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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

fuel system problem

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

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problem #5

Feb 062009

F-150 8-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


The contact called about a 1998 Ford F150. The driver filled the vehicle with fuel and, the next morning while driving, the front of the gas tank fell onto the road. The consumer hit a bump in the road and the gas tank came loose and caused gas to spill over the road. A police report was filed. The vehicle was inspected by the tow truck driver, who discovered that the strap holding the fuel tank was rusted. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop and the mechanic stated that a new fuel tank and strap were needed. The vehicle was being repaired at the time of the complaint. The manufacturer has not been notified. The speed was unknown. The current and failure mileages were approximately 93,000. Updated 08/12/10 the consumer stated there was no fire. Updated 08/17/10

- Mendota Heights, MN, USA

problem #4

Feb 062009


  • 93,000 miles
Gas tank fell off truck while driving causing fire. Faulty brackets?

- S St Paul, MN, USA

problem #3

Oct 072008

F-150 4WD

  • 151,000 miles
This was not a particularly bad incident, but it could very well have been. I consider it a 'close call' from which there is a warning to be heard. The straps holding up the gas tank on my F-150 rusted through, dropping the tank [fortunately at low speed where I could stop fast - even so, another foot or so and I would have burst the tank against a sewer grating]. the tank was rust-free, as were the vertical parts of the straps. I think that the plastic pad between the straps and the tank held water against the strap, rusting it. The pad wraps around the strap, and I believe scooped water thrown by the tires. I suggest either a pad redesign to eliminate this, or that the straps be of stainless. The straps appeared to be intact, but the metal was pretty much converted to rust without changing shape. It is not like the straps were visibly rusted away. I suspect that the pad held the rust in place. I had changed the oil not too long before and noticed nothing wrong. I do not specifically recall looking at the straps, but I do try to look around when I am under the truck just to see if anything is funky. Had I been going at any decent speed, not in a parking lot, I suspect I would have burned to death.... the repair was simple; replace the straps and two plastic vent hose connections that failed. Jacking up the tank [full] and tying it up so the truck could be pulled up on a tiltbed was a hassle, mainly since I did not have the appropriate tools on hand. A simple inspection would have prevented this incident, though it would have to have been more than just a visual inspection; poking the strap with a pick to verify it wasn't all rust just looking like surface rusted metal.. but your system will not take that number, saying it is invalid. It is a 1998 F-150 4WD, extended cab, stick shift, with ac.

- Port Clinton, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fuel system poor performance, bad milage.

- Santa Mari, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 071996


  • miles
Gas rail leaks onto the manifold of the engine. Also, the "O" rings harden and the gas just starts leaking out and vehicle overheated. Consumer contacted the dealer, and they told him it was out of warranty. The consumer would have to pay for the repairs.

- Miami, FL, USA

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