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Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance tutorials for the 5th generation 2011 to 2015 Ford Explorer SUV.

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Ford Explorer Smart Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Explorer Key Fob Battery

1. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Smart Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the smart or "intelligent" key fob remote control for the keyless entry system of a fifth generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Ford Explorer can become weak or quit working entirely.

To view my DIY tutorial for the battery change procedure, including the replacement part number, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Explorer Map Light Bulbs

2. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The overhead console of a 5th generation Ford Explorer contains two map lights.

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb or you'd like to replace them both with brighter LED units, check out my DIY instructions by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Explorer Cabin Air Filter

3. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If pollen season is about to start the and the A/C system in your fifth generation Ford Explorer isn't working as well any more or the air coming out smells a bit musty, you probably need to clean or replace the cabin air filter element in the blower motor housing.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure, including replacement part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Explorer Cargo Light

4. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If the light bulb located in the cargo area by the tail gate door of your 5th generation Ford Explorer has burnt out, take a look at my DIY instructions for changing the bulb by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Rear Wiper Blade Replacement Guide
Explorer Rear Wiper

5. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble seeing out of the back window of your fifth generation Ford Explorer during a rain or snow storm, you probably need to change the rear wiper blade.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure, including the blade size in inches and replacement part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer License Plate Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Explorer License Light

6. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer License Plate Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tail gate door of your 5th generation Ford Explorer, take a look at my quick DIY instructions for changing the bulbs by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Explorer Tail Light Bulbs

7. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light assemblies of a 5th generation Ford Explorer contain the traditional incandescent rear turn signal and reverse light bulbs. (The brake lights are LED units that should last the life of the vehicle.)

If you need to change either of these bulbs, check out my DIY steps for the procedure (including replacement part numbers) by clicking on the the text link or thumbnail.

   

Ford Explorer Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
Explorer Interior Door Panel

8. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Interior Door Panel Removal Guide

If you'd like to upgrade the OEM door speakers in your 5th generation Ford Explorer, you'll first have to take off the plastic interior door panels.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.



 

Ford Explorer Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Explorer Fog Light Bulbs

9. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out halogen fog light bulb in the front bumper cover of your fifth generation Ford Explorer (or upgrade them both to brighter aftermarket bulbs) check out my DIY tutorial with replacement part numbers by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Explorer Headlight Bulbs

10. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight assemblies of a 5th generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Ford Explorer contain the combination low & high beam dual filament bulb, front turn signal and front side marker bulbs.

To view my DIY instructions for changing the bulbs (including replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Explorer Engine Air Filter

11. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element of a fifth generation Ford Explorer should be cleaned at every oil change and replaced when dirty.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the filter change procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
Explorer Electrical Fuse

12. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide

The first step to troubleshooting any electrical problem with your 5th generation Ford Explorer is to check for a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer 12V Car Battery Replacement Guide
Explorer 12V Battery

13. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer 12V Car Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having a hard time starting your 5th generation Ford Explorer, especially on a cold morning, and the 12 volt automotive battery is a few years old, you probably should replace it.

To view my DIY tutorial, including replacement part numbers, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Explorer Windshield Wipers

14. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide

 

   

Ford Explorer 3.5L V6 Engine Oil Change Guide
Explorer Engine Oil Change

15. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Duratec 35 3.5L V6 Engine Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your 5th generation Ford Explorer running reliably is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the oil filter on the Duratec 35 3.5 liter V6 engine.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure, including replacement oil filter part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Explorer Front Brake Pads

16. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a squeaking or squealing sound coming from the front of you 5th generation Ford Explorer SUV when you step on the brake pedal, you probably need to change the front brake pads.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure, including replacement part numbers, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

Ford Explorer Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Explorer Rear Brake Pads

17. 2011-2015 Ford Explorer Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The rear disc brake pads on a fifth generation Ford Explorer tend to last about twice as long as the front pads or anywhere from 60,000 to over 100,000 miles depending on your driving conditions.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (including replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

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