2005 Ford Explorer coasts horribly

Tiny
ROYBECK6933
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  • 2005 FORD EXPLORER
  • 4.0L
  • V6
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 82,000 MILES
Hi, I just bought this 2005 ford explorer from Sanderson Ford which is a dealer. While driving home I noticed that unless I was constantly hitting the gas the car seems like it doesn't want to move. It was so annoying I even pulled over and checked to make sure the E brake wasn't on! Please help I'm 16 this is my first car and Idk if this is normal or whether I should take it back? They mentioned it had a "slightly misaligned transmission" could that be why? Please help
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 AT 5:43 AM

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Tiny
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Was there any warranty on the vehicle or did you purchase it "As Is"? Does the vehicle coast down hill or is there something stopping it from moving? Is the check engine light or anything?
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 AT 5:48 AM
Tiny
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I bought it as is I think but there may be some sort of amount of time to refund and its just that when I let off the gas you can feel it slow pretty fast and yes I think it says service engine soon and low oil pressure
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 AT 5:51 AM
Tiny
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In what state are you located? I have concerns. As far as the problem you mentioned, chances are you have a brake sticking. That isn't too big of an issue. However, the oil pressure is a major concern to me. If you are not in California, drive the vehicle to a nationally recognized parts store and have them scan the computer and tell you the trouble code they get from the check engine light being on. Let me know what you find. Next, do you hear any ticking or knocking from the engine?
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 AT 6:00 AM
Tiny
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I am located in Arizona. They mentioned they had new front brake pads installed. But no as of right now I haven't heard ant ticking or knocking but I feel like I'm forcing my car to do what it is made to do. Which is to move. And when I start from a stopping position it feels like I'm forcing it cause the engine us loud
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 AT 6:10 AM
Tiny
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My guess is that you have brakes sticking. If you can, carefully lift each wheel off the ground, one at a time and see if you can turn them. NOTE: You will need to place the vehicle in neutral when doing this, so make sure you are on a flat surface and the vehicle is stable by blocking the wheels that are on the ground.

Since you don't hear any ticking or knocking from the engine, that leads me to believe there is an issue with the oil pressure switch and not a low oil pressure issue.

Finally, the fact that the check engine light is on indicates there is a trouble code stored in the computer. You need a scanner to get that information from the car's computer. Most nationally recognized parts stores will do it for free.
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 AT 8:46 AM

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