To replace a Ford Explorer thermostat, disconnect the hoses blocking access to the thermostat housing, and then remove the thermostat from the housing. Drain the coolant beforehand, and then flush the system afterward.
Position a bucket underneath the radiator drain plug. Unbolt the plug, and allow the fluid to drain.
Disconnect the outlet tube from the air cleaner.
Disconnect the wires from the alternator, and then set the harness aside.
Move the bucket near you. Apply a spray lubricant to the radiator hose, and then disconnect it from the thermostat housing. Place the hose in the bucket to collect excess coolant.
Loosen the bolts on the thermostat housing, and disconnect it.
Remove the thermostat, and replace it with a clean rag.
Remove the rag. Install the new thermostat in the same way as the old, and then install a new O-ring seal.
Reattach the thermostat housing, and torque the bolts to the manufacturer's specifications.
Reattach the radiator hose and air cleaner tube.
Fill the radiator reservoir with radiator flush. Drain the flush, and then fill the reservoir with coolant.
The ABS light in a Ford Explorer comes on and stays on when there is a problem with the brake system or in cases where spark plugs are wearing thin. This light indicates there is an issue with stopping power that generates issues when trying to stop rapidly or in bad weather. An ABS light sometimes comes on just before engine failure but coincides with all lights turning on.Full Answer >
The starter location in a Ford Explorer depends on the model year. In most engines, however, the starter can be found under the engine block, near the transmission.Full Answer >
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The miles per gallon rating of a Ford Explorer depends upon where the vehicle is driven, the type of engine and the kind of fuel used. A 2014 Explorer with front-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine averages 20 miles per gallon during city driving but 28 mpg on the highway.Full Answer >