hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,000 miles

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1998 Ford F-150 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 052010


  • 32,000 miles


Ford has a known problem with the windshield allowing water to leak into the cab, over time it has corrupted the wiring, making electrical devices fail to having a dead short that causes power to dash to continue after key is removed, this is a fire hazard at best, to the fact the windshield wipers can fail at any time.ther are many tsb's concerning this problem 99133 98246 976011 98913 to name a few.this also crosses over to several models and years and in Canada there is a recall for some of the F series Ford truck for this very problem. My problems are typical of all the outhers. Ther is rust present under dash, doom lights, door lights, chimes, power windows and windshield wipers do not work. Vehicle does not hold charge due to power drain without key in ignition. I have also had a problem with the cruise control not disengaging after tapping brake or throttle I could feel the peddle reset itself after tapping both. I have had the window replaced and resealed. At this point I will be replacing the general electric module and hope that fixes the wipers for me. It's hard to say what else is fried at this point. That part would be available. I may have to replace the fuse panel also. It seems that many of the Ford tech's are having a problem with this and its replace parts till you or the problem goes away at your own expense, but no one is taking responsibility for the faulty window install that had caused this in the first place.so to sum it up this vehicle has the potential to spontaneously combust, run away or have the wipers fail at any time also the car fires attributed to the cruise control may in fact be related to this problem. I think someone should take a look at this.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #5

Jul 112008

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the blend door for the air conditioning system swings vertically, which prevents heat and/or air to circulate properly. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that it would cost $700 to replace the component. The vehicle has not been repaired and the manufacturer did not assist. The failure mileage was 55,000 and current mileage was 60,000. Updated 05/13/09 the consumer stated the air conditioner, heater and defroster were not working properly. Updated 05/13/09.

- Turlock, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 282007


  • 96,000 miles
I have an 1998 Ford F-150, the back glass is leaking when it rains. Now I have water damage to my seats as well as my roof liner.

- Raytown, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 142008


  • 37,000 miles


One day my 1998 Ford F-150 with only 37,000 miles (I am the original owner)was working just fine. Several days later I get into the truck and I noticed the electric windows wouldn't go down, I assumed it was a fuse. No luck on that, all fuses good except the lighter fuse, which I don't use. When I got to my destination I couldn't get it into 4-wheel drive. When I was getting ready to leave I couldn't get the windshield wipers on when it was raining. I had no choice but to drive 30 miles home with no wipers in the rain, extremely hard to see to drive and very dangerous. I found info on the internet that pointed to the generic electronic module. A lot of other people were complaining of the same problem and worse on a online forum. This problem goes back to 1994 when Ford first started using this device. I ended up paying $600 for the dealer to replace the GEM that was obviously defective from the start, not to mention the danger of driving in the rain with no wipers. Ford has a recall on the 99 on up 250 and 350 with the same device, but they wouldn't honor this on the 98. They have decided to retool the device by taking the 4-wheel drive control out of this device as a stand alone control. I feel Ford should have replaced this at their expense in light of all the problems this has caused. Some have reported that their trucks have jumped into 4-low while driving on the road, others have said that they can't disengage 4-wheel after using the feature off road.

- Galena, OH, USA

problem #2

May 292008


  • 86,000 miles
What isn't wrong with this truck? with less than 80,000 miles on it...spare tire fell off while being driven, interior lights randomly stay on, both doors are rusting out from the bottom, knob to regulate temperature fell off and assembly needed replacement, front brakes calipers stuck and caught on fire, exhaust system has rusted off twice, transmission went up and was replaced under warranty at less than 20,000 miles, radiator rusted through, and the headliner is falling down off the ceiling. I've probably missed something but can tell you that I will never own another Ford.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 151998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seal leak in the rear window.

- Milan, MI, USA

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