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Ford Explorer
1995-1998 Ford Explorer
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 1991–present
Assembly Louisville, Kentucky
St. Louis, Missouri
Predecessor Ford Bronco II
Class Mid-size SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
First generation
Ford Explorer
Production 1991–1994
Body style(s) 2-door SUV
4-door SUV
Engine(s) 4.0 L Cologne V6
Transmission(s) 5-speed M5OD-R1 manual
4-speed A4LD automatic
Wheelbase 2-Door: 102.1 in (2593 mm)
4-Door: 111.9 in (2842 mm)
Length 2-Door: 174.5 in (4419 mm) (2-door)
4-Door: 184.3 in (4673 mm)
Width 70.2 in (1778 mm)
Height 2-Door: 67.5 in (1714 mm)
4-Door: 67.3 in (1709 mm)
Eddie Bauer 4-Door 4WD: 68.3 in (1735 mm)
Fuel capacity 19 US gallons (71.9 L/15.8 imp gal)
Related Ford Ranger
Mazda B-Series
Mazda Navajo
Second generation
1999-2001 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
Production 1995–2001 (1995-2003 for Sport)
Body style(s) 2-door SUV
4-door SUV
Engine(s) 4.0 L Cologne V6
5.0 L Windsor V8
Transmission(s) 5-speed M5OD-R1 manual
4-speed 4R55E automatic
4-speed 4R70W automatic
5-speed
5R55E automatic
Wheelbase 1995-97 4-Door: 111.5 in (2831 mm)
1998-2001 4-Door: 111.6 in (2834 mm)
1995-99 2-Door: 101.7 in (2565 mm)
2000-03 4-Door: 101.8 in (2568 mm)
Length 1998-2001 4-Door: 190.7 in (4826 mm)
1998-99 2-Door: 180.8 in (4572 mm)
1995-97 4-Door: 188.5 in (4788 mm)
1995-97 2-Door: 178.6 in (4536 mm)
2000-03 2-Door: 180.4 in (4562 mm)
Width 70.2 in (1778 mm)
Height 1995-97 4-Door: 67.6 in (1711 mm)
1998-2001 4-Door: 67.5 in (1714 mm)
1995-97 2-Door: 67.8 in (1722 mm)
1998-99 2-Door: 67 in (1702 mm)
2000-01 2-Door: 68.2 in (1732 mm)
2002-03 2-Door: 68.3 in (1735 mm)
Fuel capacity 21 US gallons (79.5 L/17.5 imp gal)
Related Ford Ranger
Mazda B-Series
Mercury Mountaineer
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Third generation
Third generation Ford Explorer
Production 2002–2005
Body style(s) 4-door SUV
Engine(s) 4.0 L Cologne V6
4.6 L 16-valve Modular V8
Transmission(s) 5-speed M5OD-R1HD manual
5-speed 5R55E automatic
Wheelbase 2002-03: 113.7 in (2888 mm)
2004-05: 113.8 in (2890 mm)
Length 189.5 in (4800 mm)
Width 72.1 in (1828 mm)
Height 71.4  in (1803 mm)
Fuel capacity 22.5 US gallons (85.2 L/18.7 imp gal)
Related Lincoln Aviator
Mercury Mountaineer
Fourth generation
4th-gen Ford Explorer
Production 2006–present
Body style(s) 4-door SUV
Engine(s) 4.0 L Cologne V6
4.6 L 24-valve Modular V8
Transmission(s) 5-speed 5R55E automatic
6-speed 6R automatic
Wheelbase 113.7 in (2870 mm)
Length 193.4 in (4902 mm)
Width 73.7 in (1854 mm)
Height 2006-07: 71.2 in (1803 mm)
2008-present: 72.8 in (1849 mm)
Fuel capacity 22.5 US gallons (85.2 L/18.7 imp gal)
Related Mercury Mountaineer
Ford Explorer Sport Trac

