Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: How can we give the 2001 model year a "seal of pretty good" when it has some problems with a slipping transmission and a known problem with the speed activation control switch? Because it's not the 2002. That's how.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
128,941 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Feb 012001

Explorer

  • miles

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

While driving down highway at about 50 mph and after hearing a noise, consumer then decreased speed to 40 mph due to problems with tires. This was original equipment. Contacted dealer, dealer never seen it before.

- Jaimaca, NY, USA

problem #21

Jan 082001

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
P25575R15, dot vdhl1rw050, rear passenger side of Firestone wilderness ht tire exploded while at a stop, tire had only 9,000 miles.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #20

Dec 222000

Explorer

  • miles
2 tire blowouts in less than 6 months is not normal... one while driving is unsafe..the 2nd while parked does not make sense. (dot number: 8xhl ipy tiresize: 235/75R15)

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #19

Nov 212000

Explorer

  • miles

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

2 tires blew out while driving, and caused truck to lose control, hitting curb. No serious injuries.

- West Bloomingfield, MI, USA

problem #18

Oct 142000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Clear, dry roadway, 50 mph, right rear tire blew out. Vehicle performed very stably, I was able to stop and had tire changed. Dealer replaced all 5 tires with goodyears at no charge at my request. Tire looked like it had been sliced through from sidewall to sidewall. I took pictures, not developed. Dealer has tires. (dot number: Don't know tiresize: P235/70R16)

- Blairstown, NJ, USA

problem #17

Oct 102000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
My problem is that nothing has happened yet, I would like to know why no one has metion the fact that these tires are being sold an installed on new Ford Explorer sports 2001 models and that these tires have a tempiture rating of ( C ) the lowest rating, these tires will probley melt out here in Arizona before the tread comes off.I have written 3 letters to Ford an Firestone and all they do is reply with some bulk generic letter, so I am sure no one really reads them so much for the full page adds that the Ford Motor Company takes out to show the customer they cars about safty first.thank you for your time.allan sobrane..( dot number: 8xuc tire size: P255/70R16 )

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #16

Oct 102000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

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

My problem is that nothing has happened yet, I would like to know why no one has metion the fact that these tires are being sold an installed on new Ford Explorer sports 2001 models and that these tires have a tempiture rating of ( C ) the lowest rating, these tires will probley melt out here in Arizona before the tread comes off.I have written 3 letters to Ford an Firestone and all they do is reply with some bulk generic letter, so I am sure no one really reads them so much for the full page adds that the Ford Motor Company takes out to show the customer they cars about safty first.thank you for your time.allan sobrane.. (dot number: 8xuc tiresize: P255/70R16)

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #15

Oct 062000

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Very concerned as to why all Firestone Wilderness AT tires have not been recalled, when it is clear they are experiencing failures of tires assembled in plants other than just the decator il. Plant, while these tire have been recalled, and replaced in other countries, but not in the U.S. I do not feel safe driving this vechicle, and am constant fear for my families safety as we use this vehicle for trips, but have not been able to since this safety problem with Firestone tires became known, yet other countries have taken action against Firestone to replace tires, yet the U.S. continues to allow deaths, injuries to go on. Please require Firestone to expand their recall.

- Pompano Bch., FL, USA

problem #14

Sep 242000

Explorer

  • miles
I was traveling southbound on hyw 99 on the afternoon of 9/24/2000 around 1:00pm. It was a clear sunny day. I was traveling at an approximate speed of 65 miles per hour in the right lane (slow lane). There were no objects on the freeway. As I was traveling on the freeway, I felt my car begin to fishtail and then all of a sudden my right rear tire came apart. Fortanately, I was in the right lane and was near a shoulder so I was able to manuver and control my vehicle off the freeway to the shoulder. I was able to avoid an accident and there were no injuries. The Firestone tire came completely apart. The chp took a report and pictures. My car is only three months old. It is a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. The tire should not have malfunctioned the way it did. The Firestone tires are unsafe and I believe the recall should apply to all Firestone tires not only the ones that were manufactured at the Decatur plant. I was concerned about the Firestone tires that were on my vehicle. I contacted the dealership where I purchased my vehicle and they would not return my call. When I did get a hold of someone I was told I was not part of the recall. I had my tires checked by big O tires. They checked the air pressure and it was fine. The dealership now is trying to tell me that road hazard caused my tire to blow out. There was nothing on the road that was a hazard and that would have cause my tire to come apart the way it did. Then they told me that it was because of traveling long distance and having low air pressure in my tire. If traveling 15 miles is long distance then I would hate to see what would happen to the tires if I actually did travel more than 15 miles. I had the air pressure checked in my tires at big O tires and the air pressure was fine. It concerns me that I have a new vehicle and the tire comes apart so soon and it just happens to be a Firestone Wilderness AT. Ford and the dealership I purchased the vehicle at are very uncooperative.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 242000

