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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,180 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #16

Oct 172000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Front left Firestone tire on Ford, Windstar, 1998 blewout. Firestone FR680 P205/70R15, dot# E4027490, consumer received notification from claims precessing stating consumer would receive a decision within 30 days, however has heard nothing, consumer states 1 person was injured.

- Rego Park, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 032000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph front two coil springs broke and vehicle's front dropped. Also a tire on the right side blew out. The spring was replaced.

- Mayville, NY, USA

problem #14

Jun 012000

Windstar

  • miles
Had two tires worn to steel belt within 3 months in same location. Ford says its the tires! it seems odd to me that 2 tires in same location would wear down to belt in same spot. The 2nd time it happened within 3 months. This is dangerous and Ford has been uncooperative in handling a serious concern! (tiresize: 21570R15)( dot number: Tire size: 21570R15 )

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #13

Sep 272000

Windstar

  • miles

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

Two tires blew out and the third was caught just before failure. Tread separation was evident on the third tire. All tires had been well cared for and had 67% tread remaining. Tire pressure maintained between 30 and 36 psi. Dealer who identified failure mode and replaced tires is: Alpine tire co., 2750 S glen ave, glenwood springs, co (970)945-6662. The dealer was going to retain the tires for adjustment from Goodyear (tiresize: P215/70R15)( dot number: Tire size: P215/70R15 )

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #12

Oct 022000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
On 9/7/00 I went to the local Firestone dealer telling them we were leaving for vacation in Florida on the 9th and to please do an early oil change and rotate the tires, making sure the tires were in good condition (because of all the problems with Firestone tires). I was told the tires were fine and actually watched while they rotated them. We got to fl and, because of the rocky ride down in the rain, my husband took the van to sears to get it aligned. He was horrified to learn that the two front tires were 'out of round' and that one of those Firestone tires had tread that was on the verge of separating. This is what has killed so many people. Our van is not on the recall list. We brought the tires back with us and they are stored in our garage, so I can get the necessary numbers, etc., for you if you wish. I took the tires to the Firestone dealer. The manager agreed we should never have driven that far with that tire, and he apologized; however, his only action will be to "adjust" the cost of new Firestone tires when we need them (we bought two new Michelin tires). This tire only had 26,000 miles on it. We have a 2 1/2-year-old son, and we are petrified knowing this tire could have caused an accident and killed our entire family. When I called Firestone this morning, they said no one else with a '98 Ford Windstar has reported this problem.( dot number: )

- Roland, AR, USA

problem #11

Oct 022000

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
On 9/7/00 I went to the local Firestone dealer telling them we were leaving for vacation in Florida on the 9th and to please do an early oil change and rotate the tires, making sure the tires were in good condition (because of all the problems with Firestone tires). I was told the tires were fine and actually watched while they rotated them. We got to fl and, because of the rocky ride down in the rain, my husband took the van to sears to get it aligned. He was horrified to learn that the two front tires were 'out of round' and that one of those Firestone tires had tread that was on the verge of separating. This is what has killed so many people. Our van is not on the recall list. We brought the tires back with us and they are stored in our garage, so I can get the necessary numbers, etc., for you if you wish. I took the tires to the Firestone dealer. The manager agreed we should never have driven that far with that tire, and he apologized; however, his only action will be to "adjust" the cost of new Firestone tires when we need them (we bought two new Michelin tires). This tire only had 26,000 miles on it. We have a 2 1/2-year-old son, and we are petrified knowing this tire could have caused an accident and killed our entire family. When I called Firestone this morning, they said no one else with a '98 Ford Windstar has reported this problem.( dot number: )

- Roland, AR, USA

problem #10

Jun 172000

Windstar

  • miles

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

Tire blew out on a hot day while traveling after 1.5 hours.( dot number: Tire size: 15/235R )

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #9

Aug 172000

Windstar

  • miles
I have experianced "rapid depressurization" of the lr tire on my mini-van causing the vehicle to cross the centerline. I was able to return to the right side of the highway avoiding an accident. After I came to a stop there was a hole in the sidewall 11/2 in. Wide by 3" high. These tires have not been abused, always properly inflated, not overloaded and properly rotated and inspected. The cause (per Goodyear dealer) was ply seperation where the tread meets the sidewall.( dot number: Tire size: P235-70R15 )

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #8

Feb 272000

Windstar

  • miles
On Feb. 27 of this year, the right front tire blew out( dot number: Tire size: P205/70R15 )

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #7

Feb 272000

Windstar

  • miles
On Feb. 27 of this year, the right front tire blew out( dot number: Tire size: P205/70R15 )

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 011999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Rear tire blew.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #5

Dec 121999

Windstar

  • miles
While wife was driving tire blew out, and automobile accelerated. Driver could not get automobile to stop.- vehicle went into a ditch and flipped over. Driver was injured.

- Chassell, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 311999

Windstar

  • miles
*since purchase new, one tire would go nearly flat weekly. Took it to the dealer to have it checked when they checked the window mechanism and the ABS sensor light--no problem found. Took it to 3 different tire stores (2 Goodyear)--no problem found. It went bald after only 18K and 2 rotations. No problem since purchasing 2 new tires. Alignment was not a problem--done @ 10K & 21K. Weather did not effect air loss, either. *drivers "auto-down" feature has never worked consistantly. Has nearly caused accidents & is very frustrating. Dealer has checked it too many times to count--same with the light on the dash coming on and not going off. I think they changed fuses once--still happens, but not as often. Would that effect safety? I don't know if the system will work properly while the light is flashing. *wiper problem is very intermittent--of course. When on slow intermittent (1 or 2) speed, will speed up on it's own to very fast & then must be turned off & back on again in order to get the correct speed set again. Temp & time run does not effect malfunction at all--happens hot or cold & after 3-5 minutes or up to an hour. Back wiper has always "chattered" when wiping--worse when cold. You change this window" it's hard to tell what you type and very hard to correct errors.( dot number: 97S " tire size: P215/70R15 )

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Aug 161999

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Tire rim leaking.

- Pine Mountain Club, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 111998

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tires blew (Firestone).

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 291998

Windstar

  • miles
Tires blew out on highway speeds.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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