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1998 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

Apr 241999

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vibration in drivetrain. Most pronounced when accelerating on uphill grade. Occurs at around 35 mph. Not related to tires or wheels, all have been replaced.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #1

Jan 151999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Special service message 12328 - some 1998/1999 Explorer/Mountaineer 4X4 vehichles 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 halfshaft excluder seals(3K070) as they rotate against the inner hubs. If a vehicle comes in for this concern, perform the following service procedure for both sides of the vehicle; 1. perform the front half shaft removal procedure per section 205-04-6 through 205-04-8 of the 1999 Explorer/Mountaineer workshop manual. 2. clean the extended lip of the front wheel excluder seals(3K070), the inner surface of the knuckle(3K185/3K186) in which the wheels ride against the axle shaft oil seals(3254). 3. spread approximately 1/8" thick bead of high temp wheel bearing greese(part #E8tz-19590-a) onto the seal lips&surfaces they contact. 4. perform the front halfshaft installation procedure per section 205-04-8 of the 1999 Explorer/Mountaineer workshop manual. Verify that the noise is no longer present. Additional information will be provided when available. Engineering is currently investigating this issue. Note: Do not replace the seals unless they are damaged.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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