Explorer

  • miles
I was traveling southbound on hyw 99 on the afternoon of 9/24/2000 around 1:00pm. It was a clear sunny day. I was traveling at an approximate speed of 65 miles per hour in the right lane (slow lane). There were no objects on the freeway. As I was traveling on the freeway, I felt my car begin to fishtail and then all of a sudden my right rear tire came apart. Fortanately, I was in the right lane and was near a shoulder so I was able to manuver and control my vehicle off the freeway to the shoulder. I was able to avoid an accident and there were no injuries. The Firestone tire came completely apart. The chp took a report and pictures. My car is only three months old. It is a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. The tire should not have malfunctioned the way it did. The Firestone tires are unsafe and I believe the recall should apply to all Firestone tires not only the ones that were manufactured at the Decatur plant. I was concerned about the Firestone tires that were on my vehicle. I contacted the dealership where I purchased my vehicle and they would not return my call. When I did get a hold of someone I was told I was not part of the recall. I had my tires checked by big O tires. They checked the air pressure and it was fine. The dealership now is trying to tell me that road hazard caused my tire to blow out. There was nothing on the road that was a hazard and that would have cause my tire to come apart the way it did. Then they told me that it was because of traveling long distance and having low air pressure in my tire. If traveling 15 miles is long distance then I would hate to see what would happen to the tires if I actually did travel more than 15 miles. I had the air pressure checked in my tires at big O tires and the air pressure was fine. It concerns me that I have a new vehicle and the tire comes apart so soon and it just happens to be a Firestone Wilderness AT. Ford and the dealership I purchased the vehicle at are very uncooperative.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 192000

Explorer

  • miles

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

The tires wobbled on our drive home from the dealer. After the recall, we took the car to the Ford dealer, who exchanged the front tires, which they said were "outof round". the wobble continued and these tires were not included in the recall, so I had the tires replaced at my cost because we needed to go on a highway trip and we didn ot trust the tires. I would like for you to explore including the 16 inch tires in your recall--the Ford dealer in bentonville, ar said they thought they would be recalled--seems like a lack of confidence from someone who knows more than I. thanks( dot number: Tire size: P225/70R16 )

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

problem #11

Sep 032000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
While traveling on I 275 I experienced a flat tire. As soon as I felt my Explorer started to lose control I pulled over and found the right rear tire had gone flat. I installed the spare tire and the following day had the flat fixed upon reinflation I found that the sidewall had a buldge running from the rim to the tread of the tire. I took the tire to a Firestone dealer and he informed me that the damage was my fault. That I must have hit something to cause the sidewall belts to break. I called Firestone customer hotline and the told me to take it to a second dealer. The second dealer told me the same thing. I also ask them what there warranty covered and they said manufacturing defects I ask what a manufaturing defect was and he could not tell me. If you look at there warrenty you will find that they do not cover anything. It is written so that anything that goes wrong is the users fault. I belive that if you have a flat you should be able to get off the road and change it and not have to buy a new tire as a result of it.( dot number: Tire size: P255/70R16 )

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #10

Sep 082000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left front tire fell out. Consumer thought that tire had exploded. The left front tire became loose due to the front upper ball joint bolt failure.

- Colonia, NJ, USA

problem #9

Aug 042000

Explorer

  • miles
Tire side wall blew out at highway speed at night. Tire had proper inflation and was not punctured. Pressurs were checked by dealer at 3000 mi.the remaining 4 tires have the same dot # and show bubbling at the side wall. The steel wheel was damaged along outter edge due to the tire failure.( dot number: Vdhlirw130 tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Orange City, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 102000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Although I have not had tire failure, how can anyone feel safe when riding on a tire which is idential to tires which were recalled except for the 16 inch size. This vehicle was sold by a Ford dealer, knowing that the tires could be recalled do to safety considerations. I believe Ford should replace all of the wilderness tires as a safety precaution.( dot number: Tire size: P255/70R16 )

- Pen Argyl, PA, USA

problem #7

Sep 102000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Although I have not had tire failure, how can anyone feel safe when riding on a tire which is idential to tires which were recalled except for the 16 inch size. This vehicle was sold by a Ford dealer, knowing that the tires could be recalled do to safety considerations. I believe Ford should replace all of the wilderness tires as a safety precaution.( dot number: Tire size: P255/70R16 )

- Pen Argyl, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 082000

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle vibrated at speed between 45 and 75mph. Also, tires were wearing poorly. Size O P235 R/15, the same ones that were on recall. All the tires were replaced before the recall, because the tires caused noise, vibrationa and alignment problems.

- Seven Lakes, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 182000

Explorer

  • miles
Bought 2001 Explorer Sport 3/14/2000, on 4/18/2000 was driving at crest of sunshine skyway bridge over tampa bay when right rear tire "blew". it had separated on the side and was shredded. Tried to have dealer replace, told it wasn't under warranty. Replaced, got warranties on all 4 tires. Firestone dealer now says isn't part of recall. Currently in md: 3817 crow rock rd, myersville, md 21773, (301) 293-9503. Plan to drive back to Florida end of Sept. Will have to replace tires, with or without dealer recall, don't trust them after near-death experience! think they're making a mistake not recalling all Wilderness AT tires. Mine blew after 1 month (new), and wasn't included in the recall. (had sent info in your "comments" section of this site a week ago, not sure if you got it. Thanks!( dot number: 8xhl tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 012000

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
No summary( dot number: Tire size: P255 70 16 )

- Lake City, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 012000

Explorer

  • miles
Look like tread separation about 5 inches long on one of my wilderness ht tires. The tires came with my new Explorer Sport 2001. The car currently has 9400 miles on it. I went to a Firestone dealer who inspected the tire and confirmed the defect. He recommended I change the tires for safety, but it will have to be out of my pocket since wilderness ht is not part of the recall. He confirmed the tires were manufactured in the Decatur plant, and the size is the same as those in the recall. But since the model is different, Firestone will not replace it. I am very concerned with this problem since I have to drive 100 miles each day roundtrip to work. I don't feel I should have to pay to replace defective tires if the products are at fault, but I don't want to put my life at risk when the Firestone dealer has already inspected and confirmed that the tire exhibit sign of tread separation. I don't think this separation is due to the wear and tear since my car is new and the tires only have about 9400 miles on them. I have contact Firestone directly and they are still telling me that my model of wilderness are not under recall, and any defect would not be Firestone's responsibility.( dot number: Vdhl tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

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