2002 ford explorer stalls

Da Bates

Asked by Feb 14, 2016 at 09:17 AM about the 2002 Ford Explorer XLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

4.0 V6. 2 wheel drive. 180,000 miles. when I put it in gear it drops to a very low idle for a second and at times will die. this happens in both drive and reverse

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When was the last time you did a tune up and filter change on your Explorer? Use a good fuel injector cleaner in your next tank of gas too.

Da Bates

I just did an oil change with new filter...filled the transmission fluid...new AIC... and sea foam (just half a can in the oil and the other half in the gas) about 100 miles before the oil change. but no tune up with the fuel injector cleaner. ill do that next and give an update by next week.


Try the easy thing. Clean the throttle body with throttle body cleaner, not carb cleaner. You can also check the TPS. Check on line for the procedure. It is not difficult. Make sure the new IAC is plugged in and working. Check the resistance on the coil, Check spark plug wires for signs of arcing. If you have an ohm meter you can check the resistance of each plug wire. Use Motorcraft plugs and wires. I am of the opinion Fords are a little finicky when it comes to plugs and wires. If all the above is good, have the vehicle checked for a clogged injector or two.

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