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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
132,511 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 fuel system problems

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #105

May 012011

F-150

  • 171,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford F150. The contact stated that one of the fuel tank strap snapped due to corrosion. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle identification number was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 171,000.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #104

Jul 152011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 168,472 miles
I filled my fuel tank up and notice a gasoline smell. During an inspection of the tank I found gas on the ground and the rear fuel tank strap rusted completely through and a hole in the tank where the strap would have been. This is not only a health hazard but a fire hazard as well.

- Ohio, OH, USA

problem #103

Jul 172011

F-150

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the fuel tank detached from the vehicle and caused sparks when it fell onto the ground. The contact noticed that both fuel tank straps were corroded, and approximately 10 gallons of fuel leaked out from a hole in the fuel tank. The vehicle was towed home and was not repaired. There was an investigation under NHTSA action number: EA11006 (fuel system, other:storage:tank assembly fuel system, other:storage:tank assembly:mounting fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) that may be related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000. The VIN was not available.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #102

Apr 072011

F-150

  • 128,000 miles

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

Was driving my 1998 Ford F-150 and over heard a scraping noise. I had just had the drums on my truck serviced and thought one of them may have seized so I pulled into a parking lot only to find 2 of the straps supporting the gas tank broke off disposing a full gas tank over a church parking lot and down a stretch of road. I have been notified by my insurer that a claim of almost 10000 dollars has been submitted from the city for clean up and the church to re-pave the driveway therefore upping my insurance almost 400$ a year and staining my record for up to 6 years! this is completely unfair that Ford can get away with making such a shoddy product and I cant help but feel that they are responsible for this incident and that I should be at no fault. I have since sold the death trap truck.

- Kitchener, 00, USA

problem #101

Jul 122011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 125,900 miles
I was driving at approximately 40 mph on a smooth, paved road, when the two straps that support the vehicle fuel tank broke, and the tank fell to the road. I immediately pulled off the main road and investigated. The rear of the tank was still attached to the frame by a plastic cradle, but the front end had contacted the road and ploughed along for about 100 feet. There was a dent in the tank and some wear, but no apparent leaks. The fuel lines and filler hose remained intact and attached. I temporarily winched the tank up with a ratchet strap to get home, and have since replaced the faulty straps with new ones.

- Jordan, MN, USA

problem #100

Sep 132009

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Gas tank strap broke on my 1998 Ford F-150. Dragged sparking along way before realizing what was happening updated 09/14/11 the consumer stated the fuel tank straps appeared to be in good shape. Updated IVOQ 09/16/11

- Wis. Rapids, WI, USA

problem #99

Jun 032011

F-150

  • 183,070 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 35 mph the fuel tank detached from the vehicle. The contact noticed both fuel tank straps broke and were corroded. When the fuel tank rubbed against the ground it cracked and approximately two gallons of fuel spilled. The vehicle was towed to an auto repair shop where the technicians stated the fuel tank, the fuel tank straps, and a fuel sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. There was an open investigation; NHTSA action number: EA11006 (fuel system, other:storage:tank assembly fuel system, other:storage:tank assembly:mounting fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) that may be related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 183,070.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #98

Jul 102011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
My Ford F-150 1998 truck's gas tank fell off when I was driving down a road. Luckily, nobody was injured. I have secured it with a wire for now. The VIN number for the truck [xxx]. thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Smithfield, KY, USA

problem #97

Jul 052011

F-150

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. While driving at approximately 70 mph, there was a clunking noise coming from under the front driver side door. Also, the contact noticed that the fuel gauge reading dropped to empty in approximately forty five seconds. The contact stopped the vehicle and noticed that the road they had been traveling was on fire. The contact then discovered that the fuel tank had detached from the vehicle and both straps were missing from the fuel tank. The contact was unaware of the conditions of the straps and stated that approximately fifteen gallons of fuel spilled out of a hole in the fuel tank. The vehicle was towed to an an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated the fuel tank and the both straps needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. There was an open investigation under NHTSA action number: EA11006 (fuel system, other:storage:tank assembly fuel system, other:storage:tank assembly:mounting fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) that may be related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000. Updated 08/11/11 updated 3/05/2012

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #96

Jul 032011

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,029 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while reversing at approximately 5 mph in the driveway, the fuel tank partially detached from the vehicle and began to drag onto the ground. There was no fuel leaked due to the failure. An authorized dealer was notified and they recommended having the vehicle towed in for diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact expressed significant concern over a potential fire hazard. The approximate failure mileage was 100,029. Updated 08/31/2011

