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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 #5

Apr 012002

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer hears a grinding noise when slowing down and applying or releasing the brakes. Vehicle was taken to the dealer and inner tie rod had deteriorated from wear and tear. The part was replaced.

- Wayland, MA, USA

problem #4

Dec 042001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated vehicle experiencd premature wear of the front ball joints and tie rods, dealer has been notified.

- Newtonville, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 182001


  • miles
Tie rod on front passenger side broke in half causing Explorer to drift over into another vehicle.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012001


  • miles
There was squeaking noise coming from front of vehicle as if shocks were going bad in vehicle. In March, dealership informed her that there was nothing wrong with vehicle. On May 11, 2001- after the warranty expired, dealership informed consumer that following components needed to be replaced: Both upper ball joints, right outer tie rod, and alignment. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Plymouth, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 032000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tie rod failure, power steering gear failed.

- Kensington, CT, USA

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