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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,314 miles

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1998 Ford Expedition electrical problems

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 132005

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


There is an investigation # PE05033 for the 1099-2002 models, but it does not included the 1998 model that was having the same exact problems as described in PE05033.. took vehicle to a mechanic shop, and they have replaced a jammed module on August 30, 2004, and on September 13, 2005 they replaced the alternator. Had no trouble until it rained again and the vehicle would not start. Then, the vehicle was sitting for about thirty minutes and it started. After driving the vehicle, turning the vehicle off, and taking the key out of the ignition the door chime was clicking, /the radio was going, and the air conditioner was running with no keys in the ignition.

- Longwood , FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 192004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 173,883 miles
I just started experiencing about 2 years ago about the same problem described in the the associated press article on the cnbc financial web page. During extreme periods rain, dampness or high humidity, my truck would not run correctly. It started out with the speedometer not working (or the cruise control), but drove fine down the road. Then as time & months went on the symptoms seemed to get worse. Besides the speedometer not working or the cruise control when it rained, the transmission started not shifting at its normal ┐'shifting points┐Ł & the overdrive light on the gear shifter would flash on & off repeatedly. When it was dry out or if I used the floor heater when it rain, it would run ok. Then one day in the rain all the ┐┐idiot cluster lights┐Ł in the dash would all start flashing on & off with a ┐┐clicking or switching┐Ł sound from under the dash. It got to a point during a heavy rain that all of the above would happen at the same time over a 40 mile drive, & the rear window wiper would stop working in mid-wipe & the vehicle would start loosing power. At this point I took it to my local Ford dealer & told them the same things. Finally after the 2 visits & another hour to hour & a half to diagnose & troubleshoot the problem they told me that my windshield was leaking somewhere & was causing the problem. They said Ford had a ┐┐tsb┐Ł technical service bulletin out. They found both the ┐┐GEM & cjb┐Ł modules (part #┐'s F852-14B205-ka & F752-14ad68-ba) under the dash all ┐┐wet & corroded┐Ł & needed to be replaced at a cost of $589.94 just for the parts plus $74.95 hr. Labor & a $7.50 hazardous waste for a repair order charge. I took my truck to a local glass shop to find the leak & replace the seal. They discover that the ┐'seal┐Ł for the windshield was leaking at the top near the rain cutters on the roof & running down the ┐┐a┐Ł pillars & was also starting to rust that area near the support structure for the glass.

- Coldwater, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 112004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
1998 Ford Expedition. Spark plug blow out. 3 times. First two times repairedby Ford under warranty.

- El Segundo, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 132000

Expedition 4WD

  • miles


A spark plug that had not been properly torqued at the Ford factory loostened and destroyed the cylinder head. It took the Ford dealer 2 weeks to remove the engine from the vehicle, get the parts, and make the repair.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 182000

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
As we pulled out of a toll booth on the G.S.pkwy we heard a loud bang immediately followed by loss of acceleration power. Apparently a spark plug was blown from the engine. It remained attached to the wire but neither that plug or a new one could be replaced because the cylinder was stripped. The vehicle was towed to kaytes Ford. We're hoping Ford will incur the expense of repairing it since this should never had happened especially on a vehicle with 41,000 miles. Warranty was up at 36,000.

- Sussex, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 061999

Expedition 4WD

  • miles
Computer malfunction causing vehicle stalling after fixing computer incidents of stalling still continuing.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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