I have a 2006 ford explore ,it heats up but it takes about 25 minutes and its 30 degrees out..its gonna get to minus 30 in a month or 2 so do you think mits the thermostat

Asked by Nov 12, 2015 at 09:59 PM about the 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V6 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

3 Answers

71,245

Yes, replace the thermostat. When driving does it cool back down?

18,780

You can change the thermostat, they're cheap enough. I'd also change the coolant to the proper mixture for your area. I've owned four explorers. Down South, where cold is anything 50 degrees or lower, it normally takes about fifteen minutes (at idle) for the engine to reach operating temperature (197 degrees) for the thermostat to open. When it gets to -30, when the engine warms the coolant within the block to 197 degrees the thermostat will open. Keep in mind once it opens it will suck in very cold coolant which must be warmed also. Since the heater operates off the entire cooling system coolant temp, it's going to take a while to get the entire temp of the coolant up to the point where you will be feeling the difference in the air coming out of the vents.

5,165

Check your radiator. Carefully feel the front of the radiator from the top down after it gets warmed up. If you have an area that is more cooler than the rest, your radiator is plugged up. Pull it and take it to a shop to have it "rodded" out. Also make sure none of your hoses are collapsing when running. This isn't an old car by comparison so that is doubtful but worth checking.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Explorer

Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 70,249 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $997.

ZIP:

Search Ford Explorer Questions

Ford Explorer Experts

#1 OJ
OJ
Reputation 10,310
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,150
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 2,380
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,022 Great Deals out of 72,251 listings starting at $700
Used Ford Expedition
440 Great Deals out of 24,828 listings starting at $1,150
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
558 Great Deals out of 31,371 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-150
2,064 Great Deals out of 207,332 listings starting at $1,499
Used GMC Acadia
528 Great Deals out of 46,447 listings starting at $2,000
Used Ford Edge
710 Great Deals out of 50,207 listings starting at $1,933
Used Dodge Durango
266 Great Deals out of 21,290 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Escape
1,438 Great Deals out of 90,835 listings starting at $900
Used Toyota Highlander
362 Great Deals out of 26,007 listings starting at $2,800
Used Honda Pilot
390 Great Deals out of 22,299 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota 4Runner
260 Great Deals out of 19,017 listings starting at $2,500
Used Nissan Pathfinder
282 Great Deals out of 22,987 listings starting at $1,499
Used GMC Yukon
382 Great Deals out of 19,295 listings starting at $2,000
Used Ford Explorer Sport Trac
56 Great Deals out of 1,748 listings starting at $2,500

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Explorer For Sale
67 Great Deals out of 42,793 listings starting at $22,123
2016 Ford Explorer For Sale
168 Great Deals out of 4,827 listings starting at $14,400
2015 Ford Explorer For Sale
146 Great Deals out of 4,774 listings starting at $10,450
2014 Ford Explorer For Sale
251 Great Deals out of 6,063 listings starting at $7,990
2013 Ford Explorer For Sale
84 Great Deals out of 2,851 listings starting at $7,950

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.