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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 3 of 3)

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problem #13

Feb 072001

Windstar

  • miles

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

My concern is why all five studs that hold the wheel on broke at once, resulting in lose of steering. The body shop and the insurance agent could offer no good reason for this failure, they said maybe the lug nuts were over tight. Now I'm concern about it happening again to another wheel if something is defective.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #12

Oct 252000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left front wheel lug bolts sheared off causing the tire and wheel to come off and hit another vehicle, consumer requests reimbursement.

- Highland, UT, USA

problem #11

Oct 252000

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left front wheel lug bolts sheared off causing the tire and wheel to come off and hit another vehicle, consumer requests reimbursement.

- Highland, UT, USA

problem #10

Oct 052000

Windstar

  • miles

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

Front wheel bolts fell off, and tire came off.

- Highland, UT, USA

problem #9

Nov 081999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 70 mph front right wheel lugs sheared off causing wheel to come off.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #8

Jan 052000

Windstar

  • miles
Passenger's side front tire bolts sheared off and wheel rolled down the highway. Car rested on front disc brake. Then it came to a stop. Mechanic said the bolts broke off, and nuts were still on them.

- Charlott, NC, USA

problem #7

Jan 212000

Windstar

  • miles

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

My wife was turing left at a red light and was waiting for pedistrians to cross the street. As she turned the corner the right front tire snapped off of the hub and almost hit a lawyer! all five of the studs broke off, the metal indicated they were fresh breaks. There was not any indication of the nuts being lose, the nuts were still screwed on the studs. The wheel and nuts did not look scared as if they had been lose. Pior to the wheel coming off there had been no shimmy or vibration at all. I had driven the vehicle the previous night and had not felt anything out of the ordinary. She had only accelerated from the left turn position about 15ft and could not have been going faster than 5 mph. The vehicle had not been serviced after we purchased it. Thank god she was not on the interstate in 5'oclock traffic!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Apr 011999

Windstar

  • miles
The left wheel lugs: Nuts broke off or sheared off which may cause the wheel to fall off. Occurred twice.

- Nanuet, NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 281999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1)all 5 lugs: Nuts sheared off from the right front passenger hub, causing the wheel to leave the vehicle. The body of the vehicle traveled approximately 200 feet until it stopped. 2)the rear brakes had to be replaced with new pads and rotors. Dealer couldn't explain why this was a problem. 3) the next day the right passenger mirror electical system no longer worked. 4)the parking brake consistently does not disengage after use. We no longer use it, possibly creating a safety hazard. 5) the vehicle intermittently stalls out at low speeds or upon stopping. Additionally the initial gears shift hard and loud. 6) the rear seat will not move on the track.

- Leroy, IL, USA

problem #4

Apr 081999

Windstar

  • miles
Lug nuts broke off of right front tire and hub of wheel/brake drum, resulting in tire falling off of vehicle and causing damage to vehicle. (Ohio traffic crash report). Mjs

- Garden Cit, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 051999

Windstar

  • miles

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

Vibration from rear drivers side wheel due to 4 lug nuts falling off wheel, wheel was being secured by 1 loose lug nut.

- Granite Sp, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 271999

Windstar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 70 mph 2 lugs: Nuts came off, and the consumer had to pull over to the side of the road. Consumer took off the hub cap and noticed that two of the lugs: Nuts came off, and the other three were coming off. The studs sheared off inside the lug nuts.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 091998

(reported on)

Windstar

  • miles
Missing or improperly adjusted lug nuts are a factory problem on 1998 units manufactured in Canada.

- Unknown, UN, USA

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