How to Fix the Idle on a 1997 Ford Explorer?

Answer On the computer controlled 1997 Ford Explorer, the idle speed is controlled by a device called an Idle Air Control (IAC) valve. This valve acts as a controlled vacuum leak; when the computer determ... Read More »

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Where are the O2 sensors on the 1997 Ford Explorer?

The 1997 Ford Explorer has a duel exhaust system that uses two catalytic converters and four oxygen sensors. There are two oxygen sensors located upstream--between each catalytic converter and the ... Read More »

How to Take off the Rotor on a 1997 Ford Explorer XLT?

The front brake rotors on a 1997 Ford Explorer XLT are a part of the braking system. As the brake pads wear down, so do the brake rotors, and they replacement or resurfacing. Doing so is not a comp... Read More »

How to Change a 1997 Ford Explorer Thermostat?

The thermostat in a 1997 Ford Explorer regulates the coolant flow in order to keep the engine operating at the designed temperature. When you start the Explorer, the thermostat remains closed, prev... Read More »

How to Tell If Freeze Plugs Are Bad in a 1997 Ford Explorer?

Freeze plugs are made of two different materials. Most 1997 Ford Explorer factory plugs are made from stamped sheet metal, while aftermarket freeze plugs are made from brass. There is also an expa... Read More »