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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,625 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 engine problems

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #16

Nov 042005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The contact stated while putting vehicle in four wheel drive it accelerated unexpectedly. The accelerator pedal went all the way to the floor on its own. The vehicle would not shut off. The contact had both feet on the brakes, shifted into low, and attempted to shut off the engine. The vehicle went over a pedestrian, a ramp, and knocked the trailer through the tailgate. There was damage to the ramp and the vehicle. The pedestrian received only minor injuries, mostly bruises to her side. Because the incident occurred on private property no police report was taken.

- Red Bluff, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 052005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Accelerator does not return to idle on very cold days. In neutrall the engine revs at about 4000 RPM. I have had close calls while aproaching intersections. I really needed to lay on the brakes. My vehicle is 1998 Ford F150 with a 5.4 engine. I no there is a saftey recall (98V007) for the same vehicle with a 4.2 L engine but my truck truck has the exact same problem. The dealer told me their was a kit available to fix the problem and that I would have to pay for it. I also suspect that the kit is for the 4.2 liter engine.

- Richboro, PA, USA

problem #14

Oct 182002

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • miles
I am the original owner of a 1998 Ford F150 pickup. There have been occasions when using my right foot to apply pressure to the brake pedal. The space between the brake and gas pedals is spanned by my foot causing acceleration at the same time the brake is being applied. I have discussed this with Ford service personnel on more than one occasion and was, told that it was the first they had heard it, and that it must be unique to my driving. I have subsequently learned that Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles with adjustable brake/gas pedals have been recalled due to this problem. I have also learned that other F-150 drivers have experienced this problem. I believe this is an engineering defect which is extremely dangerous and should be corrected by the manufacturer. This apparent brake/gas pedal problem with Ford F-150 pickups being investigated and/or addressed for correction.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 282001

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles

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

Gas pedal jammed under floor mat, hit front porch of house, could not stop vehicle with both feet feet on brake pedal. Same thing happened many times on the freeway, but could always pull floor mat back with my feet, this time happened in my driveway, and my grandson was standing in front of the porch. Thank god he took off running, I panicked or I would have put the vehicle in neutral. I feel that is a design defect, there should be a hook to hold the mat in place, apparently Ford thinks so too, the new trucks have the hooks. My truck has a little plastic screw that is supposed to burrow into the carpet, it does not work.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #12

Jun 072001

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Gas pedal trapped under floormat during acceleration. Almost casued mulitple car accident. Third incident.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #11

Nov 011998

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator pedal sticks intermittently. Consumer has to kick pedal to get it to release. Not taken to dealer yet.

- Tiverton, RI, USA

problem #10

Apr 012001

F-150

  • miles

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

While driving on road consumer stepped on gas and pedal got stuck. Consumer could not press on brake to slow vehicle down. So consumer put vehicle in nuetral, and finally stopped vehicle. Contacted dealer, and dealer replaced throttle body.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Jan 011999

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator pedal does not disengage when turning off cruise control. Dealer is aware of problem. The problem has not been corrected.

- High Ridge, MO, USA

problem #7

May 041999

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Accelerator pedal stuck to floor and would not release while entering freeway @ 40mph. Put both feet on brake pedal @ 70mph before pedal released and was able to regain control. Cruise control was not engaged at time of incident.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 171997

F-150

  • miles

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

Accelerator pedal is too sensitive. Dealer contacted and repair work done, problem still exists. Accident occurred, resulting in a defect.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #5

Jan 121999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
When applying the accelerator, the pedal stuck and caused the driver to run into a fence. Dealer could find no cause for failure.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 041999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Accelerator pedal has a knob that wears into the floor mat, causing the pedal to sometimes stick to the floor. Dealer has replaced floor mat and problem still exists.

- Calabasas, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 151998

F-150

  • miles
Accelerator sticks when the vehicle is first started in cold weather. Ford was contacted and is aware of the problem, but cannot remedy the problem. Problem still exists. Provide further information.

- Pratt, KS, USA

problem #2

Oct 151998

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Accelerator pedal design contains metal piece on the bottom which gets stuck on the floor mat when it slides forward.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 141998

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The accelerator pedal got stuck on theforward edge of the floor mat, causing the engine to stay at high RPM. Driver put car in neutral and pulled to the side of the road to avoid crash. The dealer has been notified.

- Frisco, TX, USA

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