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2003 Explorer AWD front differential goes out

The front differential keeps burning up after driving on highway for 100+ miles. I tdoes fine at low speeds in town but it has burt up 3 differential in 6 months all on thehighway. Local Ford techs are lost. Sounds like sensors or something not kicking out the AWD but nobody knows locally. Any help would be appriciated. I'm into it for $5k so far.

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  • Anonymous Sep 20, 2008

    2003 Ford Explorer front differential burned out at 67,000 miles while driving highway speeds.

  • rsss396 Nov 26, 2008

    Front diff carrier bolt`s are loose and one bolt head sheared. Truck was always` babied, any problem`s like this out there?

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Do not wait, as this problem can go from a small problem to a big one fairly quickly if it isn't already too late.

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