really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
279,290 miles

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1998 Ford Explorer brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 222005

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


1998 Ford Explorer had brake failure due to the brake fluid eating through the metal. When the brakes failed, the consumer hit another vehicle. The brake line was made of metal and had a hole in it.

- Cranford, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 042007

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,196 miles
Rear metal brake line, running across rear axle, ruptured due to extensive corrosion. This resulted in complete loss of rear brakes. A new metal brake line had to be fabricated [part was not available from Ford]and installed. Dealer cost $400+. note: Several Ford dealers and brake shops advised that this is a common problem due to the fact that these brake lines were not properly coated to guard against corrosion.

- Albertson, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 172006

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,965 miles
The rear brake line broke due to corrosion.

- Beachwood, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 262004

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 920,000 miles
When attempting to stop, the bakes failed. The dealer stated that the brake line corroded. No impact reported. The non corroding steel brake line rusted and ruptured.

- Newark, DE, USA

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