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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Ford Ranger brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 212000

(reported on)


  • miles


While applying the brakes pedal would go to the floor. Failed to bounce back like ABS brakes were suppose too. Took to dealership & master cylinder/front brakes were replaced. Brake problem was not solved. Dealership informed owner brakes work with pedal to floor. Due to lack of braking power, vehicle was involved in a wreck.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 151999

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
When attempting to stop brake pedal gets hard and truck stopping distance is increased. Have had two very close calls with other vehicles nearly being hit. Problem started about 6 weeks after I purchased truck. Have had vehicle in 7 times to three different dealers. They stated there was no problem but I knew better. Have seen similar problems on this website and would like to contact those people. You have permission to publish my E-mail address.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

May 241998

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on a curved mountain road at 15-20 mph, the brakes started smoking. The dealer was contacted, and stated that they would have to order a new master cylinder. Would not replace the master cylinder because they only had a present stock of original master cylinders, and they were faulty parts.

- Livermor, CO, USA

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