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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

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 19 of 20)

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problem #22

Aug 042000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

SUV was equipped with Firestone wilderness tires. Right rear tire blewout due to tread separation while traveling at 45 mph. Dealer has been contacted.

- Cleves, OH, USA

problem #21

Jul 071999

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Original equipment on a 98 Explorer. While driving 65-70mph right rear tire sidewall belwout. Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75/R15

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #20

Aug 032000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE0 020; consumer was on the highway and stopped because of construction. He had a flat tire, and there was a whole inside of the tire because the tire will not hold air. The tires were firstoine wildernesss ATX.

- Kooskia, ID, USA

problem #19

Oct 081999

Explorer

  • miles

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

PE00020; tire tread separation: While driving at 70 mph tread on front driver's side tire came off. Driver lost control of vehicle and crashed into a guardrail. Driver was the only passenger in Explorer, and did sustain injuries. Tire was a Firestone, wilderness, ATX, tire size P25570R16, and was original equipment. Firestone was not contacted about tire.

- Pace, FL, USA

problem #18

Apr 152000

Explorer

  • miles
PE00-020; consumer was traveling about 65mph on highway and right rear tire tread peeled off. Driver had some difficulty.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #17

Jul 222000

Explorer

  • miles
While driving about 70 mph a left right tire blew out where tread separated on Firestone wilderness ATX tires.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #16

Aug 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

PE00020; tire tread separation: Tread is separating from the tire on the left rear. There is a crack between the sidewall and the tread. Tire was original equipment. Owner has contacted a Firestone dealership about the tire. Owner was told that adjustments would be made to replace the tire.

- Madison, TN, USA

problem #15

Aug 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone wilderness ATX tires(P23575R15 original equipment on a 98 Explorer. Tread is cracking at the sidewall. Dealer has been notified. All tires were replaced due to recall and faulty tires, the dot #vhdl.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #14

Jan 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00-020; Firestone wilderness ATX tires on a 1998 Ford Explorer, tire size P23575R15, dot number not available. When driving 65 mph tread completely separated, causing tread to roll into the rim. Tires have 27 thousand miles. Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75/R15

- Hinton, OK, USA

problem #13

Mar 072000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00020; tire tread separation: Consumer was traveling about 70mph on freeway and vehicle dropped and flew to the left, and started rolling. Consumer had lost control of vehicle. Also, vehicle was totaled. The vehicle had Firestone ATX tires. The impact specialist for insurance determined that the tire was defective.

- Blythe, CA, USA

problem #12

Dec 231999

Explorer

  • miles

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

PE00-020; consumer was traveling about 74mph on the highway when left rear Firestone wilderness tire on driver's side had separated, lost control and rolled once. Vehicle was totaled. There were two injuries.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #11

Jul 212000

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 70mph on highway and left rear driver's side tire exploded. Tread had separated from tire. Tire was Firestone wilderness.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 262000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Firestone wilderness tires at standard equipment. While driving 70mph a piece of the front tire separated. Firestone has replaced the tire.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 242000

Explorer

  • miles
PE00020, tire tread separation : while driving about 65-70 mph, tread on the rear passenger's side tire came off, which almost caused the Explorer to flip over. Driver was the only passenger in the truck, and was not injured. Tires are Firestone, widlerness ATX, original equipment. Owner has contacted Firestone. Forms were sent to consumer to fill out in order to receive reimbursement for tire.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 032000

Explorer

  • miles
Detread caused loss of control, vehicle rolled 2-1/2 times. Severe roof crush. Tire remained inflated after crash.( dot number: Vdhl1py118 tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hydroplained and right tire blew out after a tread separation, almost lost control of vehicle. Firestone Wilderness AT tires (P23575R16) dot # vr6M07459-5.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 301999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Tire disintegrated, with tread separating from tire. Tire one year old.( dot number: Tire size: P235/T5R15 )

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012000

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 50mph. And heard a loud noise. She pulled over to the side of the road, and discovered that tire was flat and rim had cut into the tire. Driver's side tire was destroyed.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 071999

Explorer

  • miles
I was driving to work in the morning at about 75 miles per hour, when I heard a loud noise and my Explorer became very hard to handle on the road. I was able to get to the shoulder of the road safely. I went to inspect the damage and found that the tread of my right front tire had completely peeled off. This created damage to the body of my vehicle. I T was a very frightening accident, but in reading other stories, I feel extremely fortunate.ooc.( dot number: )

- Ledbetter, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 171999

Explorer

  • miles
While driving on I-35 going about 70 mph the tread on the left rear tire of our Explorer separated. This caused the Explorer go to into a 540 degree spin. While spinning the Explorer stuck a car in the adjacent lane twice, once with the front and once with the back of the Explorer. This caused about $6000 of damage of the Explorer.( dot number: Vdhlipy347 tire size: P23575R151 )

- Katy, TX, USA

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