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There is a latch inside the frame of the back door. You have to switch the latch to unlock and they will then allow someone in the back seat to open the doors.

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1998 (2000) Expedition....child safety lock often kicked in by itself. SOLVEDI wedged it down with a rubber plug. - ALL OK for ~ 3 years.
Then lock "activated" even with lever DOWN.
All is FINE NOW - see below.
Rick
Milton, Canada
Remove the plastic cover around the lock lever. Spray a light penatrating oil (wd-40) in and around the lock leaver mechanisim and work the mechanisim up and down several times. This should free up the small gravity lock inside the mechanism.

Good luck.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Sep 30, 2018


Factory says 5W-30.
You can do better with Walmart's full synthetic 5W-30 with a filter and oil change every 5 - 6,000 miles.
Just keep an eye on oil level - the V8 version of this vehicle does use oil after about 120,000 miles. The 6 is a bit better until about 150,000 miles.

1997 Ford... | Answered on May 21, 2018


Tie rods, ball joints, control arm...

1997 Ford... | Answered on Feb 04, 2018


its drawing too much air in to the intake bypassing the injectors/air flow sensor check the inlet manifold gasket and all the seals like injector seals or gaskets etc

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jan 22, 2018


Speed sensor light, do you mean check engine light? I'm a retired (2004) Ford dealer tech and I have no memory of any light called a speed sensor light.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Dec 05, 2017


what color was the trans fluid when you took it out? did it "sparkle" like it had metal shavings in it?

1997 Ford... | Answered on Nov 07, 2017


Time for an overhaul of the transmission.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Sep 28, 2017


A weak battery will not spin the engine fast enough to start it. Replace the battery and make sure that all of the connections are clean and tight especially in cold weather.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Sep 20, 2017


Many times after hitting bumps or holes in the roads. Loose connection ! Do you know what a wiring diagram is ? Free wiring diagrams here

http://www.bbbind.com/free_tsb.html Enter vehicle info. year , make , model and engine size. Under system click on lighting then under subsystem click on thing's your having problems with . See if they share a common grounding point or a connector in the wiring harness ,power supply etc.... Check by wiggling connections , wiring harness etc.. till you find were you can make the lights go on an off .

1997 Ford... | Answered on Aug 23, 2017


If it's happening that often open the hood and try to pinpoint it. I would start with the power steering pump.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Aug 10, 2017


Spraying WD40 on the belt stops it from squeaking, no need to replace it.
If it is misfiring, that will cause a shudder at low RPM.
There is no such think as an intake valve gasket. A manifold gasket on the inlet side, can let air into the mixture and cause misfire. Normally that is fixed by tightening loose nuts on the studs that locate the manifold.

1997 Ford... | Answered on Aug 07, 2017


Do you have a wiring diagram for your wiper motor circuit ? You might have a relay in the circuit which may be bad and causing your problem.

https://www.google.com/search?q=1997+ford+explorer+wiper+motor+wiring+diagram&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjfjN2gmqPVAhUC54MKHf-8DXsQsAQIIQ&biw=1364&bih=642

Hope this helps

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jul 25, 2017


have the "U" joints or cv joints checked at the front end

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jul 03, 2017


You can fix it yourself if you have average mechanic skills and tools. The axle won't cost over $120 I'd only $250 labor+part

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jun 30, 2017


sounds like a bad radio install or radio is bad

1997 Ford... | Answered on Jun 03, 2017

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