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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,027 miles

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #32

Aug 032000

Mountaineer

  • miles

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

Steel belt was showing on Firestone tire.

- Franklinton, LA, USA

problem #31

Aug 012000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
I've been to a Firestone dealer and the place I bought the vehicle, both tell me that my tires aren't on recall, but can sell me new ones.my tires are cracking around the treads just like the recalled ones I've seen on television, but they both are telling me there is nothing they can do about it! I just can't go out and afford new ones, and these are clearly defective. Who can I get to actually look at these tires and take responsibility? the Firestone representative told me that he has seen several of my type of splitting, but there is nothing he can do (he was quite rude also) about it except sell me new ones. Now if these firestones aren't recalled and are bad, why would I purchase other non-recalled firestones. I have retained an air pressure of approx. 34psi since I've owned it. These tires are cracking and anyone who wishes to view these can just contact me and I will make them available at any time. Please contact me, I'm about at the end of my rope and these tires should also be recalled, unless of course mine are deffective alone, and then they (Firestone or Ford) should correct this problem to..thank you for your time..V/R, J. matt duffin (dot number: W2 tiresize: P235/75R15) (dot number: W2 tiresize: P235/75R15)

- Milton, IN, USA

problem #30

Oct 032000

(reported on)

Mountaineer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Firestone Wilderness AT tires(P235 75 R15) don't hold air pressure, consumer had tires serviced every 3-5 weeks because of this.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #29

Sep 282000

(reported on)

Mountaineer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Right front Firestone wilderness ht tire (P225 70 R15) experienced blow out.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #28

Sep 272000

(reported on)

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
September 20, 2000 I own a 1998 Mountaineer. It came with Firestone P235/75R15 Wilderness AT tires. The four mounted tires are all dot W2hl 1py 397. I recently had these tires inspected by my Ford dealer's mechanic because I was going on an out of state. (dot number: W2hl1py357 tiresize: P235/75R15)

- Midland, MI, USA

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problem #27

Sep 182000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
The sidewalls on all four tires cracked. The cracks were located all the way around the tire where the tread wraps from the face of the tire to the sidewall. I went to two Firestone stores. Both agreed the tires were defective and would be replaced on a pro-rate. No tires were available on 9/18/00 due to the demand associated with the recall. I was put on a waiting list. Deciding not to trust the tires any longer, I was able to locate and purchase kelly-springfield tires the same day. I kept the Wilderness AT tires. Three of the tires have dot numbers that are vnhl1py397. The other has a dot number vnhl1py387. All four tires were consistent in the patern of the cracking. I wanted to advise you of this defect as the recalled Wilderness AT are being replaced with tires manufactured in the same Canadian plant as the defective tires on my Mountaineer.( dot number: Vnhl1py397 tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Aberdeen, WA, USA

problem #26

Aug 302000

Mountaineer

  • miles

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

Because of the news reports of tire problems I decided to rotate the tires on my Mountaineer. On the inside of the right rear tire I found cracks where the steel showed through. I put all the tires back on the car and drove to a Firestone dealer. They were willing to give me an adjustment on that tire only. I refused the offer and went to another tire company where I purchased four new tires. I kept the Wilderness AT tires in case they are needed in the future because of the on going investigation by your organization.( dot number: W2hl1py897 tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Bush, LA, USA

problem #25

Aug 182000

Mountaineer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Original tires P235/75R15, dot vnhl348, 1998, Mercury, Mountaineer. Consumer took car to be serviced, and mechanic said that 2 of the tires were cracking like the recall tires. Then, dealer noticed a third tire had a crack.

- Horton, KS, USA

problem #24

Sep 072000

(reported on)

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
Took tires to Firestone dealer, he found severe cracks in 2 tires, front, but they were not part of recall. Bought Goodyear tires to replace them. Car spent 2 winters in bradenton, Florida. Trip down last year was in over 90 degree heat. Return trip the same. Psi (30) at all times.( dot number: W2hl tire size: 15 )

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #23

Sep 022000

Mountaineer

  • miles
Noticed a rocking/rolling motion on smooth pavement. Left rear tire had a bubbled area which had worn and burst a hole in the tire. Steel thread showing. I put the spare on and when got back home I bought 5 new tires. I think I caught the problem just in time to avoid a possible accident.( dot number: Vnhl tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #22

Sep 052000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles

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

No summary( dot number: W2hl tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #21

Sep 042000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
Apparent tread seperation caused tire failure. I narrowly avoided an accident because of this on I294. Defect appears evident.( dot number: W2hl tire size: P23575R-15 )

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #20

Sep 132000

(reported on)

Mountaineer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The Firestone Wilderness AT tires on the vehicle all have experienced stress cracks, however the tires are not included in the recent recall.

- Cedar Grov, TN, USA

problem #19

Sep 052000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
No summary( dot number: W2hl tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #18

Sep 072000

(reported on)

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
Took tires to Firestone dealer, he found severe cracks in 2 tires, front, but they were not part of recall. Bought Goodyear tires to replace them. Car spent 2 winters in bradenton, Florida. Trip down last year was in over 90 degree heat. Return trip the same. Psi (30) at all times.( dot number: W2hl tire size: 15 )

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #17

Jun 182000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
Driving eastbound on I-12 Louisiana en route to md when vehicle shook violently and we lost control of vehicle and did a 360 and slammed into trees. Vehicle was total loss and 2 animals perished, spouse and I were taken via ambulance to slidell mem. Hospital( dot number: Tire size: P23575R15 )

- New Market, MD, USA

problem #16

Sep 042000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
Apparent tread seperation caused tire failure. I narrowly avoided an accident because of this on I294. Defect appears evident.( dot number: W2hl tire size: P23575R-15 )

- Lockport, IL, USA

problem #15

Sep 022000

Mountaineer

  • miles
Noticed a rocking/rolling motion on smooth pavement. Left rear tire had a bubbled area which had worn and burst a hole in the tire. Steel thread showing. I put the spare on and when got back home I bought 5 new tires. I think I caught the problem just in time to avoid a possible accident.( dot number: Vnhl tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #14

Mar 222000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • miles
Preiviously contacted ntsha ref # 866987 (info on forme sent me is incorrect) correct info follows: While driving to fl, in georga noticed a viberations in from end. Contacted Ford, they said try to have tires balanced. Firestone store said can't balance tire because the steel belts have seperated internally. There is an aporx. Hight differance betreen treads of 1/2": I didn't want to pay $120 for a new tire so I had the store mount that tire as my spare. I still have this tire. Firestone has since said that they will replace that tire, but since it is not in the recall, I was wondering if you wanted to look at this tire since it did not totally fail?( dot number: W2hl1py467 tire size: 23575R15 )

- Fall River, WI, USA

problem #13

Aug 042000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The Firestone Wilderness AT (P235/75R15) tire experienced a split on the sidewall area.

- Hellier, KY, USA

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