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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 1 of 3)

problem #59

Jun 172004

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving at 30 mph pplied the brakes.and brake pedal went to the floor, and there were no brakes. This resulted in in extended stopping distance. Dealer notified.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #58

Jan 022004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS brake problems; when applying brakes in an emergency situation, under wet road conditions, the system locked up, resulting in a roll over. I had noticed this in the past and took it to a dealer and was told it was just the natural for a Ford.

- Bismarck, AR, USA

problem #57

Feb 012003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,500 miles
When applying the brakes, the pedal seems to jerk and slow to stop. When coming to a stop there is a ticking noise, it seem to be coming from the firewall. The ABS light has came on several occasion. I've had both set of brakes serviced and rotors turned three different times and still have problem.

- Pryor, OK, USA

problem #56

Jan 052003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,513 miles

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

On delivery of vechicle transmission problem and break defect breaks do not stop when useing them for regular use at even slow speeds resulting in almost hitting other vechicles I have to try and stop vechicle from far away distances

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #55

Sep 222002

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • miles
On April 2, 2000 while traveling on the parks hwy. This vehicle accelerated & continued to accelerate out of the driver's control. The brakes were applied heavily for three quarters of a mile or more in order to slow the vehicle & find a place to pull to the side and attempt to turn the vehicle off. Once this was achieved, the vehicle restarted normally. Nye Ford service dept. Was contacted & a PCV kit was installed by that dealership on April 19, 2000. On August 13, 2002 this vehicle again accelerated & continued to accelerate out of the driver's control. The same procedure was used to stop T he vehicle. The vehicle started normally on the fourth attempt. During the first 3 attempts to restart the vehicle, the engine was revving out of control.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #54

Sep 012002

F-150

  • miles
Brake pedal will go all the way to the floor. Brakes are warped. Dealership is aware of problem.

- Canandaigya, NY, USA

problem #53

Nov 202001

F-150

  • miles

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

While making a right hand turn consumer tapped the brakes and felt ABS coming on, but vehicle did not slowdown, had to use emergency brakes to stop, it usually happens with a hard turn, consumer felt that if it happened on a busy street someone could had been injured. Consumer stated that the wires which are going from brake to the right front tire, were giving a false reading of a tire lock up.

- Neutripoli, PA, USA

problem #52

Aug 052001

F-150

  • miles
Anti-lock braking system is ineffective when a sudden stop needs to be made. Also, brakes will begin to grap, then release. Dealer has been contacted. Consumer was almost involved in three collisions.

- New Brighton, PA, USA

problem #51

Sep 192001

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently when the brakes are applied pedal pulsates, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer has changed pads and rotors. However, problem still exists. Slc

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #50

Aug 292001

F-150

  • miles
Proceeded down wet highway at 40 mph. Vehicle ahead slowed. Applied brakes, had full lockup and hit car ahead at est 7 mph speed. Antilock system did not activate at all. Had noticed tis phenomena at stop signs in wet condition before, had checked at dealer, no problem found by technician. I feel that this is a problem associated only with wet road conditions. Software problem rather than mechanical. Am aware of other cases. Although my damage minor, I feel this should be investigated due to potential serious nature of problem.

- Pine Level, NC, USA

problem #49

Jul 162001

F-150 4WD

  • miles

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

Brakes failed after continous stop and go traffic. No ABS, no stopping 35900 miles.

- Winthrop, ME, USA

problem #48

Aug 222001

(reported on)

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While having vehicle serviced technician noticed rear brakes were not working properly due to ABS valve not working. Please provide fusrther information.

- Trion, GA, USA

problem #47

Aug 032001

F-150

  • miles
While traveling at 55 mph another vehicle pulled out in front of consumer's vehicle, consumr depressed brake pedal with force, causing wheels to lock up. Consumer lost control of vehicle, and ran into other vehicle.

- Sumer Set, KY, USA

problem #46

Sep 231998

F-150

  • miles
The rear brakes were inoperative due to a malfunction in the system therefore the front brakes were doing all the work and causing the vehicle to jump to a stop and skid in traffic, the front brakes and rotors had to be replaced as a result of the malfunction, the system malfunction was covered under extended warranty but the front brakes and rotors were not. Nlm

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #45

Apr 012001

F-150

  • miles
While driving on road consumer stepped on gas and pedal got stuck. Consumer could not press on brake to slow vehicle down. So consumer put vehicle in nuetral, and finally stopped vehicle. Contacted dealer, and dealer replaced throttle body.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #44

Jun 151999

F-150

  • miles
Ongoing problem with ABS brakes causes rear wheels to lock up when applying brakes on wet/damp road. It also causes extended stopping distance. Also, a problem with courtesy lights, and running tail lights momentarily remain on from 2 minutes up to 2 hours before turning off, even after vehicle was turned off. Dealer/manufacturer were not notified at this time. Please feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #43

Feb 132001

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving downhill at 30 mph, applied brake and pedal went to floor. Consumer used emergency brake, and dropped to low 1 to slow vehicle down. It felt like a brake line leak. Dealer replaced brake sensor.

- Odenville, AL, USA

problem #42

Nov 192000

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall 98V007000/throttle icing: Speed control will not disengage when applying brakes, and intermittent problem with brake pedal going to floor. 2 Goodyear Wrangler ap tire's tread is completely gone, size P255/70R16, dot pdcuf8wr038. Consumer states engine has a ping sound when first started in cold weather, dealership is aware of the problem.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #41

Dec 011997

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Two months after I purchased the vehicle, I noticed when on icy, snowy, or similar slippery surfaces, the anti-lock braking system "locked-up" and did not "anti-lock" as designed. This is evidenced by my rear-end sliding around sideways and no reverse brake petal pressure. I had previously owned a vehicle that had anti-lock brakes and the brake petal would push against my foot and make a vibrating noise when activated. This does not occur on this vehicle. Also, when the vehicle is cold, all four brakes will lock up when any petal pressure is applied--especially at low speeds such as pulling out of my driveway or out of a parking lot. This was brought to the attention of the Ford dealer nearest my residence (not the dealer I originally purchased the truck) on two separate occasions. The first time I took it in was at my 30,000 mile check-up about 10 months after I purchased the vehicle (August 27, 1998). They checked brakes and noted on the service invoice "could not verify." The second time I took it in was about 7 months later (March 8, 1999) after the winter season was over and had them check the system and no service was noted or performed. I took at face value that when they said nothing was wrong that there wasn't anything wrong. However, anti-lock brakes are not something that you can check year round but rather only when the pavement is slippery. They said they checked them by putting heavy pressure on the brakes and then pressing the gas pedal and ruled out failure of the ABS. I am here to tell you that even today, they still lock-up and do not function properly. I can send you photocopies of the service invoices if needed.

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #40

Jan 042001

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
While depressing brakes vehicle goes into extended stopping distance. Dealer has been notified, but problem continued.

- Coniston, CD, USA

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