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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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1998 Ford F-150 steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 232002

F-150

  • miles

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

Tie rod came off backing up.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #7

Jun 302002

F-150

  • miles
Tie rod separated from linkage while pulling into a parking lot. This potentially catastrophic failure should not have occured on a such a low mileage vehicle.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #6

May 282002

F-150

  • miles
There is no reason a well maintained vehicle should have 3 tie rods close to failure and one fail completely. Upon contacting the dealer at first they stated that they should be recalled due to the high failure rate of the tie-rod ends it's so high they can not keep them in stock at the dealer.... call any auto parts store downriver they will tell you that the 1997-98 F-150 have a abnornally high failure rate. Murry's autozone and a&w auto are yet to even get 1998 tie rod replacement's. they say dealer item only.... in closing I take very good care of my vehicle's I have a almost 3 year old and safety in job one when it comes to vehicle's.. thank you... sal.

- Trenton, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 262002

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving at 20 mph drive side tie rod broke, and the consumer could not control vehicle. Contacted dealer, and the dealer replaced all four tie rods. Consumer stated that the driver's side tie rod end was broken, also the passengers inner sides were loose.

- Knox, IN, USA

problem #4

Jan 062002

F-150

  • miles
One of five 1997-1998 Ford F-150 pickup trucks owned by the New York state department of transportaion which have had tie rod failures after reaching 75K miles or more

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #3

May 012001

F-150

  • miles
These are common failure items for the 97-01 Ford F-150. Should there be a recall?. no safety defects indicated.

- Wetumpka, AL, USA

problem #2

May 082001

F-150

  • miles
I just wanted to make sure this was a random occurrence and not a common problem. No safety defect listed.

- Georgetown Tx, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 131998

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Unknown rattling coming from underneath hood through the steering shaft. Brady bushey Ford/Jeep/Eagle inspected the truck after defect reoccurred while at dealership, and replaced the pitman arm. Problem still exists with cause still unknown.

- Charlottsville, VA, USA

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