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4.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,756 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #16

Jan 192010

Explorer

  • 158,000 miles

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

Check engine light comes on and O2 sensors have to be replace every thirty to forty thousand miles. Now O/D off light is flashing and car drives like it is in first gear, shifts hard.

- Farmville, NC, USA

problem #15

Nov 192005

Explorer

  • miles
Doors and locks on my 1998 Ford has been out of order they work when they want to!! I saw that it had a recall in 1999 I guess the last owner didn't get it fixed im sometimes locked out of my car 10-15 min at a time!! I was wondering can you do something or is it too late!! I really need to get this taken care of because when I leave work it's dark!!

- Great Falls, SC, USA

problem #14

Nov 142005

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Contact stated that right after purchasing the vehicle he had replace the brakes, tires, fuel filter, the fuel injection was cleaned, the anti lock sensors where replaced, the windshield was replaced. The air bags are also deployed. While driving the vehicle it vibrates on the left side. He took the vehicle to a mechanic they put the vehicle on a rack trying to line the vehicle. It would not line up. They found that the ball joints bad, also the motor mounts are broken. The mechanic told him that the frame is bent beyond repair.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 152003

Explorer

  • 98,000 miles

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

Fuel leaked onto the engine, causing a fire. The location of the fuel leak had not been determined.

- Alexandria, LA, USA

problem #12

Jul 102003

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,100 miles
Vehicle engine idle will jump up to 2300 rpms while in park or netural without touching gas pedal, A/C and acc's off. The only way this is noticed is when you shift out of drive while engine is running, or hear the transmission making a clunking sound tyring to downshift at such a high RPM. Vehilce will also increase speed on it's own without pressing gas pedal. It's almost a daily occurance.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 012001

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer stated that the fuel pump failed three times and the fuel line had broke causing, the fuel to leak and vehicle to stall.

- Kildeer, IL, USA

problem #10

Feb 062002

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer stated that the vehicle might not start if parked with nose down and has ? tank of fuel. Consumer is concerned about the safety.

- Portswomouth, NH, USA

problem #9

Feb 172002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When making turns, especially right turns, vehicle slides and almost turns over.. consumer states vehicle is experiencing acceleration problems, and there was a humming noise coming from the engine, signals are not working, dealer replaced a defective connector and multi-function switch, Firestone tires have experienced tread separation, which were replaced in July 2001, the rear seats move/bounce when driving, the rear seat belts were inoperative, the dealer replaced the buckles, there was smoke coming from the steering column, dealer replaced the multi-function switch, the windshield was chipped, the alarm would not chut off at times, dealer replaced a bad loose wire.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 062002

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated that the vehicle might not start if parked with nose down and has ? tank of fuel. Consumer is concerned about the safety.

- Portswomouth, NH, USA

problem #7

Aug 012001

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer stated that the fuel pump failed three times and the fuel line had broke causing, the fuel to leak and vehicle to stall.

- Kildeer, IL, USA

problem #6

Oct 222000

Explorer

  • miles

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

There was a massive fuel system failure under the hood of the vehicle resulting in fuel odor, consumer request reimbursement. Nlm

- Sargent, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 222000

Explorer

  • miles
There was a massive fuel system failure under the hood of the vehicle resulting in fuel odor, consumer request reimbursement. Nlm

- Sargent, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 032001

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When filling gas tank, fuel spills out before nozzle shuts off. Nlm

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 011998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
The vehicle will stop operating if the fuel level is below four gallons or if the vehicle is on a down slope - if parked in that position and engine shut off, it will not restart.

- Highland C, IA, USA

problem #2

Dec 241997

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
When vehicle is parked on an incline and fuel tank has less than 9 gallons of fuel, vehicle will not crank.

- Bardonia, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 121998

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
When vehicle has less than 8 gallons of fuel and is parked on an decline, it will not start until the vehicle is rolled to a level grade.

- Glen Oaks, NY, USA

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