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1998 Ford F-150

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1998 Ford F-150 Problems

Engine -- Verified

An illuminated Check Engine Light could indicate that one or more of the ignition coils has failed due to excessive spark plug gap. To fix this problem, the ignition coils that have failed, the spark plugs, and all coil boots should be replaced.

Engine -- Verified

An oil leak may develop from the the right side head gasket.  Oil from this type of leak will commonly drip onto the starter. Our technician tell us an updated head gasket is available to correct this concern.

Engine -- Verified

There is a technical service bulletin for the V8 engines regarding a possible problem with the spark plug being ejected from the cylinder head, damaging the threads in the spark plug hole. If the vehicle is under warranty, cylinder head replacement is recommended. If the vehicle is out of warranty, Ford authorized the use of a specific thread insert to repair the head.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Intermittent rough idle may be caused by the EGR sensor sticking, causing the EGR valve to stay slightly open. The valve and sensor must be replaced together to correct this concern.

1998 Ford F-150 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 11, 2000

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Ford has recalled 1998-2000 vehicles equipped with compressed natural gas fuel systems due to an incomplete label for the fuel tank. Ford sent a new label to owners.

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Drive Train, October 20, 1997

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Ford has recalled 1997-1998 Expedition, F150, F250, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles due to a possible shift cable malfunction. On some vehicles, the cable may become detached from the steering column bracket. This may prevent the shifter from engaging the "Park" gear, even though it may still indicate "Park," and the vehicle could roll away. Dealers will secure the shift control cable to the steering column bracket and add a tie strap to the connection.

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Drive Train, September 12, 2005


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Drive Train, July 20, 1998

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Ford has recalled 1997-1998 Expedition, F150, F250, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles because of lug nuts that do not clamp the wheels securely enough to the wheel hubs. These lug nuts can loosen and cause the wheels to separate from the vehicle. Dealers will inspect the wheel studs and replace the lug nuts with a new design.

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Electrical & Lights, July 19, 2000

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Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 Expedition, Explorer, F150, and Windstar vehicles because they were improperly outfitted with daytime running lamps certified for use in Canada. These daytime running lamps do not meet U.S. motor vehicle code requirements. Dealers will deactivate the daytime running lamps on affected vehicles.

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1998 Ford F-150 Questions and Answers

Roland, 1998 Ford F-150, V6, Holly, MI

my F-150 quit on the freeway. will crank but will not start. Help

Mulisa, 1998 Ford F-150, 6 Cylinder, West Covina, CA

freeway driving 65 miles an hour with weather in the 70's no problem, start up a long hill in fifth gear the heater has to be turned on to bring the temperature under control to avoid it overh...

glasman, 1998 Ford F-150, 4.6L V8, Lecanto, FL

I took my truck to Ford Dealership. Their diagnosis was one of three bad sensors, just above the rear axle. They said they would have to remove the truckbed to check/repair. I can not afford this- ...

straightshooter, 1998 Ford F-150, 4.6L V8, Anchorage, AK

I got this car a few days ago from a used car lot. It has 182,000 miles on it and runs good. But when I first got it, there was a strong burning smell like rubber or something. It is usually like t...

buckyturley, 1998 Ford F-150, 4.6L V8, Woodbridge, VA

Pleae estimate for the following work: 1 Coil Assembly #4 - 1 Spark Plug - 2 hrs Labor - 1 Shop Supplies/Hazmat

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1998 Ford F-150 Reviews

I still have my 1998 F-150 that I bought brand new in July of that year. It's a 4x4 cab and a half with tow package and a 5.4 L motor. I have been very lucky with this truck. I change the oil myself every 3k to 5k miles using Valvoline oil. This truck has 242,000 miles on it. The only repairs have been the steering wheel shaft that connects to the gearbox because for some reason the steering developed a lot of play in it. I had the ball joints replaced at about 170,000 miles, the alternator at about 190,000 miles, a rebuilt a/c compressor at 210,000 miles,a new gas tank with bands that made the tank leak and a new muffler at 220,000 miles. This truck has the original heater hoses and water pump which amazes me. The cooling system was flushed once at about 160k miles along with the transmission fluid being changed. This truck has more than paid for itself. Either I am really lucky or am enjoying the benefits of treating my truck with respect and care over the years. This truck has never left me stranded. You know what they say, If you take care of it, it will take care of you.

I have a 1998 f-150. 120,000 miles on it. I have replaced fuel tank and straps, alt, belts, both front & rear wheel bearing, exhaust from cat back, both headers,brakes all the way around. The body is disappearing fast the rocker panels are the worst and the panels behind the rear wheels. all the suspension in the front has been replaced (upper and lower control arms,tie rod ends,bushings. both rear spring shackles and spring hangers have been replaced due to rust. the trans sometimes slips on a cold start up. The engine runs great and has been a fairly reliable truck. I guess the biggest down fall of the f-150 is the way is rusts so fast.

I bought my F150 new in 1998. The truck get 15 to 17 MPG, the window sticker said 19 to 21. @ 50K I felt the trans slip. Took it to trans shop and they informed me that I must change the fluid every 30K and keep it a quart over full. I did as instructed and no trans problems at 200K. @ 100K the front end made squealling noise and started wearing tires. I had one ball joint fixed for $500 that helped for a few months then the noise came back. I found a web site that stated all the ball join, tire rods and wheel hubs ( bearings ) need replacing. It cost six hundred in parts and I did the work my self. The truck drove like new. All but one of the dash light are now burned out. The heater switch broke at about 110K. Ford wanted About $450 for the part. Every ford at the junk yard had them removed. I took the motor out and stuck a metal rod in the whole and adjust it manually. The doors have rust on the bottom inside edge and the rear chrome bumper is nearly rusted completely out from the inside.
The windsheild wiper trans broke, I thought, however after taking it apart I found that Ford had left a set screw out. I just replaced it. The thing that worries me the most is my 4.6 liter V8 has fouled all 4 of the spark plugs, on the passenger side. The four plugs on the driver side look good. I change the plugs it took me six hours. Several of the knobs, mirror knob, windsheild wiper knob have broken off. The exhaust is still the original.

its got 211,000,has some little problems,but not nothing major yet


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