definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,600 miles

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1998 Ford Expedition electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 062006

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


1998 Ford Expedition interior lights staying on, door ajar light staying on, radio turning on and off by itself, trailer lights not working, dash lights flashing off and on. I found out there are a lot of problems with these cars having leaking windshields allowing water to enter the vehicle and cause electrical shorting on the GEM and fuse box. Ford dealership said this is a well-known issue with a tsb 98-9-13 !!! I did a quick search on the internet and found that these can cause electrical fires or cause cars to start by themselves, losing electrical stability while driving resulting in several near accidents. (no brake lights, etc..)

- North Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #4

Jan 012004

Expedition 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Warning light for suspension system with air leveler on 4X4, suspension warning light comes on several times a week since the vehicle was new. Vehicle never leveled with a load on the hitch. The air compressor runs a lot and became very noisy over the years. The vehicle rocks back and forth, in, right side goes up and down a few inches, will not level under load. Never felt safe to tow anything which was the purpose for buying the vehicle. The dealer where I purchased the vehicle refuses to accept the vehicle for service. Took in 3 - 4X a year for same and they refused to look at anything except the computer readout. Presented list of related NHTSA reports and Ford said they do not use them under warranty. Purchased Ford best extended warranty which will expire in 3 months and the problem still exists. Compressor pump broke a week ago and they refuse to look at anything else. Initial recommendation was to disconnect warning light. Second recommendation was to sell vehicle if I didn't like it. No obligation for the $45,000 paid. Cannot sell vehicle because the warning light comes on all the time and vehicle never level.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 312002

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
Interrior light fails to go off, even with vehicle running. On one instance, it began flashing. This was very distracting and dangerous as it was at night. I was only able to turn the interior light off by pulling the relay. This is a known issue with 1999-2000 Expedition, but apparently it affects 1998 vehicles as well.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 022001


  • miles
Fuse box keeps failing/ tail lights keep going out, and instrument panel malfunctions. Contacted dealer, and the dealer has replaced a switch in vehicle, but problem still occurs.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012001

(reported on)


  • miles
Doors, windows, locks all work peridically, the command module was defective.

- Savannah, GA, USA

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