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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 fuel system problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 162002

Explorer 4WD

  • miles


When hood was lifted during routine smog certification test, gasoline was observed spraying on engine from fuel line. The hole was behind the tie down bracket on front of the engine. The obviously extremely dangerous condition was repaired on site. Upon examination, the metal braid hose did not appear chafed but rather appears to have spontaneously ruptured. The hose was defective and repair costs should be paid by the manufacturer. (hoses are available for examination) a very serious situation would have developed had the gasoline ignited at highway speed.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 132001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving smelled strong fuel smell, vehicle taken to dealer who replaced a leaking fuel rail.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 012001


  • miles
Fuel lines going into engine were leaking fuel near spark plug. Consumer repaired this himself, and informed dealership when he went in for replacement parts. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 151999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Possible faulty fuel lines, valves and gas cap may be causing check engine light to illuminate. Nlm

- Bowman, SC, USA

problem #1

Jun 151998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Rack and pinion steering was replaced 2X for a griding noice that is still has been in the shop for a total of over 45 days for warentee work drivers window constantly rattles. Window gate has been replaced numerous times to no help. Fuel pump failed and was replaced

- Rochester, NY, USA

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