2004 ford explorer xlt wanders on the freeway

Asked by Aug 15, 2012 at 01:14 PM about the 2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought a 2004 Ford Explorer XLT. I love the truck. When I get on the freeway past 55 mph it feels like my front
end is all over the place. Steering at higher speeds feels like I could loose control of the vehicle. I had it towed to the
dealership yesterday and after two different service men looked at it and drove it, they state that they can't find any
problem. Maybe this truck is out of my league?

6 Answers

233,075

Not out of your league, something must be loose or you need an alignment. I would first check to see if your lug nuts are torqued down correctly. Inspect the front suspension for anything loose or worn. Tie Rod ends, ball joints , struts/shocks, Sway bar bushings, etc. How do your tires look? Even wear, old?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
233,075

Also inspect the steering rack, and balance of tires.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
95

steering linkage or shaft theres a u joint that can wear out

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
4,625

Steering shaft or power steering rack. Likely a combination of the two. Save yourself the trouble and purchase a new rack, not a refurb... the refurbs generally have play in them._________If you are handy purchase a steering shaft from a '96 and modify it to fit. They are built better (steel) and have bigger joints. http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php? t=169840

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Thanks for the info. Helpful.

735

are there any clunking noises? also check the Control Arms.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Explorer

Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 75,017 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $1,200.

ZIP:

Search Ford Explorer Questions

Ford Explorer Experts

#1 OJ
OJ
Reputation 9,960
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,010
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 2,290
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,084 Great Deals out of 74,359 listings starting at $950
Used Ford Expedition
413 Great Deals out of 25,315 listings starting at $1,750
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
584 Great Deals out of 27,619 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-150
2,258 Great Deals out of 209,448 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Escape
1,387 Great Deals out of 95,858 listings starting at $995
Used Dodge Durango
261 Great Deals out of 23,213 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Highlander
343 Great Deals out of 25,908 listings starting at $2,900
Used Honda Pilot
355 Great Deals out of 21,190 listings starting at $2,199
Used Toyota 4Runner
283 Great Deals out of 20,880 listings starting at $1,995
Used Nissan Pathfinder
278 Great Deals out of 22,292 listings starting at $2,250
Used GMC Yukon
373 Great Deals out of 17,282 listings starting at $2,500
Used Ford Explorer Sport Trac
59 Great Deals out of 1,849 listings starting at $2,200

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Explorer For Sale
53 Great Deals out of 47,058 listings starting at $23,282
2016 Ford Explorer For Sale
149 Great Deals out of 5,535 listings starting at $16,900
2015 Ford Explorer For Sale
136 Great Deals out of 4,242 listings starting at $13,890
2014 Ford Explorer For Sale
213 Great Deals out of 6,317 listings starting at $11,495
2013 Ford Explorer For Sale
104 Great Deals out of 3,150 listings starting at $7,950