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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,800 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.

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #15

Dec 302010

F-150

  • 165,000 miles

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

1998 Ford F-150; simply was driving and the spare tire hoist cable broke dropping the spare. Cable broke at point where lug and cable come together at the lug that holds the bracket underneath the spare tire. No obvious corrosion noted at this location or on the remainder of the cable.

- Centerburg, OH, USA

problem #14

Jul 132010

F-150

  • 100,000 miles
We just returned home from a 15 hour drive from nc, we were lucky this happened in our town going about 20 instead of on the highway where we were doing 75+, our cable holding our spare tire broke and the tire fell onto the road...thank goodness no one was behind us.!

- Upland, IN, USA

problem #13

Oct 302009

F-150

  • 105,000 miles
Spare tire fell off on highway due to rusted hanger cable. The vehicle is a Ford F-150 pick-up with 105,000 miles.

- Harrisville, NH, USA

problem #12

Jul 192008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles

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

Cable on spare tire wench corroded and broke. Spare tire was lost going down the highway at 70mph. Did not cause and accident, but could easily killed someone.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #11

May 292008

F-150

  • 86,000 miles
What isn't wrong with this truck? with less than 80,000 miles on it...spare tire fell off while being driven, interior lights randomly stay on, both doors are rusting out from the bottom, knob to regulate temperature fell off and assembly needed replacement, front brakes calipers stuck and caught on fire, exhaust system has rusted off twice, transmission went up and was replaced under warranty at less than 20,000 miles, radiator rusted through, and the headliner is falling down off the ceiling. I've probably missed something but can tell you that I will never own another Ford.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 192004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 86,000 miles
While driving at less than 10 miles per hour on a country road the spare tire support cable on my 1998 Ford F-150 failed, causing the tire to fall beneath the truck, bounce, and strike the undercarriage. The unit had not shown prior signs of wear when the spare tire was last serviced about 16 months ago. The unit has been cycled probably five times during the life of the vehicle. There were no warning signs of "thumping" which would indicate a loose fitting of tire in the spare well. While no one was injured due to the low speed and location, a release on a highway would likely have resulted in an accident and possible serious injury. I plan to order a replacement part and will retain the damaged unit for inspection.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #9

May 152004

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

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

The consumer heard a loud noise while driving 20-30 mph. The spare tire attached to the rear of the vehicle fell off. The cable securing the tire disconnected.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 262004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving down navy rd. During rush hour traffic when spare tire fell off my 1998 Ford F150. Cable holding tire snapped. Spare tire was struck by another vehicle that was behind me. Was told by other owners of this type vehicle of similar situations, of spare tire just falling off vehicle because retracting cable breaking. Could only imagine what would have happened if this would have happened on the interstate.

- Millington, TN, USA

problem #7

Dec 012002

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The spare tire was inoperative (Wrangler R7/S, P265-70-R17).

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #6

Dec 012002

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The spare tire had gouges that distributed around the tire's sidewall. Dealer advised that this type of tire wear, when the tire is placed in the spare tire's cradle was fairly common with Ford trucks. Consumer requested assistance in replacing defective tire.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #5

Nov 112001

F-150

  • miles

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

Metal receiver underneath the truck that holds emergency spare tire in place has damaged the sidewall of tire, 8 grooves in sidewall. Dealership examined problem, and was covering part of the expense for a replacement tire. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Edgewood, WA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012001

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Spare tire rubbing on cross member and cutting through sidewall making tire unusable.

- Lake, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 211999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Spare tire design places the rubber sidewall directly in contact with the metal undercarriage, resulting in friction/damage to sidewall. Mjs

- Goodlettsv, TN, USA

problem #2

Apr 211999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Spare tire design places the rubber sidewall directly in contact with the metal undercarriage, resulting in friction/damage to sidewall. Mjs

- Goodlettsv, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 251999

(reported on)

F-150

  • miles
Ford spare tire design places rubber sidewall directly in contact with the metal undercarriage, friction between metal/rubber causes abrasions on sidewall, (8 areas of severe abrasions).

- Goodlettsv, TN, USA

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