stated when driving at various speeds, the vehicle would fail to engage in third and fourth gears. If that is not the problem then more than likely a relay or the control computer for the 4x4 is messed up. I used a Scotch-Lok to splice a wire onto the existing Cigarette Lighter circuit, but any power source will work, so long as it can support an additional 5A without blowing its fuse.
Manual doesnt make this suggestion and I see others have trouble shifting into 4x4 but there's nothing wrong with it once you get in that mode, the motorized shifter can't shift it if the gears are'nt lined up though. However if you move ignition to just beyond the power on it should release the pawl allowing you to place in neutral and start engine operation should not be effected. Again, make this modification at your own risk! No dip stick for it as well to check if it is low. Had to put into park and then back into drive to get it to drive. There has to be something wrong with the way the transmission is engaged into park or there is yet another problem with the shift linkage.