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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,025 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. had timing chains and tensioners replaced (1 reports)
1998 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 202006

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4.0 Sohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,025 miles


timing chain tensioner went bad at 69,995 miles on 98 explorer, factory recall till 72K not honored by FORD as vehicle was over 6 years old. original price quote to fix was $800 changed to $1,200 next day still replacing same parts. have know choice but to pay. FORD appears to have a major problem with this timing chain tensioner design and good vehicle maintenances wont help I know. You think FORD would eat part of the repair for those of us who have low mileage but go beyond the year limit. 4.0 sohc engine is trouble, FORD knows it has many more issues besides this one, just go online.

- , Royal Palm Bch, FL, USA

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