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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 6 of 20)

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problem #282

Oct 262000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

One of consumers Firestone tires was recalled and replaced, consumer feels the remaining tires were a potential risk and had them replaced, consumer request reimbursement. Nlm

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #281

Oct 172000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Upon inspection the dealer noted that the Firestone tires had numerous cracks and one of the tires was pulling apart, tires are not included in recall 00T-005, consumer request reimbursement (P255/70R16 109S M/S). Nlm

- Newaygo, MI, USA

problem #280

Nov 132000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
All four tires have cracks around the tread as if to separate from the tire, consumer replaced all four tires (Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75R15 dotvnhl1py307). Nlm

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #279

Oct 272000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Consumer Firestone tires started showing signs of wear and the consumers replaced all five tires, a few days later the recall started. Nlm

- Coshocton, OH, USA

problem #278

Oct 172000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Upon inspection consumer noticed that their Firestone ATX wilderness tires were cracking around the edge (P255/70R16 1095 M/S). Nlm

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #277

Nov 142000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires (P235 75 R15) are experiencing cracking on the sidewall below the tread surface.

- East Longmeadow, MA, USA

problem #276

Dec 301999

Explorer

  • miles

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

The Firestone ATX P 235/75R15 1053 M/S tires on the vehicle experienced tread separation and one blowout, the tires are not included in the recall, consumer is having difficulty getting reimbursement for the defective tires and is being denied service by the dealership. (attorney for consumer)

- Fayettevil, AR, USA

problem #275

Jul 132000

Explorer

  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT right rear tire experienced tread separation and caused the vehicle to rollover due to loss of control, one person was ejected from the vehicle and was killed, another person was injured. (attorney for client)

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #274

Oct 172000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
One Firestone tire peeled off (laminated) while driving, tire is not covered under recall 00T-005. Nlm

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #273

Oct 282000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was traveling about 65 mph on highway and heard a noise. Vehicle started to flip over twice. Dreiver's side rear tire tread separated. Firestone, wilderness, P23575/R15, a#dot vdhlity. There were some injuries.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #272

Sep 182000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

Firestone Wilderness AT tires are experiencing tread separation, consumer is requesting replacment tires at no charge.

- Lake Forest, IL, USA

problem #271

Sep 142000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Firestone tires involved in recall 00T005 experienced tread separation, consumer had a difficult time getting replacement tires.

- Garner, IA, USA

problem #270

Jul 042000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Tire separated in July 2000. Fortunately, tire did not blow. I replaced all 4 tires at a cost of $473.56. I purchased four Firestone Wilderness AT tires for my Ford Explorer on July 5, 2000, to replace the Firestone widerness at tires that came with the vehicle. I wrote a letter to Firestone on August 11, 2000, no acknowledgement or reply. I submitted a claim form to Firestone on August 24, 2000, all I get is a run around. I wrote to Ford Motor Company on September 15, 2000, a Ford customer service rep called me to acknowledge receipt of the letter, and gave me the 800 number for Firestone, and said it is not Ford's problem. On September 23, 2000, I went to a Firestone dealer in wycoff, NJ, they put my name on a list and said they would call me when replacement tires come in. All I get is a run around, neither Firestone, nor Ford will take any responsibility for this fiasco. All I want now is one thousand dollars, to reimburse me for the tires I bought in July, and allow me to purchase Goodyear tires for the Explorer that now sits in my driveway. Thank you, john P. weindler. (tiresize: P235/75R15)( dot number: Tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Ridgewood, NJ, USA

problem #269

Oct 122000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to Firestone dealer to have the Firestone Wilderness AT (P235/75R15) tires inspected but was refused service. Nlm

- Unk, UN, USA

problem #268

Nov 072000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Consumer wants a refund for Firestone tires that he replaced before recall was announced, Firestone is not willing to do so. The tires were Firestone wilderness 15 inch tires.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #267

Sep 112000

Explorer

  • miles
Notice report on tv & checked out tires. Noticed cracks on sidewalls between tread & the casings. Cracks wereon all four tires & went all the way around. Have not been in contact with tire retailer. Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75R15.

- Pampa, TX, USA

problem #266

Nov 032000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Heard news on tv & checked tires. Noticed cracks 1/2 inch from tread on casing. Took vehicle to Firestone retailer & Ford to have tires replaced. Tires on recall & could not get replaced due to a 4 month wait.

- Sugarland, TX, USA

problem #265

Sep 222000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer is not satisfied with the recall repair (oot-OO5) for the Firestone tire defect, consumer was charged for additional charges for rotation, consumer believes this should be included in the recall repair, consumer requesting reimbursement.

- Alpine, CA, USA

problem #264

Sep 222000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Dealer charged consumr for recall (oot-005) replacement of the Firestone tires, consumer was under the impression that the tire exchange was to be at firestones expense thus consumer request a refund. Nlm

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #263

Oct 032000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
The rubber on the right front Firestone tire was separating from the sidewall, soon after the left front tire had a tread separating which caused poor handling, consumers tires are not included in the recall 00T-005 but consumer request reimbursement

- Delmont, PA, USA

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