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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,632 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #37

Jul 162001

F-150

  • miles

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

Tread separated on left rear, chunk of tread missing and 8 inches of belt exposed. Left front tire has cracks and holes around sholder of tire that go completely down to the steel band.Firestone representative warned me not to drive truck at speed as front tire is dangerous. Rear in bed of my truck now. I have pictures of tires. Firestone refused to replace the tires under saftey recall. (dot number: W2081pt487 tiresize: P23570R16)

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #36

Apr 152001

F-150

  • miles
Tire tread separation revealing steel belts with 65% of prorated tread life remaining. (dot number: W208 tiresize: P235/70R16)

- Gatesville, TX, USA

problem #35

Jun 262001

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone, wilderneess at, tire size P23570R16, dot W2081pt387, original equipment Ford F150, 1998, consumer felt a vibration in tires, went to inspect vehicle, and noticed on right rear an 18 inch separation in tread, and left front/ left rear had cracks that went down the sidewall, large enough to see steel belt inside tires.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #34

Jun 052001

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles

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

Experienced a ply separation which caused a vibration at 40 mph. Tire was moved to the spare position where it remains for anyone's inspection. Please note that this is an ht not an at tire. It is not among those recalled be either Firestone or Ford. (dot number: VN08 1pt tiresize: P235/70R16)

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #33

Apr 012000

F-150

  • miles
Tread separation was discovered upon inspection for a odd feeling with the tires on my pick up in April of 2000. They were replaced at that time and I was in contract with firstone the next day in regards to this. Final outcome was nothing by Firestone, I have been in commection with Firestone, since it was in the news and became public info. That they were having a problem, I do have copies of all documentations I had with Firestone in regards to this.my tire size was not one that was listed. All four of my tires showed tread separation, all same milage, all had aprox. 5/32, and 6/32 of tread left on tires.no damage to truck, were replaced before that could happen. Please contract me if addition information is needed. (dot number: W208ipt377 tiresize: P235/70R16)

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #32

Apr 112001

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Complete tread separation while driving between 55-60mph. Truck veered across road onto shoulder. Damage estimates to truck between $2,000-2,500. The only reason this did not result in an accident was there was little traffic at the time. This tread separation appears identical to those of Firestone tires. General tire dealer is mcknight tire in jefferson city, mo., they would only provide the phone number for general tire. Kehoe Ford in jefferson city denied any knowledge of problems with general tire. Service manager said they had not received any notification of problems with any type of general tire. (dot number: A308446415 tiresize: P235/70R16)

- Eldon, MO, USA

problem #31

Apr 192001

F-150

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Firestone, wilderness ht, P235/70R16, dot W2081pt287, replacement equipment on a 1998, Ford, F150 with 30000 miles. While driving 65 mph left front tire had tread separation. A 2 feet long piece of tread fell off. Right front tire had cracked.

- Gustine, CA, USA

problem #30

Mar 252001

F-150

  • miles
Peoo O20 ; consumer was traveling 65mph on highway and heard a noise, and immediately afterwards rear end started swerling. Was able to pull over to shoulder, and noticed that passenger's side rear tire tread separated from rim. Firestone, wilderness #at, P235 70 R16, dot number W2081pt 477. Will contacted Firestone today. There were no injuries.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #29

Nov 192000

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall 98V007000/throttle icing: Speed control will not disengage when applying brakes, and intermittent problem with brake pedal going to floor. 2 Goodyear Wrangler ap tire's tread is completely gone, size P255/70R16, dot pdcuf8wr038. Consumer states engine has a ping sound when first started in cold weather, dealership is aware of the problem.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #28

Dec 222000

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was traveling about 60mph on highway and tire just blew out. He was able to pull over to shoulder and noticed that driver's side rear tire tread separated from rim. Firestone, wilderness ht, P23570R16, dot W208. Has contacted Firestone.

- Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA

problem #27

Nov 212000

F-150

  • miles

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

Tread on this tire came comepletely off tire at a high rate of speed. Tires were inflated to proper level and outside temperature was approximately 75 degrees. Only reason there were no serious injuries was the fact that tire continued to hold air until I could slow the vehicle down. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have walked away from this. (tiresize: P235/R7016)( dot number: Tire size: P235/R7016 )

- Inverness, FL, USA

problem #26

Sep 032000

F-150

  • miles
Tread separating from carcass. Took to Firestone retailer and was told this size is not covered by current recall. Retailer stated that he would give $30 for one of the tires and that I would have to wait until the other tires seperated more severely. (tiresize: 23570/R16)( dot number: Tire size: 23570/R16 )

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #25

Oct 012000

F-150

  • miles
Consumer states the Firestone wilderness ht tire P255/70R16 dot W2081pt206 had a portion of raised tread that was causing a bumping sound and vibration in the steering wheel, Firestone replaced tire.

- Cipronelle, AL, USA

problem #24

Aug 152000

F-150

  • miles
I am very disappointed with the low level of customer service I have recieved from F irestone. As a truck driver I know from experience the sight, sound, and feel of tire tread separating from the steel belts...a tire literaly coming apart at the seams!! Firestone should be heks accountable for all of their tire failures!! (dot number: W208ipt497 tiresize: P235/70R16)

- Elberton, GA, USA

problem #23

Oct 082000

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Two of my Firestone tires have cracks in between the tread. With what has been going on with Firestone and Ford this make me feel very uncomfortable. Most of the tires all around my size have been dealt with which make the situation worse. I have contacted Firestone and they have acted like they could care less, but I think the problem should be dealt with before something happens. I take care of my vehicle like it is my child and for something to happen that isnT my fault and for the manufacturer to act as they do doesnT make me feel to well. How should I deal with this? (tiresize: P25570R16)( dot number: Tire size: P25570R16 )

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #22

Oct 082000

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has a 1998, Ford F150. Left rear tire separated while traveling 65mph. Original tires on vehicle, tire size P235/70R16 dot# W2081pt357. Firestone customer assistant recommended that consumer purchase another tire.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #21

Jan 012000

F-150

  • miles
Tread separated back in January. Firestone dealer said it was underinflated. This is what they always say.the tire had to be replaced. (tiresize: 16)( dot number: Tire size: 16 )

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #20

Dec 101999

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone wilderness ht right rear tire P25/70R16 made a thumping noise, after inspection found tire had tread coming unglued from the sidewall.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #19

Sep 142000

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Right rear tire blew out while driving. Tread cracked in the middle of the tire tread.( dot number: W208ipt248 tire size: P235 70R16 )

- Sugar Loaf, NY, USA

problem #18

Feb 012000

F-150

  • miles
First failure at 24000mi tire separated from belt second failure at 30000mi same as first( dot number: Tire size: P255R7016 )

- Metairie, LA, USA

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