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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 9 of 20)

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problem #222

Jul 302000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Tire blew causing damage to the vehicle. The tires are Firestone wilderness spoke with insured, the tire is the org tire that came with the vehicle. It has over 38,000 miles on it. (claim# 03-3161-369)

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #221

May 102000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
08-17-00 11:49am moving to sub to attempt recovery for latent defect in tire--photos of tire in file--ni has other 3 tires and has confirmed with Firestone these are included N recall. (claim# 16-N116-274)

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #220

Sep 122000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
All 4 tires blew on insd veh causing him to loose control--tires are 16" Firestone Wilderness AT tires. Please advise tires had 40,000 miles. (claim# 14-1306-507)

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #219

Jul 222000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Firestone tire failure-Firestone Wilderness AT (size unknown). Tread separation-insured was driving down highway (interstate 10). Insured felt vibration in rear of vehicl. Insured drove into service station and had tires checked. Attendant advised tires in rear okay. Insured re-entered highway and lost control flipping vehicle over. Tire has been removed and retained. Rep has contacted Firestone. Tire has been shipped to Firestone with certified letter. Firestone has not replied to date. (claim# 24-5124-255)

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #218

Aug 072000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The tire was a Firestone Wilderness AT 235/75R15 insd is currently in poss. Of the tire that blew apart and the tread that came off. (claim# 03-3162-844)

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #217

Mar 171999

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Firestone: Insured severely injured in single vehicle roll-over crash. Wilderness tires involved. Witness (truck driver) indicated he thought tire blew. Evidence at scene clearly indicated that the left rear tire was flat prior to this loss-that it blew out from the sidewall. Sidewall blow out no tread separtion Wilderness AT tires show even wear pattern. Size unknown. (claim# 22-V083-768)

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #216

Jul 292000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Please advise if any manuf. Defect on Firestone tires and on rear seatbelts on the Explorer in this situation thanks they are the wilderness tires but he will make photos of them. Only two are flat and that is because it landed on those two when it came to rest and finished it's roll. (claim# 11-3502-573)

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #215

Oct 052000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Both rear tires show early signs of tread separation with cracking at tread/tire body bond (dot number: W2hl tiresize: P235/75R15)

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #214

Oct 172000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Vehicle was parked when cracks were noticed near the tread & sidewalls on all four tires. Contacted Ford & Firestone & both indicated not recall & nothing will be done to replaced the tires. Original equipment on vehicle. Fire stone Wilderness AT P235/75R15 dot code vnhl.

- Alva, OK, USA

problem #213

Aug 282000

Explorer

  • miles
Driving 35mph & heard on news about Firestone tires. Pulled over & checked tires. Noticed tires had cracks/splits around the tires near the tread which was meeting the sidewall. Took vehicle to Firestone retailer & informed it was bad but not on recall & was not replacing. The right front tire looked the same as the right front. Firestone wilderness P235/75R15 with 24,000 miles.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #212

Sep 282000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Firestone Wilderness AT tire(P235 75 R15) experienced tread separation.

- Chino Valley, AZ, USA

problem #211

Oct 032000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires experienced tread wear and peeling.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #210

Oct 301999

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tire(P235 75 R15)experienced tread separation.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #209

Jan 242000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The tire that blew is a Firestone tire and has recently been recalled. The file is now being moved to subrogation. (claim# 05-4448-635)

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

problem #208

Aug 082000

Explorer 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Firestone: Ins going East and tire blew out and insured lost control and car rolled over 3 times car landed on top. (claim 43-R532-651)

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #207

Aug 011999

Explorer

  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was traveling about 50mph on highway and heard a noise. He was able to pull to the shoulders. Right rear tire tread separated, and there were no injuries. Bridgestone/Firestone wilderness, #ATX P23575R15, dot vnhl.

- North Cape May, NJ, USA

problem #206

Sep 052000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Took vehicle to tire retailer to check tires & owner noticed cracks in tread & pointed it out to mechanic. Mechanic checked the other tires & the spare. Would replace the spare tire due to the nature of the cracks in it. Was not replacing the other tires. Firestone P255/70R16 dot code vn with 37,000 miles on it.

- Tullahoma, TN, USA

problem #205

Sep 262000

Explorer

  • miles
While driving I heard a thumping noise and the steering wheel started to vibrate. I pulled over and found a large lump on the front passenger side tire tread. The tire dealer said it was tread separation. (dot number: Vncu tiresize: P255/70R16)

- Daleville, AL, USA

problem #204

Sep 012000

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle taken to Firestone center, and informed of signs of tread seperation. Replaced all tires at no cost to consumer. Mounted on 1998, Ford, Explorer, original equipment, P235/75R15, dot# W2hl.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #203

Oct 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
All 4 Firestone Wilderness AT tires P235/75R15 dot W2hl experienced hairline cracks along the treadline, consumer replaced tires and is requesting reimbursement.

- Bayshore, NY, USA

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