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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,058 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #20

Apr 201998

Explorer

  • miles

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

This is an Explorer with the SOHC 4L engine. I have experienced at least a dozen episodes of the engine stalling, or nearly stalling, when accellerating from a stop, and usually when turning left. It seems to happen most often when the weather and engine are hot, and after idling for a few moments, such as when stopped at an intersection waiting for a light or a break in traffic. The stall, or hesistation, happens after the vehicle has moved perhaps one car length. The dealership has made three attempts at repair. This seems to be a common problem with Explorer with the SOHC motor, and is very dangerous, leaving the occupants in the direct line of oncoming traffic in a disabled vehicle. Ford has not admitted a fault, or fixed the vehicle.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #19

Nov 151998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
After traveling East on I-90 for approximately 50 miles with the cruise control on, I exited the freeway and came to a stop. Upon making a left turn and accellerating, the engine died momentarily and then came back to speed. This seems to be a problem that many other owners have experienced. Although I was able to continue on my trip, it was an anxious moment as I was attempting to merge with traffic.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #18

Oct 011998

Explorer

  • miles
Read report of others having this stall engine failure, vehicle engine doesn't go dead will will litterally almost quit but then regains without warniing.

- Sylacauga,, AL, USA

problem #17

Jul 011998

Explorer

  • miles

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

Engine stalls or sputters from a stop or accelerating from ~40mph. This seems to happen at a greater rate when turning a sharp left and going over an incline such as a railroad crossing. This has caused 3 near collisions and would have caused a fatal incident had a train been bearing down on the train crossing. I have stalled on a raised train crossing 3 times.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #16

Dec 181998

Explorer

  • miles
Engine occasionally hesitates or stalls upon reacceleration after coming to a stop at intersections. Possible danger of being in heavy traffic when stall occurs - potential accident. Dealership service department kept vehicle 2 days after one occurrence and could not duplicate the problem, but indicated that they were aware of this same problem in other Explorer. The hesitation or stalling usually happens after cruising on the freeway at 60 - 70 mph then getting off at an exit and stopping at an intersection. When reaccelerating the engine sometimes either hesitates badly then resumes normal operation or stalls completely - usually in the middle of the intersection - requiring restart.

- Arkadelphia, AR, USA

problem #15

Nov 241998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
While vehicle was in park a fire started in the engine compartment area, cause unknown. Dealer cannot identify the problem.

- Dixmoor, IL, USA

problem #14

May 011998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

The vehicle randomly stalls after slowing down or coming to a stop. When I accelerate after slowing to a stop or comming to a complete stop, the truck hesitates/stalls and then kicks in and goes. Truck has been to dealer 4 times, but he can't fix because he can't duplicate the problem. It happens very randomly. It may happen 2-3 times a week and then not again for 3-4 weeks. This vehicle is very unsafe. It has happened many times when turning left across on-comming traffic. If this problem is not fixed, I will be hit some day!!! Ford wasn't very helpful. The dealer suggested I call the 800 number in my book. I reported this directly to Ford on the 800 number and never heard from Ford or the dealer. Ford said that they would contact the dealer and they would work on the problem. The dealer I am working with in not the one I purchased the vehicle from. The servicing dealer is kings Ford 9555 kings automall drive cincinnati oh 45249 513-697-2414.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #13

Nov 021998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle has severe hesitation, and engine misses which could result in an accident.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 221998

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle would stutter when driving. At different times would stall out. Pressure applied to accelerator pedal, vehicle stalls out. Problem cannot be duplicated by mechanic.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 051998

Explorer

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

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

Sep 191998

Explorer

  • miles

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

While driving at any speed and when driving at 65 mph, the vehicle started to vibrate and shake. Also, there was a leakage coming under the vehicle near the engine. Contacted the dealer for repairs, and the vehicle was in for repairs twice. Vehicle will be taken back to the shop for additional repairs.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #9

May 101998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When traveling at low speeds/accelerating from a stopped position, engine stalls. Qcaw

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 061998

Explorer

  • miles
Intermittently the vehicle stalls, giving the driver no indication. The dealer and manufacturer have been notified.

- Kearney, NE, USA

problem #7

Jul 171998

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Intermittent stalling.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 151998

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Intermittent stalling.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 151998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
When vehicle is at a stop, defect in engine causes vehicle to stall or hesitate. Dealer cannot duplicate problem.

- Fort Jennings, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 051998

Explorer

  • miles
While driving vehicle suddenly shuts down. Dealer has been notified.

- Salem, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 081998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
While driving the vehicle stalled without indications. Dealer has been contacted.

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #2

May 231998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Ford dealership claims not to be aware of recall pertaining to 4.0L SOHC engines.

- Unknown, UN, USA

problem #1

May 231998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Ford dealership claims not to be aware of recall pertaining to 4.0L SOHC engines.

- Unknown, UN, USA

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