The Ford Explorer is a mid-size sport utility vehicle sold in North America and built by the Ford Motor Company since 1990. It's manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky (it was also assembled in Hazelwood, Missouri until the plant closed on March 10, 2006). The Ford Explorer was one of the vehicles instrumental in turning the SUV from a special-interest vehicle into one of the most popular vehicle types on the road. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 534 pixelsFull resolution (1988 × 1328 pixel, file size: 290 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Automakers, also known as carmakers, automobile manufacturers, motor manufacturers, or the automobile industry are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... “Ford” redirects here. ... Louisville redirects here. ... 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The Explorer has also been involved in controversy, after a spate of fatal rollover accidents involving Explorers fitted with Firestone tires. The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was founded by Harvey Firestone in 1900 to supply pneumatic tires for wagons, buggies, and other forms of wheeled transportation common in the era. ... Firestone tire This article is about pneumatic tires. ...


Both two-door Explorer Sport and four-door models of Explorer have been sold. Part-time four-wheel drive is an available option, and since 1995 this has been a 'shift on the fly' system with full protection against being engaged at high speed. This article is about the class of vehicles. ...


A specially modified Special Service Vehicle version is also available from Ford Fleet for law enforcement.


The Explorer was also a trim package offered on the Ford F-Series trucks from 1980 to 1986. The F-Series is a series of full-size pickup trucks from Ford Motor Company sold for over 5 decades. ...

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Explorer Sport variation

The Ford Explorer Sport was a 2-door version of the Ford Explorer, and was produced from 1991 to 2003. The Sport began as a trim level of the Ford Explorer, but it eventually became its own model. It rode on a 10" shorter wheelbase. There was only one Sport, but there were several other trim levels of the Explorer that were available with 2 doors(edmunds trim levels), such as the XL (1991-1997), the Eddie Bauer (1991-1994), and the Expedition (1995). In 1998 the Explorer Sport became the only 2-door trim level of the Explorer, and in 2001 it became its own model, as the second generation Explorer moved on to a 4-door-only 3rd generation. “Ford” redirects here. ...

First generation (1991-1994)

The Ford Explorer was released in March 1990 as a 1991 model. It was equipped with a 4.0 L 155 hp (116 kW) V6 engine and 4-speed A4LD automatic transmission or 5-speed M5OD manual transmission. Like the Ford Bronco II it replaced, it was an SUV derivative of the Ford Ranger Pickup, but larger. Following the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, it came in both 2-door and 4-door bodystyles. It was available with rear or four-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive versions came with a Borg Warner 1354 transfer case. All Explorers came with the 8.8" Ford rear axle in either a limited slip or open version with a variety of available gear ratios. Explorers came in 4 trim levels: base XL, XLT, Sport (only available on the two-door version), and the upscale Eddie Bauer Edition. 15 hp (11 kW) was added for 1993 for a total of 170 hp (119 kW). The Limited edition, added for 1993, was available only in the 4-door style and was even more upscale than the Eddie Bauer version. It featured automatic headlights, foglamps, an automatic transmission as standard equipment, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, a center roof console with compass and outside thermometer, special wheels, and a special grille. The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... The automatic gear selector in a Ford Five Hundred vehicle An automatic transmission (commonly abbreviated as AT) is an automobile gearbox that can change gear ratios automatically as the vehicle moves, thus freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually (similar but larger devices are also used for railroad... A manual transmission (also known as a stick shift, straight drive, or standard transmission) is a type of transmission used in automotive applications. ... The Chevrolet Blazer (4WD model T-10) and the similar GMC S-15 Jimmy (4WD model T-15) were mid-size SUVs from General Motors. ... A SAAB headlamp with combination projector/reflector optics A headlamp is a lamp, usually attached to the front of a vehicle such as a car, with the purpose of illuminating the road ahead during periods of low visibility, such as night or precipitation. ... The lighting system of a motor vehicle consists of lighting and signalling devices mounted or integrated to the front, sides and rear of the vehicle. ... The automatic gear selector in a Ford Five Hundred vehicle An automatic transmission (commonly abbreviated as AT) is an automobile gearbox that can change gear ratios automatically as the vehicle moves, thus freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually (similar but larger devices are also used for railroad... The rear-view mirror of a Mazda 626. ... BMWs distinctive kidney-shaped grille on an E34 M5 Audis single frame grille, here on a second generation TT Grille is also the name of a German self-propelled artillery vehicle. ...


