really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,667 miles

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2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac wheels / hubs problems

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2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #6

May 012007

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


I had uneven wear on my tires that were the original tires from the factory. I bought the car new from the Ford dealer. I was told that the tire specs and brand were not the ideal type for this kind of vehicle. No warranty coverage given. I did buy Michelin at OWL and they have held up to present 2014 at 106250 miles.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 182012

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with mastercraft courser A/T 2 tires (size: LT265/75R16). While driving approximately 70 mph, the front passenger side tire exploded, causing the contact to crash into another vehicle and the highway median. The front axle and tie rod fractured during the failure. The contact sustained a fractured back and a concussion. The contact was transported to the hospital via ambulance. The police reported to the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 08T005000 (tires:sidewall) that could have been related to the failure. The contact stated the recall the dot number was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000. The failure mileage of the vehicle was 110,000....updated 07/19/12

- Fort Drum, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 152011

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • miles
Tires cupping and whine at about 40 mph and up.

- Ottumwa, IA, USA

problem #3

Dec 232010

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 95,000 miles


I own a 2004 Ford Explorer sporttrac that came with Michelin cross terrain tires. As I was driving home for the holidays my front driver side tire came apart, rubber started to fly everywhere, beating my truck up pretty bad. The tire was still holding air when I made it to the shoulder, the tire held its air pressure for 2 days after I had taken it off. Just thought I should let someone know.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 302006

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac in brunswick, ga in late Sept 2006. After leaving the dealer, we noticed a bumping/vibration. Took it back to the dealer 3 times, each time it did not fix the problem. We were told that it needed an alignment (did not work). Then, we were told by the mechanic that the tires (Goodyear Wrangler) were out of round, but yet they did a force balancing instead of replacing the tires; which did not fix it and now in addition to the bumping, it is now pulling hard to the right. I am told by the dealer that this is a "truck" and there will be a little vibration and bumping. I do not believe this since I have driven trucks all of my life without this problem. I traded a 1998 Explorer that did not have this problem. I have asked the dealer to replace the tires as a test to see if it is the tires. They don't want to do this because of cost issues. I asked them to let me drive one of the new 2007 sport tracs to see if they have this problem. The reply was that they have a different suspension. The vehicle is still under manufacturers warranty. I have told the dealer that if this problem can not be fixed than I don't want the vehicle. What am I to do?

- Waverly, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012006

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2004 Ford Sport Trac XLT with Goodyear Wrangler rt/S tires (M+S P255/70R16). I have the tires rotated every 3 to 5 thousand miles. Problem is the tires keep cupping out, which creates a less safe driving environment and causes excessive road noise. I've been told by the local tire store that this is a systemic problem with the vehicle and buying new tires will not correct it. How should I proceed to have this issue corrected? note, the wheels are within alignment specifications. Please advise...thanks.

- Niceville , FL, USA

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