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Crashes / Fires:
11 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 2
Average Mileage:
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1998 Ford Ranger wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #83

Nov 132008

Ranger

  • miles

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

While on freeway left rear tire failed. Lost control of vehicle crashed into center divider. Vehicle total loss. The tire failure appears as tread separation.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #82

Jul 102003

Ranger

  • miles
On July 10, 2003 my cousin's 1998 Ford Ranger left rear tire peeled apart, causing the truck to flip and blow-up. There was no warning, what-so-ever. My cousin and a passenger were both killed. The rear tires were cooper discoverer H/T tires. A tire expert later determined that this tire had both a manufacturing and design defect. The family attempted to mitigated this tragic event by contacting cooper tire & rubber company directly. Cooper tire company offered no defense, nothing. We are now in litigation. I personally asked coopers' attorneys about the origin of their tires rubber. I was told, "cooper gets their rubber from various sources." We request the NHTSA investigate cooper tire and rubber company's manufacturing process. The public needs to know if this company uses unsafe rubber made in china in the manufacturer of its H/T discoverer tire. We also request the NHTSA discuss with cooper its misleading use of the letters " H/T" which suggest the tire is safe for both highway and terrain (off road) use. This is an unsafe tire.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #81

Nov 062001

Ranger

  • miles
PE00 020; consumer is concerned that vehicle is unsafe because of different tires. She received manufacturer's recall O1D77 for Firestone Wilderness AT tires. But, Firestone mechanic replaced Firestone tires with Michelin cross tires. Consumer is concerned that dealer is not aware of problem.

- Ledyard, CT, USA

problem #80

Sep 172001

(reported on)

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving, vehicle would start to shimmy/ vibrate at 35mph and above, vehicle was taken to dealership, and had tires rotated even though it was the right front tire, however problem still exists, consumer contacted Firestone, and nothing was being done about the tires. P225/70R15 on a 1998 Ford, Ranger. Consumer contacted Ford and was informed that this is a Firestone problem.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #79

Aug 112000

Ranger

  • miles
Attorney for, [xxx],consumer, reported that while vehicle was moving approximately at speed limit, consumer believed that left front tire blewout. Blow out caused vehicle into a rollover. Also, front right tire tread separated from tire. Firestone, wilderness ht, P225/70R15 100S. Consumer sustained major injuries when he was ejected from vehicle. Vehicle was a 1998, Ford truck Ranger pickup. Original tires purchased with the vehicle. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #78

Jul 222001

Ranger

  • miles
My wife and I were driving S/B in the carpool lane on the 605 freeway at 65/70 mph when we heard a funny noise coming from the right rear tire. Thinking we had a flat, we started to move over to the right and exit the freeway. At around lane 3 I completely lost control of the vehicle. It fish-tailed twice and then flipped over and slid into the iceplant along the side of the freeway. The truck then righted itself and we ended up facing N/B on the shoulder. We could have easily been killed!!! my wife sustained some bumps and bruises but is otherwise ok. I walked away without a scratch. On inspecting the tire (which we now have in our possesion) we noticed that the sidewall had completely separated from the rest of the tire!! my wife and I are convinced that these Firestone wilderness ht tires are unsafe!!! we have photos of the truck and we saved the tire. If you have any questions - please call us anytime. Thanks - wallace (dot number: W2uu tiresize: P225/70R15)

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #77

May 231998

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer stated while driving on a slick road, he shifted into 4 wheel drive and between 45 and 50 mph vehicle rotated to the left, consumer turned off 4 wheel drive and pulling became more severe, vehicle went into a spin and ended up in a hollow pit with back end against fence, consumer got out of vehicle and saw that he had experienced a tire blow out on three of the four Firestone (P235/75R15) tires.

