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5.2

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,143 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 282003

(reported on)

F-150

  • 127,000 miles

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

Consumer smelled a burning odor while driving at 45 mph. Upon inspection of the vehicle consumer noticed that disc brake hub broke in the locked position. Consumer was unable to get the part replaced because the manufacturer discontinued making the part.

- Parkville, MO, USA

problem #6

Sep 192002

F-150 4WD

  • miles
On 14jun01 my truck had 20709 miles on it. Charapp Ford replaced the front brake pads and turned the rotors in order to pass the state inspection. This can be verified through invoice#20709. On 17jul02 my truck was inspected at murray's Ford in dubois, pa with no problems, mileage 29978, invoice # C09529. On 19sep02 I had murray's check a rubbing sound from my front brakes. They found the brake pad was missing from the front right brakes resulting in metal to metal contact. This required new brake pads and new rotors. My truck had 31378 miles, invoice # C12269. I do not believe the brakes should have to be replaced with this low mileage considering I do not overload my truck nor do I tow at all. I believe there is a flaw in the design of the brakes, brake pads, or poor workmanship.

- Brookville, PA, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Jun 302002

F-150

  • miles

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

Front end brake and tie rod end problems from date of purchase.

- Batavia, NY, USA

problem #3

Apr 182001

(reported on)

F-150

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When applying brakes front disc brakes locks up, creating extreme vibration which results in loss of steering control. The left front wheel assembly gets hot.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 171998

F-150

  • miles
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 #1

Aug 041999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
When applying the brakes on dry pavement back brakes grab, but the front brakes do not, causing extended stopping distance. At 22,000 miles the brake pads and rotors were replaced. At 28,000 miles the problem has returned.

- Boulder, CO, USA

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