fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
139,400 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. repair air line connection (1 reports)
  3. replace air springs with regular coil springs (1 reports)
  4. replace torsion bar and adjust air suspension (1 reports)
1998 Ford Expedition suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 022012

Expedition 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles


I found this Expedition at a really good price I thought, but now I'm not to sure. The driverside rear is pratically sitting on the tire and the fron air keeps coming on or at least it sounds like its tring to pump up the front passenger air shock or is that just where the pump is. Can someone help please. What is most likely my problem and how much ws it to get fixed?

- customerpro1, Albany, GA, US

problem #7

Mar 072009

Expedition XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 192,000 miles

My was telling me that the vehicle felt different. So I drove it for a day or two and definitely noticed that something wasn't right. The vehicle was very "bouncy." The air ride pump would come on three times to lift the rear end and then gave up. I brought a bottle of soap bubbles to see if one the air springs has a leak. Sure enough, it did. Due to the mileage it obviously didn't have a warrantly of any kind. After doing some research on air suspension repair I felt that it wasn't worth replacing air springs valued at 400 dollars a piece. So I went to a junk yard and luckily found a newer Expedition with coil springs. I then had a mechanic install those springs and take down the air springs. I shut off the air suspension and turned off the "Check Suspension Light" on the dash. Ford needs to reinforce those damn air springs.

- gerardom, Grand Prairie, TX, US

problem #6

Nov 242008

Expedition Edie Bauer 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 272,000 miles

My truck really runs well but the drop in the rear end has really pissed me off.I'm wondering if it is the compressor which I no longer hear running or the bags. Tempted to to just cut my loses. Any suggestions?

- Gaelan H., Waldorf, MD, US

problem #5

Apr 252008

Expedition Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles


i have had so many problems with this truck from the first day i bought it the back end dropped about 3 times all ready the first time they reset the relay switch the second time i put a brand new relay switch in it then it still drooped down again and now i don't know what to do someone please help they said to take it to the ford dealer but i was readind the other comments and im afraid to they just going to rack u up for a big bill also i was thinking to change over to regular shocks what do u's think ???? is it possible

- Melissa Z., Hazleton, PA, Pacific Islands (US)

problem #4

Dec 012006

(reported on)

Expedition 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

ford uses cheap parts that were not meant to last for years. Nice looking just not meant for long time use, just long enough to cover there standard warranty.

- flcrew2, Orlando, FL, US

problem #3

Feb 012005

(reported on)

Expedition Eddie Bauer

  • 160,000 miles

what the hell is up with the saggy ass end of my expedition? Any one know, I have not had it looked @ yet, the air suspension used to kick on and I could hear it, it has not kicked on for quite some time now.

- Traci S., Saint Loiusville, OH, US

problem #2

May 052005

(reported on)

Expedition XLT

  • 97,000 miles

My Expedition is used, but in good shape. A few months ago, I came out of a store to see the back-end of my truck slammed to the frame. I drove it home in its condition, in what was the bumpiest and most dangerous ride of my life. I took it to a ford dealership, who after gouging me with initial diagnostic fees told me it was some fuse. I paid over $300, and that was last month. A few days ago the back dropped out again. I took it to a local mechanic who said he believed it was a short in the wiring of the air pump, as his voltage levels were unusually fluctuating when he applied power to it. After starting the truck back up, it somehow raised it up. Regardless I took it to a Ford dealership. They called me today to tell me there was NOTHING they can do. They said it was in working condition, so there was nothing to diagnose, and that I would have to just wait until it crapped out on me again, and then bring it in. Well guess what?! As soon as I got home the piece of sh*t dropped again. I tried taking it back, but they conveniently were closed. I will take it back tomorrow, and if these people feed me the same line of bullshit, while charging me money for useless "labor" I'm going to start kicking ass.

- James P., Ingleside, TX, US

problem #1

Mar 072004

(reported on)


  • 74,000 miles

As we all have gripes about our new/used cars, it is really frustrating when the vehicle has to go in to be repaired. Whether it is under warranty or not. I bought my 1998 Expedition new in January of 98. It has been in and out of the service department for recalls, few minor problems and the air suspension. Other than the few minor problems, the air suspension was the main reason why it had to go in for repair. Ford stood behind their 5 years of warranty that i paid for and repaired my car. BUT NOW that the warranty is up i still have an on-going problem with my suspension. Ford does not have a policy for pre-exsisting problems which is what I had 1 year from buying this car. . I spent $700.00 of my money to replace a broken torsion bar that was broke in doing that they screwed up my air suspesion on my car . First the passenger front side of the car was sagging 9 days after the torsion bar was put on (which was that side of the car!) Then they charged me another $99.00 to ajust the leveling of the car which was under my new warranty of 12 months/12000 miles. THEN i go to pick my car up at the dealership and the rear-end of the car was sagging so I left it there so they could fix there wrong doing. THEN while waiting for the car the mechanic tells me "he really doesn't know whats wrong with it. THEN they tell me that "I'm just going to have to be happy with the way the car is ". The paperwork I got was just for the adjustment on the front-end. NOW they wouldn't give me any paperwork for the work they've done since the "SAGGING REAR-END"which took the remainder of the day. I think FORD should really take a look at situations where when their employees treat loyal customers like crap thinking that we dont know any better. Well my car is going back in for the "SAGGING REAR-END" needless to say they'll try to get more money from me or try to sell me a new car, HA!

- Ray S., Mundelein, Il., US

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