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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,634 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 302005

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,538 miles


Front suspension ball joints front wheel bearings and brake rotors

- Marblehead, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Lower ball joints were shot. Problem was found during routine maintenance. This was what caused vehicle to rattle when hitting bumps or cracks in road. Consumer was advised that ball joints have no grease joints and that is why they failed.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 122000

(reported on)


  • miles
Lower ball joint loose. Nlm

- Bedford, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 062000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Air conditioner failed due to a defective accumulator....not covered by Ford esp plan. Also, lower ball joints failed....covered by Ford esp plan.

- Pembroke, MA, USA

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