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8.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,568 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Mar 172004

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,760 miles

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

While driving the sidewall blew out of my Bridgestone tire.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #25

Jan 172002

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on flat terrain, consumer noticed Goodyear Wrangler rt/S P235/75R15 tire began losing air, consumer attempted to put air back in tire, but noticed large bubbles projecting on the side wall, and that the inside of the tire was shredded, tire dealer refused to replace tire, consumer stated that the tires had only 600 miles, Goodyear stated that the tire went bad due to low air pressure.

- Wayzata, MN, USA

problem #24

Jan 172002

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on flat terrain, consumer noticed Goodyear Wrangler rt/S P235/75R15 tire began losing air, consumer attempted to put air back in tire, but noticed large bubbles projecting on the side wall, and that the inside of the tire was shredded, tire dealer refused to replace tire, consumer stated that the tires had only 600 miles, Goodyear stated that the tire went bad due to low air pressure.

- Wayzata, MN, USA

problem #23

Feb 282001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Blowout in tire sidewall on dirt road, low speed. (dot number: W2uuipo517 tiresize: P225/70R15)

- Marion, VA, USA

problem #22

Jan 172000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
These are original tires on a Ford, Explorer,1998, W2hl P235/75R15. All 4 tires have splits on sidewall. Firestone when asked by the customer about the splits on the tires put the customer on waiting list. Customer out of safety concern, paid and replaced all tires.

- Pulaski, PA, USA

problem #21

Aug 011999

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The tire was split on the sidewall near treads, Ford claimed no responsibility (Firestone).

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #20

Aug 011999

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The tire was split on the sidewall near treads, Ford claimed no responsibility (Firestone).

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #19

Sep 042000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
All 4 Firestone Wilderness AT tires P235/75R15 dot W2hl1py188 experienced cracking at the sidewalls, consumer replaced tires and is requesting reimbursement.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #18

Sep 112000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Tire cracked at the sidewall, consumer is concerned due to recent recall 00T005 (Firestone wilderness ht on the Explorer and Firestone ATX on the Ranger). Nlm

- South Rang, WI, USA

problem #17

Aug 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
All 5 tires including the spare have an hairline crack on the side wall approx. 1'' down from the tread surface( dot number: Viihl tire size: P235/75R15 )

- East Longmeadow Ma, MA, USA

problem #16

Sep 252000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Firestone tires P255/70R16 developed cracks along the outside of the sidewall and low air pressure, consumer replaced tires due to tires almost the cause of 2 accidents, consumer is requesting reimbursement.

- Wytheville, VA, USA

problem #15

Aug 282000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
After driving from Oklahoma city, ok to silver city, nm at high speeds (70 mph) and in high temperatures (100 degrees F), I noticed that a line of cracks had formed on all four tires on the sidewalls where the tread joins the sidewall. A tire dealer in S( dot number: W2hl1py138 tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #14

Sep 202000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00 020; took vehicle to an individual tire place for balacing and rotation of tires. Mechanic told him that rear driver's side tire has cracking all around the sidewalls. Firestone, wilderness #at, P23575R15 #dot w-2. there were no injuries.

- Stella, NC, USA

problem #13

Sep 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Sidewall failure/partial separation - R&R kit necessary to bring vehicle into alignment specifications( dot number: W2uu tire size: P226/70R15 )

- Copperopolis, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 062000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Tire developed splits and cracks in the sidewall. I have pictures of the problem available. Went to a Firestone dealer to see if it was one of the tires being recalled and it was not. The gentleman at Firestone said it looked like someone had cut my tires, I didn't agree. He also said I had run into something, tihs is not the case as I am the only driver of this vehicle. Imediately replaced all four tires as I did not want Firestone tires on my vehicle any longer. If I had not been alerted to this problem by the news and checked my tires I feel this tire would have eventually blown out. Please contact me if you would like the pictures or any other information.( dot number: Tire size: P235 75R15 )

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #11

Sep 062000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Tire developed splits and cracks in the sidewall. I have pictures of the problem available. Went to a Firestone dealer to see if it was one of the tires being recalled and it was not. The gentleman at Firestone said it looked like someone had cut my tires, I didn't agree. He also said I had run into something, tihs is not the case as I am the only driver of this vehicle. Imediately replaced all four tires as I did not want Firestone tires on my vehicle any longer. If I had not been alerted to this problem by the news and checked my tires I feel this tire would have eventually blown out. Please contact me if you would like the pictures or any other information.( dot number: Tire size: P235 75R15 )

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #10

Sep 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Sidewall failure/partial separation - R&R kit necessary to bring vehicle into alignment specifications( dot number: W2uu tire size: P226/70R15 )

- Copperopolis, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 092000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00 020; consumer made a personal choice to change Firestone tires. One of the tires showed stress marks and cracking around tires sdeiwalls. Firestone wilderness#at, P23575R15 #dot W2hl. There were no injuries.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #8

Apr 232000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
P255/70R16 Wilderness AT tires were not included in the current recall. This is a mistake. One of these tires had a sidewall blow out while the other suffered tread separation. These are the same types of failures that the recalled P235/75R15 wilderness tires have. Firestone should replace all Wilderness AT tires.( dot number: Tire size: P255/70R16 )

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #7

Dec 291999

Explorer

  • miles
Tire blew out with hole on sidewall of tire on the inner side of the tire. Firestone dealer claimed I probably hit something which caused tire failure. This vehicle was never driven in off road conditions and I believe it was a case of tire failure.( dot number: W2hl tire size: 235/75R15 )

- Quarryville, PA, USA

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