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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,400 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.

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1998 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 232003

(reported on)


  • 37,000 miles


Consumer noticed oil leaking, took vehicle to dealer, dealer stated that seals were defective.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #4

Aug 031999


  • miles
Noise in front wheels, dealer removed axles and replaced seals.

- Bethany Beach, DE, USA

problem #3

Sep 151998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rubber sealing for junction draft shaft and transmission failed.

- West Covin, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 101999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
When I tried to use the ac in March it blew out only hot air. A new compressor had to be put in it. It still leaks under the dash when it rains hard or going through car wash. Rear wiper motor burnt out. Wiper would not work, had to be replaced. Rear seal, pinon seals, and rear drive shaft were replaced twice. The rear passenger door panel and window rattled really bad. Had repaired. Now front driver door panel and window rattles. Had a "vibrating" noise repaired. When vehicle idled a piece of metal vibrated. Several times I have gone to turn on the headlights and they won't come on. I have to turn the button several times before they will come on. After my auto has set overnight and I start it, it idles very rough for a few minutes. The gas pedal has been sticking for quite a few months. Only when you initially push on the gas to go. You have to tap on it to get it to unstick; there has been a recall on this, the

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #1

Jan 041999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Some 1998/1999 Explorer/Mountaineer 4X4 vehicles may exhibit a high pitched squeal/whistle type noise from the front end at speeds from 10mph to 40mph. This noise may be coming from the front half axle shaft excluder(dust) seals (3K070) as they rotate against the inner front hubs. Perform procedures 205-04-9 through 205-04-8 of the 1999 Explorer/mountaneer workshop manual applying a 1/8 thick bead of high tempature wheel bearing grease (part# E8tz-19590-a) onto the seal lips and the surfaces, they contact. Perform procedure 205-04-8 of the 1999 Explorer/Mountaineer workshop manual. This is a temporary fix and Ford engineers are currently investigating this issue.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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