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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 182009


  • 59,000 miles


Spare tire that is secured to underside of vehicle separated from vehicle while driving on the road due to snapped cable.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 052007

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On Monday November 5, 2007 at around 4:15 pm while driving home on cheverly avenue I received a call on my two way radio from the cheverly police department. The caller stated that my 1998 Ford two door, Ford Explorer Sport had dropped its spare tire in the middle of cheverly avenue. At first I did not believe the officer, being that I am the director of public works, I thought that he just needed to talk to me so I made a U-turn and drove back to where the officer was parked. To my surprise there was the officer with a spare tire which I later identified as being my 1998 Ford Explorer spare tire. I looked under the truck and the cable that held the tire in placed was damaged, rusted, and it had dropped the tire in the middle of the road. Earlier that day I was driving on the capital beltway route 495 in the Washington DC area and if that tire would have dropped I the middle of this busy roadway can you imagine the potential for an accident? Ford Motor Company needs to find a better idea for the spare tire and Ford ought to tell all vehicle owners that have a similar system for the spare tire to change them, replace them every so many days and/or use different materials that would not rust. Thank god I was in my neighborhood and going at a low speed. Otherwise only god would know what could have happened.

- Takoma Park, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 282000


  • miles
After arriving home spare tire had fallen out of vehicle. Took vehicle to dealership & was informed by service manager that cable attachment for spare tire had broken. Can be repaired.

- Torrence, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Spare tire stolen because there is no lock on spare tire.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

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