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1998 Ford F-150 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 032002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Slave cylinder failure, caused excessive clutch wear and the transmission could not be shifted unless the engine was turned off

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #4

May 012002

(reported on)


  • miles
When putting vehicle in reverse on slight incline will roll forward, also when putting in drive on slight incline vehile rolls backward. Took to dealer and dealer indicated normal characteristics for vehicle.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #3

Sep 032000

F-150 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I reported transmission problem to dealer, but they found nothing wrong.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #2

May 111998


  • miles
Ninety percent of the time I have to force gearshift into 2nd gear. Now, after 11 months going into third gear occasionally grinds. This is not only very aggravating, but dangerous as well. Cars with automatics have to slow down suddenly because I'm trying to get into second gear without clashing the gears anymore than necessary. I took it to the dealer and of course they said all was well. I even went through the hassle of going to another dealer, driving 2 more identical trucks, and they did the exact same thing except for the 3rd gear problem. The clutch seems to be ok, so really the only thing left are the synchronizers. Problem doesn't seem to be changed by temperature or any other outside influences.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 011998


  • miles
Transmission does not shift smoothly from 1st to second gear. Gear grinding is occurs.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

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