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1998 Ford Explorer transmission problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #14

Sep 072002

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

4 wheel drive will not engage, and indicator light says it has engaged.

- Pheonix, AZ, USA

problem #13

Jun 212002

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Experiencing a clicking noise from the transfer case at low speed (forward and reverse).

- East Berlin, PA, USA

problem #12

Feb 072001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
The consumer stated that vehicle locked in 4 X 4 and the O/D light was blinking.

- Boston, NY, USA

problem #11

Feb 072001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

The consumer stated that vehicle locked in 4 X 4 and the O/D light was blinking.

- Boston, NY, USA

problem #10

May 132001

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
The 4 wheel drive would jerk when accelerating, has done this for a couple of years, the dealer finally discovered that there was a service bulletin for this problem with the auto 4 wheel drive system and made computer adjustment which has reduced but not eliminated the problem. They say this is normal, it occurs when accelerating usually a fast acceleration and is more pronounced when I pull my boat. I am concerned that this significant jerking over a period of time could be contrbuting to the tire seperation problems or tire damage. I can't believe that any car maker would market a car with the problem that I have been having and say that is is not unusual. I am wondering if this is a large problem since there has been a service bulletin on it.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 142000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
4- wheel drive hi and lo lights flashed on/off. Dealer replaced shift motor and harness as per tsb 94-14-02. Mechanic said if I did not do it, could have dropped into four wheel drive while driving. Ford refuses to pay cost of $409.28. Dealer said problem has come up before. Have less then 500 miles in four wheel drive. Believe it is a serious safety issue. Thank you.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #8

Jun 142000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

4- wheel drive hi and lo lights flashed on/off. Dealer replaced shift motor and harness as per tsb 94-14-02. Mechanic said if I did not do it, could have dropped into four wheel drive while driving. Ford refuses to pay cost of $409.28. Dealer said problem has come up before. Have less then 500 miles in four wheel drive. Believe it is a serious safety issue. Thank you.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #7

Feb 202000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Leaking between case.

- S.L.C., UT, USA

problem #6

Nov 011999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Inc #1 4--wheel drive lights flashed 15 seconds, 4-wheel drive motor replaced. Inc #2 - vehicle stalled during left turns after travlling at hwy speeds. New processor installed, problem still exists.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

problem #5

Jul 201999

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently 4- wheel drive light comes on. The dealer has determined that the 4-wheel drive has burned out.

- Burlington Township, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 201999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Vehicle would lock into and out of 4-wheel drive rapidly on dry, smooth pavement for no reason, causing vehicle to lurch and lag ( jerking ) and causing front left wheel hop and vibration. Dealership has removed the 4 wheel drive capabilty of this vehicle to reslove the problem instead of repairing. The originally equipped 4 wheel drive Explorer is now only 2 wheel drive. Indicator lights on dash now continuously flash providing somewhat of a drivers distraction. Also vehicle has a loud squeal in front end at speeds from 1 thru 40 mph which one failed repair attempt has been made. Also vehicle engine has loud mechanical engine noise ( knocking and banging ) in upper engine area.

- Wauseon, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 151998

Explorer

  • miles
4- wheel drive indicator light would flash continually, indicating tha T 4- wheel drive was inoperative. On two occasions vehicle has been at dealer's shop for repairs, and dealer informed consumer that GEM module part replacement has been on back order, and was waiting to receive the parts. Can NHTSA help in this matter or provide additional information.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 301998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle on highway at 60 to 65 mph vehicle switches to 4- wheel drive without warning. Problem has not been corrected.

- Warrenton, MO, USA

problem #1

Apr 251998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on dry straight road at approximately 55 mph vehicle jerked suddenly to the left. When attempting to correct steering, vehicle went out of control and veered to the right, the spun back to the left. Turned around on the road backwards and flipped on passengers's side and slid into median. Also, ABS brakes/suspension and transfer case failed.

- Hubbard, OH, USA

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