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1998 Mercury Mountaineer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1998 Mercury Mountaineer Owner Comments

problem #4

May 052000


  • miles


Tire separated on the sidewall and was vibrating very badly. (tiresize: P235/75/R1)

- Trezevant, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 092000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE 00 020/tire tread separation: Left rear tire experinced a flat tire while traveling at 70 mph. Tire taken to a Firestone center, and informed consumer that tire was showing signs of wall separation. They would only replace it at a prorate exchange. Tires were original equipment and mounted on a 1998 Mercury, Mountaineer; tire size P235/75R15 and dot# W2hl1py288 this is the second tire that have become defective. The inner side wall cracked and the tire does not hold air.

- Binton, LA, USA

problem #2

Mar 182000


  • miles
I had two tires experience sidewall failure (large bulge on outside of tire). Tires were replaced by firstone. The tires on my vehicle are not subject to current recall due to the place of manufacture.( dot number: W2hl1py308 tire size: P235/75R15 )

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 112000

Mountaineer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had changed the four set of tires because of cracks on the tire sidewalls. Firestone P235/75R15 wilderness dot W2hlipy457. The Firestone representative had inspected the tires and found no problem. Apparently the problem could not be seen until the tires are removed from the rim.

- Little Canada, MN, USA

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