definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,000 miles

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2008 Ford Ranger wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2008 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 202016


  • 60,000 miles


I have noticed the whole spindle (the part that the brakes are bolted to and the wheel is connected to) has excessive rust so bad if is coming off in large pieces. The truck was never in water or exposed to excessive salt on the roads, always keep in a garage or carport. From where the top ball joint bolts on, to where the bottom ball joint bolts on, its nothing but rust. So much rust has come off that it is actually getting smaller, especially up where the top ball joint bolts on because it is smaller in size. I have sprayed rust killer on it because I was concerned about it breaking from getting weak because of so much of the metal turning to rust and falling off! if it should break the whole wheel would come off! this is the only metal part on the truck that is doing this and it is very dangerous. I think Ford bought some bad parts from somewhere that was made of cheap metal. I think you are going to see many more complaints about this as people notice it. I hope they notice it before it starts breaking or failing, because of sure loss of steering. Its hard to see unless you have the wheel off and look behind. Also the wheel bearings are wearing out prematurely at less than 60,000 miles. I am still driving the truck but keep checking the rusting spimdle condition, and wheel bearings.

- Macksbirg, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 012011


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Ranger pickup. The contact stated that the wheels were rusted due to a collection of rain. The contact was concerned that the tires would not provide adequate traction when driving in inclement weather. The dealer and manufacturer were notified of the failure but did not assist the contact. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 12,000.

- Dubois, PA, USA

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