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1998 Ford Econoline brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Econoline Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 022001


  • miles


Have been driving for over 40 years. Have never had brake pads wear out this fast. Belive there must be a problem with the ABS braking system, but unable to get Ford to help with this problem. The Ford dealer told me that Ford sent out a letter to its dealers about premature pad failure at 12000 miles but would not give me a copy of this notice. When I called Ford all they would tell me is that the pads were not covered under the warranty. I don't seem to be able to get any more info from Ford are the dealer. Keep gitting the run around. Thanks for any help you can give me.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Jun 052000


  • miles
Vehicle has had multiple brakes, rotors. Has had pulsations in braking system since new. Has had new brakes, rotors without resolution of problem. Using brakes every 8-10,000 miles.

- Clairton, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 252000


  • miles
While driving about 30 mph heard a noise coming from brakes, pads on the front passenger's side fell off.

- Grand Perry, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 111998

Econoline 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would drift to the left all the time. Speed is not a factor. Whenever braking vehicle pulled left. Took to dealer 3 different times & mechanic could not find the cause of problem even though work was performed on vehicle.

- Algoma, WI, USA

problem #1

May 241999


  • miles
Rear brakes malfunction, causing extended stopping distance which could result in a crash. ABS braking system malfunctions, causing front wheels to lock up. Also, airbag light comes on, indicating there is a problem with airbag system which may not deploy in event of a crash.

- Grayling, MI, USA

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