1998 Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Ford Explorer
Verified by mechanics, reported by drivers like you
Ask a mechanic in our community
Never overpay. Check prices with our estimator
Our experts translate recalls into plain English
1998 Ford Explorer ProblemsVacuum Leak From Intake Manifold O-Ring Gaskets
The intake manifold O-ring gaskets commonly leak, causing stalling and poor idle quality; the Check Engine Light will illuminate.
The composite (plastic) intake manifold may crack near the thermostat housing and cause a coolant leak. Ford released an updated manifold that was reinforced to prevent a recurrence. No recall was issued for this problem but Ford did extend the warranty to seven years on some models from the date of purchase.
Various problems with the 5-speed automatic transmission were common. These problems can be more common on the 2002 models with build dates before March, 2002. There are many service bulletins describing the diagnoses and repairs, which include fluid leak repairs, transmission software updates, or internal failures requiring a costly repair.
1998 Ford Explorer QuestionsThe thermostat gage went to H the chk gage light on dash is on, car is full of (1 answer)
The car is full of coolant, no leaks, coolant flowing properly, let run for 2 hrs, but never over heated, temp Gage is stuck. WHAT DO I DO? It started when I stepped on the Excell orator to get onto the freeway.
Why would battery car go dead real fast
It is showing codes P0171 & P0174. Would these codes keep it from starting or should I check elsewhere
1998 Ford Explorer RecallsRecall 06V286000
Ford has recalled certain 1998-2002 Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for an issue with the driver's seat recliner mechanism. The upper bolt that attaches the recliner mechanism to the seat back frame could fracture. If this happens, the seat back could fall backward and disrupt the driver, possibly causing an accident. Dealers will replace the upper bolt and, on some vehicles, replace a lower bolt as well.