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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 #3

Jul 281999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles


4X4 automatically engaging when under heavy load on dry pavement and wheels are not slipping, 4X4 selector is in the auto position and no error codes are displayed or found. Causes pulsation in the drive train and groaning noises in the engine compartment, noise and pulstation goes away when engine load is decreased and or 4X4 is switched to 4X4 high. Dealer has replaced the 4X4 computer and checked the axles and differential, problem still exits. Dealer has stated they cannot fix the problem and they will try and get a technician from Ford three weeks ago.

- St. Thomas, VI, USA

problem #2

Feb 131999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
We hear a loud hissing/whistling noise from the front of the vehicle. We have been told that Ford is working on fixing the problem and would like to know if this is true. Thank you in advance for your assistance. Steve and gaylene schmitz

- Wahpeton, ND, USA

problem #1

Jan 141999

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
When vehicle is in motion, a loud squealing noise emits from the front hubs. Ford has replaced the seals twice and says there is nothing else they can do. The Ford dealership says the receive several complaints a day on this problem. Each time I see a 98 Explorer coming down the street, I listen and it seems all of them have the same problem.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

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