Technically similar to the original Ford Explorer, the Explorer Sport came in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variants. It replaced the 2-door Ford Bronco II, and was larger than the Bronco II. A variant of the Explorer Sport was sold by Mazda as the Navajo, which won Motor Trend's Truck of the Year award but was discontinued in 1994. Rear-wheel drive (or RWD for short) is an engine/transmission layout used in automobiles. ... This article is about the class of vehicles. ... The Ford Bronco II was a compact SUV sold between 1984 and 1990 as a compact complement to the full-size Ford Bronco, as well as to compete with the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer and Jeep Cherokee. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Mazda Navajo was a 2-door SUV introduced in 1991, and Mazdas very first off-roader. ...


Second generation (1995-2001)

The Explorer saw significant exterior, interior and suspension updates in 1995. The former "Twin Traction Beam" (TTB) front suspension was replaced with a more carlike independent front suspension. The Explorer lineup now consisted of two models: 2-door Explorer Sport and the 4-door Explorer. The Limited was a higher end 4-door. A 210 hp (157 kW) 5.0 L Windsor V8 engine and heavy-duty 4-speed 4R70W transmission were added for 1996, along with a "full time" all-wheel drive system on the Eddie Bauer and Limited in 1997. A more-powerful SOHC 205 hp (153 kW) engine came as an option in 1997 along with an optional 5-speed automatic. A Mercury twin, the Mountaineer, was added in 1997 as well. In 1998, the 5.0 L V8 received new cylinder heads (GT-40P series), which upped power to 215 hp (160 kw). The 5.0 L V8 powered Explorer has become favored in the high performance SUV crowd, with many performance parts available. This is due to the fact that many aftermarket 5.0L Ford Mustang parts are interchangeable with the Explorer variant. Also, the Explorer has aftermarket parts available for it including superchargers, nitrous kits, and headers. The Windsor engine is a 90-degree small-block V8 from Ford Motor Company. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration, although modern automotive versions use a 90 degree block angle. ... Four wheel drive or 4x4, is a type of four wheeled vehicle drivetrain configuration that enables all four wheels to receive power from the engine simultaneously in order to provide maximum traction. ... Single overhead cam (also SOHC) refers to the internal combustion engine design where one camshaft is located above the valves. ... Mercury is an automobile marque of the Ford Motor Company founded in 1939 to market near-luxury cars slotted between entry-level Ford and luxury Lincoln models, similar to General Motors Buick (and former Oldsmobile) brand and Chryslers Chrysler brand. ... The Mercury Mountaineer is a luxury SUV manufauctured by the Mercury brand name, owned by the Ford Motor Company. ... For other uses, see Watt (disambiguation). ...


The 1995 Explorer was the first production vehicle to use a neon center high mount stop lamp. This was replaced with a more conventional lamp when the liftgate was refreshed in 1998. A front end facelift came in 1999, at which time the XLS name replaced XL as the base model.


Like the basic Explorer, the Explorer Sport was significantly updated in 1995. The Eddie Bauer trim level was replaced with Expedition on 2-door Explorers (1995 only, the name would be reused on the 1997 Ford Expedition). The rear was given a face lift for 1998. The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV built by the Ford Motor Company. ...


2001 also saw the introduction of the Explorer Sport Trac, which put a small pickup bed behind the four normal SUV doors. See also Ford Explorer for the SUV on which the Sport Trac is based The Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a mid-size sport utility vehicle with a pickup truck bed sold mostly in North America. ... The best selling North American pickup truck, the Ford F-Series. ...


