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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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 142005

Explorer 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact stated the key did not unlock the doors. It still worked on the ignition and the rear door. The vehicle has not been to a dealership for a diagnosis. But according to the dealership the computer chip in the key failed. The dealership stated they could make a new key for the doors, but if it was put in the ignition it could damage the ignition.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 251998


  • miles
Fire in ignition switch area. This is the same ignition switch used in other Ford vehicles which had been recalled for similar shorting problems and fires.

- Mobile, AL, USA

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