definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,728 miles

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1998 Ford Expedition drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 272004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,184 miles


We were on vacation June 27, 2004 and our 1998 Ford Expedition broke down 15 miles outside of flagstaff, AZ. We were towed to aamco transmissions, whom after getting authorization from our service contract to check our truck found that a seal gasket in our transfer case had melted and all the oil ran out. These are supposed to be covered for 150,000 miles, our truck is at 92,184 miles. I have a service contract covering me for 96,000 miles. They refused to fix it because they said it was tampered with first, then they said the transmission wasn't covered, then it was because we drove it with no oil. Aamco told them us the part was covered under our service contract but that they get this alot from service contracts where they don't want to pay for the work. Aamco also said that these trucks do not have indicators on the transfer cases to show that anything is going wrong or that oil is leaking. We have never had problems. Our R oil levels were checked on June 25th before taking off for vacation and everything was fine. We have never had leaks. We had 3 of ouryoung grandchildren with us. We were driving on a freeway and our truck just started slowing down really fast and were lucky there were not many cars at that time so we could pull off the side of the freeway. So you can see that this thing could lead to accidents if someone is driving and all of a sudden your vehicle slows down in heavy, fast traffic because you have no way of knowing this is happening or anything is happening with your truck. We are having this fixed at our expense, seal gasket in the transfer case?, $1700 + $240 labor to check it and take it apart. I will never buy another service contract after this on a used vehicle. I bought my truck from chapman Chevrolet who since changed their name to freeway Chevrolet in chandler, AZ and they were not willing to help me with this service contract which I bought from them.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 282000

Expedition 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Shortly after purchase transmission leaked, had to be repaired. Currently, transmission squealed. Took vehicle to dealer, who found a leak. Also, transmission was tearing itself up, and had to be replaced. Transfer case broke and drive shaft was shuddered. Steering was very loose due to lower steering shaft failure.

- Inglewood, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 221999


  • miles
4-wheel drive failed.

- Sweetwater, TN, USA

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