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4.0

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,525 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 042011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 174,200 miles

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

Failure was immediate, Ford F150 fuel tank straps. While driving down the road apparently the tank straps gave way and the fuel tank dropped. Before coming to a stop and after catching some uneven pavement, fuel tank was pealed open and losing about 8 gallons gas. Fire dept was called and they cleaned up spill. Both straps broke and fuel tank is un-repairable. Updated 08/05/11 the consumer stated he experienced other problems with the vehicle, such as a leaking power steering gear box, brake lines had to be replaced, there was a leak in the 4-wheel drive gear box, the muffler hangers, ball joints, tie rod ends and shocks all had to be replaced. Updated 08/11/1

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #7

Nov 012010

F-150

  • miles
1998 Ford F150 truck. Consumer states brake failure due to rusted out brake lines the consumer stated the brake lines should have been made out of stainless steel.

- Monessen, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 092006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 98 Ford F150 4X4 with 51000 miles on it. During routine maintenance I noticed that the front brake lines were swollen with rust where an outer rubber sleeve covers the steel to rubber connection. Upon inspection the line came apart. Rust was all that was keeping it together. I replaced the lines myself and I still have the old ones. It is obvious to me that the design is faulty; the outer sleeve retains moisture allowing the connection to rust away prematurely. My big concern is that I showed the problem to two different service advisors at two area Ford dealers and they didn't seem to care. I have tried to contact Ford by email twice and I don't get a response.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #5

Jul 192005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

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

1. driving with my fiancee to go out to eat in evansville 2. loss of rear brakes(found out later a pinhole in brakeline) 3. damage front in due to traffic stop quickly and I could not, so I went offroad to avoid a car in a soybean field. To correct the failure I am not installing the recycled brake lines that I think was used when the F150 was made shouldn't they last more than 7 years since this is a safety for the driver, all passangers and other motorists, I have had a garage order stainless steel, and the front body parts. I don't know the cost of the bill yet..but I'm without my truck..for awhile. And a honey that has had a headache all day and a sprain wrist...hope it goes away(the headache).

- Hatfield, IN, USA

problem #4

Sep 282002

F-150

  • miles
Consumer states that on the brake line there is a flat end that goes into the main braking system that supplies the brake fuel to the rear brakes.that flat end broke or wore off, resulting in brake fuel leaking out, causing no brake power. Almost causing an accident. Nlm

- Walls, MS, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jul 141998

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake line failed twice.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 111998

(reported on)

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
It appears that a fuel line on the rear driver's side near rear axle has a piece of rubber missing from it. The line runs near driver's rear brake line.

- Austin, TX, USA

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