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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,111 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 electrical problems

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 122004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact attempted to start the vehicle, but it would not start. The vehicle was then towed to a Ford dealer and they stated that a wire in the ignition switch failed. The dealer repaired the switch, but the contact still had to make several attempts before the vehicle would start. The dealer finally disconnected the switch, but it continues to take four or more attempts to start the vehicle. The contact has paid $200 in repairs. The failure occurs in both cold and hot weather and the contact believes that the disconnected wire was the cause of failure. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 229,000 and failure mileage was 180,000.

- Casco, WI, USA

problem #8

Oct 012005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 140,000 miles
I changed my spark plugs at the recommended mileage and since that time they do not stay tight in the cylinders. They loosen up and I have to re-tighten them everyday so that they do not blow out of my cylinder head.

- Plattsburgh, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 192004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My 1998 Ford F150 4X4 blew 3 coils within 3 months of each other, culminating with the ignition coil in August 2004. I contacted Ford and was told I was being put on a "recall list" in case others had complaints. When the coils blow, there is a horrible noise from the engine and an immediate loss of power due to the spark plug no longer igniting that cylinder for the engine to run off of. Luckily, I was able to pull over to the side of the road and call a wrecker without incident. All three coils were replaced and I still have receipts. I traded the vehicle in due to the numerous problems it began having.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #6

Nov 272004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Consumer stated that with the key out of the ignition vehicle started up. Dealer claimed that GEM module malfunctioned.

- Charlotte, MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 162004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
I was driving down the road when I heard a big explosion from under my hood. I poped the hood and found that my #2 coil was blown out of the cylinder. After getting my 98 F150 home I found that the plug was blown out of the cylinder. I have not gotten the problem fixed as of yet but Ford says the only way to fix is a new head.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 192004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles
"blown spark plug" 1998 Ford F150 5.4L engine. Dealer wants $3700 to repair something that should never have happened.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 182003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


I have had numerous problems with the starter and/or ignition in my 1998 F-150 Ford truck. Beach Ford in myrtle beach, SC has replaced the starter about 7 times and today the truck left me stranded.

- Shallotte, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 012000


  • miles
For the second time in 2 years the power control module has failed. The first time was just after I purchased the truck in April 1998. The engine will suddenly just die. This happened regardless of speed. The engine would, most times, require several minutes of turning the ignition on and off and cranking of the engine before it would restart. I returned the truck to the dealer I purchaed it from 3 seperate times. Twice I was able to drive it in and the last time required a tow. On all three occasions there were no error codes in the computer to indicate that anything had happened. The dealer replaced both the PCM and the ECM at the time of the third failure and that solved the problem at that time. On October 1 of 2000 my wife and I went to run a few errands. We had only traveled 1/4 mile when the engine shut down while traveling 25 mph. It took 6 attempts to retart the engine. We then drove another 1/2 mile only to have the engine once again shut down while traveling up a hill at 35 mph. The engine kicked back in before we were able to pull to the side of the road, so we continued on our way. On Oct 2 drove the truck to a different dealer. Showed them the paperwork from 1998. Again when checked, no error codes. They had truck for 3 days but no failure. Agreed to replace PCM at no charge. As of 10/28 no further problem noted.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #1

Aug 262000


  • miles
Twice in the past 6 months, I or my wife had the vehicle just turn off. When it shut off for my wife, it happened at 45mph. She lost pwr steering but was lucky in getting off to the side of the road. After 5 mins of trying to start the truck, it started and didn't happen again till August. It happened while I was driving.

- Stroudsburg, PA, USA

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