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5.7

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,397 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #20

May 151998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

On-going / intermittent problem with transmission; whenever slowing down from highway speed, transmission would remain in 3rd gear and cause engine to stall out. Dealer notified.

- Clarence, IA, USA

problem #19

Sep 171998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at low speeds accelerator would become hard. Transmission would jump from neutral into drive. Then a loud noise, like a bang, would be heard. Transmission would reengage itself into drive. The problem is intermittent. Took to dealer to have transmission overhauled.

- Birmingham, MI, USA

problem #18

Apr 011998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The valve body in transmision failed, causing noise.

- La Verne, CA, USA

problem #17

Aug 011999

Explorer

  • miles

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

Transmission slipping upon acceleration greater than 40 mph.

- Southbury, CT, USA

problem #16

Aug 301999

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission slips in and out of gear.

- Clinton, MD, USA

problem #15

Dec 141998

Explorer

  • miles
Automatic transmission.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 021998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Transmission.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #13

Jul 301999

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle jumped out of gear, causing propery damage to the inside wall of owner's garage which could have resulted in injury.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 261999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
At very low speeds, or after releasing the foot brake, and then accelerating briskly, the entire drive train goes into neutral. The engine speeds up, but no vehicle movement. You must stop, or coast until the drive line violently "clunks" back into gear. This has happened several times, twice nearly causing accidents. This is very dangerous, and I would like to know if other similar vehicles have the same problem. It has just been reported to the manufacturer, so they have not had time to respond.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #11

Sep 011998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Stalls when shifting from reverse to drive. Dealer cannot duplicate. Near collision in parking lot.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 261998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Gear shift failed, could not get it out of park.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- Simi Valle, CA, USA

problem #8

May 121998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes pedal gets stuck, causing the brakes to hesitate. When putting the gear in park the vehicle hesitates. Consumer doesn't know whenever the vehicle is going to move, and the dealer can't determine the problem.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #7

Nov 221998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Original transmission failed and replaced, new transmission failed several times causing leak prior to replacing.

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 111998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed due to broken support, however vibrations in drivetrain prior to failure.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 131998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed causing vehicle to loose reverse gear.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #4

May 041998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission fails to engage properly in either forward or reverse gear.

- Holmes Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 291998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failure; transmission is slow to engage and then will jerk once it does.

- Wake Fores, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 231998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Automatic transmission intermittently fails while in reverse.

- Wake Fores, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 081998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Drive train vibration throughout the vehicle.

- Downingtow, PA, USA

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