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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,363 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #26

Sep 011998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

After cruise control shuts off from brake pedal or pushing the off button on steering column the accelerator pedal becomes stiff and difficult to depress it smoothly. This happens until the motor is turned off. I reported this problem, which seems very obvious to me, to freehold Ford. Their technician can't identify the problem.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #25

Aug 252000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving approximately 45mph & giving vehicle gas, it would start to pull into the right lane only. Have taken to dealer for repairs at least 4 times for problem. It has been repaired once. Problem reappeared after tires were rotated.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #24

Aug 152000

Explorer

  • miles
EA99001, while driving acclerator got stuck, causing vehicle to suddenly acclerate. Occupant had to turn off the vehicle in order to stop. It could have caused a crash. Dealer had to replace throttle body unit.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #23

Aug 032000

Explorer

  • miles

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

EA99001; while driving accelerator pedal got stuck, causing sudden acceleration. Brakes only slowed down vehicle, would not stop it. Driver had to place vehicle in neutral, then shut off vehicle. Currently at the dealer.

- Milwaukee, OR, USA

problem #22

Jul 212000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
While traveling and when trying to depress gas pedal, pedal broke off. Consumer could not gain speed.

- Torondo, CD, USA

problem #21

Jul 212000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When depressing gas pedal vehicle will speed up. Gas pedal hangs up and will accelerate by itself. Gas linkage and cables have been oiled without effect.

- Filfbee, TX, USA

problem #20

May 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Gas pedal snapped off the firewall, and came loose due to a defective weld.

- Hopatcong, NJ, USA

problem #19

Apr 062000

Explorer

  • miles
While driving and stepping on gas pedal, engine will not decelerate. It felt like somebody was still pressing on gas pedal.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #18

Feb 242000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Throttle became stuck while turning a corner, causing a loss of vehicle control. Vehicle ran off road, hitting items and a tree which finally stopped the vehicle.

- East Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #17

Sep 171998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at low speeds accelerator would become hard. Transmission would jump from neutral into drive. Then a loud noise, like a bang, would be heard. Transmission would reengage itself into drive. The problem is intermittent. Took to dealer to have transmission overhauled.

- Birmingham, MI, USA

problem #16

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Throttle. Gas pedal started to stick--more pressure on the pedal doesn't cause the car to accelerate smoothly, waits a couple of seconds and then lurches forward.

- Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA

problem #15

Jul 111999

Explorer

  • miles
When stopping vehicle and pulling off, the gas pedal hesitates and sticks.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #14

Jan 101999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
When I tried to use the ac in March it blew out only hot air. A new compressor had to be put in it. It still leaks under the dash when it rains hard or going through car wash. Rear wiper motor burnt out. Wiper would not work, had to be replaced. Rear seal, pinon seals, and rear drive shaft were replaced twice. The rear passenger door panel and window rattled really bad. Had repaired. Now front driver door panel and window rattles. Had a "vibrating" noise repaired. When vehicle idled a piece of metal vibrated. Several times I have gone to turn on the headlights and they won't come on. I have to turn the button several times before they will come on. After my auto has set overnight and I start it, it idles very rough for a few minutes. The gas pedal has been sticking for quite a few months. Only when you initially push on the gas to go. You have to tap on it to get it to unstick; there has been a recall on this, the

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #13

Jun 291999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
When accelerator pedal got stuck and did not return to idle, vehicle ran off the freeway and landed on top of a tree. Vehicle is being looked at now.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 151998

Explorer

  • miles
The accelerator pedal sticks. The cable for accelerator pedal had been replaced twice. Owner feels the recall of cruise control has caused the problem with accelerator pedal. After using cruise control and coming to a full stop, accelerator pedal sticks. Driver must tap it once or twice to correct.

- Moran, WY, USA

problem #11

Dec 011998

Explorer

  • miles
Accelerator sticks. Went out of cruise control, vehicle just kept going and did not slow down. Throttle replaced. Dealer cannot remedy problem. Problem still exists. Provide further information.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #10

Mar 221999

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Accelerator pedal sticks in idle position. This requires use of greater force to start movement, causing vechile to lurch forward/reverse.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #9

Feb 161999

Explorer

  • miles
Leased. Throttle stuck when first started vehicle up, resulting in an accident, involving side impact at approximately 5 mph. Dealer is aware of the problem. Vehicle towed. Problem still exists. Provide further information.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #8

Feb 011999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
3 problems; #1. gas pedal sticks. Dealer says no problem, but keeps putting lube on linkage. #2 left front bearing replaced twice due to sqealing at low speed, other times they lubed rubber boot. #3 rear hatch when cold, lifts fail, hit head and upper back.

- Wendel, PA, USA

problem #7

Aug 101998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Throttle pedal continually sticks when initially engaged in either drive or reverse. Causes lunge in direction of travel if driver unaware of defect. Submitted to dealer twice, still not repaired. Poor seatbelt design has driver's seatbelt continually stuck in drivers door upon exit from vehicle. Rear passenger window scrapes and makes noise during operation. Dealer did not fix when initially brought up after initial purchase. ABS light intermittently appears during driving. Dealer noted code of 1924 but had no response for problem. Not resolved. Dissapointed with quality of vehicle for $$ paid.

- Chattaroy, WA, USA

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