- New Boston, MI, USA

problem #95

Jul 012011

F-150

  • 152,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Ford F150. The contact stated while driving 15 mph both straps that holds the fuel tank in place broke causing it to fall onto the ground. When the fuel tank fell on the ground all of the gasoline spilled out because of a hole in the fuel tank. The fire department was called in order to clean the fuel spillage. The vehicle was towed to the residence and was not repaired. The manufacturer stated there were no recalls; however, there was an investigation related to the failure and offered no additional assistance. The failure mileage was 152,000.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #94

Jul 042011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 174,200 miles
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 #93

May 012011

F-150

  • miles
Rusted out gas tank straps on a 1998 Ford F150 causing tank to drop, rattle and roll. Potential fire hazard.

- Pine Beach, NJ, USA

problem #92

Jun 172011

F-150

  • 98,500 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact heard a loud banging noise outside of the vehicle. The contact maneuvered to the side of the road and noticed the fuel tank was partially detached and dragging on the ground. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated both fuel tank straps were corroded due to rust. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,500.

- Moweaqua, IL, USA

problem #91

May 262011

F-150

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 35 mph the contact heard a scraping noise underneath the vehicle and noticed wet spots on the road behind the vehicle. The contact drove onto the shoulder of the road. The contact noticed two of the fuel tank straps were broken and the fuel tank had dropped and fractured. There was approximately six gallons of fuel leaking out of the fuel tank. The vehicle was towed to an auto shop. The mechanic replaced the fuel tank, both fuel straps, the pressure sensor and the fuel tank vent. The vehicle was repaired. There was an open investigation under NHTSA action number: EA11006 ( fuel system, other:storage:tank assembly fuel system, ther:storage:tank assembly:mounting fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) that may be related to the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Updated 07/26/11

- Reedsville, WI, USA

problem #90

Jun 162011

F-150

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact was driving 45 mph when he heard an abnormal noise. Once he pulled over, he noticed that one of the fuel tank straps had fractured as a result of corrosion. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- Warren , MI, USA

problem #89

Jun 202011

F-150

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F150. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact heard a loud clunking noise outside of the vehicle and maneuvered to the side of the road. He then noticed that the fuel tank was partially detached from the vehicle with both fuel tank straps completely corroded from rust. In addition, an estimated amount of ten gallons of fuel spilled onto the ground. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis who advised that there was an open investigation associated with the failure under NHTSA action number: EA11006 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Tank assembly: Mounting). The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was in the process of notifying the manufacturer regarding the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Rhinelander, WI, USA

problem #88

Jun 182011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 141,357 miles
Driving 1998 Ford F-150 4 X 4 truck on dry, flat, smooth asphalt surface road at 45 mph when I noticed a loud metallic sound. Pulled off road immediately and noticed strong odor of gasoline. Looked under vehicle and observed front end of gas tank was on the ground, leaking gas profusely. Turned off engine and immediately called 9-1-1 because of fire potential. Fire, ems, and local sheriff responded. Front gas tank mounting strap failed, causing tank to land on pavement, rupturing fuel tank with resultant gasoline spill, contained by fire department. Gas tank removed by fire department, truck towed for repairs, approximated at $1,500 to replace damaged fuel tank, fuel pump, and mounting straps. Fire department reported to me that several occurrences with Ford F-150 fuel tank mounting strap failures have been reported. Updated 09/14/11 the consumer stated when the fuel tank fell to the ground, fuel began leaking. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop. The front strap broke on the left top portion due to corrosion. The consumer lost five gallons of gas. The repairs cost over $1000. Updated 09/21/11

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #87

Jun 172011

F-150

  • 208,200 miles
1998 F-150 fuel tank straps very rusty. Wondering if Ford is willing to fix the problem" has there been a recall yet"

- Mississauga, 00, USA

problem #86

Mar 232010

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,775 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated the straps holding the fuel tank became detached. The contact did not confirm if the failure was caused by rust. The fuel tank straps were replaced. The failure mileage was 109,775 and the current mileage was 119,200. Updated 07/21/11 the consumer stated the strap had some rusting causing the gas tank to fall off while driving on the interstate. Updated 07/29/11

- Stuart , FL, USA

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