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Hi All,

New to the forum, I picked up a 2013 Explorer XLT 4WD with 66k miles at a government auction. The price was right at $15k, but it has hail damage to the exterior and obviously we're assuming some risk with buying a vehicle at auction. It will be used for a non-profit organization that we run. I am mechanically inclined.

According to what I've been able to dig up, the vehicle has had its regular service intervals. But what potential issues should I be aware of that may creep up? is there any preventative maintenance other than the typical oil & filter changes that I should perform now in order to avoid bigger issues?

If there is a thread already pertinent to this topic, please steer me in that direction as I didn't find anything particularly relevant.

Thanks!
 

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Check your rear brakes, mainly the pistons and the seal, as the rubber can bind up and rip. I just replaced one myself....the seal that is, just rebuilt the caliper. If it goes down again, I'm just buyin two new rear calipers. Also, floor it on the highway or something, and see if you get the "rotten egg smell" in the cabin.....at wide open throttle some of us get "The Smell". You may have heard about it already.
 
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