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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,724 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford Expedition brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 262012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 77,897 miles


The steel brake lines are rusted and leak brake fluid, brake line failure.

- Ridgewood, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 062010

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
This complaint involves the complete failure of all brake lines due to rust on my 1998 Ford Expedition. All lines have completely rusted through from the outside in only 12 years. The first line (from the master cylinder to the ABS control) failed about a week ago, resulting in total loss of brakes. Fortunately I was on a country road about 2 blocks from home and was able to get it back home. After replacing that line ($70 for the part) I took it out for a test drive. The second time I hit the brakes they again failed! this time the line going to the rear failed. The truck is presently at a Ford dealer. They say all lines are rusted through and need to be replaced. Cost: $3000! I feel that brake lines should not rust out in only 12 years on a vehicle that has been garaged all it's life. I believe that Ford Motor Company has some liability in this issue. I can't be the only one with this problem. Thank you for your time and consideration in this issue.

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #2

Feb 012008


  • 175,000 miles
Suspected failure of ABS control module resulted in total loss of braking. Disabling the ABS by removing the fuse results in reliable braking. Ford wants to replace the module, but if the module fails again then there will be a loss of brakes. The braking is more reliable without the ABS activated.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #1

Jul 012008


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Expedition. While driving 35 mph, the contact noticed that the brake pedal was not receiving enough pressure to stop the vehicle. He replaced the brake pressure switch in July of 2008 and again in January of 2009. The manufacturer stated that there might be a recall available. The contact will call the manufacturer again. The failure mileage was 126,000 and current mileage was 130,000.

- Saint Louis , MO, USA

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