Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Contour wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1998 Ford Contour:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1998 Ford Contour Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 072005

(reported on)


  • miles


The front wheels on the 1998 Ford Contour were severely cracked. The rear of the wheel, the crack continued toward the rim, then curled to the right. The vehicle was taken to the nearest Ford dealer and was told that since the vehicle was out of warranty the manufacturer would not pay to replace the wheels. The consumer believes that the manufacturer should pay for replacing the wheels.

- Agoura Hills, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 162003

Contour 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
This car has been nothing but problems, springs, brakes last 4 months, water pumps went at 63,000, tires wear out in less than a year, temperature gauges do not read right. Engine races, solenoid went....very expensive to fix. I do not understand why everyone is having the same problems but no help?

- Raymond, NH, USA

problem #4

Oct 042000

(reported on)


  • miles
The left front wheel bearing dust cover rubbs on the wheel. It gives the impression that a wheel bearing is bad.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 242000


  • miles


Wheels have 12 holes on a 14 inches wheels where they are cracking and can pop out of vehicle.

- Cullowhe, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 192000

Contour Diesel

  • miles
On January 15, 2000 I had my tires rotated on my 98 Ford Contour at a tire dealer. They informed me that the right rear wheel on my car was cracked all the way through and was dangerous to drive. They advised that I talk to the dealer from which I purchased this car. On January 19,2000 I took my car into sunset Ford to have recall work done. At that time I informed them of the cracked wheel. They told me that wheels are not covered under warranty. I have an invoice from the dealer to verify their position. I left this same car at a repair shop on 5-1-00. They called me the following day to inform me that 3 of the wheels on this car are cracked all the way through. I contacted Ford at their corporate headquarters on 5-3-00. They informed me that they have no recall notices out on this car for defective wheels, and therefore I am obligated to replace these wheels at my own expense. I have a warranty on this car which goes through 75,000 miles and yet the dealer and Ford corporate refuse to replace these wheels. I will have to do so hoping to receive reimbursement from Ford. The repair shop had my insurance company look at these wheels, and the adjuster concluded that the condition of these wheels make this vehicle unsafe to drive. Please help. Thanks, rob moll.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 291998


  • miles
While driving the vehicle front driver's side wheel broke off from the axle, causing a major accident. Please provide additional details.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

Not what you are looking for?