Third generation (2002-2005)

The 4-door Explorer and companion Mercury Mountaineer were redesigned entirely in 2002, losing all design similarity with the Ranger and the still in production, second generation inspired Explorer Sport Trac. Engines were either the 210 hp (157 kW) SOHC 4.0L V6 with 254 ft·lbf (344 N·m) of torque or a 239 hp (178 kW) 4.6 L V8, with the 203 hp (151 kW) 4.0 L still available on the Explorer Sport. A third-row seat became available for the first time, bringing total passenger capacity to seven. Both manual (2-door and Sport Trac only) and automatic transmissions and all-wheel drive were available (with 2001 being the last year of being able to order a 4-door and manual transmission). Trim lines were the base Sport Value, Sport Choice, XLS, Sport Premium, XLT, Eddie Bauer, and top Limited. AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ were standard for 2005 but an option from 2002 and on. The Ford Ranger name is used on two distinct and unrelated pickup truck lines by the Ford Motor Company The Ford-designed compact pickup truck (documented here), which is sold in North America, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. ...


All three SUVs use code U6 (for rear-wheel drive), U7 (for four-wheel drive), and U8 (for all-wheel drive) in the 5th, 6th, and 7th positions of the VIN. Depending on the capitalization, Vin can refer to any of the following: Vin = input voltage (an alternative form for Vin) Old European Script A diminutive of the name Vincent, as in: Vin Diesel Vin Scully The name of a character from the video games Jak II and Jak 3: Vin...


When the Explorer was redesigned for 2002, the Explorer Sport continued unchanged for 1 more year. Due to the decline of 2-door SUVs, the 2-door Explorer Sport was discontinued in 2003.


Intake Manifold Defect

Certain 2002 V8 Explorers, using an all-composite intake manifold, are subject to coolant leaks. Late in 2005 Ford settled a class action lawsuit. See Intake Manifold Defect for details. The Modular engine is Ford Motor Companys modern overhead camshaft (OHC) V8 and V10 engine family. ...


Fourth generation (2006-present)

The Explorer and Mountaineer were updated for 2006 on a new frame, produced by Magna International rather than Tower Automotive. It was upsized, because the Ford Freestyle (now called Ford Taurus X), slotted between it and the Escape. Along with this new, stronger base were a new interior, redesigned rear suspension, and power-folding third-row seats. A tire-pressure monitoring system and electronic stability control are standard. Power running boards (like those on the Lincoln Navigator) that lower to allow easier to access for someone entering the vehicle and then later retract upon door closure are available. Unlike previous Explorers, there will be no right-hand drive version. Ford Australia has a capable local equivalent instead, being the Australian designed and developed Ford Territory. The new Explorer is marketed in Japan in a left-hand drive configuration, as LHD vehicles are considered prestigious there. Magna International Inc. ... Tower Automotive is a manufacturer of automobile frames based in Novi, Michigan. ... For minivan, see Ford Freestar. ... The Ford Taurus X is a 7-passenger mid-size crossover SUV produced by the Ford Motor Company in North America in late summer 2007. ... The Ford Escape (designated U204) is a compact SUV sold by the automaker Ford Motor Company beginning in the 2001 model year and priced below the Ford Explorer. ... Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a computerized system designed to improve a vehicles handling by intervening at the limits of traction and helping the driver maintain control of the vehicle. ... The Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV produced by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. ...  drive on right  drive on left In organized traffic, vehicles going in opposite directions are separated to a side of the road so they will not block each others way. ... The Ford Territory is a crossover SUV built by Ford Australia and based on the EA169 platform of the Ford BA Falcon. ... Red = drive on right Blue = drive on left Rules of the road are the general practices and procedures followed by people on roads, especially those driving cars or on bicycles or other vehicles. ...


A 210 hp (157 kW) 4.0 L V6 is the base engine, with the 292 hp (218 kW) 24-valve V8, similar to the Mustang engine, as the top choice. A six-speed automatic transmission is available with this engine as well. In automotive engineering, an engine is referred to as multi-valve (or multivalve) when each cylinder has more than two valves. ... For other Ford Mustang models and concepts, see Ford Mustang Variants. ...


