Potential faults on the Ford Everest 2.2, 2.5, 3.0 or 3.2

Are you the owner of a Ford Everest?


Take note of the following issues which may be experienced – apart from normal wear and tear and routine maintenance – in any of these Everests.


Gearbox Slip

There seems to be an auto gearbox issue in some Everests that may feel like the gears are slipping between 2nd and 3rd and between 3rd and 4th. The sound will be similar to that of a clutch slipping in a manual gearbox (revs hunting up and down and feeling like you are in the wrong gear). This slip is not due to normal torque converter operation, as some may think, but apparently a real issue in the Everest 3.2 but more especially in the Everest 2.2 models. Such a slip may be the result of a failed valve assembly, but this – or any other cause – may only be established after having opened the gearbox. If you therefore experience this strange gear change, then you need to address this issue by bringing your vehicle to a reputable service centre, such as SAC, for a thorough inspection.


Rear Main Seal

The seal that fits around the rear of the crankshaft (to prevent oil leakage) has been reported to leak oil in some models. Why is this considered to be an issue? Well, the problem is that other leaks can cause oil to drip from this location. A leaking oil pan gasket or even a leaking valve cover gasket can drip down your engine and cause oil drips in this location. It is therefore important to have this checked.


Crankshaft Sensor

The crankshaft sensor in some Everests has an intermittent fault that may cause serious issues. The crankshaft position sensor determines the position and/or rotational speed (RPM) of the crank. The Engine Control Unit (ECU) use the information transmitted by the sensor to control ignition timing and fuel injection timing. If the crankshaft sensor malfunctions, then the following may be experienced:

Slow or uneven acceleration

An inaccurate input from the crankshaft sensor will obstruct the ECU to make the necessary adjustments it should be making.

Reduced fuel efficiency

Inaccurate timing information means that fuel injection won’t occur as efficiently as it should.

Engine misfires and/or rough idling

Improper spark timing can cause cylinders to misfire.

Difficulty in or lack of starting

If the crankshaft isn’t sending a signal to the ECU for fuel to be sent to the injectors, then the vehicle will have trouble starting.

If you experience any of these problems, then it may be time to have some tests done on your vehicle in order to confirm whether the crank sensor is the source of the problem or not. Contact your nearest SAC service advisor for more information.


O2 Sensor

The Exhaust O2 sensor communicates with your vehicle’s computer regarding how much oxygen is in the exhaust. This allows the computer to adjust the fuel/oxygen mixture delivered to the engine. A vehicle with a bad oxygen sensor often run irregularly or roughly because it will disrupt either the fuel/air mixture, engine timing and/or engine combustion intervals. If you experience the symptoms described here, then consider bringing your vehicle to SAC for a test to see whether there is any fault with your O2 sensor.



AdBlue is a high quality urea solution that is used with the Selective Catalytic Reduction system (SCR) to reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen from the exhaust of diesel vehicles. Owners of Ford Everests complained that information about AdBlue levels is insufficient and that the AdBlue gauge doesn’t tell you how full it is. First of all, at 5% of the diesel fuel consumed, the fuel to AdBlue ratio is 20 to 1. For every 100 litres of diesel fuel burned, approximately 5 litres of AdBlue will therefore be consumed. It should be mentioned that AdBlue has a shelf life and that its efficiency diminish over a period of time. As it breaks down it becomes like plain water which is not good for your exhaust system; it also forms solid micro particles which end up blocking your filter. There is an easy fix; don’t completely fill your tank unless you know you’ll use it all.


Starting Problems In The Morning

There have been considerable complaints about the Ford Everest 2.5 that has trouble starting in the morning. Many possible causes have been mentioned, such as the starter solenoid being faulty, or the glow plugs not working well. It has even been said that the battery may need replacement or that the turbo may be faulty. Many are of the opinion that a small leak in the fuel system (possibly at the injector O-ring) is causing the fuel line pressure to drop over time, which would cause air in the lines when starting your vehicle’s engine for the first time in the morning or after a long sit.

To remedy this issue, filters need to be removed and replaced; the engine itself should be inspected for any build-up of dirt/grime, or wetness, and in the event of the turbo, this would need to be removed, cleaned/inspected, lubricated and reinstalled with new seals/gaskets. This should be done by professionals and SAC has all the professionals needed to skilfully perform this for you.


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Within the above article, potential problems, causes and fixes have been identified as founded on the experience of vehicle owners and repairers, online sources such as discussion blogs, technical service bulletins and SAC experience. This information is provided solely for reference purposes. SAC strictly instruct readers that only properly qualified individuals should carry out repairs and/or modifications on your vehicles. It should also be made clear that the number of times an item is identified within this discussion should by no way be seen as an indicator of a model’s reliability or the frequency with which they may occur. Two of the exact same vehicles, owned by tow entirely different owners, driven in entirely different ways and on different terrains, and looked after in their own unique ways, will each behave differently. As mentioned, this information is provided solely for reference purposes but we hope – in the process of doing so – to empower you with relevant information which may enable you to make informative decisions whenever you experience any of the mentioned setbacks.