- La Verkin, UT, USA

problem #76

Apr 042001

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
I have had two Firestone 16 inch Wilderness AT tires fail. There is nothing wrong with my truck. It is an excellent vehicle, but there needs to be a further recall of all /Firestone Wilderness AT tires regardless of vehicle make. (tiresize: P23570R16)( dot number: Tire size: P23570R16 )

- Camdenton, MO, USA

problem #75

Jul 102000

Ranger

  • miles
Last July on a hot, 87 degree afternoon, my front left tire began to shake and I pulled over immediately. It was flat by the time I stopped so I changed it. I purchased two new cooper tires to replace the fronts. I have rotated snow tires on the rear and have had no problems with the remaining Firestone original tires. (dot number: W2uu ipo tiresize: P225/70R15)

- Mason City, IA, USA

problem #74

May 142001

(reported on)

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Tire size P22570R14, original equipment on Ford, Ranger, 1998 with 38,000 miles. All 4 tires have evidence of cracking on outside where tread meets and runs down circumference on all 4 channels. There is still tread left. Firestone wilderness ht, dot vdhlxbu1700.

- Waterloo, IA, USA

problem #73

Feb 252001

Ranger

  • miles

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

While driving at 65 M.P.H. tire collapsed. I. (dot number: W2fc1P4228 tiresize: P225/70R14)

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #72

Feb 162001

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Driver side front tire just separated as I was traveling down the interstate. I nearly lost control of my vehicle. I feel that if traffic were heavier at the time I would have caused an accident because my vehicle swerved very abruptly when the tire blew. It was my spare tire that couldn't have had more than 3000 miles on it. I am very concerned with the rest of the tires on my truck. (dot number: W2hl1py138 tiresize: P235/75R15)

- Philippi, WV, USA

problem #71

Feb 082001

Ranger

  • miles
Noticed hair line cracks where tread meets tire, on a 1998, Ford, Ranger; original equipment, tire size P235/70R15, dot# W2hl1py138. Tire center notified, and unwilling to help in this matter. Tire available for analysis. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Penn Lard, VA, USA

problem #70

Sep 121998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
The vehicle went off the right side of the road to avoid an oncoming vehicle in my lane. I corrected my vehicle to come back onto the roadway and when I turned back to the right, the right fron tire blew and the weight shiften from the weak springs in the rear, rolling my vehicle five times. The vehicle speed control was on at the time of the accident. Although the tires were original equipment, they were oversized (16 inch, off-road package) and unsafe for this vehicle. The 16 inch tires are no longer being put onto Ranger. (dot number: Vd tiresize: P235/70R16)

- Avon Park, FL, USA

problem #69

Dec 041998

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's rear Firestone wilderness ht OWL tire blewout while traveling 60mph.tires had 8200 miles on them. Consumer was able to gain control of vehicle without accident or injuries. Tire size P225/70R15, dot# unknown.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #68

Sep 012000

Ranger

  • miles
Failure of tires has not occurred yet; however, all 4 tires are full of cracks at the bottom of the thread blocks. One tread block on one tire has separated from the tire. I have never seen this on tires that are only 3 years old and at this much mileage. Concerned that tire failure is bound to happen and tires have plenty of usuable tread left. (dot number: Unknown tiresize: P225/70R15)

- Frankenmuth, MI, USA

problem #67

May 051999

Ranger

  • miles
Firestone wilderness ht tire experienced blowout, consumer requests tires be replaced with quality tires.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #66

Oct 152000

Ranger

  • miles
While driving straight at approximately 10 mph the right front tire blew. The tire has a 2" verticle break in it's sidewall. Upon search of the location, I didn't find anything that I might have hit at the time and I don't recall hitting anything with that tire in the past. Upon inspection, I noticed the tire has other verticle ripples in the sidewall as well as the other three still on the ground. The tire is supposed to have two plys of polyester in the sidewalls. Unless they are adjacent, I can only identify one in the break. No injuries or other damage occured. (dot number: W2fc IP4 tiresize: P22570R14)

- Farmersville, TX, USA

problem #65

Sep 182000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires were out-of-round and could not be balanced.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #64

Sep 182000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires were out-of-round and could not be balanced.

- Reston, VA, USA

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