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Average Mileage:
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1998 Ford Explorer windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #18

Dec 032001

Explorer

  • miles

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

This is the second time this component has been replaced. Original component was replaced in June, 1999, at 18,000 miles. Vehicle is based in a dry climate and windshield wiper is rarely used. Failure occurs without warning. Failure of wiper motor compromises rearward visibility in inclement weather. Dealer advises premature failure of this component is common.

- Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

problem #17

Jan 012001

Explorer

  • miles
When turning on windshield wipers they will not work. However at times will will work intermittently, which will not give any help to consumer.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #16

May 012001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Trunk door will not shut properly. Consumer is able to slide his hand in while door is shut. Consumer contacted dmv and found out vehicle had been in an accident, consumer specifically asked for a vehicle that had not been damaged, however dealer sold it to him anyway, consumer feels deceived and is experiencing multiple problems with vehicle. Radio is inoperative at times. Hatch rubs agains frame of vehicle. Taillight and headlight are out of alignment, fog lights had lamp failure. Vehicle experiences problems with absorbing road shock, vehicle pulls to right. Check engine light illuminates, vehicle experiences low power. Rear power window motor failed. Power antenna failed. Right windshield wiper interior garnish molding loose, rear wiper blade skips center of glass, dealer replaced rear wiper arm and blade assembly. Steering gear assembly replaced due to noisy. Bumper not even.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #15

Jan 292001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles

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

When trying to lower power windows and turn dome lights on they did not work, also, windshield wipers would not work at any time. Dealer has been contacted, and technician cant duplicate problem.

- Claymont, DE, USA

problem #14

Dec 152000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Windshield wipers become inoperable in rainy weather conditions, cause unknown.

- Detriot, MI, USA

problem #13

Oct 282000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
15" wheel too small for vehicle, suspension not as stable as a 2000 year model, rear wiper failed 2 times (also failed in 2000 model, ) turn signal cancels too quickly/easily replaced 2 times still lousy, (dot number: Not applic tiresize: 235/75/R15)

- Dumont, NJ, USA

problem #12

Jul 302000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

Wiper motor on rear window failed

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #11

Jul 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Wiper motor for rear window failed

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #10

Jul 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Wiper motor for rear window failed

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #9

Jul 302000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Wiper motor on rear window failed

- Sandy Hook, CT, USA

problem #8

Jun 152000

Explorer

  • miles

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

When I tried to push the control on the end of the windshield washer stalk to activate washer, the fluid didn;T come out even when the reservoir was full. The wipers started working but no washer fluid ejected like it is supposed to.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 252000

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 25mph and upon making a left turn windshield wipers came on intermittently.

- Stanton, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 311998

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Rear windshield wiper arm lift off the glass when using. Appears to be a design flaw.

- Seymour, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Rear wiper failed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 201998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear windshield wiper failed.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #3

May 211998

Explorer

  • miles
Windshield wipers will work sometimes, and sometimes it will not work, they have completely stopped working. Dealer has repaired or replaced the equipment four times, and dealer currently cannot duplicate the problem.

- Ava, MS, USA

problem #2

Oct 021998

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When pushing the button for the fluid to come out from windshield washer fluid reservoir and clean the windows, it would take about two to three minutes before the fluid comes out to clean the windows.

- Agoura, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 061998

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Rear windshield wiper motor failed, front wipers failed.

- Conway, MA, USA

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