pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
96,055 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. fix intake manifold gasket leak (1 reports)
  3. give it back to Ford (1 reports)
1998 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #6

May 082009

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,328 miles


own two fords will never buy another ford. not only check engine light on but many steering column and electrical problens.

light on went and did all possible solutions.singal

- , Warren, MA, USA

problem #5

Jun 102006

Explorer Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Very annoying unable to pass inspection in nyc. I was told it was the cam sensor and had it replaced. The light was off for a bout a week and it lit back up.

- , Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 112007

Explorer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

The check engine light came on one day and just stayed on. It doesn't stay on 24/7, it will go off now and then, again for no apparent reason, but only for a short time and then it's back on again.

It seems to interfere when I need to get an inspection sticker, which is coming up again in less than a month. My husband pull some kind of trickery and gets the light off long enough to get it inspected, but I can't say what it is he does. My comfort level really takes a dive with check engine on all the time. I feel guilty having any passengers in my car. I feel like I am jeopardizing their well-being. I would be just as concerned if this was the only warning light that's on all the time, but of course, it isn't. I need to file yet another complaint on the O/D light.

- , Woodstock, GA, US

problem #3

Aug 112003

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Soon after buying the car it wasn't long did I experience the check engine light coming on. I had it fixed twice only to realize that when I go to the gas station and not securely fitting the gas cap...on comes the light. Now, I just drive around with that annoying yellow light on...it's funny because sometimes it goes out on its own, but it's short lived because once I fill 'er up again it comes back on...ha ha ha!!! I laugh so that I don't cry!!!

- , Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012008

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

You know, I just bought it and now it needs a whole new engine!!!!!!!!! My timing belt keeps getting stuck. How am i suppose to pay for that?????????? It's just one problem after another.....

- , Phila, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012004

(reported on)

Explorer XLT

  • 35,000 miles

Getting po171/po171- too lean. From what I have seen & heard about this problem, the first repair is to replace the O2' sensors. Mine has 4. 2 before the catalyst & 2 after. only the front 2 inputs info to the computer. $60-$100 each. the problem is it can be a hundred other items, from mass airflow sensor to coolant temp. sensor, to exhaust leak/ intake leak, to...??? Does ANYBODY have any sugestions?

- , Las Vegas, NV, US

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