Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
22 / 24
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
33,801 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1998 Ford Explorer:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 8 of 8)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #11

Jan 131999

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Accelerator sticks when departing from stop. Will suddenly release and vehicle accelerates excessively. Engine at times will hesitate when accelerating from stop. Very dangerous when attempting to merge.

- Mascoutah, IL, USA

problem #10

Dec 021997

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel throttle body linkages and control malfunctions causing the accelerator pedal to stick and hesitate.

- Rocky Moun, VA, USA

problem #9

Aug 301998

Explorer

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Cruise control failed resulting in it not disengaging while braking causing a vehicle collision.

- Agua Dulce, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 231998

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

98 Ford Explorer - 1. gas pedal sticks, so force must be used to get moving... dealer ordered new throttle body. 2. loud squel from front brakes (constant and loud enough to frighten people walking along road), dealer cleaned brakes, but noise returned after just 200 mile, ... waiting for appointment with dealer

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #7

Nov 011998

Explorer

  • miles
Upon sudden acceleration, engine 'bogs down' or stalls for 10-30 seconds, but engine does not shut off. No warning lights come on. I barely avoided 2 accidents due to this failure. This problem has existed on my vehicle for the last 3 weeks. Other consumers have reported the same issue, ODI id's: 538898, 824222, 824246, 825166, 825418, 825825, 827652, 828092, 829007. According to web searches, Ford does not have a resolution. How many deaths/accidents will be needed before a resolution is posted by Ford to resolve this issue?

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 281998

Explorer

  • miles
While driver waited to pull into a gas station with foot on the brake pedal, all of a sudden the truck surged and the accelerator went on full blast, causing driver to crash into a brick wall. The problem was reported to Ford. The vehicle is being repaired by a body shop.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 161998

Explorer

  • miles

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

While parking vehicle, foot on brake, vehicle started to accelerate before consumer was able to shift gear into park. Vehicle took off and caused consumer to hit a wall. Dealer/manufacturer notified.

- Piscat Away, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 221998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
When accelerating vehicle will stall, causing the engine to lose power for approximately 10-30 seconds, which could result in an accident. Dealer claims has no remedy for defect.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 021998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
When braking to stop, engine tends to accelerate. Requires excessive force on brake to ensure deceleration.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #2

Mar 051998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Throttle body failure causing throttle to stick in idle position.

- Slippery R, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 041998

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator pedal sticks.

- Laconia, IN, USA

Not what you are looking for?