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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,608 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 engine problems

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #31

Sep 222002

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • miles

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

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 #30

Aug 192002

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Either while using cruise control or shut off cruise control is engaged, and used to pass another vehicle, vehicle will accelerate and continue to accelerate erratically. Driver must turn vehicle off in gear on straightway to gain control. Sometimes when this condition persists engine revs very high.

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #29

Jun 102002

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Unable to disengage cruise control which causes an increase in speed.

- Livingston, MT, USA

problem #28

Sep 242001

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving 60 mph rpms suddenly went way up and accelerator pedal did not respond anymore. Consumer was able to coast to side of road. Had vehicle towed to dealer, who stated transmission went out. This is a rebuilt transmission installed by Ford at 19000 miles when original transmission went out.

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #27

Dec 012000

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was stopped and consumer had foot on brake, while moving the shift lever to park accelerator went to the floor going backward crashing throught the garage door and inner wall of home.

- Windham, NH, USA

problem #26

Feb 162001

(reported on)

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On a number of occasions throttle sticks after acceleration. Accelerator pedal feels like it pulls away from drivers foot, accelerating more on it's own. Ford has been contacted.

- Jonesborough, TN, USA

problem #25

Nov 192000

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

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 #24

Nov 232000

F-150

  • miles
While passing another vehicle the accelerator stuck causing sudden acceleration, consumer had to put vehicle into neutral and turn off the engine to reduce speed. Nlm

- Stanton, NJ, USA

problem #23

Nov 232000

F-150

  • miles
While passing another vehicle the accelerator stuck causing sudden acceleration, consumer had to put vehicle into neutral and turn off the engine to reduce speed. Nlm

- Stanton, NJ, USA

problem #22

Nov 152000

F-150

  • miles
Vehicle accelerates while brakes depressed. Have had to turn off ignition.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #21

Aug 211998

F-150

  • miles

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

I have noticed a couple of times that due to the relative positions of the brake pedal and accelerator pedal (both in lateral distance and in height) that if you do not get your left foot entirely over onto the brake pedal while stopping or holding stopped at an intersection that you can also catch the accelerator pedal while trying to brake. This results in the truck trying to move forward and the operator trying to depress the brake pedal further with the result being to depress the acclerator pedal further as well. This can occur without realizing that your foot is partially on the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal (once the brake pedal is depressed far enough) I have caught this occurring several times and it can be quite disconcerting when the truck starts moving forward even though you are deprssing the brake pedal harder and harder. I believe the problem to be a design related one that is built into the design of the controls. While it has not resulted in an incident with my truck yet it certainly could especially if a person panics and doesn't realize what is happening. I believe this failure could explain some the complaints recieved about the trucks accelerating when the brake pedal is depressed.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #20

Jan 012000

F-150

  • miles
Whenever applying brakes intermittently it caused vehicle to surge forward. Pedal would get hard, and vehicle would continue on before stopping. Vehicle has been in/out of dealer shop on six occasions, dealer informed consumer that nothing could be found. Feel free to provide further details.

- Sault Saint Marie, MI, USA

problem #19

Dec 251999

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently vehicle suddenly/unexpectedly accelerates when brakes are applied. Dealer has been notified.

- Nauarre, KS, USA

problem #18

Dec 081999

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving in a parking lot and applying the brakes, pedal went the floor, the vehicle accelerated out of control, causing a collision.

- Fayetteville, WV, USA

problem #17

Sep 201999

F-150

  • miles
Cruise control was engaged. Went to release it by tapping brakes & pushing button., cruise control remained engaged. Vehicle was not slowing down. Hit off button & vehicle increased in speed. Hit brakes hard & noticed smoke coming from wheels. Turned vehicle off & restarted. Engine would race & cc still be engaged. Shut vehicle down again & heard a pop. Restarted vehicle & tried to reengage cc & failed to engage. Taken vehicle to dealer & mechanic could not locate problem.

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

problem #16

Sep 291999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Braking system malfunctioned due to a defective brake rotor which cause extended stopping distance. Also had a recall for the throttle and the james hodge Ford (1800-675-5447) claimed they did the recall repairs, and gave driver an invoice. Banother Ford dealer stated the previous deale R did not fix the part that was on recall which may have caused a crash.

- Vian, OK, USA

problem #15

Jul 211999

F-150

  • miles
While driving vehicles experiences sudden surges/jerking motions, which has nearly caused vehicle to hit other vehicles, several repairs (transmission, spark plugs and computer unit), however vehicle continues to surge. Mjs

- Highlands, TX, USA

problem #14

Jun 261999

F-150

  • miles
Due to defective throttle linkage and PCV valve, vehicle suddenly accelerated which may have caused a crash.

- Half Moon Bay, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 121999

F-150

  • miles
The consumer had the vehicle in reverse and the vehicle accelerated on its own forward. Consumer had his foot on the brakes, and the vehicle kept on accelerating.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #12

Jan 151999

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When coming to stop and applying brakes, the vehicle revved up to/ over 3000 RPM, then lunged foward unexpectedly, causing a rear end accident.

- Denton, TX, USA

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