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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,056 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #41

Oct 312003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

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

Inner tie-rod joint broke while backing out of parking space. Vehicle drove fine up to that point. Steering component inspection two months prior did not indicate any needed repairs.

- Orleans, MI, USA

problem #40

Sep 032003

F-150

  • 120,000 miles
While driving 30 mph front driver's side upper ball joint broke, causing the tie rods to shoot through the rim. Immediately the vehicle lost control.

- Bremen, IN, USA

problem #39

Aug 122003

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Consumer heard noise while making turns coming from passenger side due to broken tie rod.

- Canda, 00, USA

problem #38

Jul 072003

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 78,900 miles

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

Both tie-rod ends have fellen off since July 2002. Left side when pulling out of bank parking lot and recently when backing up on level ground.

- Wayne, WV, USA

problem #37

Jun 122003

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
At 20 mph tie rod broke and truck hit a street corner. Vehicle was towed for repairs. A week later at 45 mph tire rod broke again and caused front end to flip after hitti ng street reflector. No serious damage to truck, and no deployment of air bag.

- Ellenburg Center, NY, USA

problem #36

May 172003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,441 miles
The front left tie rod broke, which caused loss of steering. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs.. the dealer replaced all 4 tie rods. The rotors were replaced which caused the vehicle to vibrate when the brakes were applied.

- Newbury, VT, USA

problem #35

Mar 282003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

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

While driving 35 mph the tie rod end disintegrated and fell off. Which resulted in loss of control of the vehicle.

- Wilton, NH, USA

problem #34

May 132003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
While driving 55 mph the inner tie rod came unhooked and caused the driver to loose control of the vehicle. The mechanic replaced the tie rods.

- Delhi, NY, USA

problem #33

Jun 102002

F-150

  • miles
I was pulling into a parking lot and heard a scraping noise. After I got it parked, I got out and did not notice anything. When I got ready to leave, I tried to back up and could not. So I got out and looked again and both tires were facing outward. The tie rod had snapped. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis***763049

- Havana, IL, USA

problem #32

Mar 282003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,500 miles
Broken tie rod drivers side. Happened in parking lot when backing out. Just before 70000 miles.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #31

Mar 172003

F-150

  • miles

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

The tie rod assembly failed.. also, vehicle needs an alignment.

- Lawrenceville, PA, USA

problem #30

May 302002

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,926 miles
The vehicle made a lot of grinding noises and the steering was inoperable. Unbeknowest to consumer all tie rods had broken.

- Dresden, OH, USA

problem #29

Sep 242002

F-150

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
PE 98 024 / tie rod end failure: Consumer states while driving in heavey traffic of 10-15 mph the tie rod end broke on the left front causing loss of steering. Dealer and the manufacturer has been notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Sonerville, MA, USA

problem #28

Sep 202002

F-150

  • miles
Both tie rod ends fell off vehicle while consumer was driving. Consumer could not control vehicle. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.ak

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #27

Jun 212002

F-150

  • miles
While backing into his driveway, the left front tie rod separated where the ball meets the cup or socket. It appeared to consumer that the portion of the cups rim that keeps the ball in place, wore out, and caused the rod to pop out and wedge into the wheels rim. Losing the capability to steer the vehicle as well as ruining the rim.

- Flat Rock, MI, USA

problem #26

Aug 212002

F-150

  • miles
While traveling around a corner consumer heard a noise. Consumer lost control of steering. Vehicle was serviced, technician noticed that tie rod : inner and outer needed to be replaced.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #25

Aug 212002

F-150

  • miles
While traveling around a corner consumer heard a noise. Consumer lost control of steering. Vehicle was serviced, technician noticed that tie rod : inner and outer needed to be replaced.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #24

Aug 282002

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Left front tie rod broke off while the consumer was driving, causing the tire to go sideways. Contacted the dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything. Consumer stated that the the front end needed replacing plus tires the estimate is $983.45.

- Delivan, WI, USA

problem #23

Jul 222002

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Tie rod end came off while driving down the road at 35 mph. When we took it to be repaired we were told both ball joints need replacing. The mechanic made the comment to us that they have had several Ford F-150's with similar problems and know of other garages reporting the same. We feel fortunate we were not injured. We travel the interstate most of the time at speeds of 55-60mph and would have been injured for sure. We feel that the repairs necessary on a truck of this late model is excessive and wondered if a recall was in order. We have already replaced the head gasket which fortunately was under warranty.

- Poland, ME, USA

problem #22

Jan 202002

F-150

  • miles
Consumer stated while driving, the vehicle developed a steering problem, when he realized that he could not steer, he let the wheel go and the vehicle coasted to a stop, consumer got out of the vehicle and noticed the tire was flat on the left front wheel and the tie rod was jammed in the wheel rim and shredded, the inside of the rim deflated the tire, the tie rod had separated from the ball joint, the dealer replaced both outer tie rods and both lower ball joints.

- Lasalle Ontario, CD, USA

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