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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

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 9 of 17)

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problem #178

Sep 132000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

All four tires are cracking along tread base and beginning to separate.( dot number: Vn tire size: P255/70R16 )

- Marblehead, MA, USA

problem #177

Apr 081999

Explorer 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
This corrects the information I submitted on 8/16/2000 to better describe that two failures occurred and both were on the right side of the vehicle. My 1998 Ford Explorer ([xxx]) came equipped with the wildernessat tires. During the fall of 1998, I experienced 4 tire repairs and in the early part of 1999, 2 more tire repairs and two failures (note: Four trips to Arizona, from Colorado, had occurred). The two failures occurred later during travel in 1999, one on I-40 outside albuquerque, nm (enroute to AZ at approx 62 mph, a separation at the sidewall/tread area) and the other in phoenix, AZ found as a leaking tire but identified, upon breakdown, as a non-repairable sidewall/thread separation at the thread line). Each failure was replaced with Firestone Wilderness AT tires. However, I lost confidence in the Firestone tires and on May 6 1999 I replaced the four installed tires with Michelin ltx (ms) tires, retaining the spare as an original Firestone.( dot number: Unknown tire size: 235/75R/15 ) information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Elbert, CO, USA

problem #176

Sep 122000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
All tires cracking around entire perimeter at sidewall/tread interface.( dot number: Canada tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #175

Jul 232000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Firestone written 11 Sept 2000 all tire were affected by recall.( dot number: Tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #174

Sep 102000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Tread wear is excellent, but there are small cracks in the rubber on both the outside and inside edges of all four (4) tires. In lieu of the problem with other Firestone tires and their recall, my mechanic suggested that I report this as he believes that this condition could lead to tread separation as with the 15 inch tires that have been recalled. Thank you for any assistance that you can give in this matter.( dot number: Tire size: P255/70R16 )

- Bland, VA, USA

problem #173

Sep 112000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Tires have weather cracks at 23,877miles as stated at Firestone dealer. The dealer said to replace the tires and they would prorate new tires.the tires also have a crack line starting about 1 inch from the top of the tires running around the whole distance of all four tires. The Firestone dealer made no mention of this fact. These are not the serial numbers being recalled but are doing the same thing as the recalled tires. Two other tire dealerships recommended immediate replacement as they felt the tires were defective.I firmly believe that these tires are defective and that all Wilderness AT tires should be replaced.( dot number: Tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #172

Apr 242000

Explorer

  • miles

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

I was unsure of where exactly to send this letter, so I hope this is the. No safety defect listed in summary.( dot number: Tire size: 15 )

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #171

Sep 102000

Explorer

  • miles
Tire completely separated and almost caused rollover. This is not one of recalls, but it is defective and maybe should be included.( dot number: Vnhl tire size: P23575R15 )

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #170

Aug 102000

Explorer

  • miles
We found continuous cracks in all four of our 15" wilderness tires on Thursday, August 10, 2000. Firestone refused to replace them because the dot code was vnhl indicating that they were made in quebec. Our Ford dealer, jim ross, told us to go anywhere and buy any tires, and that Ford of Firestone would reimburse us. He said they were scarey looking. He was worried about my wife, luanne, driving on them. Luanne bought 4 new michelins and had them put on for $507.32. Since the damaged firestones were not made in Decatur, it looks like we will not get our money back. We are upset about losing this much money, but my family's safety is more important than $500. I hope your office can look into this probable problem with these tires that so far have escaped the recall, before more lives are lost and property damaged. Thank you so much for your time. Sincerely, bill dugan( dot number: Vnhl )

- Wynne, AR, USA

problem #169

Sep 082000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Tires cracking between tread and sidewall for the entire circumference of the tire on all four tires.( dot number: Vncu 1px tire size: P255/70R16 )

- Pelican Rapids, MN, USA

problem #168

Jul 152000

Explorer

  • miles

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

To whom this may concern, I am writing a complaint as a last resort in hopes that someone will help me with my Firestone tires. I have a 1998 Explorer with Wilderness AT tires that are not made at the Decatur plant and not currently under a recall. However, I have 3 tires that have 37K miles on them (purchased with vehicle) that have cracks and splitting along the entire curcumfrance of the tires where the sidewall meets the treads. I have brought my tires into Firestone, they blame Ford for the 26lb air pressure and say the cracking is "normal" and "cosmetic". I also brought my vehichle into Ford and they said they can do nothing as theydid not make the tire. The mechanic did agree however, the tire is defective. I also brought my vehicle into a Goodyear store, and they too advised me that the 3 tires are defective and the treads are seperating from sidewall. I do not have the money to replace 4 tires, much less 5 and I know for a fact my Firestone tires are defective, even if they where not made in the Illinois plant. I am not getting help from either Ford or Firestone, both refuse to accept responsibility. I would hope someone will be able to conact me and tell me how to proceed. I have a family of 5 and do not want to risk their lives. I thank you for your time.....stacey O'connell( dot number: )

