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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
44 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
84 / 7
Average Mileage:
1,938 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 17 of 17)

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problem #18

May 172000

Explorer

  • miles

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

I began having difficulty controlling the truck. It felt like it was hydroplaning on wet surfaces, at all speeds. Truck weaved on dry surfaces. Dealer replaced front tires with Firestone ATX. Truck now seems to "slide" when the wheels cross the painted lines during a lane change.( dot number: Tire size: P235/75R15 )

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #17

Aug 082000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
One year ago I took my Explorer to the dealership because the tires are making a thumping noise. They stated the tires were "cupping". that it was a tire problem not a vehicle problem. They referred me to the Firestone dealership. I took the Explorer to the Firestone dealership they stated that the tires were cupping and that it was a Ford problem and that the" Explorer ate tires." To date my tires are still noisey and I am very concerned for my families safety.( dot number: Tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

problem #16

Jul 182000

Explorer

  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.( dot number: Tire size: 75R15 65 )

- Laquinta, CA, USA

problem #15

Dec 291999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

I have had two tires fail so far, at different times. I was told that the belt broke inside the tires. Firestone said it could be because the tires werenot inflated properly. I have been driving for 24 years now and have never had a flat tire on the road. I am now afraid to drive this car because of these tires. Something needs to be done to insure everyone's safety in the U.S. just as they have done in the other countries.( dot number: P255 tire size: 70R16109S )

- Eatonville, WA, USA

problem #14

May 052000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Driving on interstate when tire blew. Tread became tangeled in emergency brake lines eganging brakes and disabling vehicle. To date, all four tires have had to be replaced for various defects.( dot number: Tire size: P255/70R16 )

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #13

Aug 052000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Tire came completely apart while traveling on a five lane highway. I was able to get the car to the center median but rim was also damaged. There is very little left of the tire, only 2 inches of the side wall. Everyone who has looked a the tire says they have never seen a tire so severely damaged. Luckily no one was hurt.( dot number: )

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #12

Apr 222000

Explorer

  • miles

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

While driving vehicle will slide after stepping on brakes. Currently, tires are cracking and opening.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #11

Jul 302000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone wilderness tires (P225/70R15) were showing steel belts at 22,000 miles.

- Boxboro, MA, USA

problem #10

Aug 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Firestone wilderness/ATX tires on the front of this vehicle began to wear through, both of them. Consumer noticed this problem, and had the tires changed before a problem could occur.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 072000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Invest#PE00-020 tire only had 30,000 miles on it, consumer was pulling into driveway and noticed right that front driver's side tire was completely flat, but there were no holes, air was coming out through first tread which was separating. Tire size P25570R16.

- Calumet City, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 042000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Firestone wilderness ATX tires bubbled up and came apart, but vehicle was still driveable. Dealer has not been contacted.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #7

May 242000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the rear right tire blewout, causing vehicle to roll.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #6

Jul 162000

Explorer 8-cyl

  • miles
While traveling in a Ford Explorer 1998(VIN #[xxx]) at highway speed of 65-70 mph Firestone wilderness tires (dot#vdhl1py387 / P235/75R15) blewout and tread separated on passenger's rear tire. Driver was able to pull vehicle over without injuries; tire & tread are available for analysis. Please feel free to provide further details. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #5

Mar 292000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone tire blew out on freeway

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently while driving at 30 mph and above there is a roaring noise that comes from the truck. Truck was taken to the dealership. Dealer stated that the problem was with the Firestone tires.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 281999

Explorer

  • miles
Rims are not round they are oval shaped. Also, premature wear of tires, causing extremely bad vibration.consumer has contacted dealer.

- Hastings, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 191998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hydroplaned and driver lost control due to poor tire(Firestone wilderness) traction reslting in an accident and due to poor stability of the design it resulted in vehicle roll over.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 011998

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tires blew out causing vehicle to strike a guard rail and almost turn over. (Firestone/OWL 16").

- So.Amboy, NJ, USA

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