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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Ford Ranger fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 282006

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles


Hazard of fire or explosion from inferior parts. Hoses and pipes from filler neck to gas tank are being replaced by beneficial automotive maintenance in moore Oklahoma. Tank has to be flushed and filter replaced again due to gas fumes and leaking fuel from the decomposing filler neck hoses. I just had to have this done for the same reason on my '98 Ford E250. Ford dealer parts salesperson says this is a chronic problem(even he stated he anticipates this with his Ford truck) and the replacement parts have been re-engineered to correct the rubber decomposition which also clogged the filters and fuel injection system causing chronic stalling and rough running on both vehicles. Had to have filters replaced and injection system system cleaned numerous times. Ford has refused to even supply the replacement parts or acknowledge this problem. Leaking gas and fumes could lead to injury or death if this is not handled. The recent repair to the E250 was in excess of $200 (parts were $100+ from dealer. The reengineered parts for the Ford Ranger are $250+ and labor will more than double that as they have to remove the truck bed and tank to replace the parts and flush the tank. Additionally my driveway is damaged from the leaking fuel. Referred to you by consumer reports magazine. Looking forward to your response. Sincerely, vince dennis.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #1

May 132002

(reported on)


  • miles
The holding cap that keeps the gas in the gas tank had been borken for a long time. I used to smell gas for a long time almost from the day I bought the car. One day when I pushed on the brake lots of gas rushed out of my car and a friend near by noticed this. Talking to my tennant, she told me that she had the same problem with her fors tauras.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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