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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 18 of 20)

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problem #42

Aug 022000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

PE 00 020/tire tread separation: Tire size P255/70R15 / dot# W2cu1px048 original equipment on a 1998 Ford Explorer. Cracks were noticed along with tread separation while parked. Manufacturer was not contacted at this time. The customer replace three failed tires at customer's expense.

- Millis, MA, USA

problem #41

Feb 032000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
PE-00020; original equipment on a 1998 Ford Explorer, tire size P23575R15, tires had 49 thousand miles on them. When driving at 70 mph left rear tread separated, causing poor vehicle control, spare tire was put on vehicle. Tire was later replaced. Different incident when driving consumer noticed vehicle was driving rough. Tire was inspected and right rear tire had a bald spot and the wires were visible. The dot #vdhl1py177, the consumer replaced all the tires and is seeking reimbursement.

- Friendship, TN, USA

problem #40

May 072000

Explorer

  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was traveling on freeway and heard a noise. She was slowing down to make a right turn, and felt like she was losing control of vehicle. Vehicle rolled once. Consumer sustained minor injuries to her ankle. They were Firestone wilderness #at tires.

- Dyer, IN, USA

problem #39

Jul 292000

Explorer

  • miles

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

While driving about 75 mph on a highway a rear left tire blewup for the second time at the same place. But, consumer kept control of vehicle.

- Scottdale, AZ, USA

problem #38

May 262000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was driving 70mph & heard a noise. Started to slow down & lost control of vehicle. Spun across highway. Then rolled over 3 times down an embankment. Had a broken wrist. Checked tires after vehcle stopped. Left rear tire had no tread on it. It was flat & bald. Vehicle was totaled. Bought vehicle used & replaced original tires. Firestone wilderness, size P235/75R15 with 11,000 miles on, and dot#W2hl1py.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #37

Aug 092000

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer is concerned about recall that was made on the Firestone tires, and would like to have other states included, just like those four states mentioned in the recall.

- Dixon, IL, USA

problem #36

Jun 162000

Explorer

  • miles

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

PE00020; tire tread separation: While driving 73 mph tread on the passenger's side rear tire came off. This caused Explorer to pull to the right and flip over. Driver was alone in the Explorer, and sustained injuries to head, /back and knee. Tire was a Firestone, ATX, not original equipment. Tires were placed on vehicle by Firestone dealership. Explorer was totalled. Please list tire size and dot #.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #35

Aug 092000

Explorer

  • miles
PE00 020; consumer noticed that peeling was around inside and outside of tires. Tires were dry/rotten, and there was a circle ring around them. He took vehicle to Firestone, and mechanic inspected tires. Firestone told consumer that tires would not be replaced because of the dot vd number wasn't enclosed on the tires. Tires were Firestone ATX, size number P235/7515/R15, but the dot number was W2.this was North Carolina.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #34

Aug 052000

Explorer

  • miles
While driving about 30 mph rear left tire blewout. Tow truck driver stated that was caused by a tread separation.

- Millford, MI, USA

problem #33

Aug 082000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
PE 00020: While driving 35-40mph to get off ramp, and while exiting ramp right rear tire blewout. Stopped vehicle & checked tire to change with spare. Noticed tread was still intact, but slightly separated. Do not have tire. Contacted manufacturer. Were original tires. Firestone wilderness ATX with 19,000 miles, and size of tire P255/70R16.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #32

Jun 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

PE00020: Was driving 60mph when it felt like vehicle had a flat. Right rear tire was deflated, but tread was still attached. However, casing had separated. Tire was changed with spare. Do not have tire. Were original tires with vehicle. Firestone wilderness P225/70R15 with 25,000 miles.

- Windsor, CO, USA

problem #31

Jul 072000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00020, 1998 Explorer, rear driver's tire tread separated which almost caused a crash. Other three tires were forming cracks along the tire tread and sidewall. Tire size P235/75R15 and dot # vdhl1py457.

- Los Vegas, NV, USA

problem #30

Jun 031999

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While consumer was making a left hand turn, the rear of the vehicle slid out and vehicle began spinning, officer inspected tread separation of the Firestone Wilderness AT tire P235/75R15 dot W2hl1P2158.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #29

Aug 082000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
PE00020: Was traveling 75mph when vehicle started shaking badly. Stopped & pulled over. Checked the tires. Noticed the surface was wavy & bumpy. Tread was separating in the center, but still remained attached. Right front tire blewout at 20,000 miles, and left front went out at 25,000 miles. Firestone wilderness, and size 0235/75R15.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #28

Aug 072000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE02000, tire tread separation: All four tires, where the knob meets the wheel, are cracked. These are Firestone, wilderness, at, P23575R15, original equipment. Tires were looked at by one dealership. Owner was told that cracks were not deep enough and continued to look at tires everyday. Also, owner had several flats with the tires. Two camber kts had to be installed to correct the front end alignment which contributed to the tire incident.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #27

Aug 072000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00-020 tires on a Ford Explorer 1998 year tire size 235/75R15; two frontal tires have a hair line crack around the entire tire at the side wall, tires only have 22 thousand miles. Firestone Wilderness AT 235/75/R15

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #26

Jul 212000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling noticed vehicle shaking and noisy. After pulling vehicle notice chunck of tread missing. One tire had tread separation and the second had big bulge on the tread while traveling. The third one also had tread separation and all were replaced. The tires were Firestone wilderness P235/75R15 and dot # vdhl1P4437.

- Ft Worth, TX, USA

problem #25

Jul 252000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00020; tire tread separation: While at 70 mph, tread on the rear passenger's side tire came off, causing loss of driver control. Explorer rolled over. Driver was the only person in the Explorer, and received minor injuries. The vehicle has been totalled. Tire was a Firestone wilderness (P235/75R15), orginal equipment.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #24

Aug 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When pulling into the garage consumer thought that something was ran over only to notice that tread had separated from the sidewall. Ford and Firestone has been contacted.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #23

Oct 181999

Explorer

  • miles
PE00020; tire tread separation: While driving at 65 mph tread on the rear tire on the passenger's side came off. Driver was able to control vehicle. This was a Firestone wilderness ATX tires, orginal equipment, and size P23575R15sm/S. Firestone or the dealership were not contacted about the tires.

- Encino, CA, USA

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