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7.4

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,090 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.

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1998 Ford Explorer suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 302005

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,538 miles

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

Front suspension ball joints front wheel bearings and brake rotors

- Marblehead, MA, USA

problem #5

Jan 062004

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 1998 Ford Explorer. In January I took it to be serviced because the steering seemed off and I do alot of highway driving. The problem turned out to be the suspension--the upper ball joint separation. I was told I was an accident waiting to happen. This was a very costly repair and I would hope this could be investigated to prevent any accidents that could occur if this is a problem that no one realizes is out there.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 062003

Explorer

  • miles
No description given.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #3

May 292003

Explorer

  • miles

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

While traveling on the highway and without prior warning upper ball joints broke, causing consumer to lose control of vehicle. Please fill in additional information.

- Albertville, AL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012001

Explorer

  • 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
Upper ball joints failed.

- Kensington, CT, USA

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