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2002 Ford Explorer
wheels / hubs Problems
CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2002 Ford Explorer is hands-down our worst vehicle on record. "Avoid like the plague" is putting it lightly.
The 2002-2005 Explorer has a very well-established record of expensive transmission failure at under 100k miles. The Explorer has an enclosed transmission which is typically replaced with a rebuilt transmission at a cost of almost $3,000.
Another common problem for the 2002-2003 Explorer is wheel bearing failure at around 90k miles, with a typical repair bill of $500 to $1000 depending on how many wheel bearings failed.
Adding insult to injury, the 2002-2005 Explorer also has a massive problem with the rear panel cracking. While it's a minor annoyance compared to transmission failure, ironically the crack usually goes right through the Ford logo.
Worst 2002 Explorer wheels / hubs Problems
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- wheel bearing failure181
- hub and bearing failure81
- rear tire hub problems13
- wheel studs shear off12
- abnormal and premature tire wear4
- chrome peeling off wheels1
- NHTSA: Wheels56
- NHTSA: Tires27
- NHTSA: Wheels: Lugs/Nuts/Bolts10
- NHTSA: Wheels: Cap/Cover/Hub6
- NHTSA: Tires: Sidewall4
- NHTSA: Tires: Temporary/Emergency Spare Tire3
- NHTSA: Wheels: Multi Piece2
- NHTSA: Tires: Tread/Belt1
- NHTSA: Tires: Valve1
- NHTSA: Wheels: Center Section1
- NHTSA: Wheels: Rim 1
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