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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,593 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #39

Dec 022000

F-150

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle was hit head-on. Upon impact, vehicle exploded, resulting in minor injuries. Dealer has been notified, and the manufacturer will be notified.

- Eldridge, IA, USA

problem #38

Dec 201997

F-150

  • miles
Ongoing / intermittent problem when applying brakes in a sudden stop / emergency situation, it causes rear wheels to lock up. Vehicle been in dealer shop on two occasions, and problem still reoccurring. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #37

Apr 011999

F-150

  • miles
At slow speed when brakes are applied, brakes don't work. ABS sensor has been replaced by dealer 5 times for this problem.

- Egg Harbour, NJ, USA

problem #36

Apr 171998

F-150

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The dealer has addressed the brake issue by turning rotors/drums. 10,000 miles later im having the same problem, there seems to be a problem with braking equalization from front to rear. The rear brakes have yet to show signs of wear. Overall the vehicle is running good but it appears the few on going problems are going to cost me after warranty is over.

- Sanibel, FL, USA

problem #35

Sep 051999

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left front wheel locks up. When this happens, vehicle starts sliding. Dlr can't duplicate the problem.

- Pass Christian, MS, USA

problem #34

Mar 242000

F-150

  • miles
This dealership does business in an unsafe, fraudlent, manner. I have documentation proving this claim.no safety defect listed.

- Valley Center, CA, USA

problem #33

Jan 012000

F-150

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Whenever applying brakes intermittently it caused vehicle to surge forward. Pedal would get hard, and vehicle would continue on before stopping. Vehicle has been in/out of dealer shop on six occasions, dealer informed consumer that nothing could be found. Feel free to provide further details.

- Sault Saint Marie, MI, USA

problem #32

Mar 152000

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving in town and approaching a stop sign or light, applied brakes, left rear wheels locked up and vehicle slid. Contacted dealer, they cleaned the brakes, and couldn't find any problem. While leaving the lot, vehicle started to do the same thing. Service consultant said that wheels were supposed to lock up when wet. For now problem has been solved by making adjustments to the rear brakes.

- Aberdeen, WA, USA

problem #31

May 052000

F-150 4WD

  • miles
I took the truck in and the service consultant said that the brakes were working normally eventhough the rear ones did lock up at 20 M.P.H. or slower when leaving the parking lot of their lot.

- Aberdeen, WA, USA

problem #30

May 052000

F-150 4WD

  • miles
While driving, I would come up to a stop sign or light and apply the brakes and the left rear brake would lock up. I took it in and they looked at the brakes and said they were ok. I went to leave and it did it again. I went back in and told them that they were still doing it and they said that it was normal for the ABS to do that. I went back the next day and they adjusted the brakes and now they do what they are suppose to do. It could be possible that one of the self adjusters might not be working.

- Aberdeen, WA, USA

problem #29

Mar 152000

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brakes fail when depressed, then grab at last second. Dealer performed a brake service consisting of grinding the metallic pads but problem is worse and brakes now groan upon stop.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #28

Mar 152000

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Brakes fail when depressed, then grab at last second. Dealer performed a brake service consisting of grinding the metallic pads but problem is worse and brakes now groan upon stop.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #27

Jun 061998

F-150

  • miles
When applying brakes during normal braking brakes locked up, causing the truck to slide. Driver has lost control of the vehicle many times. This has happened during inclement weather, aftet the truck has set for a while. Problem was reported to the dealer. Dealer stated that problem was due to the rear brake shoes and not the ABS. Problem has not been corrected.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #26

Nov 011998

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Deal has attempted to fix both brakes and the door cracks: Brakes still do not work and door cracked again. Dealer now will not fix them again.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #25

Dec 081999

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving in a parking lot and applying the brakes, pedal went the floor, the vehicle accelerated out of control, causing a collision.

- Fayetteville, WV, USA

problem #24

Apr 111999

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Truck anti lock brakes lock up when ever it rains or gets wet. Dealer attempted to fix 4 times, still lock up.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #23

Sep 281999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
The bushings on the spindle are too big which causes the brakes to lock up/grind and overheat.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #22

Jun 171999

F-150

  • miles
While driving at 70 mph and applying the brakes on wet pavement, vehicle didn't stop and went straight through a red light, and the front right wheel locked up when applying the brakes real hard while trying to stop.

- Franklinville, NY, USA

problem #21

Aug 011998

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While depressing brake pedal vehicle continues traveling, resulted in an accident.

- Mascoutha, IL, USA

problem #20

Aug 051999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
While driving on a wet surface and applying the brakes, the vehicle feels as if it has lost power in the brakes. Then the brakes lock up and the vehicle skids. Dealer can't duplicate the problem.

- Friendsville, TN, USA

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