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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,835 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 3)

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problem #33

Mar 302003

Windstar

  • miles

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

While driving, the left front wheel lug nuts sheared completely off, which caused the wheel to come off., ,,extensive damage which included replacing tire, wheel, lugs:nuts and body damage to door and front fender from skidding on wheel after tire fell off. Could not open driver's door.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #32

Oct 202002

Windstar

  • miles
All 5 left front lug bolts sheared and car lost wheel at 70 mph on freeway. Road was straight and I was able to pull car to right shoulder. I note 29 similar incidents over last 4 years on NHTSA website, but no recall. Why not? previously my mechanic had 3 of right front lugs break at less than spec torque. All right front lugs were replaced. At that time the left lugs took torque and (unfortunately) were not replaced. These lugs caused life threatening hazard.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #31

Jul 012002

Windstar

  • miles
Consumer stated that all 5 studs on the right front wheel sheared off while driving. Dlr advised that all studs snapped at the same tread length.

- Waterdown, CD, USA

problem #30

Aug 012002

Windstar

  • miles

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

Front left wheel vibrated at highway speeds. Inspected lugs: Nuts and found 3 broken ones.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #29

Oct 202001

Windstar

  • miles
Reported problem in May 2001, now replaced lugs: Nut sheared off wheel, help!

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #28

Nov 272001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While in motion, passenger tire came off vehicle due to lug nuts breaking off, causing vehicle to slam to the ground, skidding into a vacant lot, hitting a 2X4 board, claim 48-5214-929.

- Frederick, MO, USA

problem #27

Sep 102001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states the bolts on the right front wheel sheared off.(claim#27-7046-604)

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #26

Aug 312001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the lug nuts on the front wheel broke off, causing the wheel to separate from the vehicle.(claim#43-R774-617)

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #25

Dec 162001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the studs on the hub broke off, causing damage to the wheel and vehicle, claim 25-5623-634

- St. Joseph, MO, USA

problem #24

Nov 162000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the studs broke off the wheel, causing the vehicle to strike the ground.(claim#33-0269-919)

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #23

Apr 252002

(reported on)

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer possibly experienced problems with the wheel studs breaking off.(claim#38-J687-126)

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #22

Jun 062001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the wheel bolts sheared off, causing wheel to separate from the vehicle and strike the roadway.(claim#02-0442-821)

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #21

Aug 182001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the right wheel separated from the vehicle causing vehicle to slide.(claim#60-C263-071)

- Scarborough, 00, USA

problem #20

Aug 302001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While the insured was driving the tire fell off due to two lug nuts had cracked. Claim# 33-0348-233

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #19

Dec 202001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On two separate occasions, while driving at 60 mph, the front lug nuts that hold the tire in place fell off from the driver's side and passenger's side, almost causing loss of tires. Personal mechanic replaced lug nuts and studs.

- Melville, NY, USA

problem #18

Dec 192000

Windstar

  • miles
Front passenger side tire has fallen off three times while the consumer was driving. Bolts that hold tire in place kept breaking off the lugs: Nuts. Contacted dealer, and the dealer did not know what the problem was.

- Grayson, GA, USA

problem #17

Nov 242001

Windstar

  • miles
6th time in 6 months lugs: Bolts have sheared, normal driving w/ no incident. Wheels, hubs, tie rods and lug bolts have all been replaced w/ no change in regularity of event. No substantive vibration experienced. Mechanics have all been advised of history. Cowles Ford, C&J auto, D&B auto, aaa and and Firestone have serviced the incidents. Requested review on tsb's and other complaints to Ford - to no avail. Real serious - one to four lugs have sheared on each incident; involved both front wheel assys and one rear assy.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #16

Oct 292001

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph heard a noise from passenger's side front wheel. He pulled over, and took off hubcap to check tire. As soon as hubcap was off, 3 of the 5 lugs: Nuts fell off with post attached.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #15

Aug 312001

Windstar

  • miles
My front passenger wheel came off my car when I came to a stop to allow a car pass by, I went to make a left handed turn when my entire wheel came off my car and shot across the road. My husband came to look at the car and well as a tow truck had to take our car home, both made the comment that all five bolts scheered off. State farm our insurance company plugged this information into their system and said that it is a Ford issue and that I need to fill out this complaint form for ya'll to investigate. State farm is saying that it has to do with the rotar and vibration if the wrong parts are installed this situtation could happen. Well I told state farm and I will tell you, the rotars are from the factory and so the "wrong parts" were not used and it is not a possiblity because it did happen to me. Forturnately I was not injured and my precious girls were not in the car with me, but I don't want this to happen to anyone else or for that matter who is to say the other rotar won't do this on the other side. Please call me if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you for your time with this matter.

- Lucas, TX, USA

problem #14

Jul 272000

Windstar

  • miles
All 4 wheels have had lugs: Nuts sheared off and have fallen into the hubcap.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

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