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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,353 miles

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1998 Ford Windstar wheels / hubs problems

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1998 Ford Windstar Owner Comments

problem #17

Jul 232010

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

1998 Ford Windstar, lost the retread of left rear tire, drove off right side off roadway and struck the ditch. (Ohio traffic crash report # 10-0432-91) updated 09/13/10

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #16

Jul 252007

Windstar

  • miles
Under normal driving conditions the tread of tire of my tire came off down the belts, the tire made the vehicle hard to drive and could of caused an accident, I was driving on the expressway @ 55 mph when this happened. I had to replace my tire.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #15

Jul 012005

Windstar

  • miles
I had three of the four subject tires separate on three different incidents. The first tore out the front end of the car causing $950 damage (July 2004). At this point we replaced both front tires. The second (left rear separated at highway speed) July 1, 2005. And the third separated a week later on the return trip home (July 9, 2005). The tires were mastercraft P794 205-70-15 something must be done to correct this problem. The treads were brand new and no visual warning signs were available. No year given mastercraft P22575R15 - tires:tread/belt : recalls.justia.com/auto-content-5303.html

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #14

Aug 192004

Windstar

  • miles

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

While traveling 65 mph right front tire tread separated. Once stopped, air began to seep out. Wheel weld along with the brake line were severed. Consumer was aware of NHTSA recall 00T011000, concerning thin liner.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #13

Jun 032004

Windstar

  • miles
Cooper tire radial tire tread separation. I was driving with my family to murfreesboro to visit relatives when the tread separated. There was much damage to my van including body as well as fuel line. Noboy was injured but it was very frightening. It happened on interstate 24 just before monteagle mtn. I drive a 1998 Ford Windstar van. I replaced the tire with a temporary and drove back to walmart at kimball exit to get new tires. Because of the fuel line damage, I will not drive the van again until it is repaired.

- Signal Mtn, TN, USA

problem #12

Apr 262002

Windstar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
While driving and with no warning, tread separated from tire. P20570T15. Dot W2M01P1188.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #11

Aug 252002

Windstar

  • miles

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

The right rear tire tread separated while the consumer was driving at 70 mph. The incident resulted in body damage to the vehicle (Firestone tublps FR680, tire size P205/70R15 and dot # W2M01P1118. Tire mileage was 18000).

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 042002

Windstar

  • miles
The tread separated all the way around the tire which has never been underinflated, overloaded or abused in any way.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #9

Apr 262002

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and without warning tire tread started to separate, causing vehicle to have a blowout. Consumer had to pull over. Dealer notified. Size P20570R15, dot # W2mo the blown out tire caused damages to the vehicle's side panel and mud guard.

- Melvin Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 012002

Windstar

  • miles
Original tires, Firestone 20570R15, consumer states while traveling at highway speeds heard a big boom, vehicle started to vibrate, and consumer states it was had to keep control of vehicle. The tread seperated from left rear tire. Consumer states the weather was very hot.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 112001

Windstar

  • miles

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

I noticed recently a vibration in the steering wheel while driving. From past experience, I thought one of the tires needed balancing, since I did not feel any problems with the brake rotors. I went to have the tires checked, and the Goodyear dealer said the tires had a defect in the belts. He recommended replacing all 4 tires, because he said they all looked bad. I made an appointment for the next day (10/12/01) to have them replaced, but wouldn't you know it, I went to drive to work on the freeway on 10/11/01 and the rear passenger side tire blew up. I think that Goodyear should replace these tires at "no charge" instead of pro-rating them, but that probably won't happen without a recall right" I would not want this to happen to anybody else driving on the freeway. What if they have bad tires, but did not notice any vibration like I did? can these tires blow up without any warning to other drivers" (tiresize: P215 70R15)

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 172001

Windstar

  • miles
Tread on the front right Goodyear Eagle ls tire, size: P215/70R15, dot: Unknown on a 1990, Ford, Windstar is starting to separate, there are approximately 44,000 miles on the tires. Consumer states the tire did separate and decided to replaced the left front tire which also had separated, consumer then replaced all four tires.

- Elmira Heights, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 272001

Windstar

  • miles
3 of my 4 tires separated due to a factory defect - the belts separated, causing them to be unsafe enough not to pass Virginia state inspection. The tread wear on all of them was 67%. my failed tires caused me to have to buy 4 brand new tires, even though the problem was a factory defect. We did not get into an accident - yet. These tires should be recalled if they are not safe. (dot number: 4bm3ddwr38 tiresize: 2157015)

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #4

May 132001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tire size P205/70R15, original equipment on a Ford, Windstar, 1998; while driving 60 mph tread on driver's side tire separated. Firestone tire dot number W2M01P1087.

- Milwaukie, OR, USA

problem #3

Sep 102000

Windstar

  • miles
While driving, Firestone right rear tire P205/70R15 experienced tread separation, tire still had pressure after separation.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 031999

Windstar

  • miles
I believe you should add the Firestone tires that were standard equipment on the 1998 Windstar to your investigation. The circumstances seem pretty similar.our tire shredded on highway at 70 mph. Tread wrapped around rear axle. Fortunately I was able to get the car to the side of the road and there were no injuries but this occured in a rural area in 100 degree weather. If not for mobile phone and service we could have died of heat stroke. Car was towed by aaa to sheridan, Wyoming Goodyear dealer. We were told that it was definite tire failure. Firestone dealer in las vegas examined tread and refused to replace at no charge or admit defect. After many calls and complaints, Firestone customer service finally refunded us $40 and nothing towards the towing or other costs involved.( dot number: Tire size: P20570rx15 )

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Sep 051999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Original equipment on a 98 Windstar, size P215/70R15, right rear tire tread separated at highway speeds. 2 other Goodyear invicta tires dot#pdm3dder317 experienced irrepairable bulges.

- Minnop, MN, USA

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