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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,093 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

problem #2

Aug 112003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,186 miles


On Monday August 11, 2003 I noticed a strong odor of gasoline on my 1998 Ford F-150 pickup. I found that gasoline was running along the driver side frame and leaking rather heavily onto the payment. I immediately drove to a nearby automotive service center for examination. I was subsequently advised that the fuel line had a crack and was the cause for the leaking fuel. According to the service technican the crack appeared to be unknown including any damage. I had extended warranty insurance with geico for the $277.87 replacement line. Since I had a $250 deductible, the cost was mostly borne by me. The owner of the service center, said he never had a cracked fuel line in all his years of automotive service. I also in my 50 years of owning vehicles have never experienced such a incident. My biggest concern was the extraordinary danger this type of leak could cause a motorist, with gasoline leaking on to the payment. Obviously a discarded cigaret or other ignition could have caused a serious fire and perhaps injury or death.I would like to know if this is something you are interested? I plan to write Ford, but in the interest of public safety, I thought you might like to know about my experience. Sincerely, john waters.

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #1

May 032003

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Fuel line that runs from firewall to throttle body seems to be deteriorating near driver side manifold. Unknown cause possible heat.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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