really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,745 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 suspension problems

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #15

May 012016


  • 160,000 miles


Report receipt date: Jul 15, 1998 NHTSA campaign number: 98V161000 component(s): Fuel system, gasoline, suspension my rear suspension is bad - has this been taken care of on my vehicle? GEM module is having trouble. I have been reading this part has caused a lot of trouble for this Ford model.

- Hoskins, NE, USA

problem #14

May 132015


  • 146,000 miles
Shock upper mount simply fell off causing driver side rear shock to drag ground. After further inspection also noticed at the location of the rusted out mount location that the rear wiring for the tail light were severed causing truck to now be stuck in park. Also while inspecting noticed rear frame is simply falling apart and other areas throughout the frame are weak as well. This is a huge safety concern after doing research I am finding many accounts of the same issue online but no manufacture recalls. Why isn't Ford doing anything about this issue? I've never seen frames do this. Truck needs full frame replacement.

- Monterey, TN, USA

problem #13

Jul 292013


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while inspecting the vehicle, he noticed that the retaining clips that supported the front and rear leaf springs were missing. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 98V161000 (fuel system, gasoline, suspension). The recall expired. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Lecanto , FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 152012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact heard a snapping sound from the rear of the vehicle. After coming to a stop the contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the bracket that connected to the leaf spring on the rear passenger side was fractured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate mileage was 146,000. Updated 5/11/12 the shackle assembly needed to be replaced. Updated 05/15/12

- Swampscott, MA, USA

problem #11

Jul 112011


  • 454,000 miles
The steering wheel locked up and the tierod end leaned out to far.

- Smithville, WV, USA

problem #10

Sep 082011


  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that one of the fuel tank straps was fractured due to corrosion. The two remaining fuel tank straps were experiencing corrosion as well, but were not fractured. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting). The contact expressed concern because only the fractured strap was replaced under the recall. The contact was informed that according to the recall, they were only obligated to replace the fractured strap. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that they would only replaced the strap which fractured. The contact also stated that the rear leaf springs fractured and pierced through the truck bed due to corrosion. In addition, the frame under the front driver side also exhibited rust and corrosion. The failure mileage was 175,000.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #9

Jul 042011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 174,200 miles


Failure was immediate, Ford F150 fuel tank straps. While driving down the road apparently the tank straps gave way and the fuel tank dropped. Before coming to a stop and after catching some uneven pavement, fuel tank was pealed open and losing about 8 gallons gas. Fire dept was called and they cleaned up spill. Both straps broke and fuel tank is un-repairable. Updated 08/05/11 the consumer stated he experienced other problems with the vehicle, such as a leaking power steering gear box, brake lines had to be replaced, there was a leak in the 4-wheel drive gear box, the muffler hangers, ball joints, tie rod ends and shocks all had to be replaced. Updated 08/11/1

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #8

Jun 082011


  • 66,750 miles
Left rear spring hanger broke and came lose from frame and went up hitting the truck bed underside. This part holds the rear end in place

- West Seneca , NY, USA

problem #7

Feb 022008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,320 miles
1998 F-150 5.4L Triton I've owned this truck for 2 yrs. And put 30,000 miles on it. Currently at 124,000. Other than maintenance (not including spark plugs) have changed both cv shafts and bearings in the front. Feb. 3, 08 without any warning or precursor it blew a spark plug from the head stripping the threads. It occurred very quickly while coasting down hill at 55 mph. Not hardly working the engine. I knew what it was immediately, I had been with a friend when his 2000 F 150 4.6L blew a spark plug for the second time in 6 months. This action almost stalled my truck out being at low RPM to begin with it rattled violently. I was afraid my 10 yr old brother and I would have to walk for help. Not fun in NY in Feb. A passerby came to our aid. I had the truck towed home by a friend. Still trying to find a suitable and affordable repair. Thousands of these incidents have been reported to various websites, dealers, and even to Ford. Some instances have resulted in fires destroying the whole vehicle. Ignited by a stray spark plug and fuel mist from the cylinder. Something must be done by Ford. Most repairs run $2,000 - $4,000 each time a plug a spit. Many vehicles have under 100,000 miles.

- Rockstream, NY, USA

problem #6

Mar 042003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,900 miles
Left tie rod on my 1998 Ford F150 broke while driving. I bought truck new in 1999. Mileage on truck was 29900. Had truck towed to dealer, they informed me that right tie rod needed to be replaced too along with the lower ball joints and idler arm. I was on the highway just 20 minutes before. I was lucky. Service manager told me he has needed to replace them after 15000. From the factory there are no grease fitting for lubrication. Also none on replacements. Please call or E-mail with any questions, thank you.

- Parma Hts., OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 102001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Front inner tie rods on right side broke while vehicle was parked. Consumer has taken vehicle twice before to dealer, and the dealer still did not do anything for consumer taken it again to dealer. Consumer stated there is a noise in front end when steering wheel is being turned, there is a noise when attempting to start engine, headlights stay on until the parking brake is applied, engine is using 1 quart of oil every 1000 miles, the dealer replaced the outer tie rod ends.

- Riceville, TN, USA

problem #4

Feb 011998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Suspension failed.

- Canoga Par, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 151998


  • miles
When driving at 60 mph there is vibration within the steering wheel, and the dealer or the manufacturer can't determine the problem.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 291998

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle experiences extreme vibration on concrete highways going at high speeds resulting in difficulty in maintaining control over vehicle.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 261998

(reported on)


  • miles
Suspension malfunction.

- Poway, CA, USA

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