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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 3 of 20)

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problem #342

Feb 152001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

The consumer believes that recall 00T-005 is not sufficient and should be extended(Firestone Wilderness AT 235-75R-15). Nlm

- South Fult, TN, USA

problem #341

Jun 172000

Explorer

  • miles
During routine maintenance tire rotation, technician found wire showing through tires, owner replaced all 4 Firestone Wilderness AT P23575R15, dot # wzhl, owner would like to be reimiburesed if above tires are part of recall (00T-005).

- Robert, LA, USA

problem #340

Oct 291999

Explorer

  • miles
Mechanic found defect on one of the consumer's Firestone tires (P235/75R15), 3 months later a tire experienced tread separation so consumer decided to replace all tires with another brand, consumer received recall notice and sent forms to Firestone, however Firestone rejected reimbursement due to the tires being purchased from a competitive retailer prior to August 9,2000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #339

Aug 092000

Explorer

  • miles

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

Consumer returned recall card (00T005), however has not received any reimbursement or any documentation, consumer had to replace the tires on 8-9-00 because of a trip to Texas and didn't want to chance anything.

- Antioch, IL, USA

problem #338

Apr 012000

Explorer

  • miles
The vehicle began riding rough and make alot of road noise, the consumer replaced all the tires prior to recall notice 00T-005, consumer submitted form for reimbursent but the manufacturer denied the claim because the tires were purchased from a competitor prior to August 9, 2000 (Firestone Wilderness AT). Nlm

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #337

Aug 072000

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer received recall letter 00T005 regarding the Firestone tires, however since consumer replaced tires prior to receiving the letter, the request for reimbursement has been denied.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #336

Jan 232001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

The lower paxton police department suggested I report this problem - the officer thought we had a case of tire separation. The Firestone dealer said it was not tread separation. The tire was not repairable. When the tire blew out, (my husband was driving), it pulled him over to the far edge of the other lane of traffic. Fortunately, there was no oncoming traffic. Our Ford dealer (maguires of hershey) told us it was not a Ford problem, and sent us to a Firestone dealer. (dot number: W2hl (457) tiresize: P235/75R15)

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #335

Oct 242000

Explorer

  • miles
Firestone tires included in recall (00T005) caused vehicle to experience vibration and noise.

- Bethany Beach, DE, USA

problem #334

Nov 231999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
A blowout accurred on the driver's front tire and a separation of the right rear tire, Firestone Wilderness AT 25570R16, causing loss of control, Explorer rolled over, the owner, a passenger at the time was killed, mother, driver of vehicle and father both seriously injured. (raymond R. stefani, attonrey for client)

- Warrenvill, IL, USA

problem #333

Sep 132000

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer requested reimbursement for four faulty Firestone tires, consumer was told that 6-8 weeks should be allowed for refund but it has been 17 weeks and consumer has not recieved refund. Nlm

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #332

Jan 032001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

The Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75R15 tires are not included in recall 00T-005, but the consumer has noticed that the tires are so noisy that it is difficult to hold a coversation, tires thump with each revolution of the wheel, consumer experienced the same pattern of noise just prior to loosing the tread of a Firestone tire while driving. Nlm

- Great Fall, VA, USA

problem #331

Oct 201999

Explorer

  • miles
The consumer replaced four of the Firestone tires due to separation defects, consumer is being denied reimbursement because the replacement was prior to recall notification (00T-005).

- Mount Holl, NC, USA

problem #330

Nov 202000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer had the Firestone ATX tires (P235/75R15) replaced due to recall 00T005, however the consumer has not yet received reimbursement.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #329

Nov 302000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
All four Firestone wilderness tires were inspected and found to have visible cracks, the tires are not included in recall but the consume is waiting for consideration. Nlm

- Big Pine K, FL, USA

problem #328

Nov 302000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer received only partial reimbursement for recall 00T005 for the replacement Firestone wilderness tires (P235/75R15).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #327

Dec 122000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumers daughter owns the vehicle that has the Firestone wilderness tires which have experienced three blowouts prior to recall, consumer is trying to obtain recall (00T-005) replacement, however the tires may not be on the list for six months, consumer is concerned about the time involved for recall replacement.

- South Chel, MA, USA

problem #326

Nov 302000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer received only partial reimbursement for recall 00T005 for the replacement Firestone wilderness tires (P235/75R15).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #325

Sep 012000

Explorer

  • miles
The Firestone tires on the vehicle had visible cracks around the tire where the tread separation was occurring, consumer replaced all the tires and is requesting reimbursement.

- Jacksonvil, FL, USA

problem #324

Nov 202000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer had the Firestone ATX tires (P235/75R15) replaced due to recall 00T005, however the consumer has not yet received reimbursement.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #323

Nov 302000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
All four Firestone wilderness tires were inspected and found to have visible cracks, the tires are not included in recall but the consume is waiting for consideration. Nlm

- Big Pine K, FL, USA

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