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Nov 28, 2023
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Sweeny, TX
What engine do you have?
V6 engine
What year is your Sport Trac?
What Generation is your Sport Trac?
2n Gen Owner
Hello! Checking in from the Ford 5.4 3V facebook page. Sold my 2008 F250 and will downsize to the Sport Trac.
What are the items I beed to pay particular attention to? Finding a low mileage Sport Trac is out of the question; 155k-200k seems to be the norm. Other than the obvious maintenance, tire condition, body condition, what are the usual issues with the 4.0L V-6? At what mileage does timing sets, trans service, etc. become an issue? And what is a good source for reman engines?
...will downsize to the Sport Trac ...155k-200k seems to be the norm
...what are the usual issues with the 4.0L V-6?
..what mileage does timing sets, trans service, etc. become an issue?
...good source for reman engines?
If I were now shopping for a 2001~2005 Gen1 SportTrac,
* completely avoid 2001 Gen1 Job1; has pretzel shaped IntakeManifold & too many early model faults.
* prefer 2003 Gen1 Job2 SportTrac; easy-to-fix Pre-HEC electronics compared to 2004+Later HEC models.

NotoriousFailureItems for V6~4.0L~SOHC Engin + 5r55e Trans + 1354 TCase:
* Timing failures due to failing OilPressurized TimingTensioners; renew 2 Tensioners ASAP & every 100kMiles\12yrs, along with Plugs+Wires & OxSensors. Renew Oil+Filter ASAP & every 4kMiles\6mths.
* JunkPlastic ThermoStatHousing, cracks+leaks; swap in an Alumnum ThermoStatHousing ASAP.
* JunkPlastic HeaterControlValve, cracks+leaks; renew HCV or swap in a traditional Aluminum version.
* Delete 5/16"ID PCVValve CoolantWarmingLoop & associated 5/8~5/16~5/8" Tees+Hoses;
does NOT work & only serves as a source of leaks. New\cleaned PCValve every 33kMiles\4yrs.
* JunkPlasticTanked 2Row Radiator, cracks+leaks; swap in an AllAluminum 3or4Row version.
* Coolant drain+flush+renew every 33kMiles\4yrs along with new TStat+RadCap, & new\cleaned PCVValve.
* 5r55e Trans needs service ASAP & every 33kMiles\4yrs:
DropPan +DrainATF +ReTorqValvBodyBolts +NewFilter +NewPanGasket +New5~7qtsMerconV +AdjustBands.
Prefer to HandPump 3/4qt at TransDipTube & 1/4qt at SteeringTank every 4kMiles\6mths to refresh MerconV.
If never serviced, 5r55e will fail after 150kMiles; slipping & loss of reverse are typical 1st symptoms.
Inspect TransCooler tubing+hoses+clamps for leaks & rust, especially under\around radiator.
* 1354 TCase needs service ASAP & every 33kMiles\4yrs: drain +refill MerconLV.
4x4ShiftMotor & 4x4ControlModul are NotoriousFailureItems; relatively easy to diagnos & replace.
Excercise 1354 2WHi~4WHi~4WLo every month keeps ShiftMotor+ConMod+TCase from getting crusty.
* Diffs need service ASAP & every 33kMiles\4yrs; drain+refill 75w140@Rear & 75w90@Front.
Check diffs+axle+brakes for leaks, check diff\axle vent hoses+connections.
* EVAP Valve+Hoses leak, FuelFillVentHose leaks, FuelPump failure.
* FrontWheelHubs\Bearings, check wobble & renew as needed.

Click my signature below for many links to more info on these items & more.
Hope this helps.
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