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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
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1998 Ford Ranger wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

Jul 262000

Ranger

  • miles

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

Tread separation at highway speed - normal inflation of 80 psi. (dot number: Vd1L 1X0 tiresize: 225/75R16)

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #26

Oct 022000

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling and after parking noticed tire tread was separated. Tires were not part of recall.

- N. Branch, MN, USA

problem #25

Sep 252000

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Crack lines around circumference of tire where tread meets sidewall.( dot number: Vnhl1py028 tire size: P235/75R15 )

- New Egypt, NJ, USA

problem #24

Feb 051998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles

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

Part of the tread separated from the casing. The Firestone dealer said at the time it was a " road hazard, that you must have ran over something." And charged me for a new tire to replace it. I know I didn't run over anything, but at the time what was I going to do" now that I'm hearing about the recall, I thought I should let someone know it's not just the 15" tires.( dot number: " tire size: P2357016 )

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #23

Sep 152000

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
One tire has split in tread 60% of circumference. Others have smaller cracks/splits.( dot number: VN08 tire size: P23570R16 )

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #22

May 011998

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Three of the Firestone wilderness tires on the vehicle experienced failure, separation and air loss.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

problem #21

Sep 192000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

All four tires are wearing out excessively around the edges. Middle of tires are doing fine. Vehicle was checked due to the right tire failing to maintain air. No leaks were found. Ford dealer will not exchange the tires. Indicated not on recall. Firestone retailer indicated the same. Tires has 50,000 miles on a 1998 Ford Ranger. P235/75R15. The tires were not on recall, according to the dealer. But these tires were cracking around the tread just like those on recall.

- Desoto, MO, USA

problem #20

Apr 151999

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
I had one of the 16" Firestone tires blow out at freeway speeds. The weather was warm, probably low 80's. the tire was on the back of the vehicle and I was able to maintain control. The tire was shredded. I did not look for tread separation since I did not know this was a problem. I have replaced the tires with another brand, so I do not have the exact tire information available. I was rather frustrated when this happened because the tires were only a year old. I was told by the Ford dealer, in pocatello Idaho where the blow occured, that blow outs were not covered by the warranty and that there was nothing to be gained by filing a complaint. At the time of the blow out, I would have filed this as a suspected defect if I had known how/where to report it. Thank you for your efforts. Mark( dot number: Tire size: P235R70/16 )

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #19

Sep 112000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Tread separation noticed when inspected by certified technician during routine service.( dot number: W2uu tire size: P22570R15 )

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #18

Jul 152000

Ranger

  • miles
Both front tires have regular periodic raised tread portions, noticed increase in tire noise. Have never seen tire wear like this in 34 years of driving.( dot number: Tire size: P225/70R14 )

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #17

Sep 182000

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

PE00020; tire tread separation: All four tires were showing signs of tread separation. All 4 tires have cracked around the tread. Tire size P235/75R15, dot # vnhl. Original tire equipment on a 1998, Ford, Ranger. Tire mileage 43,000.

- Phyllis, KY, USA

problem #16

Sep 132000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Original equipment on 1998, Ford, Ranger with 23,000 miles, tire size P235/70R16, dot vn0811U. All 4 tires had worn out from inside and going towards the outside causing front end to come out of alignment. Tires should have lasted 50,000 miles.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #15

Jan 012000

Ranger

  • miles
Peoo O20; consumer was traveling about 30mph on highway and felt the tire going flat. He pulled over, and left front tire tread separated. Firestone, wilderness#at, P23575R15 #dot W2hl. Consumer contacted Firestone.

- Philomath, OR, USA

problem #14

Jan 011998

Ranger

  • miles
I'm filing this for my dad, who bought this truck new in 98.when he first got the truck, a large piece of tread came off and when he took it back to the dealer, they steered him toward Firestone who said he must have hit something in the road to cause this to happen.he knows he didnt hit anything...besides why would it only hit one tire if he ran over something sharp enough to cut the tread, but that didnt stick in the tire? there is also a terrible roaring sound coming from the tires.after this recall started he took the truck over to Firestone again and they rotated the tires, and said yes there was a large knot on one of the tires. When he took it in to be replaced, which they said they'd do free of charge, he was informed that the tires had been driven with the improper weights, out of balance and with the wrong inflation. Firestone are the ones who do all his maitenence!! so if they were wrong, Firestone did it! please help me help my dad! I know these tires are not safe for him and my mom to be driving on!!( dot number: Tire size: 14 )

- Sparta, TN, USA

problem #13

Oct 281998

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
PE00020, original equipment, tire size P22570R14, dot hykc138. Rear passenger's tire had a flat. Occupant checked the tire and tread started to peel off which may have caused a crash. Constant problem with the other tires losing air. Firestone was not willing to assist him.

- Sacremento, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 202000

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While wife was driving about 30 heard a sound, and the right rear tires were flat. Tread had came loose from the sidewall in three places. Firestone Wilderness AT P235/75/R15

- Cullen, VA, USA

problem #11

Aug 202000

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE00 020; consumer was traveling about 60mph on highway and heard a flapping noise hitting up against vehicle. Driver's side front end tire had to be replaced. Firestone, wilderness, P2257014, and #dot W2fc. He has contacted Firestone. The customer now has tire separation on rear tires also.

- Bakersville, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 271999

Ranger

  • miles
In October 1999, a co-worker brought to my attention that steel threads were poking through the tread on the left front tire of my 1998 Ford Ranger, which only had 12,840 miles on it. I had purchased it brand new fourteen months earlier from capital Ford. I brought the truck back to the dealership and asked how it was possible that my tires were wearing out. My front tires were very bad, the left one was so bad that the technicians at the dealership, carrie and joe, insisted that they put my spare tire on until I could return to have two new front tires. I inquired as to why the unusual wear was not brought to my attention two months earlier when I had an annual inpection done at the very same dealership, and was told that it was an oversight. Carrie contacted peter duerksen, the service director, who authorized his department to pay for half the cost of replacement tires and an allignment, which was performed November 3, 1999. I found out that there was nothing wrong with the allignment. I maintain that the Firestone wilderness ht is a substandard and unsafe tire and should be recalled. I have corresponded to capital Ford and Firestone with respect to this matter and have had no satisfaction.( dot number: )

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #9

Sep 052000

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
PE00-020; 35,000 miles, P23575R15, dot W2hl1py407, original equipment with Ford Ranger, 1998. All 4 tires have developed cracks where the tread begins/at corner of tread, on outside of sidewall. Cracks were all around the tire. Consumer went to 3 tire shops, including Firestone. They all recommended to get tires replaced, except for Firestone. Firestone Wilderness AT PP235/75/R15

- Mitchell, IN, USA

problem #8

May 192000

Ranger

  • miles
This tire had a foot long split in the middle of the tread exposing the steel belt. I did not strike nor abuse the tire in any manner to cause this. The tire dealership where I had this tire replaced also witnessed many other tires of the same type with I.( dot number: W2fc tire size: P22570R14 )

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

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