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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,917 miles

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1998 Ford Ranger drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #12

Mar 102009

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles

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

1998 Ford Ranger, drive shaft broke on vehicle. After the drive shaft broke, it went through the gas tank can caused the vehicle to catch on fire. Ohio traffic crash report #10-0294-89 updated 05/03/10 updated 05/24/10 the rear axle pinion froze, the drive shaft twisted and broke in two. Updated 05/28/10

- Maumee, OH, USA

problem #11

Jun 072004

Ranger

  • miles
While driving a loud knocking noise was heard from the rear. Consumer applied the brakes and vehicle jerked uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it home. Then, took it to dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that rear driveshaft needed to be replaced. A recall was not issued on this vehicle.

- Bristol, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 172003

Ranger

  • miles
Vehicle's drive shaft broke resulting in lost of control.

- Shaker Heights, OH, USA

problem #9

Jan 012001

Ranger 4WD

  • miles

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

Purchased truck used with 18,000 miles. I immediately started feeling a bumping from the drivetrain upon acceleration. Dealer replaced driveshaft under warranty. By the time the truck reached 40,000 miles I started to feel it again. I have been driving it that way since and it now has 55,000 miles on it. The dealers will not fix it again as it is out of warranty and it is a costly repair. I have talked with others that have the same problem and can not understand why there is no recall for this problem.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #8

Apr 152001

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In this vehicle driveshaft does not fit on the transmission far enough which causes it to fibrate out of balance and knocks the oil seal out of the transmission. Is this a common problem with Ford?

- Fruitland Park, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 021999

Ranger

  • miles
Vehicle experienced a thump in the driveshaft, the dealer fixed the problem according with pdf 99-13-4 and the vehicle was under warranty, the problem has since started again and the dealer will not repair the problem because the vehicle is no longer under warranty.

- Bethlehem, CT, USA

problem #6

Sep 021999

Ranger

  • miles

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

Vehicle experienced a thump in the driveshaft, the dealer fixed the problem according with pdf 99-13-4 and the vehicle was under warranty, the problem has since started again and the dealer will not repair the problem because the vehicle is no longer under warranty.

- Bethlehem, CT, USA

problem #5

Sep 122000

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driveshaft failure.

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #4

Dec 011999

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
On take off and stopping there is a jurking in the vechicle upon taking it to a Ford dealer near me ( jeffers Ford in new lexington Ohio) first time it was in they told me they fixed it. On the second time the head maintance man told me he called Ford and they was aware of a problem with the drive shafts being bad (to long ) is what I think he said from 1997-2000 Ford Ranger.so then he wanted to charge me to install a new one at my cost.at which he did say my warrenty was over miles so it was expired but it wasnt at the first time I had it in to them which they said they fixed. I just hope not to many more people have this experance and have to pay for it out of there pockets..isnt this something that needs to be recalled they are aware of the problem?oh I did ask the maintance if it was safe to drive he responded they (Ford Motor Co.) didnt say. That made me feel real good and safe out on the road..thank you. Edwin w halsey

- East Fultonham, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 171999

Ranger

  • miles
This failure happened immediately after I purchased the vehicle. I took it back immediately and it was checked by Ford, and koons mechanics. They stated everything was good. All koons did for me was replaced 4 tires that were worn on different parts of all tires. I have continued notifing koons about the same proble since the day I bought the vehicle, and they have not done anything. I finally found out from a back yard mechanic that the proble was the drive shaft. I told koons' mechanics that, and I ordered thru an extended plan the shaft two months ago 2/10/00.I have not heard from koons yet. I feel that the jumping and swaying will cost me to have a serious accident. Thank you.

- Lake Ridge, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 011999

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Rear driveshaft exhibits a clunking noise/feeling upon acceleration from stop. Begins at around 10,000 miles on new vehicle.

- Jeffersonton, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 011998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Drive shaft failure.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

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