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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.

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1996 Ford Explorer steering problems

steering problem

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1996 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

May 072003

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


We purchased our vehicle used in 1999 with 33000 miles. 6 months after the purchase we needed a new transmission, another new transmission last year (2002), new ball joints, and now we are being told the rack and pinion needs to be replaced. Ford has not offered any recalls on this part but I have seen other complaints regarding this. My vehicle is constantly shaking (feels like I am going over rumble strips) when I am over 30-40 mph. We also just had our vehicle aligned and it is out of alignment again because of this problem.

- Lewisberry, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 182002

(reported on)


  • miles
Rack and pinion steering is leaking fluid, causing loss of steering control.

- Keen Mountain, VA, USA

problem #3

May 061997


  • miles
Purchased 1996 Ford Explorer XLT(used with 15,450miles) from heritage Ford

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 191997

(reported on)


  • miles
Steering shaft failed.

- Duncansvil, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 011995


  • miles
Rack and pinion assembly replaced twice, vehicle wanders/requires extreme effort to keep in straight line.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

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