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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.

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1998 Ford F-150 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

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 #2

May 022002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Took vehicle to dealer which is when tie rod broke in half. Mechanic pulled vehicle in and that is when the tie rod broke in half, consumer also states that the left ball joint broke. Jlg

- Fitchburg, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 272001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer got into vehicle to back out and front end collapsed. Service manger stated it happened all the time from normal wear and tear. Service if vehicle was serviced properly, they would've been able to catch it in time. Consumer purchased vehicle on October 26, 2000 from same dealer with a clean inspection. Consumer took vehicle to several mechanics, who stated that pin to ball joint broke because of the incline, and the angle consumer was turning wheel caused it to snap front end.

- Hensdale, NY, USA

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