I have a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L with 72,000 miles on it. A while ago I had noticed that when you hit the 4 wheel drive high or low button, the lights would not go on on the buttons, nor the dash board. Nothing mechanical happened in the car either. I held the break down, had the car in neutral, nothing. The other day I had my car inspected, and had the mechanic see if he could figure out what is wrong with it. He noticed nothing mechanical. He did a test on the electronic components and said the output of the 4wd was working, but the input was not. However, he did not know what could fix it. So I had been reading around on the internet and lots of other people were having this problem with the 02 Explorers. 99% of the times, it turns out it was the 4x4 control module that is located behind the glove compartment. I decided 3 days ago to spend the $170 and order a new module. It came in the mail this morning. The part number on it is 1L24-7H417-AL. I went behind the glove compartment and removed the old module. I than proceeded to plug in the new one. I plugged in the left harness with no problem, but as soon as i plugged in the right (black) harness, sparks and smoke poured out of the module. Needless to say, my module is fried. Ashamed, I opened up the old module to see if that was fried too and maybe that was the problem. NO! The old module looks perfectly fine inside, and is still not functional. My question is, did I get a faulty board, is there a short in the wiring somewhere, or is there something else beyond what I know?
This is a picture of the now fried board.
have the same problem?
Saturday, October 27th, 2007 AT 12:40 PM