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FORD EXPLORER Problems with Suspension

 
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2002 FORD EXPLORER Problems & Complaints

Read complaint(s) filed for the 2002 FORD EXPLORER. These complaints & problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. You may file your own complaint for the 2002 FORD EXPLORER by calling the NHTSA Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm at (888) 327-4236, TTY: (800) 424-9153. You can also file your complaint online.

Vehicle Information (3262 Complaints)
Date reported Apr 12, 2008
Location BALTIMORE, MD
Manufacturer FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Vehicle 2002 FORD EXPLORER
Transmission Automatic
Drivetrain 4-Wheel Drive
Fuel type Gas
Occurences 1
Crash involved N
Injuries 0
Deaths 0
Source NHTSA Website
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Complaint - Suspension

MY 2002 FORD EXPLORER XLT MADE A LOUD TINGING, SCREECHING NOISE ON A TUESDAY MORNING ,ESPECIALLY NOTICEABLE WHEN TURNING THE WHEEL. IT WAS NOT A CONSISTENT SOUND. MY HUSBAND LUBRICATED THE BUSHINGS THAT NIGHT, THINKING THAT WAS THE PROBLEM. NEXT DAY, THE SOUND WAS PROGRESSIVELY WORSENING, I EVEN HEARD IT WHEN I WAS DRIVING IN A STRAIGHT PATH, BUT THE NOISE STILL WAS NOT CONSISTENT. IT DID SEEM LOUDER WITH A CLANKING SOUND IN THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE. THAT DAY ON THE HIGHWAY COMING HOME FROM WORK THE NOISE WAS INTERMITTENT UNTIL I HAD SLOWED DOWN FOR TRAFFIC AND IT BEGAN TO VIBRATE AND SHAKE. FORTUNATELY, I WAS AT MY EXIT AND WAS TWO BLOCKS FROM HOME. I WAS ABSOLUTELY FRIGHTENED. THERE WAS A RUBBING SOUND NOW THAT WAS AT THE REAR RT SIDE OF THE CAR. LATER, THAT EVENING WE WERE TOLD IT WAS PROBABLY THE BEARING. FIRST MY HUSBAND WENT OUT AND PURCHASED THE BEARING FROM A FORD DEALER. THEN HE CAME TO FIND OUT THAT THE ENTIRE KIT WAS NEEDED, AS WELL AS, A SPECIAL TOOL TO GET THE BOLT OFF WHICH TOOK HOURS TO LOOSEN AND RELEASE. TODAY HE IS STILL TRYING TO REPLACE THE RT REAR WHEEL BEARING WITH THE KIT FROM AN AUTO STORE SINCE FORD IS NOT OPEN AND THIS IS OUR ONE MEANS OF TRAVEL FOR THE FAMILY. PLEASE INCLUDE THIS COMPLAINT WITH ANY OTHERS AS A "NEAR MISS" FOR AN ACCIDENT THAT COULD HAVE OCCURRED ON THE BELTWAY IN RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. I FEEL VERY LUCKY, BUT I WANT FORD TO KNOW ABOUT THIS INCIDENT AND TO CONSIDER THIS A SAFETY RECALL FOR OTHERS. AS I HAVE DONE SOME RESEARCH I HAVE HEARD THAT THIS IS HAPPENING FAR TOO OFTEN AND IS A SERIOUS HAZARD TO OTHER FORD EXPLORER OWNERS AND THE PUBLIC. THE CAR WHEEL COULD HAVE COME OFF AS WELL AS THE DRIVE SHAFT COULD HAVE BROKEN. I HAVE ALSO READ THAT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD OCCUR ON A 2002 VEHICLE. THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF THE LEFT SIDE HAVING PROBLEMS NOT TOO LONG AFTER THE RT OR VICE VERSA. PLEASE NOTIFY ME OF ANY UPDATES ON THIS ISSUE. THANK YOU.

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