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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
37 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
55 / 5
Average Mileage:
854 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 13 of 20)

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problem #142

Jul 122000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Original equipment on a Ford, Explorer, 1998, P235/75R15, dot W2hl, all four tires were cracked, an consumer couldn't see them without letting air out of tires. Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75/R15

- Spingville, TN, USA

problem #141

Jul 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Original equipment on a 1998 Ford Explorer, P25570R16 bothe front tires are rubbing the frame when making a slightly sharp turn. Firestone Wilderness AT P255/70/R16

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #140

Nov 011999

Explorer

  • miles
PE00 020; consumer took his vehicle to dealership, and mechanic noticed that tire tread was showing on the tires. Firestone, wilderness #at, P235/75R15 there were no injuries, #dot vdhl.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #139

Sep 122000

Explorer

  • miles

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

Consumer stated that had inspect the tires after the recall came out and found on the tires cracks that could lead to a tread separation. Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75R15 but not the same manufacturer

- Lake Ann, MI, USA

problem #138

Jul 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00020, orignial tire on 1998, Explorer, P235/75R15, dot made in Canada, .on all four tires there was a crack on the end of the tread which seemed that tread was separating. Firestone was not willing to help because it was not part of the recall.

- Clinton, NC, USA

problem #137

Sep 122000

Explorer

  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was traveling about 70mph on highway and noticed a shaking inside of vehicle. She was washing vehicle and noticed that all four of tires' tread was bald. Firestone, wilderness #at, P23575R15. Consumer said that she would contact Firestone.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #136

Aug 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

PE00 020; consumer noticed that all four tires has stress marks and cracking on the top of tires. Consumer stated that she went to Firestone, and the attendant told her that vehicle wasn't included in recall due to VIN. The consumer had the tires inspected and was told that the tires has cracks like other Firestone tires.

- Marysville, KS, USA

problem #135

Jul 012000

Explorer

  • miles
PE00 020 ; front passenger tire went flat. Then, a couple of months later the rear passenger tire went flat. She contacted Firestone, and they told her that he rvehicle was under recall due to VIN. The tire was Firestone P23570R15.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #134

Jul 121998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Traveling 65mph & heard a noise. Tire went flat. Exchanged it with the spare. Tread had separated from the Firestone Wilderness AT tire P235/75R15.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #133

Aug 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was checking tires and noticed that there was a defect in all four tires. There were stress marks and cracks going all around the tires. Tires were Firestone wilderness #at P23575R15 #dot wthlipy407. There were no injuries. He replace them with Goodyear tires. Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75/R15

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #132

Sep 042000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Prior to announced recall this summer, the tires were making noise like 18 wheelers do prior to losing their tread. I took it to my local Firestone dealer and they inspected the tires and said they were ok. However, I have had the tires rotated and rebalanaced and they stilll make the noise. I hope this will help in your investigation.( dot number: W2uu tire size: P225/70/R1 )

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #131

Sep 072000

Explorer

  • miles
Just brought vehicle 9/6/00. One went flat & was plugged & placed back on vehicle. No guaranteed issued on tire for recall & it was recalled. Mechanic took tire off & replaced it. Other 3 tires not on recall. Took vehicle to diagnostic store & had them inspected. All 3 tires had cracks. The location of the cracks was by the tread on the casings. Tires not replaced. Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75R15 with 73,000 miles on it.

- Killen, TX, USA

problem #130

Aug 112000

Explorer

  • miles
While driving about 30 mph right rear tire had a blowout. Tire had a hole on the outside wall. Firestone, Wilderness AT, P235/75R15. The tires were not damaged and were not deflated.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #129

Sep 022000

Explorer

  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was traveling about 35mph on the highway and steering wheel was shaking. He pulled over to the shoulder, and the left front tire had bubbles. Also, right passenger's side tire tread separated and ha a hole. Consumer has contacted Firestone. Firestone wilderness #at, tire size P23570R15.

- Grand Perry, TX, USA

problem #128

Oct 101999

Explorer

  • miles
While driving approximately 30-40mph due to rain. Suddenly vehicle went across highway lanes & then flipped over. Left front & rear tires had blownout completely. This had caused driver to lose control. Towed to body shop. Was repaired. Had the two tires on the left side replaced. The tires were shredded. Do not have the tires. Firestone at P255/70R16 with 37,000 miles. (see New Jersey police accident report)

- Whiting, NJ, USA

problem #127

Sep 072000

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer had inspected the set of tired on the vehicle and had seen line around the tread. Firestone wilderness P235/75 R15 but made in Canada.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #126

Aug 182000

Explorer

  • miles
After hearing information about the tread separation consumer decided to inspect tires. Found out that tires had cracks and tread separation. Firestone, wilderness, P235/75 R15, dot vn.

- Elwood, IN, USA

problem #125

Sep 072000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Original equipment on a 1998, Ford, Explorer, P255/70R16 size. Tread on all four tires had started to crack all the way around. The entire circumference of all four tires has cracks.

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #124

Apr 202000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear passenger Firestone Wilderness AT tire P235/75R15 experienced tread separation, causing damage to vehicle, dot vdhl.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #123

Sep 072000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00020; tire tread separation. All fours tire have cracks all the way around the sidewall. Tire size P23575R15, dot # W2hlipy228. Original tire equipment with 38,000 miles. Owner replaced all four tires with Michelin tires.

- Crystal River, FL, USA

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