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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Ranger wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #47

Aug 252003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I was driving on I-95 at approximately 80 miles an hour when I heard a 'popping' sound as if my tire was flat. The noise came from the driver side front. My truck (a 98 Ford Ranger) was pulled off the road and into the grass on the shoulder of the road. As soon as I heard the noise, I attempted to slow down by applying the brake and continued to do so as I moved onto the grass. Unfortunately whether the grass was to wet, or for whatever reason, my truck did not slow down and I ran into a tree- renderring my truck undriveable. I later found out that the tread of my Firestone P225 70R15 wilderness tires had peeled. There was still air filling the tire, but the tread had peeled off.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #46

May 312003

Ranger

  • miles
While driving at 65 mph rear driver's side tire tread separated and wrapped around rear axle, causing vehicle to roll over. Dealer notified.

- East Point, GA, USA

problem #45

Jul 202001

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Consumer went in for his replacement tires for recall 00T005, the tires being replaced were Firestone Wilderness AT, consumer is unhappy that the replacement tires are not similar replacements, general ameri 550 as P235/70R16 were used as the replacements.

- Mount Hermon, CA, USA

problem #44

Jul 272000

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, there was an increased difficulty with the steering/handling, consumer took vehicle in for inspection and the front tires revealed that the rubber was wearing in a very unusual manner, it appeared that there were rubber studs protruding from the front tires where the treads should have been, however not being aware of the tire recall, consumer purchased two new tires of the same make and discarded the old tires, and the difficulty of the steering/handling seemed to have bee resolved, months later consumer then experienced a blow out of one of the new tires that were purchased, while traveling at 65 mph, consumer is now aware of recall even though tires were not apart of the recall, he is now seeking reimbursement.(Firestone tires)

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #43

Apr 172001

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tuolps, P235/75R15, experienced tread separation, consumer states the steel was showing through one of the tires, these tires were not included in the recall.

- Saint Ann, MO, USA

problem #42

May 151999

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving consumer experienced a blow out on right rear Firestone wilderness ht(P225/70R14sl) tire, consumer stated she wrote Firestone and manufacturer and she was told by both companies that tire was not at fault.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #41

Feb 232001

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

After market tire, P225/70R14 size. Tread on tires have started to separate in center of tire. Firestone wilderness ht tires, dot number vnfc1P4218, consumer states tire on left front is separating and tires have already been replaced, consumer found out her tires were separating when she took one it that was flat.

- Brooksvield, FL, USA

problem #40

Apr 262001

Ranger 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Firestone, Wilderness AT tires were original equipment on a 1998, Ford, Ranger, and tires had 49000 miles on them. Consumer had noticed tread separation from outer sidewall where tread met sidewall. P265/75R15, dot W2B1pk. 2 Firestone dealers and 1 Ford dealer stated consumer should replace all tires, 1 other Firestone dealer stated tire cracking was ozone cracking and that the tires were okay, consumer replaced tires at his cost.

- Georgetown, IN, USA

problem #39

Jan 172001

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Inside/outside edges of Firestone Wilderness AT tires P235/70R16 are showing excessive wear, was having steering control problems & vehicle was vibrating. Took vehicle to Firestone retailer. Left tires alone replaced with another brand of tires. Dot VN08

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #38

Jul 261999

Ranger

  • miles
Firestone tires experienced tread separation, on one of the Firestone tires the steel belt was showing.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #37

Oct 202000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles

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

Firestone tires had visible splits at the tread/sidewall interfave of several tires, consumer request reimbursement. Nlm

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #36

Dec 012000

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone wilderness ht tire P225/70R15 dot W2uu1P0069 was causing a noise, so consumer pulled over to see right rear tire experienced tread separation, Firestone stated they would replace 1 tire, however consumer states all tires are starting to experience similar problems with tread, Firestone will not assist unless tires are on a recall list.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #35

Jul 261999

Ranger

  • miles
Firestone tires experienced tread separation, on one of the Firestone tires the steel belt was showing.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #34

Feb 102000

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, consumer heard thumping noise and went to a tire dealer who noticed tire tread had peeled, dealer also noticed the other 3 tires were showing signs of tread separation, rigt rear Firestone Wilderness AT tire P235/75R15 was replaced, dot vnhl.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #33

Oct 302000

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires (P235 75 R15) have a line all the way around the tire which is the start of tread separation, dealer informed consumer that all tires should be replaced, consumer requests help with getting the tires.

- Marietta, PA, USA

problem #32

Aug 031998

Ranger

  • miles
Firestone wilderness ht radial tire experienced tread separation.

- Parkton, MD, USA

problem #31

Jun 081999

Ranger 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Insd was traveling on I-95, clmt was on the left side of the insured, clmt got too close to the insd, insd attempted to move over to another lane. The insd's drvier side front tire blew out causing the insd to hit the wall. The roads were wet due to the rain. This vehicle had Firestone tires..model 225/70R14 althought these are not the tires in question, have any blow outs been reported. (claim# 59-V210-100)

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #30

Sep 122000

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone Wrangler P265 75 R15 tires experienced early tread wear so consumer had vehicle balanced and aligned many times and problem never corrected, dealer said the problem was the pressure of the tires were too high for large tires on a small truck, another dealer thought the problem to be the rims being to small for such big tires, another dealer replaced tires with radial ATX tires that didn't do any better.

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #29

Aug 301998

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was driving 45- 50mph, had no prior warning, and left rear tire blewout. Vehicle was controllable. Pulled over, and noticed tire was shredded; replaced it with spare; took time for replacement tire. Do not have tire. P235/70R16 with 7,000 miles on a 1998 Ford Ranger. The old tire was not repairable and the cause for blow out of the tire is not known.

- Perham, MN, USA

problem #28

May 272000

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Lost control when the left rear tire lost tread and blew out

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

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