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94 thoughts on “Not safe for the road! ford explorer rollover recall wheels falling off!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J Bussey says:

    Pwahahaha 😂 🤣 👍

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bartman4800 says:

    My mechanic neighbour always gave me grief for not adding grease when pressing things together. Any reason why you do not?

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Reignfree says:

    It’s not going to work because u put the wheel on upside down. 🤷‍♀️

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Buckley says:

    Ray, the supply house sent you the wrong snap rings. They shouldn't fight back that bard.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jonathan Turner says:

    Isn't the whole xploder tire thing why there is also date codes on tires now since 2000

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jonathan Turner says:

    That's what 20k lbs of weight right there?

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The Loose Moose says:


  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ian Tyler says:

    Who ever fitted those tyres needs a foot in the backside. They surely would have noticed the play in that bearing but let it go.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Zukowski says:

    Firestone 500 series tires were killers..

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ken Eagle says:

    Any one want to move that power point from behind the press!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GARY OSBORNE says:

    You may be due for a new snap ring tool. It does not seem to want to hang on to it under pressure. And oh no….you put the wheel on upside down. I could tell by the center cap saying Ford upside down.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The Underground Lair of the Squankum says:

    Uh, I am not an electrician or code inspector but… what the heck is that plug and electrical cord and hole in the wall behind the hydraulic press?!😀

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Terence Chevalier says:

    I remember in high school in 2001 😆 🤣 i brought my dads ranger into high school mechanics before graduation i checked his tires for all that cause town im from had a big loss from a crash with an explorer with the bad batch of tire

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars supers54 says:

    Presume the front left versus rear left wheel bearing was a transfer of information issue somewhere along the line, guessing the tire guy did report the issue to the customer and that's what started the process, that bearing must have been noisy for quite some time.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars OURv says:

    The final result in the Ford/Firestone debacle was that Ford no
    longer uses Bridgestone or Firestone tires on ANY Ford product.


  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vince McKenzie says:

    Good video mare….but remember how you had trouble getting the old snap ring out…..maybe the bearing could have pushed further in to be well clear of the snap ring groove….you adapted well…….and even gave us some laughs…..thx my friend

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CMDR CLASSIFIED says:

    The whole Exploder debacle was disproven by Car and Driver and Road and Track. Their tests discovered that it was always a driver fault. Tire blows, driver freaks out and panics, jamming the brakes and cranking the wheel. I watched the tests they did back in the day. They had a device that would instantly de-bead the tire remotely. The driver didn't know which wheel or when it would happen. And yes, they used the same Firestone tires for the tests. At the end, the driver had his hands on his head doing 60mph, just waiting for the "blowout", and all he did was take his foot off the gas, then once the vehicle slowed down enough, he applied the brakes to a stop. Never touched the wheel, and the Explorer went in basically a straight line. That said, the Firestone tires were crap, and the recommended pressures were a bad call on Ford's end. But never underestimate the power of stupid.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The Underground Lair of the Squankum says:

    Ford submitted specs for tire companies to bid on, and the price point Ford set scared off Goodyear, IIRC. Firestone met the price point by going with a cheap tire design and about to be submitted to a challenging situation. (Fun fact: the Bronco II before it had its own rollover problems and the Explorer was supposed to be progress because it had a few inches more of wheelbase, which does help with that.

    It was the dawn of American consumers screaming, “I don’t know what center of gravity means but I wanna be up in the air in a trucky thing for fashion’s sake!” People weren’t rolling their Caprice Classics or Dodge Darts in the 70’s when their tires blew, and I’m sure there were some low rent and neglected tires in those days, too. Center of gravity, people.

    American’s refusal to check their tire pressure with a gauge, because it’s so hard to kneel or some damned reason I could never figure out. More carpet, roof, and glass, that era of SUV carried more weight on the rear tires than a similar pickup truck. Add full passenger load and cargo on a long trip on an interstate on a hot day and, well, in theory, the customers are supposed to (after reading the glovebox manual that they didn’t throw out, right?) add air pressure to the tires for such situations.

    Ford and Firestone did screw up, but it always irked me how much the consumers’ role in all this was just ignored. Big mean corporations! Now everybody drives around in slightly less tippy SUV’s but with stability control and tire pressure sensors, so that’s nice. But CG is still CG, you silly geese.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars qhew says:

    must be so rewarding to regain proper roadholding & silence from the back during final road test, even despite the frustration when refitting snap ring held you up. perhaps not designed to be easily removed & refitted with the simple hand tool, rather factory tools.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lee gunter says:

    Your sense of humor is priceless! Where I'd be cussing, you just Crack me up! But you reminded me of working at a tire shop in Jersey in 1979 or 80 just out of H.S. ( I was road service, fixing flats on 18 wheelers!) Firestone had defective tires called the Firestone 500. The rubber separated from the metal belts ( Michelin the best) 2 passenger tires separated the exact same way and the tread zig zaged a photographer from Time magazine (rag) was there and did a story on the defects! So my hands were in time magazine!

