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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,667 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 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 312004


  • 32,000 miles


The steering wheel makes a grinding noise when making a left of right turn. Dealership replaced the power steering hose with an updated one, as stated in the technical servic ebulletin 9821-01 which corrected the problem.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 222002


  • miles
While driving at 70 mph the vehicle serverly turned to the left, the consumer had to quickly regain control of vehicle by turning to right to stay on road, the vehicle wa talen to the dealer for a brake job when dealer discovered a vibration in steering column. Dealer repaired a steering hose that was routed improperly. There is a bulletin # 98-21-1.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 011998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power steering hose failed.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

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