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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,305 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.

2008 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2008 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

May 242015


  • 79,000 miles


When driving at highway speeds for more than 15 minutes, the TPMS registers monitor then sensor fault reading. At reduced speed, off the highway, the fault message disappears. The dealer can not repair problem until fault reading remains constant. It has been more than 6 months, numerous visits to the dealer and multiple calls to Ford customer service. I believe that a federally mandated safety feature that is not working properly and can not be diagnosed, should be considered a problem.

- Port Huron, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 272014


  • 87,000 miles
As I was driving 2008 Ford Explorer XLT on a newly paved section of the highway, I noticed a rhythmic thumping from on the right side of the vehicle. About one mile later, going only 55 mph, my son and I were bouncing up and down in the front seats. I pulled over suspecting a flat, although no sensor was lit. Another motorist who stopped to check on me and I noticed no flat tires or other tire issues. I live less then a mile away, and we slowly drove home on the side roads, bouncing along the way. When my husband returned home, he noticed the rear passenger wheel was tilted at about a 45 degree angle outward and 3 of the 5 lug nuts were completely gone and the bolts were sheered. The 2 lugs left were able to be unscrewed by hand. We contacted the local Ford dealership where we bought the vehicle, the service manager said they have never heard of this problem, or know of any recall. My husband informed him of all the complaints we found online, the Ford service manager blamed our mechanic, who has maintained the vehicle on a regular basis from the purchase. The dealer maintains, they are not responsible, nor will they look at the vehicle. Funny, were recently looking to upgrade to a 2015 Explorer, but this is the last Ford for me!!

- Belleville , IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 302013


  • 99,000 miles
All sensors & bands broke into small pieces which was causing the tires to rip from the inside. If not taken in for new tires, all tires would've blown out & possibly caused injury to me & my toddler. Worst part of all, Ford wouldn't cover this dangerous manufacture defect.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 182012

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
March 18, 2012, 50 mph, front passenger fell off the vehicle. Only one out of five studs still at normal length, three at half their normal length and the fifth completely missing. Caused brakes to go out, coasted to a controlled stop had to use the emergency brake. I was very lucky that damage done to the vehicle had minor, only needed to replace the lug nuts and studs. Very luck that the vehicle did not roll! in Jan 2011, we discovered we were missing two of the five studs on the back passenger side tire of this same vehicle.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 142012

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 54,525 miles
While driving my 2008 Ford Explorer South on I-55 toward cape girardeau, mo the steering wheel started shaking very violently. Luckily, I was by an exit ramp when this happened. So I took the exit and at the top of the exit ramp the front left wheel/tire came completely off (accident occurred Wednesday March 14th around 11:00am). I gathered whatever damaged parts I could find. The Explorer was towed from perryville, mo to cape girardeau. A Ford shop down there was able to repair it enough for me to drive it home to Kansas City, mo on Friday March 16th. My parents and I dropped it off at the dealership where it was purchased (thoroughbred Ford: Vehicle was purchased in June of 2010 & has only been serviced at thoroughbred) on Saturday March 17th at 11:00am. The service manager said they would take a look at it. He called at 6:00pm that evening and said he wanted to keep it so they could continue to investigate the situation on Monday. He called Monday March 19th and said the labor and parts had nothing to do with the accident (that same hub assembly was replaced in late August of 2011 & the tires were rotated in late January of 2012). He also said he wasn't having any luck contacting Ford to discuss the situation/see what they thought. On Tuesday March 20th my father and I went up to thoroughbred to talk to the service manager. He said thoroughbred Ford & Ford itself were not responsible. He said it was now an issue for myself and my insurance company to handle. We then spoke with the general manager of thoroughbred. He pretty much said the same thing: Ford is not responsible; it's an insurance issue for you do deal with. We went straight to our insurance company after talking to the dealership again on Friday March 23rd. An agent said she thought insurance might not cover it because there was no collision/no one injured. So my question is what do I need to do next?

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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