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J T says:

    On the snap ring thing, I learned a few moons ago as an apprentice tearing down truck gearboxes that snap rings are designed to go in one way.
    My boss asked me to look at one and tell him which way it should be put in. After about 10 mins I said I can't see why it would be wrong to put it in either way.
    He pointed my attention to the 2 holes the pliers go into, they are slightly tapered so as to "hook into your pliers. If you measure the diameter of the hole at the surface on both sides, one will be ever so slightly smaller, that is the side that faces up.
    Hence why I found alot of trouble removing some snap rings from blind holes, the taper was the wrong way.
    P.S, make sure to wire wheel the groove they go in so they seat properly.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Randy Brill says:

    I agree with the last guy yes could like to see it all but job comes first. And snap rings have not been a friend to me too.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Terry Robertson says:

    The Michelin Crossclimate 2 is an incredibly good tire. I have a 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid that came with Bridgestone Ecopia tires installed and at 8200 miles I could not take it any more. I had done a lot of research and decided on the Michelins, they are not inexpensive, but live up to what I had seen about them. They certainly don't look like a tire that would deliver a smooth, quiet ride but they do. They also do well enough in snow to have earned the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol on the sidewall. A major online tire seller has them rated #1 of 58 all season Grand Touring tires with over 6 Million miles reported.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rubbishcop says:

    Wheel upright gravity?

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars k. roy says:

    no e-brake?

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Carsten says:

    The Firestone 500 was their first radial. During the initial training period employees were on hourly wage. After the end of training on the new radials they went to piece work. This resulted in incomplete curing on some of the tires. When they heated up they could come apart. I saw a picture of a CHP cruiser near Mojave with three blowouts and the vehicle remained upright . Firestone tried every excuse in the book. This is where we got the caution about not cross-rotating radials. Meanwhile Michelin stated in their 1984 handbook that there were no restrictions on rotating their tires barring any vehicle manufacturer's cautions.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Judd says:

    Need a hub tamer

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars toledotom57 says:

    I have done several of these and I thoroughly clean the snap ring location with brake clean and wire brush, I use a little heat on the hub to enlarge slightly, the old bearing bearing pushes out easily. I use a 6" Machinist Vise, while easily pushing the bearing and hub out I put the New hub and New bearing in the freezer or some dry ice or just a fresh cold gel pack. A little freeze action gives maybe 1 – 2 thousands shrinkage and a little oil or grease on the outside of the bearing and Hub spindle allow for a REAL EASY INSTALL. No Big Press needed. A 6" vice will do an admiral job! use a big socket or 2" pipe to push out old bearing and hub assembly. Clean out snap ring groove REALLY WELL. Compress snap ring and start far end away from snap ring pliers and install ring first tilting snap ring into the groove and using a screwdriver push in snap ring down and into the groove while releasing the tension on the snap ring pliers. PRESTO!

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TorturedPeace says:

    I had an 02 explorer that I luv’d! Now I have a 2014 explorer sport, 135k had to break the engine apart… oil changes, on time with mobile 1. Not happy, going back to Chevy products…

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John L says:

    What kind of penetrating oil do you use?

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Duckwacker says:

    It's bad enough they bought an exploder, but they bought a two wheel drive.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Duckwacker says:

    I've never set a tire under 35 psi and never will.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Costa says:

    They probably brought it for tires at a tire place who told them about the bearing.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TankGuy3 says:

    I did an oops when I drove with a broken steering gear in my Pontiac Grand Am. It either broke while towing it (i.e. roped to a truck in front of me, as the car was dead) to the dealership or at the dealership. Oh, and the battery exploded a few seconds after the mechanic put it on the charger, luckily he was about 15 feet away when it went bang. Though the shop guys did admit a change of pants may have been necessary, as it sounded like a shotgun going off.

    Suffice to say, that car was sold shortly thereafter. In fairness, it was a good car, considering it had nearly 300k miles.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cody We says:

    Looks like they wobble as bad as my front bearing hub assemblies on 2000's dodge ram 1500…might wanna replace rotors too as excessive of wear of bearings warps due to inconsistency of rotary motion on against brake pads, to much warping leads to worn out brake calipers cause so probably worn Shocks, Cause and Effect next will be shocks. Sure would be nice to not have to change parts on the ground with no cover.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Glover Sgt_dbl_g says:

    If I can hear it on camera it must be deafening to you.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HeyGuy4321 says:

    green button got my sub. hail the button! hail victory ✌ 🙌🏻 👏 🙏🏻 😎 🤣 ✌ 🙌🏻 👏

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ferstuck37 says:

    I am amazed that like working with that snap ring there wasn’t one swear word. Actually in all your videos you are the consummate professional. 🙂

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ken Oyler says:

    Ray, awesome vid. I just did this on my ATV. It was recommended to use Loctite Bearing Mount on the new bearing to keep it locked in on the knuckle. First I had heard of this and I ended up doing it. Not sure if it applies to this bearing.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brhyno says:

    Went smoother than the last hub I had to remove off an “Exploder”. The torch put its work in that day lol.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Ramos says:

    Kommen ze out ! ! !

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Les Curtis says:


  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HeyGuy4321 says:

    Doors aren't Jars. BTW. defective vehicle

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Markomyt1 says:

    Didn't see anyone else mention the "Rotation" direction of that front tire was wrong.
    Those type of tire have a right and left… the "V" of the tread should always point in the direction of travel.
    Great tires though! Just rotate them from front to back.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Diesel says:

    Thanks for the explored video made me laugh while in the hospital 🏥 recovering from relapse from autoimmune dease get my mood not so grumpy from frustration Thanks again 😀

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Ally says:

    That Ray love watching u

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Just Me MrB says:

    It was the TREAD Act of 2000 that brought in TPMS because of the Ford/Firestone debacle.