The Explorer was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2006. The North American Car of the Year is an automobile award voted annually in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ...


A new Sport Trac was added to the Explorer line in early 2006 for the 2007 model year. Unlike its predecessor it sold through 2005, it will feature the V8 engine as an option, and will be based on the new, larger Explorer platform. AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ will be standard in the Sport Trac. See also Ford Explorer for the SUV on which the Sport Trac is based The Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a mid-size sport utility vehicle with a pickup truck bed sold mostly in North America. ... The model year of a product is a number used to describe approximately when a product was produced. ...


A special 2007 SVT model called the Sport Trac Adrenalin was to use a supercharged version of the 4.6 L Modular V8, with 390 hp (291 kW) and featuring 21-inch (530 mm) wheels. It was to be a successor to the F-Series Lightning pickup . However, it was cancelled in a cost-cutting move, as part of The Way Forward. [1] [2] SVT, short for Special Vehicles Team, is an arm of Ford Motor Company responsible for the development of the companys highest-performance vehicles, much like Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, Chryslers SRT division and GMs Performance Division. ... For other meanings, see supercharger (disambiguation) A supercharger (sometimes called a blower), a positive displacement or centrifugal pump, is a gas compressor used to pump air into the cylinders of an internal combustion engine. ... The Modular engine is Ford Motor Companys modern overhead camshaft (OHC) V8 and V10 engine family. ... The Liberty V8 aircraft engine clearly shows the configuration A V8 engine is a V engine with eight cylinders. ... The F-Series is a series of full-size pickup trucks from Ford Motor Company sold for over 5 decades. ... Ford Motor Companys restructuring plan, made public in 2006, is known as The Way Forward. ...


Fifth generation concept

Ford Explorer America Concept from the 2008 New York Auto Show
Ford Explorer America Concept from the 2008 New York Auto Show

Ford has revealed in media press releases, along with a gallery of photographs[1], a new Explorer America concept vehicle, scheduled for public unveiling at the 2008 North American International Auto Show[2]. The concept represents a new design direction for a future, more fuel efficient Explorer[3]. The Explorer America concept is built on a unibody platform to reduce weight and improve driveability, migrating from the body-on-frame platform of the current Explorer. It is designed for up to six passengers, and can tow 3,500 pounds, while improving fuel economy by 20 to 30 percent relative to the current V6 Explorer. The powertrain packages in the concept vehicle include a two-liter four cylinder turbocharged direct injection EcoBoost gas engine with 275 horsepower (205 kW) and 280 ft·lbf (380 N·m) of torque, and a 3.5 liter V6 version EcoBoost with 340 horsepower (250 kW) and up to 340 ft·lbf (460 N·m) of torque[4]. The EcoBoost engine is scheduled for initial installation in the Lincoln MKS sedan in 2009, followed by the Ford Flex and other vehicles, and is expected to power a half-million Ford vehicles each year by 2013[5]. Ford is also looking into using lighter weight chassis components with materials such as aluminum and magnesium, and electric power steering to reduce weight, along with improved aerodynamics, to improve fuel economy in the Explorer and other vehicles. Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... NAIAS 2005, near the Audi exhibit. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Lincoln MKS is luxury sedan announced on August 9, 2006 for production in the 2008 model year. ... The Ford Flex is a full-size people-mover crossover SUV that replaces the discontinued Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans. ...


Explorer Special Service Package

NYPD Ford Explorer Special Service vehicle
NYPD Ford Explorer Special Service vehicle

To compete with other police SUVs, Ford has offered an Explorer Special Service Package. The Explorer Special Service Package is a special model of the Explorer that is only available to police and fire departments throughout North America. The only differences between the standard Explorer and the Special Service Package are provisions for emergency services related equipment such as radios, lightbars and sirens. There are also options designated fleet only (such as custom 2 tone paint arrangements) that are available to Explorer SSP. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (974x635, 206 KB) This image has been (or is hereby) released into the public domain by its creator, Omnibus. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (974x635, 206 KB) This image has been (or is hereby) released into the public domain by its creator, Omnibus. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the bird-women of Greek myth. ...


