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Old 09-11-2019, 05:04 PM   #1
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What is this? (2002 Explorer Sport)

Hello. I just signed up today to see if anyone can tell me what this is. I have a 2002 Explorer Sport. It seems to be some kind of outlet that's located behind the grille and in front of the radiator. What is this for?
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Old 09-27-2019, 11:20 AM   #2
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Not sure, can you find the airbag sensor and confirm it's plugged in?

It's probably for fog lights, if your sport doesn't have them then that would explain the connector going unused, and probably being corroded by now if left exposed for so many years.

If all else fails, you can probably trace it a bit by using a multimeter with long probe wire extensions, to check continuity between the connector and the interior fuse box fuses, except that if you don't have the feature that connector is for, you might not even have a fuse in the fuse box position for it.

AFAIK the interior fuse box is otherwise the same for a Sport, but the under-hood junction box, could be a downsized or different config if your Sport has a lot of options missing, more like something found in a typical Ranger... or I could be wrong, I just know there are a few variations out there.
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