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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
114,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace crankshaft/bearings or rebuilt shortblock (1 reports)
  2. replace with new engine (1 reports)
1998 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 172009

Explorer ES 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


Despite the 11 year age of my vehicle, this vehicle has been maintained exceptionally. Talking with friends and cohorts in the automobile field, no one seems to believe that such a freak thing could have happened. This is not a frigging race motor nor do I drive it like one!! I'm extremely disgruntled with Ford Motor Company's response: FULL DENIAL OF THE PROBLEM AND ZERO RECOURSE!! Of course they highly recommended that I send it to one of their fine dealerships for proper diagnosis and repair!! Very Frustrating...

- , Parma, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 212007

(reported on)

Explorer Sport XLT 4.0L SOHC

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

This truck ran great, drove great, rode great, and looked great, until the crankshaft broke. I have researched this problem and it seems that it is pretty common. Ford denies this problem despite thousands of reports. In every case I found the crank broke off clean behind the harmonic balancer. Until these trucks are recalled, my advise is DON'T BUY ANY VEHICLE WITH A FORD 4.0L ENGINE!!!!!

- , Bedford, MA, USA

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