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Anything to watch out for when buying a 98 V8 Explorer?

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Anything to watch out for when buying a 98 V8 Explorer?

Looking at this V8 explorer AWD to buy, pretty cheap, and the only thing wrong i was told is the engine light is on, and also inspection due soon
 
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20 year old vehicle, what could be wrong........................lol.

It will be an automatic so trans will need to be rebuilt most likely.
The 302(5.0l) V8 was a good engine, around for alot of years.

CEL(check engine light) "on" covers alot of ground, it will always denote a problem that will cost you time and usually money to repair.

PART of full code list here: OBD-II Trouble Codes : The Ranger Station

This has list 1500+ codes, there are more, so...............covers alot of ground

You will test drive it, drive it to an auto parts store and have them read the codes
The more info you have the better

Make sure Title is not Salvage or Rebuilt, probably has Frame issues if so
 
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R the trans common problems with these or no, has only around 140k on it, also i have a basic scan tool, will this cut it or will i need some expensive one, like they would have at auto zone. https://york.craigslist.org/cto/d/19...609409475.html there is the link
 

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And lol, another question, its full time AWD so it is possible to pull out the drive shaft or whatever to revert back to 2wd, like not permanently but, without destroying anything
 
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Any OBD2 reader will work to get codes to tell you why the CEL is on

Nothing bad about any of the Ford automatics, just that any automatic will need to be rebuilt.

AWD is not the same as 4x4, it doesn't have a low-range, and no "shifting" from 2WD to 4WD.
Yes you could drop front drive shaft with no damage to vehicle, not sure why you would though?
Front wheels are locked to axles so differential still turns and transfer case is still turning front coupling for drive shaft, so everything is still moving when vehicle is moving, drive shaft u-joints would be about the only things not being used, lol.
 
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Well um, i do like to do burnouts sometimes, might be why im asking Also, i have heard when you do this, it rolls away in park, unless u have emergency brake on??
 

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Yes, that could happen but would need to be steeper hill.

1996-2001 AWD Explorers used the the BW4404 transfer case
It uses a chain drive with a viscous fluid clutch
The clutch divides the torque/power 35% to front, 65% to back
So IF there was enough torque in reverse, coming IN from the rear drive line, i.e. Parked with weight of vehicle trying to turn wheels and drive shaft, then that torque could be released via the front drive line, if it was not connected and free to turn.

It would not just roll free like Neutral, but could "creep" down hill while in Park, same thing can happen when the BW4404 gets worn out or chain stretches
But yes with E-brake on rear wheels couldn't turn so wouldn't happen
 
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Ok, so on a hill just use the brake if i were to do this
 
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When to use the E-brake would be your call :)

You can test it on different slopes, engine doesn't have to be off, trans just needs to be in Park
 
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Thanks for the help, gonna go look at it soon, hopefully, i'll let you know if i bought it
 
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well, i bought the thing for 500$ and it has 4 NEW tires, runs and drives, i drove 60 miles home without issues, has lots of little issues, door lock, AC, hood latch, steering wheel controls, and all around fluids. For 500$ its great, drives and rides very smooth, so nice on the highway, except for the AC out.
 
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Sweet deal, 1998 Explorer V8 that RUNS and DRIVES for $500
 
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He wanted 850, but i thought you know since its got alot of problems, 500$ and well, he took it. I cleaned it up today, interior is really nice, no tears in the seats, no cracked plastic, and awd works
 
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Ok, so on a hill just use the brake if i were to do this
The Gen 2 Explorer p-brake (drum under the disc hat) is not particularly powerful even when new. Add age and wear and it just gets worse. It may be very risky to park an Explorer AWD W/O front shaft on an incline, even with the trans in Park and the P-brake applied. Easy to find horror stories of these Explorers being found some distance away from where they were parked. I'd carry a wheel chock or two for any incline. Better yet, leave the front shaft in place.
 
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