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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,863 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

Mar 312000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When vehicle was at 25000 miles dealer had to turn rotors. But consumer was concerned about why that work was done so early. Currently he is worried about warranty expiring.

- Hubert, NC, USA

problem #26

Feb 262000

Explorer

  • miles
Brakes' lack of lubrication may get them to become rusty and freeze up.

- Sharpsburg, GA, USA

problem #25

Feb 212000

Explorer

  • miles
While making a left hand turn at approx. 5-10mph vehicle lost all power in steering and braking systems and vehicle became uncontrollable and kept turning left into tree. Driver sustained minor injuries.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #24

Nov 101999

Explorer

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When appying the brakes they make a moaning noise, delay reaction of the brakes, then the ABS kick in.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #23

Dec 241999

Explorer

  • miles
While driving on the highway came up on a red light, went to apply brakes and brakes failed to respond. Contacted dealer and manufacturer, out of warranty.

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #22

Nov 161999

Explorer

  • miles
While driving ABS light came on, and vehicleexperienced extended stopping distance which resulted in a crash. Currently at the dealer.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #21

Aug 011999

Explorer

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When drving at any speed and applying the brakes, there is vibration within the brakes and entire vehicle.

- Gainsville, FL, USA

problem #20

Aug 011999

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle won't disengauge and accelerated up to 75 mph. Pushed the cruise control button, and vehicle kept accelerating. Applied the brakes, and vehicle went up to 80 mph.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #19

Mar 151999

Explorer

  • miles
Ongoing problem with ABS system; whenever brake pedal is applied in an emergency situation/sudden stop or slamming on brake, it causes vehicle to skid and fishtail to the right. Dealer notifed and informed consumerthat nothing could be found. Can NHTSA provide information weather this is normal or not.

- Greena, CA, USA

problem #18

Oct 131999

Explorer

  • miles
Brakes are sticking all the time. Contact dealer. They checked out the vehicle, and consumer was told that brakes do not lock up.

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #17

Sep 171999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When applying the brakes the pedal went to the floor and vehicle went part of the way into an intersection. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Thomasville, PA, USA

problem #16

Nov 081998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes hang-up and make noises after a full stop. Mgm

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #15

Jun 141999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer was driving at 20 mph when suddenly a stop was required, and consumer struck vehicle in front due to failure of the anti-lock brake system. When brake pedal was applied, anti-lock braking system did not respond properly. Dealer has bee contacted.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #14

Jun 071999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Brakes respond to situations too late when applied, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer has been contacted.

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #13

May 141999

Explorer

  • miles
When driving at 75 to 80 mph and applying the brakes, vehicle accelerated at high speed. When vehicle got down to 50 mph, consumer removed the cable from cruise control, put the vehicle into netural and turned off ignition, and coasted vehicle to side of the road. Then the vehicle came to a stop.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #12

Apr 261999

Explorer

  • miles
While driving driver stepped on brake pedal to stop vehicle, but brakes failed and vehicle didn't stop. Consumer said, he had taken vehicle three times to dealer for repairs, and still has same problem.

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #11

May 011998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
EA99001; intermittently when about to make a stop, the vehicle idles up to 6000 RPM, and becomes impossible to stop. Consumer turns off the vehicle so that she won't have an accident. Been to the dealer, they cannot determine problem. Cruise control has been disconnected.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 201999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
This is the second time, that L have told this department about this brake problem with my 98 Ford Explorer. My first complaint was some time in July of this year. The dealer has cut the front rotors once at 9000miles all highway driving and rplaced the rotors at 18000. The ABS system is not working the way it should, L just experienced this on the 20th of this month, in portland me. After you have applied the brakes and are stitting for awhile with the brakes applied and then you release the brakes and then if you have to stop real quickly the ABS system will not function the way it should. What you end up with is that you do'nt have any brakes at all and you crash.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 101998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Throttle pedal continually sticks when initially engaged in either drive or reverse. Causes lunge in direction of travel if driver unaware of defect. Submitted to dealer twice, still not repaired. Poor seatbelt design has driver's seatbelt continually stuck in drivers door upon exit from vehicle. Rear passenger window scrapes and makes noise during operation. Dealer did not fix when initially brought up after initial purchase. ABS light intermittently appears during driving. Dealer noted code of 1924 but had no response for problem. Not resolved. Dissapointed with quality of vehicle for $$ paid.

- Chattaroy, WA, USA

problem #8

Nov 021998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Going down a steep hill at a very low speed about 5 mph, the idling speed will overcome the compressor in engine. Totally dependent on brakes, causes the brakes to overheat and results in brakes fading. Dangerous sitution.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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