Mixed export sales success

With the introduction of the second generation Explorer in 1995, Ford attempted to market the Explorer in the UK, similar to the Taurus Ghia, Ford's attempt to market the Taurus in Australia and New Zealand. The Explorer was poorly received in the UK, apparently in large part because it was designed for comfortable city cruising, rather than off road capability. Many UK buyers only bought SUVs if they needed cargo flexibility or off-road capability, and they viewed large SUVs as less of a family car, as opposed to station wagons, which are more traditional British family haulers. That meant that UK SUV buyers largely stuck with Land Rovers or Jeeps. After the Firestone tire problems (see below), Ford withdrew the Explorer from the UK market. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... The Ford Taurus is a mid-size, front wheel drive car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company in North America. ... Land Rover was the name of one of the first British civilian all-terrain utility vehicles, first produced by Rover in 1947. ... For other uses, see Jeep (disambiguation). ...


As of 2008, the Explorer is exported to Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Russia, the Middle East, and certain countries in South America and Africa.


Suppliers

A large number of companies are suppliers for materials and parts that make the Ford Explorer. Suppliers include Johnson Controls, Magna International, Lear Corporation, Dana Corporation, and Visteon. Johnson Controls, Inc. ... Magna International Inc. ... Lear Corporation, headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, USA is a Fortune 500 company, engaged in the business of manufacturing and distribution of automotive interiors systems. ... Dana Corporation is an auto parts and systems company currently being reorganized under Chapter 11 bankruptcy law. ... Visteon is an automotive parts company spun off from the Ford Motor Company. ...


Controversies

Rollover and Firestone Tire Controversy

In May 2000, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contacted Ford and Firestone about a higher than normal incidence of tire failures on Ford Explorers, Mercury Mountaineers, and Mazda Navajos fitted with Firestone tires (later including Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup trucks). The failures all involved tread separation— in which the outer tread carcass would delaminate and cause a rapid loss of tire pressure. Ford investigated and found that several models of 15 in (381 mm) Firestone tires (ATX, ATX II, and Wilderness AT) had higher failure rates, especially those made at Firestone's Decatur, Illinois plant. In May 2000, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contacted Ford and Firestone about the high incidence of tire failure on Ford Explorers fitted with Firestone tires. ... The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, often pronounced nit-suh) is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, part of the Department of Transportation. ... The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was founded by Harvey Firestone in 1900 to supply pneumatic tires for wagons, buggies, and other forms of wheeled transportation common in the era. ... The Mercury Mountaineer is a luxury SUV manufauctured by the Mercury brand name, owned by the Ford Motor Company. ... The Mazda Navajo was a 2-door SUV introduced in 1991, and Mazdas very first off-roader. ... Decatur is the largest city and the county seat of Macon County in the U.S. state of Illinois. ...


Ford argued that Firestone was at fault. Ford's argument noted that its SUVs and pickups equipped with Firestone-competitor Goodyear tires experienced no rollover issues, even at low psi levels. Since most Explorer, Mountaineer, Ranger, B-Series, and Navajo tires have been replaced, the rollover reports have subsided, further lending credit to Ford's position that the design of its vehicles were not at fault. Although the Explorer having a manufacturer recommended inflation of only 26 PSI likely contributed to the tread separation problem by causing the tires to operate at higher than normal temperatures. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling. ...


