Last post on Jan 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM
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Ford Explorer, Ford Explorer Sport, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, Tires, SUV
#11 of 20 ford exploror 92-4 wheel drive
Sep 30, 2008 (8:24 pm)
had wheel alignment done after putting in new kby shocks and new front wheel bearings and seals.after doing alignment shop says the camber is out of range -1.1 and -.05.they said no camber adjustment is available even though there is a camber adjuster in the steering knuckle.said it can only be adjusted by putting on new bushings.im i getting snowed?also i put on new tires and had no noise or steering issues on front suspension.only did work as general maintenance.car has 108,100 miles on it all highway.never use 4 wheel drive or drive offroad.car is driven like old lady never faster then 63 mph.they say this car has no camber adjustment.is that true also old tires had 60000 miles with very littlewear.thnks for help.
#12 of 20 cupping or scalloping front tires
Dec 13, 2008 (1:26 pm)
This is late but in case it helps someoneI, I too, developed strange wear patterns in front tires on 99 explorer sport. I'd driven several years with no issues but suddenly it was bumpety bump with a regular whacky gouging at regular intervals along the perimeters of both front tires. It was, indeed, the shocks!
#13 of 20 Re: "Feathering" of tires 2004 Sport Trac [lone10wolf]
Feb 05, 2010 (3:04 pm)
I have the same problem as well...bought it new from Ford, and after first 500 miles I complained about cupping and inside wear. I also complained about vibration in steering wheel on the highway. They did all kinds of things to my truck, replaced the drive shaft, new front tires (once), balanced the tires dozens of times, did more alignments ect...NOTHING has ever stopped the vibration and the inside wear and cupping. I tried to get them on Lemon Law...but the Lemon Law people said they did not have enough to do anything even after I had been in the dealership over 20 times with documented complaints and service records. I have gone through 5 sets of tires and have 130K on the truck. That means I get about 27K miles per set of tires...and I buy good tires...BFG's...This is a HUGE problem and FORD needs to fix it!!! There are all kinds of complaints online about this and I don't know why there has not been a fix for this! It seems to me that the camber is off..ever notice how your tires sit leaning in at the tops? This is to much negative camber. I even bought the "camber kit" so you could adjust this and I'm adjusted all the way out and the tires still sit with negative camber...something is insanely wrong with the front end of this truck. I am thinking of having new upper control arms custom made so I can get about another 1/2 inch to play with my camber and see if that might fix the problem.
What do I know....it seems no one else has an answer out there...I have talk to many many mechanic about this and NO ONE has the right answer...TIME FOR FORD TO TELL US WHAT TO DO!!!!!
#14 of 20 Re: "Feathering" of tires 2004 Sport Trac [harmstrong11]
Feb 05, 2010 (4:49 pm)
This is lone10wolf. I am sorry to say the my answer to the tire feathering problem was to trade my Sport Trac in on a new 2008 F-150 during a time in late 2008 when I could practically steal it from the dealer. I am not looking back. The Sport Trac was a bad seed. There was no solution to the problem and I wasn't getting any acknowledgment from Ford that a problem even existed. My F-150 has been wonderful to drive and I would never go back to another Sport Trac. Sorry to say ................
#16 of 20 Prob after rim swap
Feb 08, 2010 (6:09 am)
To make a long story short my fiance swapped rims and tires from her 2006 Explorer with her friend who had a 2002 Explorer and now her tire sensor system is not working cause the 2002 rims dont have the sensors. I see there are oem sensors and bands availible and I also see there are sensors attached to the inside of the valve stems that dont need bands. So my question is what ones are better? I dont know how long we will be keeping this vehicle so I just want to get the lights out on the dash the cheapest way possible. Thanks for any help given.
#17 of 20 Wheel Falls Off - Lug Nut Posts Sheered Off
Mar 09, 2010 (6:44 pm)
Specifics: 2003 Ford Explorer XLT with 142000 miles. Had tire rotation at 137000 miles in January. Drove about 60 miles at about 75 mph before I noticed the steering wheel was vibrating some. Then noticed a noise from front end. Got off highway and pulled into service station. Checked tire pressure. Backed car up about 3 feet and front right wheel broke off. Only 1 lug left and it snapped about 1" above brake drum face. Other lug bolts sheered off about .5 inch below the brake drum face. Thankful that no one was hurt.
1. Lugs not tightened properly after rotation.
2. Attempt to steal tires interrupted.
3. Metal fatigue.
I'm not sure if anyone has ever encountered this with their car, but still attempting to determine if other Ford Explorer owners have ever had this problem.
#18 of 20 Re: Wheel Falls Off - Lug Nut Posts Sheered Off [mmmyanas]
Nov 15, 2010 (8:17 am)
I have a 2003 Ford Explorer XLT and it has 136,000 Miles on it. Two weeks ago my car started shaking when I was on the highway, and then out of no where my whole tire/ wheel just fell off. Thankfully no one was hurt. I took it to he mechanic and he said the studs had sheered off. He put hardened studs on and said that should not happen again. And just to be sure it wasn't going to happen again he put the hardened studs and new hubs on all of the wheels. Well today i was on my way to work and my car started to shake again and I went right to the mechanic and he looked at the studs and sure enough another one had sheered off. He is tearing everything apart today to find out why it is doing that. He said there is absolutely no reason for this to be happening. I am scared to even drive the car anymore.
#19 of 20 Re: "Feathering" of tires 2004 Sport Trac [lone10wolf]
Feb 28, 2011 (10:19 am)
I also have a 2004 Sport Trac. I had the same problem but resolved it by changing the Wheel Hub Assemblys.
You can check yours by jacking the front wheel off the ground then grab the top of the wheel and the bottom of the wheel and see if it has any play by shaking the wheel up and down.
If you have play then you will need to replace the wheel hub assemblys.
Cost varies between $700 to $1500 depending on who you get to do the work.
Hope this helps.
#20 of 20 wheel falls off Ford Explorer x 3
Jan 20, 2012 (1:57 pm)
Today my rear passenger wheel fell off my 2006 explorer. This is the 3rd time this has happened! The 2nd time was right after I had new ball joints put on and the shop assumed responsibility for it. The other 2 times there was no apparent reason? What sort of mechanical problems could be causing this?