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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Ranger brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 102001


  • miles


Need to replace brake line every 40,000. Rubs against rear shock causing a hole that leaks brake fluid.

- Sulphur Springs, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 192001


  • miles
Rear brake line was rubbing on rear shock absorber which caused damage to shock absorber. Also, would cause brake line to chafe. Dealer notified, and would perform repairs under consumer's extended warranty.feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Huntville, AL, USA

problem #3

Mar 122001

(reported on)


  • miles
Brake line needs to be replaced every 40 thousand miles due to shocks rubbing on line. Due to lost of break fluid.

- Sulphur Spring, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 231999

(reported on)


  • miles
Right rear brake line is pressed against rear shock causing a groove to form in the flexable part of the brake line. Problem was caught by owner before failure occurred.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 081998


  • miles
My pickup had undiagnosed braking difficulties since a mileage of 150. The brake pedal will not depress, then breaks free, greatly increasing my reaction time. This occurs up to 25 times per day in varying degrees. Freeway Ford Mercury has attempted to diagnose the problem with the help of the manufacturer representative. They have replaced the power brake booster twice, the proportioning valve, linkage, and other suspected faulty parts to no avail. On the third visit it was found that my right rear brake cylinder has never worked. This was replaced, but had no affect on the sticking brake pedal. Following this visit, the Ford hotline advised that I drive the truck 1,000 additional miles in hopes that it would

- Woodland, CA, USA

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