Part of the rollover issue was poor driver reaction to the tire blowout.[6] When a tire blew, the driver experienced a large jerk and many drivers reacted by jerking the wheel in an attempt to regain control. This action causes a shift of the vehicle's weight, which results in the roll-over of the vehicle, especially when this occurs at higher speeds (many reports of roll-overs were of vehicles being driven at speeds of 70 MPH and above). Larry Webster, a test-driver for Car & Driver magazine was able, in a test simulating dozens of tire blowouts, repeatedly able to bring a 1994 Explorer to a stop without a single rollover, even at speeds of 70 MPH.[6][7] According to Forbes magazine, car experts and NHTSA claim that the vast majority of crash accidents and deaths are caused not by the vehicle, but by the driver, by road conditions or some combination of the two.[8] Cover of Car and Driver from age of psychedelic lettering Car and Driver is an American automotive enthusiast magazine. ...


In response to Firestone's allegations of Explorer's design defects, NHTSA undertook a preliminary investigation and reported that further action was not required. Its conclusion was that Explorer was no more prone to rollover than other SUVs given their high center of gravity.[9] The subsequent introduction and proliferation of electronic stability control systems have essentially addressed and mitigated this shortcoming. This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a computerized system designed to improve a vehicles handling by intervening at the limits of traction and helping the driver maintain control of the vehicle. ...


In January, 2001, Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. settled a lawsuit with a Texas woman, Donna Bailey, who was left paralyzed after a tire-related crash in an Explorer, averting a courtroom drama that would have focused attention on one of the nation's most serious highway safety investigations. The exact amount of the settlement was not disclosed, but sources close to the case said Ford and Firestone agreed to pay Donna Bailey, 44, a sum between 20 and $35 million. Hours before the settlement was announced, three senior Ford lawyers took the unusual step of visiting Bailey in her room at a Houston rehabilitation center in order to apologize. The case demonstrated Ford's heavy involvement in the deaths and injuries associated with the Ford Explorer and Firestone tire accidents, including the vehicle's role in causing accidents to occur. Bailey's attorneys, including Tab Turner, also reported as part of the settlement discussions with attorneys about expanding Firestone's recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires, since the tire involved in Bailey's accident was not one of those recalled. Consistent with the result, federal regulators in the fall of 2001 ordered a recall of the remaining Firestone tires. (Grimaldi, Washington Post, "Firestone, Ford Settle Tire Lawsuit", January 9, 2001) For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


U-Haul trailers

On December 22, 2003, U-Haul, the largest North American equipment rental company, announced that they would forbid their outlets from renting trailers to persons planning to tow behind Ford Explorers due to liability concerns.[3] This however was completely baseless by that time as the problem had been corrected with the tire recall, and the corrected inflation recommendation. is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... One of many U-Haul trucks U-Haul International, Inc. ...


See also

The Mercury Mountaineer is a luxury SUV manufauctured by the Mercury brand name, owned by the Ford Motor Company. ... The Aviator is a mid-size luxury SUV from Lincoln. ... Saleen XP8 The Saleen XP8 is a performance sport utility vehicle based on the Ford Explorer created by Saleen during the years 1998-2001. ...

References

  1. ^ Autospies.com - "Tags: 2010 Explorer" - 6 January 2008
  2. ^ Media.ford.com - FORD TO REVEAL NEW FUEL-SAVING CONCEPT IN DETROIT - 6 January 2008
  3. ^ News.Yahoo.com (via Associated Press / Dee-Ann Durbin) Ford hints at new Explorer with concept - 6 January 2008
  4. ^ Media.ford.com - FORD TO EQUIP HALF A MILLION VEHICLES WITH ECOBOOST ENGINE TECHNOLOGY FOR UP TO 20% BETTER FUEL ECONOMY - 6 January 2008
  5. ^ Ford's EcoBoost Engine Excites Marketer - Biz.yahoo.com (Dee-Ann Durbin / Associated Press) 6 January 2008
  6. ^ a b "Bad Drivers, Good Credibility - car makers face uphill struggle against public perception", Ward's Auto World, April 2001
  7. ^ Doron Levin column, Detroit Free Press, October 27, 2000
  8. ^ Dan Ackman, "Ford, Firestone Face Off", Forbes, June 19, 2001
  9. ^ http://www.dot.gov/affairs/nhtsa01102.htm

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