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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,698 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #14

Feb 142012

F-150

  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the brake pressure switch was leaking. The vehicle received recall repairs for a voluntary manufacturer recall in 2006 for the same problem. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was previously repaired under a recall. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Starke, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 062011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 153,425 miles
While braking to turn, the brake pedal went to the floor and I was unable to stop. Luckily I was already slowing for the turn and was able to downshift to slow enough for the turn. Mechanic said the brake line was rusted through. With the recent recall of rusted gas tank straps on this vehicle, believe a recall on rusted brake lines is also warranted. This could have been a fatal accident under different circumstances, I.e., trying to stop at a train track, pulling a trailer, or going faster.

- Albers, IL, USA

problem #12

Dec 162011

F-150

  • 175,000 miles
Experienced a complete failure of the hydraulic braking system due to corroded brake line from master cylinder to ABS controller.

- Lost Creek, WV, USA

problem #11

Nov 302011

F-150

  • 130,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. While the vehicle was parked the contact stated a fire started on the front drivers side of the vehicle. The fire department was called and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an auto shop. The mechanic determined the fire may have started within the brake master cylinder. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Hartford, KY, USA

problem #10

Jul 192011

F-150

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 30 mph the contact depressed the brake pedal. The brakes did not respond and the contact crashed into a vehicle. A report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop where the mechanic stated the brake line was rusted. One of the fuel tank straps were covered with rust and the other strap was broken. The brake lines were replaced. The fuel tank straps were not repaired because the part was not available and had to be ordered. There was a NHTSA recall campaign number: 11V385000 ( fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) that may be related to the failure. The contact was unaware if the VIN was included in the recall. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Tiverton, RI, USA

problem #9

Aug 182009

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 148,800 miles
Brake line to rear wheels corroded causing total loss of brake fluid and braking ability. Event occurred backing out of driveway. Brake lines, fittings and fluid replaced.

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #8

Oct 082010

F-150 6-cyl

  • 284,000 miles

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

1998 Ford F-150 vehicle was parked in work parking lot for 6-1/2 hours. Flames began coming out from under hood and was put out with fire extinguisher. When the hood was opened the area around brake fluid reservoir had completely burned away.

- Belvidere, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 052009

F-150 6-cyl

  • miles
1. purchased and installed a replacement front left brake rotor including wheel studs for a 1998 Ford F-150 2 wh drive truck V6. Purchased from advanced auto parts, part name wearever brake rotoryh145240, 41801 00563 6. included studs on rotor are identified on head W726, they are 12 millimeter threads and approximately 2.25" long. 2. failure, while installing wheel two studs snapped and broke in two at just 60 foot pounds torque. Nuts were tightened with a torque whench in proper sequence. Observed both studs broke at approximately 1.1" from top of head of stud and there appears to be a cavity (void) of about 75% of the steel from the center out with only the rim (near threads) with solid metal. 3. removed and replaced broken studs with the original equipment studs from the old rotor. The defective studs are secured and available.

- O Fallon, MO, USA

problem #6

Nov 072008

F-150

  • 112,000 miles
I purchased a 1998 Ford F-150 in 2000 from carmax in arlington, tx. I have had no major problems until Nov. 7th 2008. I was driving and approached a traffic signal. I attempted to depress my brakes when the vehicle locked up and spun sideways at the intersection. When I exited the vehicle I found that my driverside rear differential had broken lose and the rear differential clamp had broken off allowing the entire driverside differential to fly off of the vehicle. % minutes earlier I was on the freeway. If this would of happened on the freeway, I would not be here today.

- Wrightwood, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 142008

F-150

  • 103,843 miles
Sudden and total brake failure on crowded freeway while going 70 mph towing a 2,000 lb trailer.

- Ashfield, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 072007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,700 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford F150. While idling at a traffic light with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle began to roll until it crashed into another vehicle. No warning lights were illuminated. Aaa towed the vehicle and the brake lines were replaced. He has not notified the manufacturer. The contact has pictures of the defective brake lines. The current and failure mileages were 68,700. Updated 01-11-08. Updated 12/12/07

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 132007

F-150

  • miles
Hydraulic brake failure. Vehicle towed to repair facility. Rear brake lines replaced due to corrosion.

- Phoenix, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 052005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake were not right spongy. Wearing out bake pad's nothing happened yet but not working right as of now. I replaced caliper and pad's. and brakes are still dragging.

- West Salem, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 152001

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states why he was driving in the rain and attempted to apply his antilock brakes they locked on him, causing him to have accident. No injuries were sustained.

- Lula, GA, USA

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