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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 Ranger brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 302000


  • miles


After taking vehicle for inspection found out that rear brakes were stuck together. Never were repaired before. Emergency brake cable was broken, like it was rubbing to a part of vehicle, and brake pads and shoes wore out.

- St. Mary, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 011998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Brake shoe spring failed. Mjs

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 171999


  • miles
When attempting to stop brake pedal gets hard and truck stopping distance is increased. My son experenced problem at about 25 mph, and ran off road into a home owners yard. Owner has also experenced same problem. Dealer has attempted to fix 3 times. Adjusted all components/turned/faced drums/rotors; replaced master cyl; replaced all pads/shoes. Now problem always happens for first few stops after sitting over night or about 1 hr. Service tech. Has experienced problem, but did not fix. Owner will now claim lemon law rights.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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