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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
187,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace front drive shaft (1 reports)
1998 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012008

Explorer Edie Bower 5.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 187,000 miles


Front wheel drive not working on AWD 1998 Ford Explorer. Problem, there is a CV joint on the rear of the shaft. When it goes out so does the front wheel drive. Don't purchase at Ford Dealership unless you are ready to speed upwards of $650.00. You can purchase a new (serviceable) front shaft from used parts houses such as Bill's Used Parts in VA for around $250.00. The new ones have a u-joint on both ends instead of a u-joint on one end and a CV joint on the other end. Takes less than an hour to take the old one out andput the new one in. Easy to do!

- , Hattiesburg, MS, USA

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