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8.7

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$400.00
Average Mileage:
39,225 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace front lower ball joints (3 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 192008

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

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

low mileage 4wd no off road miles, ford won't warrant repair. fords better idea for a no zirch ball joint really sucks and needs a recall.

- , Houston, tx, USA

problem #2

Apr 192008

Explorer Sport Trac V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,975 miles

I was told that the lower ball joints were shot at just under 32000 miles. Obviously, at 32000 on a 7� year old car, I do not do much driving. The extended warranty expired Aug'07 and the Ford dealer said that there was NOTHING they could do to help me. My independent mechanic said that this is a FORD problem with their trucks. The ball joint failure has also worn my tires to the point that they will not pass inspection either. So, the estimate for replacement of the ball joints, tires & re-alignment is $900.00. There is no way with this little mileage that I should have to be replacing parts or tires. FORD needs to get their stuff together or they too will go out of business and we will all be buying foreign cars.

- , Sinking Spring, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 112006

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 37,700 miles

Both front lower ball joints failed at 37,700 miles. Ford would not pay for any part of repair. Ford mechanic stated car was not safe to drive after NY State inspection. Ford should pay for this premature failure. Perhaps there are many more ball joint problems out there and a possible recall is in order

- , Auburn, NY, USA

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