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2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Screwed!

October 18, 2011

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This morning I caught sight of a screw in the center rib of tread of our 2012 Ford Explorer's left front tire. The TMPS light hasn't come on because little or no air has leaked out.

Judging from the size of the screw head there's no way the pointy end hasn't poked through to the inside. But I'm not going to unscrew it to see what happens. It's holding air as things stand now.

I won't break out my Phillips screwdriver until I'm in the parking lot of our local tire shop so they can repair it on the spot when the inevitable stream of air starts jetting out.

At least it's in a repairable spot in the center rib of tread.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,166 miles

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