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  1. Evox

    2022 Ford Maverick revealed — hybrid pickup gets 37 mpg, costs $21,490

    That's subjective. In 2004, as hard as it is for some of you to believe, I spent the equivalent in today's dollars of $40K to buy my 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT brand new. They're selling this thing for $25k?
  2. Evox

    Truck goes crazy when key is out of the ignition, Instrument cluster goes on and off, beeps, ...but I don't think it's the actual instrument cluster.

    Today in frustration, I jiggled the ignition key without the key in the ignition. It seemed to affect the glitch behavior. The more I jiggled the locked ignition cylinder, the more the odometer flashed, the more it beeped. 1. I replaced the ignition switch 2. I replaced the ignition lock...
  3. Evox

    Truck goes crazy when key is out of the ignition, Instrument cluster goes on and off, beeps, ...but I don't think it's the actual instrument cluster.

    Pulling the PCM fuse didn't do anything. The only fuse that stops the problem is F2-25. F2 is the fuse box inside the driver's side door. Fuse 25 is always on and runs to the instrument cluster. The truck will run with F2-25 pulled out, and checking the battery, the alternator will charge...
  4. Evox

    2022 Ford Maverick revealed — hybrid pickup gets 37 mpg, costs $21,490

    I know it's a pipedream, but I wish there were a car manufacturer left that overengineered everything so the cars were easy or easier to work on, and they were built to last. Toyotas use to be that way, not that long ago, but over the last decade, they seem to have abandoned that virtue. Once...
  5. Evox

    2022 Ford Maverick revealed — hybrid pickup gets 37 mpg, costs $21,490

    I do think the ST is a kind of truck that time has forgotten. I can't remember the last time I saw one (other than mine) on the road in my AO. On paper and in pictures, the Maverick looks good, especially at that price. But I wonder what it will look like standing next to it.
  6. Evox

    Instrument cluster energizes when truck is off. Odometer comes alive, as does the message center, radio, and interior lights when truck is off.

    I should have posted this thread here. It's an electrical problem. https://sporttrac.org/threads/truck-goes-crazy-when-key-is-out-of-the-ignition-instrument-cluster-goes-on-and-off-beeps-but-i-dont-think-its-the-actual-instrument-cluster.122932/ After reading through that thread, any ideas...
  7. Evox

    Truck goes crazy when key is out of the ignition, Instrument cluster goes on and off, beeps, ...but I don't think it's the actual instrument cluster.

    I'm still open to possibilities. The fact that the cluster performs 100% while the engine is on makes me reluctant to conclude this is just another instrument cluster failure. I've experienced the typical cold brakes, and this isn't it. Something is energizing the cluster when the truck is...
  8. Evox

    Truck goes crazy when key is out of the ignition, Instrument cluster goes on and off, beeps, ...but I don't think it's the actual instrument cluster.

    Check my math. -pulling the PCM relay and fuse does not eliminate the draw or malfunction. -I verified today that G300 (ground wire behind drivers kick plate) is as good as it looks. To make sure F2-25 is THE only problem, I reinstalled the fuse and noted a 650 milliamp battery draw at the...
  9. Evox

    Truck goes crazy when key is out of the ignition, Instrument cluster goes on and off, beeps, ...but I don't think it's the actual instrument cluster.

    I'm now guessing it's not the PCM; it's the cluster. I caught it this afternoon, and while it did its thing, I got through every relay and fuse in F1 and F2. Fuse 2-25 (Cluster, 4x4 module) stops everything - which cuts all power to the gauges and message center. I guess it could be 2-26...
  10. Evox

    4.0L SOHC Metal Reinforced Timing Chain Guides Possible?

    The body control module is the only thing I haven't considered. I think its location is behind the passenger side airbag if memory serves.
  11. Evox

    Truck goes crazy when key is out of the ignition, Instrument cluster goes on and off, beeps, ...but I don't think it's the actual instrument cluster.

    You're right; it could be the cluster. ...again. Manifesting the weirdest cluster problem I've ever read about. One where the truck's electronics and gauges are absolutely 100% flawless when driving or when the truck is running. One that ONLY manifests itself sometimes when the truck is...
  12. Evox

    4.0L SOHC Metal Reinforced Timing Chain Guides Possible?

    I'm at my wit's end on this electrical problem. With all their expensive diagnostic equipment and specialized training, when the Ford Dealership Techs couldn't replicate it or find anything wrong, how in the hell am I going to do it. Maybe the truck really is haunted. 🤣 At this point, I've...
  13. Evox

    4.0L SOHC Metal Reinforced Timing Chain Guides Possible?

    Over 17 years of ownership, I've had no issues with the engine or transmission. But of course, I've had to deal with maintenance items. I've completely rebuilt the suspension twice. I replaced all the body bushings. Which whatever rubber Ford used for the B and C body bushing disintegrated...
  14. Evox

    4.0L SOHC Metal Reinforced Timing Chain Guides Possible?

    On the topic of timing chains, here is an interesting article from 2013: "The redesigned Ford primary timing chain service kit includes an improved chain tensioner and chain guide, chain, jackshaft, and sprockets. Kit number 2U3Z-6D256-AA is for balance shaft engines in 1999 to 2001 4×4...
  15. Evox

    4.0L SOHC Metal Reinforced Timing Chain Guides Possible?

    It's ironic that the timing cassettes are problematic on several different engines Ford designed or manufactured. The timing cassettes on the Range Rover L322's produced through 2012 are problematic as well. They are also problematic in some of the Jaguares using the same V-8 engine of the...
  16. Evox

    Truck goes crazy when key is out of the ignition, Instrument cluster goes on and off, beeps, ...but I don't think it's the actual instrument cluster.

    The problem is back. But is REALLY intermittent. Lasted almost two days without acting up. Oh, and it's been parked the whole time, so... The only thing I can be absolutely sure it's not. -battery-good -alternator-good -ignition switch-new (now I'm just throwing parts at it) -ignition...
  17. Evox

    Why is my radio on?

    Did you figure your problem out?
  18. Evox

    Ignition switch: Can someone tell me the purpose and use of the plastic gasket? (picture included)

    I'm talking about the thin plastic gasket in the picture below. When I removed my old switch, it did not have one. SO, I left it off. What is it, what's its purpose, and should I have installed it? https://sporttrac.org/attachments/ignition-switch-jpg.1819/ Solved: When I pulled apart the...
  19. Evox

    Truck goes crazy when key is out of the ignition, Instrument cluster goes on and off, beeps, ...but I don't think it's the actual instrument cluster.

    The problem started again this morning. I'm at wit's end. I have the new Motorcraft key cylinder arriving tomorrow. When I change it out, I will take another look at the ignition switch and reexamine the plug and the wires attached to the ignition switch. I feel like I've checked every...
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