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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 152013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 166,000 miles


The timing chain tensioner broke allowing the chain to slip. It was a recall problem but I was not the original owner and the problem must not have been addressed, or else the recall didn't get done properly. After the repair it hasn't had good oil pressure at idle. It is too bad that Ford put this motor in so many vehicles and doesn't stand behind they. It is poor design in my opinion to have four timing chains on a 4.0 liter motor is crazy. I wish that Ford would have put more effort into seeing that my vehicle were recalled and not allowed to depreciate because it was happening to so many other Explorer.

- Logan, UT, USA

problem #7

May 012013


  • 250,000 miles
My 1998 eddie bauer Ford Explorer does not move and when I try to put it in any gear it squeals.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #6

Jul 072011

Explorer 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Vehicle accelerates from stopped and brake position for 3 seconds and then returns to normal.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Jan 192010


  • 158,000 miles


Check engine light comes on and O2 sensors have to be replace every thirty to forty thousand miles. Now O/D off light is flashing and car drives like it is in first gear, shifts hard.

- Farmville, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 162009


  • miles
98 Ford Explorer is there a recall on transmission 2 wheel drive

- Polkton, NC, USA

problem #3

May 032000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle makes loud clunk noise and act as if it has been bumped from behind, action aslo felt in the brake pedal and resulting in forward motion. Ford invoice indicates customer statement resulting in R&R transmision and overhal, to no avail. Problem can not be determin

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 012001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SUV surges when backing back boat and trailer.

- Mequon, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 011999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Problem is an almost constant grinding noise that dealer says cannot be repaired due to the fact that the manufacturer has no permenant fix. Refer to Ford technical service bulletin 12328.12329. Dealer refused to document that problem was not a potential safety issue and that there would not be a failure of the drive train system, or that the wheels would not fall off. Dealer's service dept mgr. Further stated that there were hundreds and perhaps thousands of cars with the same defect. My observation of this problem is that there is a high pitched grinding or squealing noise coming from the front end when the vehicle is in motion. This sound is a metal on metal rubbing noise, which could cause frictiion, heat and perhaps parts failure that could cause potential failure of the drive train system.

- Oceanside, NY, USA

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