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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford F-150 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 042003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving vehicle jerked and vibrated uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of vehicle and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic informed consumer that upper and lower ball joints were corroded and needed to be replaced.

- New Windsor, IL, USA

problem #4

Mar 092004


  • 125,000 miles
While driving at 25 mph and when making a left turn consumer heard a loud popping sound. Then, left side of the vehicle dropped down. Vehicle was towed to consumer's home. The tow truck driver explained that the upper ball joints were worn out, and the axle broke.

- Kunkletown, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 022003


  • miles
While driving at normal speed lower ball joint on driver's side fell off. Dealer stated no recall, and called NHTSA.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #2

Jan 202002


  • 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

problem #1

Jul 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Premature wear of lower ball joint. Dealer will be notified. Consumer adds ball joints failed and found other model years have the same problem.

- Pocasset, MA, USA

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