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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 1 of 5)

problem #86

Feb 062011

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the accelerator pedal broke off from the floorboard. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 140,000. Updated 03/15/11 updated 05/13/11

- San Francisco , CA, USA

problem #85

Dec 192010

Explorer

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph and making a turn, the accelerator pedal separated from the firewall; the vehicle was unable to be driven after the failure. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who informed her that she needed to replace the accelerator pedal bracket. The vehicle had not been repaired for the accelerator pedal bracket. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #84

Jan 122010

Explorer 8-cyl

  • 149,115 miles
While attempting to back of a parking space, accelerator pedal was dangling from underneath the console completely unattached from the car. Vehicle had just been picked up from the Ford dealership for other repairs. Called Ford who came and diagnosed the vehicle, took it back to their shop, made repairs and brought SUV back to me at no charge.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #83

Apr 082009

Explorer

  • 140,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions, the accelerator pedal detached without warning. Immediately, the contact was able to pull over to the side of the road to inspect the failure. The driver temporarily repaired the accelerator pedal and continued to cautiously drive the vehicle. The driver believes that the failure was a life-threatening situation. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer for inspection and repaired. The failure and current mileages were 140,000.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #82

Apr 082009

Explorer

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions, the accelerator pedal disengaged without warning. Immediately, the vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road. The driver temporarily repaired the accelerator pedal and the vehicle resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they repaired the accelerator pedal. The manufacturer has been notified of the malfunction. The failure and current mileages were 140,000.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #81

Aug 032008

Explorer

  • 148,000 miles
My accelerator pedal bracket separated from the firewall, causing lack of throttle control. This bracket is spot welded, and Ford has a tsb regarding this item failure. I think this should be a recall.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #80

Feb 242008

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

The contact's son owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal detached from the frame of the vehicle while his son was driving 30 mph. His son was able to safely stop the vehicle and had it towed to a Ford dealer. The dealer stated that the accelerator pedal bracket detached from the dash pane area. The contact would have to pay $634 to have the vehicle repaired. The dealer would have to re-weld the engine panel. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 80,000.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #79

Feb 252008

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,278 miles
Loss of acceleration while traveling through an intersection due to the accelerator pedal bracket spot weld failure. Minor child was driving auto when the accelerator pedal fell over to its side. No power. Luckily was able to coast through intersection without being hit. My inspection revealed all three spot welds had failed. Further, the middle weld of the three was only about 1mm in diameter with the outermost two yielding a nugget size of approx. 5mm. The bracket spot welds failed due to the firewall sheet metal fatigue. The firewall sheetmetal completely pulled loose leaving three holes where the spot welds were. This area of workmanship is of concern to me as it endangered the lives of my children due to the vehicle loosing power in the middle of a busy intersection. The failure was reported to a customer service rep with Ford but the only response I received was that I would be responsible for any repairs since the auto was out of the warranty period. Cost was not my concern, giving notice of what is clearly a safety matter was my concern. I was informed that no current bulletins or recalls existed for the described problem. I feel there should be. These welds should never fail. My background? I am a welding specialist for a major automotive manufacturer in the U.S. I do have supporting photos of the failed spot welds.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #78

Feb 012008

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. While driving 15 mph, the accelerator pedal fell off. Prior to the failure, the contact noticed that the pedal felt loose and then completely detached while pulling into a repair shop. The failure caused unexpected acceleration and the vehicle crashed into a wall, causing damage to the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 116,000. Updated 03-04-08

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #77

Jan 212008

Explorer 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,031 miles
The contact's father owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. While driving various speeds, the accelerator pedal would stick and then release. The accelerator pedal became detached from the floor. While attempting to pull into a mechanic's garage, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal hard because the vehicle would not move. The contact then proceeded to move the accelerator pedal with her foot, but the vehicle surged forward into the mechanic's wall. There were no deaths, injuries or a police report. The vehicle sustained damage to the front end. The manufacturer will be notified. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 119,031.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #76

Jan 172008

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. While driving 45 mph, the accelerator pedal detached from the panel. The vehicle suddenly decelerated. A police officer pushed the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The current and failure mileages were 107,000.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #75

Aug 152006

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,285 miles
: the contact stated while driving 30mph on the highway, the vehicle decreased acceleration without warning although pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal. The contact managed to pull the vehicle over without incident. Upon initial inspection, it was determined the accelerator pedal fractured, but was still attached to the accelerator cables. The vehicle was towed to the dealership who bolted the bracket of the accelerator pedal to the vehicle's firewall. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #74

Aug 242005

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles
1998 Ford Explorer. The consumer stated while driving the gas pedal fell off including the mounted metal. The vehicle was not inspected to see why this occurred. The consumer's father fixed the vehicle. The problem has not been reported to Ford. There were no prior problems with the pedal. This happened on August 24, 2005. This problem did not cause a crash.

- Waverly, KY, USA

problem #73

Jul 242005

Explorer 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,800 miles
While driving in July the owner noticed that there was a problem with the shift mechanism. The gear position indicator was not correct. The vehicle had a normal position indicator for about 7 years. Then one day it went out of wack. The reverse was where neutral should be, neutral was where drive should be, and drive was where second gear should be. The owner has not taken it to the dealership or contacted them yet. The owner has not contacted the manufacturer. There was no problem with the transmission's performance, the owner is just concerned because he doesn't know what gear the car was in. The owner added that the gas pedal got stuck yesterday. The owner was backing out of a driveway. The owner was going slowly and and went to push the accelerator and it wouldn't accelerate. The gas pedal was jammed. The owner thinks the pedal was down a little bit and there was no reaction. The owner stopped the vehicle and shouted for husband to come over and look. Then she tried again. This time the accelerator worked. This was the first and last time the vehicle has ever this problem.

- East Quogue, NY, USA

problem #72

Jan 012005

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
1998 Ford Explorer, accelerator pedal gets stuck while consumer driving, consumer took vehicleto the dealer for repairs. The dealer test drove the vehicle, and told the consumer that they could not recreate the problem. Consumer was concerned about the vehicles safety, this problem has occurred about 20 times this year.

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #71

Jun 102005

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
Gas pedal fell off without warning. Dealer and manufacturer had not been contacted yet.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #70

Dec 272004

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA recall 00V422000; Ford issued a throttle recall. This vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN, although, accelerator got stuck and engine surged forward when accelerator was freed.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #69

Dec 142004

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
The accelerator pedal separated from the floor on my Explorer. The car would only idle. I was able to pull over. I re-bolted the bracket to the floor after visiting the dealer. It appears two spot welds broke.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #68

Sep 152004

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,500 miles
Vehicle experienced unexpected acceleration. When approaching a stop vehicle accelerated intermittently, and while driving consumer's vehicle smashed into two other vehicles. Consumer was aware that this problem was ongoing, and would like to know why the manufacturer had not recalled vehicle. Took vehicle to the dealer, and after the vehicle was evaluated by the service technicians, consumer was told that the problem could not be duplicated. The consumer had a tire failure.

- Maryland Heights, MO, USA

problem #67

Aug 052004

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
The consumerthat the accelerator pedal came off of the fire wall, when he attempted to accelerate. The bracket came off. Provide further details.

- Lansing, NY, USA

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