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #167

Mar 312000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Tire blow out wife & son in car aaa changed tire on 3/31( dot number: PY367 tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #166

Dec 081998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Our Explorer was in the dealership's shop to fix a transmission failure. While in, I asked them to look at a vibration in the steering wheel that intensified while braking. The response on the work order for a vehicle that had just 17,000 miles on it, "tires have rib wear" and "poor quality tires causing vibration". at the time Ford nor Firestone would replace the tires despite the fact that their own personnel noted that the are poor quality tires. Now, with all of the talk of unsafe Firestone tires, I am very concerned that the wilderness ht tires are not included in the recall. I am very concerned that the NHTSA is not looking at all possible poor quality tires and demanding that Firestone replace these tires as well. Your assistance in bringing the issue of the wilderness ht tires out will be greatly appreciated. By the way, the tires are bulging and not wearing well at this time.( dot number: W2uu tire size: P235R15 )

- Vacavile, CA, USA

problem #165

Sep 022000

Explorer

  • miles
Had the tires checked by Firestone Friday. At 7:30 pm sat we were stoped on I-95 for aprox. 30 min. Due to muck fires. Tires cool, road cool. 8pm at 70 mph right rear tire seperated. No damage to occupants or vehicle. I still have the tire, it is a "poste( dot number: Vnhl tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #164

Sep 062000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
I wanted to advise you that I own the captioned vehicle and have just inspected my tires. I found a cracking around the outside top edge of all 4 tires, where the lugs meet the sidewall. I know that these tires are not currently being recalled but please add my complaint to any applicable list. I am a state of Vermont licenced auto damage adjuster by trade and have some experiance in looking for tire deffects. These tires certainly appear to have developed the problem discribed in reports that I have read, even though I realize that they are not the size that are recalled. I am changing the tires at my own expense and will save them. I would also be happy to forward photos or help in any way. Feel free to contact me.( dot number: Tire size: 255/70/R16 )

- Putney, VT, USA

problem #163

Aug 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.( dot number: W2 tire size: P235/70R16 )

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #162

Sep 062000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Holes appeared in the tires for no apparent reason. Once it happed whil we were driving and the other time we parked the car and were sitting outside and suddenly we noticed that the tire was gong flat. We examined it and inflated it and found not screws, or sharp objects that might have caused it. The holes just appear on the tread for no apparent reason. We feel the tires are defective even thoguh they were not the ones made at the Decatur plant, plus it's already in the news that a lot of the wilderness tires were mislabeled. As a consumer we do not trust Firestone tires, their products are cheaply made and not safe. The company does not respond to our concerns and most of the time they give us the runaround.( dot number: Tire size: LX )

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #161

Aug 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Cracks at tread cap( dot number: Vn tire size: 15 )

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #160

Aug 202000

Explorer

  • miles
I have a Wilderness AT tire which was manufactured at the Canadian Firestone factory. I dont recall the dot number but I had found that it was a Canadian tire. I inspected the tires after the recall was announced and found that the right rear tire had a visible crack which went around the entire circumference of the tire. The crack was on the tire at the point that the tread meets the sidewall. The crack was on the side of the tire which had the raised white letters. After removing the tire, I saw no crack on the inside surface. Anyway, I have replaced the tires and still have the old ones. If this tire may be of any use to you in your investigation, you are welcome to have it.( dot number: Tire size: 23575R15 )

- Chamblee, GA, USA

problem #159

Sep 171999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
On September 17,1999 at approximately 45 miles per hour, I swerved to avoid hitting an on coming vehicle. Upon applying the brakes, the front and rear driverside tires blewout causing my vehicle to "rollover" several times. At "no time" did the airbags deploy. Upon arrival of the police, I was transported to a local hospital with "severe" head injuries. My truck was completely totaled. I have in my possesion pictures of the incident, including the tires and "no" airbags.( dot number: )

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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