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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,263 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 suspension problems

suspension problem

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

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problem #44

Apr 102001

F-150 4WD

  • miles

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

Dealer told me there were no previous known problems with the torsion bar.

- Clinton, MI, USA

problem #43

Apr 022001

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Torsion bar snapped as I shifted into reverse in my driveway.

- Mount Jackson, VA, USA

problem #42

Apr 022001

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Torsion bar broke while vehicle was parked in garage.

- Chatfield, MN, USA

problem #41

Apr 012001

F-150

  • miles

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

Torsion bar severed. Defect was discovered while vehicle was parked. Private mechanic has not provided any information as of yet for cause of defect. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #40

Mar 102001

F-150 4WD

  • miles
While truck was parked in garage the driver's side torsion broke. February 1999 the torsion bar on the passenger broke while driving at 20 mph. Fortunately in either case no injuries. This is not a normal failure, but after contacting Ford directly and the dealer where the truck needed to be towed eiter stated this is a problem. My family now feels for their safety next time we drive in the truck. I need to be convinced that can't happen again and that there was problem with the torsion bars used on that year truck.

- Lagrangeville, NY, USA

problem #39

Feb 272001

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Rt torsion bar broke while driving aprox 50 mph. Front rt of truck dropped and was hard to control.

- Bremen, OH, USA

problem #38

Feb 202001

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Passenger's side right torsion bar collasped and broke which caused passenger's side of vehicle to drop down on one side. Consumer has contacted dealer, dealer has replaced torsion bar.

- Stockton, MO, USA

problem #37

Jan 312001

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Sudden an spontanious breakage of torsion bar at low speed without hitting any obsticle or pot-hole in road.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #36

Feb 022001

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front torsion bar broke overnight while parked. Manufacturer is aware of defect. The torsion bar was replaced by the dealer.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #35

Jan 102001

F-150

  • miles
Was moving 15mph when a pop sound was heard. Right side went down. Was barely able to steer vehicle. Took vehicle to Firestone retailer & informed it was torsion bar that had snapped.

- Gallitzin, PA, USA

problem #34

Jan 302001

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Torsion bar failed causing lower left side to pull to the guardrail, consumer was driving at the time and had heard a loud noise.

- Dauphin, PA, USA

problem #33

Jan 292001

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
While driving at approximately 20 mph consumer heard a popping noise. Apparently torsion bar completely snapped which caused vehicle to become lop sided.

- Lafontaine, IN, USA

problem #32

Jan 052001

F-150

  • miles
Consumer got in vehicle and torsion bar on left side broke. Dealer had no explanation, they repaired it. Consumer was concerned that this problem could result in a serious injury or death. Consumer changed his own oil & hoping this wasn't a problem.

- Stevensville, MI, USA

problem #31

Sep 222000

F-150 4WD

  • miles
The dealership is calling the torsion bar a "wear and tear item" therefore it is considered a warranty item and not a manufacturing defect. For my truck, which is used as a commuter vehicle, has the "off-road package" and has seen a non-paved road all of 5 times, I find it unacceptable that this item is not covered under some sort of warranty or recall. I have searched the NHTSA database and seen numerous (36) customer complaints on the same type of failure. I could understand the torsion bar failure (maybe) if the truck were used on a daily basis for construction purposes or if I exceeded the recommended uses of the vehicle, but I have not. The truck is at less than half its expected life and yet one of the main suspension components had failed. This bar replaced the coil springs on the past generation of trucks. Have you never heard of coil springs snapping" I also find it rather troublesome that Ford has recently been accused of turning the other way when problems arise with its vehicles. Is this going to become another Firestone recall scenario or will Ford take responsibility for its engineering/manufacturing mistakes" IM starting to wonder what built Ford tough actually means.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #30

Aug 122000

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Passenger side torsion bar failed and suspension dropped. Fortunately vehicle was stopped. Broke at rear mounting at tensioner point. Ford replaced under warranty but refused to change driver side even though it exhibits significanct surface corrosion in the same area. From my search of NHTSA and other internet data and from Ford employee comments this appears to be a repeat problem for this vehicle. I have electronic photos showing pitting and corrosion of driver side torsion bar that Ford states is acceptable. I have noted that NHTSA opened an action #PE98-009 on this matter 13 Feb-98 and closed it 30 June-98. I've also noted numerous complaint filings for F150 torsion bar failures with NHTSA and other internet data bases. This would seem a highly dangerous situation that could result in accident and fatalities if breaking at highway speed. I beleive this warrants a new investigation and issuance of corrective action requirements to Ford. The fact that complaint files indicate frequent back orders for parts might indicate Ford is doing a lot of replacements.

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #29

Jun 292000

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Right front of vehicle dropped, right front torsion bar broke, remove old and install new torsion bar

- North Judson, ID, USA

problem #28

Mar 152000

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defective torsion bar broke in parking lot. If vehicle was driven it could have caused a crash.

- Hillsboro, NC, USA

problem #27

Apr 242000

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Torsion bar snapped while merging onto interstate, dropping the front end.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #26

Apr 142000

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
While driving the right torsion bar broke at 14000 and the left torsion bar broke at 19400, both caused the front end to drop. Nlm

- Unk, UN, USA

problem #25

Mar 202000

F-150

  • miles
Front torsion bar broke while vehicle was sitting in garage overnight. Dealer notified.

- Spanish Fork, UT, USA

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