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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 302015

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles

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

As I was merging onto the highway onto the on ramp like any other morning going to work I began to yield as there was traffic coming in my direction. As I began to yield my car flipped over as if someone purposely tilted the vehicle over. The air bags did not deploy the car rolled over onto my left arm and leg breaking my ankle and causing many other injuries and distress.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #8

Jul 182012

Explorer

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that all of the wheels were deteriorating. The contact stated that chrome portions of the wheels were detaching while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was advised to have the wheels welded and bolted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Millwood, WV, USA

problem #7

Feb 282003

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The magnesium wheels on my vehicle are deteriorating around the hub. A local tire center informed me they are unsafe to use. You can put your finger right through the center. If a wheel was to break up while on the highway it could be disastrous. I purchased the vehicle brand new in February of 1999 from rodman Ford, foxboro, MA these wheels were used on saleen Explorer and saleen mustangs from 1994-1998 so there could be more out there with impending failure.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #6

Jan 132003

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

There was a hairline crack through one spoke of the driver's wheel. It was only supported by 4 spokes instead of 5. consumer was very concerned that other spokes would fail while driving, possibly causing serious injury. Related recall 00E027000 consumer's vehicle identification number was not included.

- Syosset, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 072001

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer had experienced some problems with suspension. Had to replace shocks and tires. Currently, dealer indicated that wheels needed to be replaced also to correct the problem.

- Vernon, CT, USA

problem #4

Oct 312000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires roar when consumer brakes or when the vehicle comes to a stop, consumer also experiences quick steering because of the short wheel base.

- Bloomingdale, GA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

There is a thumping on the driver's side floor board, while turning the wheel. This thumping feels as if something is binding in the front driver side wheel. Has been to the dealership 3 previous times and will be returning for the 4th. Asap this is a leased vehicle. And the owner of the dealership is aware of all the problems this vehicle has had. I also have receipts of every time this vehicle has been in for service. My concern is that, if I wanted a vehicle with all these problems, I might as well of purchased a used one. In order to get out of the lease, the dealership wants to carry over the remaining lease to another vehicle. I feel I didn't cause these problems, so why have I been subject to being penalized for the remaining lease of 1 yr. Can you help?

- Edwardsville, KS, USA

problem #2

Feb 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
There is a thumping on the driver's side floor board, while turning the wheel. This thumping feels as if something is binding in the front driver side wheel. Has been to the dealership 3 previous times and will be returning for the 4th. Asap this is a leased vehicle. And the owner of the dealership is aware of all the problems this vehicle has had. I also have receipts of every time this vehicle has been in for service. My concern is that, if I wanted a vehicle with all these problems, I might as well of purchased a used one. In order to get out of the lease, the dealership wants to carry over the remaining lease to another vehicle. I feel I didn't cause these problems, so why have I been subject to being penalized for the remaining lease of 1 yr. Can you help?

- Edwardsville, KS, USA

problem #1

Nov 201999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
4-wheel drive high/low indicator light flashes intermittently every 0.5 mile.

- Portage, MI, USA

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