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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 3 of 4)

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problem #24

Mar 112000

F-150 4WD

  • miles

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

Complete failure of the torsion bar on the front left of vehicle. Break is about six inches from the front of the bar. Vehicle had been parked for in excess of three hours on level ground when failure occurred. Have over 30 witnesses that can attest to when failure occurred.

- Shinnston, WV, USA

problem #23

Jan 222000

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Torsion bar broke in half causing temporary loss of control when vehicle collapsed onto the front suspension.

- Conneautville, PA, USA

problem #22

Feb 052000

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front torsion bar broke while driving which may have caused a loss of vehicle control.

- Armstrong, IL, USA

problem #21

Jan 282000

F-150 4WD

  • miles

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

Front left torsion bar snapped in two, without warning, while driving on a smooth road. The truck pulled hard to the right, as the suspension collapsed. Ford replaced only one torsion bar: I am afraid the other torsion bar will also break.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #20

Jan 242000

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Front left side torsion bar broke while backing out of a driveway, causing suppension to drop onto the ground. The dealer has been contacted.

- Julin, WV, USA

problem #19

Jan 192000

F-150 4WD

  • miles
The torsion bar snapped causing the front end to fall. On the drive to the dealership could not exceed 30 mph because truck would begin to bounce and cause steering difficulty. I am employed with an automotive supplier and the engineers at work tell me that had I been driving when this happened, I would have more than likely rolled the truck. I drive a significant distance to and from work and most of this mileage is via the freeways. I have done some ressearch and find that many Ford 1998 4X4 F150's have experienced this problem. The mechanic at the dealership has assured me that this should not happen again. Sounds like a faulty part and yet no recall from Ford. The second item is a crack in the sheet metal of the door. I discovered this last night after reading about the problem from many F150 owners on the internet. Although I picked up my vehicle from the dealership only last night I will be returning once again today. This also seems to be a design flaw that is being ignored by Ford.

- St. Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #18

Sep 281999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles

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

While driving at 25 to 30 mph the front torsion bar broke, causing a lost of steering. Dealer has been contacted.

- Proctor, MN, USA

problem #17

May 011998

F-150 4WD

  • miles
The torsion bar is part of the suspension, and it broke while my truck was parked in my garage. I'm worried that if it broke while it was parked, it could break again while being driven. The Ford dealership admitted to me that they had changed several other broken torsion bars, in fact when I called them to report the problem, they new right away what part had failed. The problem I have is they replaced the torsion bar with another exact same torsion bar. I have little confidence in this part or the dependability of my $30,000 truck.

- Mason City, IA, USA

problem #16

Apr 271997

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
While driving front torsion bar broke almost resulting in collision due to loss of control. Mjs

- Jermyn, PA, USA

problem #15

Mar 221999

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While backing up out of driveway, right torsion bar broke in half, causing the right front end to drop down about one foot.dealer is aware of the problem. Truck is being repaired.

- Waters, MI, USA

problem #14

Mar 311998

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Both torsion bars failed.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #13

Jan 121999

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer put vehicle in reverse and heard a noise. Vehicle began to roll forward into traffic, consumer learned that the rear driveshaft broke in April 98. Also, in Jan. 99, while consumer slowed down to make a turn, the left front torsion bar broke, the frame dropped, damaging the upper control. Consumer will provide VIN# when received.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #12

Feb 191999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Front torsion bar broke, causing the right side of the vehicle to fall onto the frame. Cause unknown.

- Louisville, OH, USA

problem #11

Jul 011998

F-150

  • miles
Consumer was driving on road at 35 mph under normal road conditions, started to slow down and turn when he heard a loud sound. Pulled over to the side, and noticed the vehicle tilted. Looked under the vehicle and found the front torsion bar fractured. Dealer notified.

- Hampstead, NH, USA

problem #10

Mar 271998

F-150 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While parked the torsion bar broke, cause unknown.

- Easton, NH, USA

problem #9

Feb 021999

F-150

  • miles
Consumer parked vehicle and noticed front end was down. Backed truck up. Took it to repair shop, and was told not to drive. Vehicle was towed to Ford dealership. Dealer said problem was common, and they would replace the torsion bar. But part was on back order. Once the part was received, it was replaced on driver's side. Consumer requested that passenger's side torsion bar should also be replaced.

- Harrison Twnship, MI, USA

problem #8

Feb 041999

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Driving along at 25 mph the front passenger's side torsion bar broke. It didn't cause any ssudden dip or impact. I have found out since that there has been three other 1998 Ford F150 trucks with the same problem. One truck was serviced at pawling Ford and the other two at pleasant vally Ford, pleasant vally, NY. You begin to wonder if this be looked at closer and possibly a recall on these trucks(all the same make and model and year). My family & I are quite concerned about the replacement part, and should the other side be replaced. I was told that if I had been going at high rate of speed. This could have led to a serious spin and eventually an accident. Also, this happened in watertown (300 miles away) where I was attending my uncles' funeral. The truck is still there awating the part. The truck is at watertown Ford, watertown, NY (315-782-7200). I've been told by the dealer this should have never happened, especially to a truck this new. The Ford dealer in watertown has been very cooperative.

- Lagrangeville, NY, USA

problem #7

Jan 281999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Front torsion bar broke while driving at 30 mph, causing the passenger side to drop lower than normal height.

- St Albans, VT, USA

problem #6

Jan 271999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Front torsion bar broke, causing the suspension to fall, resulting in loss of control.

- Momticello, IN, USA

problem #5

Jan 221999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
While driving 60 mph the front torsion bar broke in half, causing the front end of the vehicle to drop. The bar travelled approximately 30 yards before stopping. The second bar broke while vehicle was sitting in dealers garage while waiting over two weeks for parts.

- Eldred, PA, USA

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