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3.9

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,788 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer engine problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #37

Apr 252003

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The engine stalled off while driving.

- Grover Beach, CA, USA

problem #36

Apr 122002

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
Rear chain guide tensioner broke - part of cam chain guide assembly. Engine died in morning rush hour, but car coasted safely to emergency lane.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #35

Mar 262003

Explorer

  • 90,000 miles
The crank shaft broke in half, which caused the vehicle to be disabled.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #34

Oct 172002

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When reducing speed from 60 mph to a stop the vehicle stalls.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #33

Jan 012001

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle stalled and shut down without prior warning. All of the lights appeared on dashboard, and vehicle would restart. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Brownsvalley, CA, USA

problem #32

Jul 142002

Explorer

  • miles
While driving on highway vehicle completely lost power and stalled. Vehicle was checked by dealer who advised consumer that crankshaft had broken, and vehicle needed a new engine.

- New Milford, CT, USA

problem #31

Jun 142002

Explorer

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While turning onto an intersection vehicle shutdown without prior warning. Vehicle had to be towed.

- Fulton, MD, USA

problem #30

Mar 262002

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would not start and was towed to dealer. Dealer determined crankshaft had broken and needed to be replaced..

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #29

Jan 012002

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Consumer stated thermostat and valvebody gasket failed.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #28

Jan 012002

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Consumer stated thermostat and valvebody gasket failed.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #27

Sep 102001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rear timing chain failed and caused cylinder head damage. Not covered under extended warranty for front timing chain. The vehicle lost all power while driving 45mph, stranding driver and small child. Vehicle was towed to dealer. Engine was pulled out of truck and the head and timing chain replaced. Cost was $2800. Ford gave "goodwill" warranty of 50%.

- Rolling Meadows, IL, USA

problem #26

Nov 012001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Ford replaced the gasket the first time but now refuses to do so. Manufacturer's. defect?

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #25

May 012001

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle rattles underneath. Dealership is aware of problem. Camshaft broke, and chain that goes around it also broke.

- Moreno Vally, CA, USA

problem #24

May 012001

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle rattles underneath. Dealership is aware of problem. Camshaft broke, and chain that goes around it also broke.

- Moreno Vally, CA, USA

problem #23

Jul 012001

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer took vehicle into the dealer to get camshaft fixed. After dealer fixed the problem back engine.

- Cave City, AR, USA

problem #22

May 152001

Explorer

  • miles
Engine failure due to camshaft pulley. Dealer notified and replaced engine under Ford program. Please feel free to provide any further details concerning this matter.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #21

Mar 212001

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The intake gasket leaks, the consumer is waiting for Ford to redesign it so the noise will not persist while driving. Nlm

- Fleetwood, PA, USA

problem #20

Feb 012001

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Ford is offering to replace engine components, but damage has already occurred to the motor. The motors should be replaced also. Failure to have a recall for the camshaft tensioners can result in an engine seize resulting in a crash if at highway speeds (for example).

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #19

Jan 022001

Explorer

  • miles
While traveling at 15 mph vehicle died. Took to a dealer and they said camshaft went into motor. Two months before that van pulley split open, and vehicle cut off.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #18

Jan 022001

Explorer

  • miles
While traveling at 15 mph vehicle died. Took to a dealer and they said camshaft went into motor. Two months before that van pulley split open, and vehicle cut off.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

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