Notes: How can we give the 2001 model year a "seal of pretty good" when it has some problems with a slipping transmission and a known problem with the speed activation control switch? Because it's not the 2002. That's how.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,115,059 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 092015


  • 167,218 miles


Main problem at the moment is a clicking, knocking noise that sounds like is coming from underneath truck in the middle. You can feel truck shake/vibrate when you hear the noise. Previous problems lug bolts came loose and almost cause tire to fall off. Other problem truck started off sounding like the brake pads were going then the truck started making a horrible grinding noise. Felt like the engine was going to fall out. Ended up being front passenger side tire. Rim had stattered.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 222012


  • 5,303,079 miles
An accident occurred wherein a young man was severely injured. He survived, but has a plate in his jaw, and severe scarring on his face. His sister was also a passenger and was injured, but less severely. The right rear tire appears to have blown out, causing the crash. A witness immediately behind the car at the time of the accident stated: "I noticed what looked like one of the right side tires bend to the side and suddenly explode. At that point the driver lost control due to the tire explosion and swerved to the center divider and crashed. Information on the tires is as follows: Radial SXT all terrains. Dot number on the tires were xfa 0307 and the tire size was 75/16. All tires passed inspection three months before, with a tread of 6/32. The officer noted the tread separated from the tire.

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 252009


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Explorer. The chrome steel wheels have exterior corrosion. This condition has caused the tires to lose air pressure. This failure has occurred twice before. She was advised by a technician at the dealer to pay $257. To replace bother rear tires. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Downsville, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 032004


  • miles
Vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, and mechanic determined that all four wheels were defective. A mechanism inside of the wheel tread sheared off into the manufacturer's tires, and caused the uneven wear and tear.

- Cathedral City, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012001


  • miles
The driver side wheel made a noise.

- Finleyville, PA, USA

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