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1998 Ford Ranger steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 282000


  • miles


Left wheel broke off and there was a noise due to a spindle breaking, which could have caused loss of vehicle control. Currently the noise has returned.

- Windsor Locks, CT, USA

problem #2

Nov 151998


  • miles
Brakes have been examined twice for squeakiness. Dealer has stated that they cannot duplicate problem. Noises have worsened since last exam on 12/15/98. There are several areas of rust on the underside of my truck and on the outtake manifold in the enginge. Dealer has stated "that's normal" to repeated inquiries about this rust. I have already had throttle assembly piece, the "butterfly valve" replaced in Nov of 1998. I now have sqeaky noises coming from the rear axle as well, which I will schedule for exam this week, 1/11/99.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #1

Aug 121998

Ranger 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Upper ball joint separated from the vehicle causing loss of control and minor collision, rust found outside both the sides of the knuckle and a missing bolt.

- Racine, WI, USA

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