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3.9

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

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1998 Ford Explorer engine problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #17

Nov 202000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Head gasket failure: Truck overheated at highway speed. Diagnosed as blown head gasket.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #16

Dec 052000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Engine starting failure has caused the car to be left two times, each time it stumbled and when it did start my wife put it into drive at which time it rolled into traffic and cut off again. This is dangerous, the shop I took it to could find no bad codes and had no idea why it happened. I found a tsb concerning it on your website so now I know others are having the same problem. Concerning the squeeling coming from the front end at speeds from 0-40, I took it to a shop and they sprayed some lubricant on it but the noise returned, I am afraid that something is going to fail in the front end and again. I found a tsb concerning the same problem on your site, so I am not alone in this problem. The oil leak was noticed when the squeal problem was investigated and again I noticed a tsb conserning the rear main seal leaking.

- Soddy, TN, USA

problem #15

Dec 042000

Explorer

  • miles
While driving engine would stall. While at an intersection on a six lane road, in middle lane, vehicle stalled. Felt this was dangerous because consumer could have been hit from behind. Took vehicle to dealer when rear timing chain jumped time, timing chain broke. Dealer said engine needed to be replaced.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #14

Oct 152000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving about 40 mph engine locked up. Explorer was able to be driven to dealership. Timing chain was replaced at owner's expense because it was stretched and slipped off. Ford is aware of this problem because of service bulletin.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #13

Aug 032000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
When our Explorer had 29,000 miles on it, I brought it into the dealership because the check engine light had come on and the vehicle was stalling out at stoplights. They replaced the oxygen sensor, a gasket on the intake manifold, and a fuel injector. Now, 3,000 miles later, I returned to the dealership complaining about the same problem, except that the check engine light had not come on. At times, the Explorer sounds and feels like it's going to stall out at stoplights or when shifting from reverse to drive. The dealership had the truck for 2 days and ran up 11 miles on it, but they could not recreate the scenario. They could find no problem at this time.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 302000

Explorer

  • miles
A tapping in motor area due to valve lifters and cylinder heads failure.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #11

Mar 302000

Explorer

  • miles

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

A tapping in motor area due to valve lifters and cylinder heads failure.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #10

Apr 032000

Explorer

  • miles
Crankcase is broken-truck has been serviced properly before this--$6,000 repair est. By Ford.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 232000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Upon routine oil change dealer noticed engine connecting rod broke from engine piston. Due to the broken engine connecting rod engine needed replacing. Dealer stated this problem was common.

- Jamestown, NM, USA

problem #8

Feb 182000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Dealer says that it is the timing chain housing and Ford is working on a fix.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #7

Feb 042000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Engine head gasket is leaking at only 45,000 miles. Cause is unknown. Consumer has made several attempts to contact dealer, but no parts have been available since Dec 30,1999.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 181999

Explorer

  • miles
Engine oil leak due to a cross threaded galley plug in engine. Mjs

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 011998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Intermittent stalling.

- Tinley Par, IL, USA

problem #4

May 031998

Explorer

  • miles
While driving noticed smoke coming from the exhaust system without prior warning the vehicle started to lose power. Took the vehicle for service, and the consumer had problems with the engine head gasket, the dealer replaced the engine, and there was a problem with the oxygen sensor. Vehicle has been in the shop for repair service eight times, and the dealer still can't determine the problem. Vehicle is back in the shop for repair service.

- Lampasas, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 021998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Going down a steep hill at a very low speed about 5 mph, the idling speed will overcome the compressor in engine. Totally dependent on brakes, causes the brakes to overheat and results in brakes fading. Dangerous sitution.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 211998

Explorer

  • miles
Heard a lound noise while driving vehicle. Noises were coming from under the hood. Checked under the hood & noticed engine pulley was loose. Took vehicle to dealer & pulley was about to fall off.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Oct 051998

Explorer

  • miles
Noisy engine. Dealer replaced intake manifold/timing chain/alternator and starter.

- Houston, TX, USA

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