Notes: After a half-decade of major transmission problems, Ford seems to have solved all the major defects with the Explorer.

We are happy to say that both the & the NHTSA data indicate no problems whatsoever with the 2010 Ford Explorer.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,233 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2010 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2010 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 142013


  • 27,000 miles


I own a 2010 Ford Explorer XLT 4X4 that I purchased new in 2009. At approximately 30,000 miles the driver's side front wheel bearings wore out and were replaced under warranty. A second time after warranty at approximately 55, 000 miles the same wheel bearings were replaced at a cost of over $500. The entire wheel hub assembly was replaced and I was told by the dealer that this is fairly common" the truck now has only 66, 000 miles on it and has 3 sets of wheel bearings on the same side. What kind of defect in the front end can be causing this" (I rarely use the four wheel drive if this helps).

- South Hamilton, MA, USA

problem #2

Feb 242013


  • 65,000 miles
The car was just under 3 years old and just past it's warranty mileage. We started the car to drive it, and it was making a grinding noise and felt like someone was pressing on the brakes while accelerating. We then put the car in park and got out, and it started to roll. Our son was in the car at the time and luckily my husband still had one foot in the car to be able to pull the emergency brake. Towed to the dealership and were told that it was a wheel bearing issue in the front wheel. We reported this to Ford, at which time the service manager at the beechmont Ford in cincinnati told us that "wheel bearing issues are synonymous with Ford Explorer." Fast forward to July 2014, we are driving the car and alarm bells start going off. Same symptoms, towed to a different dealership, the mike castrucci Ford in milford, Ohio. This time it's the other front wheel bearing. Talked to Ford customer care regional representative again, at first he tried to imply that it's the way we drive the car (even though we have kept other cars for 10 years and longer and never had this issue), then tried to imply that we go off-roading (also not true, just normal highway and city roads) and then he told me the only way a recall will be issued is if the government feels there is a safety issue. So this tells me that they are a) aware that it's an issue with the way a Ford Explorer is constructed and B) not going to recall this car or part until enough people are injured or killed. We are still in the process of trying to get financial assistance from Ford to fix this wheel bearing issue on the front wheel, both times we have called them every day for over a week and no one will return our call. But we can basically count on the rear wheel bearing going bad next year and having to go through this again.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 052011


  • 13,700 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 55 mph, the front passenger side tire detached from the vehicle. The contact applied the brakes and was able to stop the vehicle on the shoulder of the road. The contact noticed the screws and lug nut covers were still attached to the tire. The screws were fractured and the steel had shaved off.the vehicle was towed to a dealer where the technician replaced the hub assembly and the ball joint assembly. The approximate failure mileage was 13,700.

- Oak Grove, MN, USA

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