1998 Ford F-150 Suspension Front Springs Torsion Bar problems & defects.

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If you are driving a 1998 Ford F-150, or if you are planning to purchase one, then it is important that you review reported Suspension Front Springs Torsion Bar problems and defects. Total reports: 64.

While Driving Front End Of The Vehicle Just Dropped Because The Torsion Bar Broke In Half. The Bar Needs To Be Replaced Due To The Cold Weather. *ak

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in ASH GROVE, MO. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

The Driver Side Front Torsion Bar Broke While Driving, Causing The Front End To Fall, And Almost Caused An Accident. Dealer Stated There Is A National Back Order On The Torsion Bar. Please Provide Further Information. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W7WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in WANTAGE, NJ. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Jan 14, 1998

Front Torsion Bar Broke , Causing The Front End To Drop To The Frame Of The Vehicle. Please Give Any Further Details. *ak

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in CAMBY, IN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Front Torsion Bar Broke, Causing The Front Cab On Driver Side To Fall Which Could Result In Accident. Part Is On Back Order. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W2WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in MICHIGAMME, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Jan 20, 1999

While Driving 60 Mph The Front Torsion Bar Broke In Half, Causing The Front End Of The Vehicle To Drop. The Bar Travelled Approximately 30 Yards Before Stopping. The Second Bar Broke While Vehicle Was Sitting In Dealers Garage While Waiting Over Two Weeks For Parts. *ak

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in ELDRED, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Front Torsion Bar Broke, Causing The Suspension To Fall, Resulting In Loss Of Control. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1NTEX18L1WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in MOMTICELLO, IN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Front Torsion Bar Broke While Driving At 30 Mph, Causing The Passenger Side To Drop Lower Than Normal Height. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):NOT AVAILAB. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in ST ALBANS, VT. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Consumer Parked Vehicle And Noticed Front End Was Down . Backed Truck Up. Took It To Repair Shop, And Was Told Not To Drive. Vehicle Was Towed To ford Dealership. Dealer Said Problem Was Common, And They Would Replace The Torsion Bar. But Part Was On Back Order. Once The Part Was Received, It Was Replaced On Driver’s Side. Consumer Requested That Passenger’s Side Torsion Bar Should Also Be Replaced. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZX18W8WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in HARRISON TWNSHIP, MI. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Feb 02, 1999

Driving Along At 25 Mph The Front Passenger’s Side Torsion Bar Broke. It Didn’t Cause Any Ssudden Dip Or Impact. I Have Found Out Since That There Has Been Three Other 1998ford F150 Trucks With The Same Problem. One Truck Was Serviced At Pawling ford And The Other Two At Pleasant Vally ford, Pleasant Vally, Ny. You Begin To Wonder If This Be Looked At Closer And Possibly A Recall On These Trucks(all The Same Make And Model And Year). My Family & I Are Quite Concerned About The Replacement Part, And Should The Other Side Be Replaced. I Was Told That If I Had Been Going At High Rate Of Speed. This Could Have Led To A Serious Spin And Eventually An Accident. Also, This Happened In Watertown (300 Miles Away) Where I Was Attending My Uncles’ Funeral. The Truck Is Still There Awating The Part. The Truck Is At Watertown ford, Watertown, Ny (315-782-7200). I’ve Been Told By The Dealer This Should Have Never Happened, Especially To A Truck This New. The ford Dealer In Watertown Has Been Very Cooperative. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L7WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in LAGRANGEVILLE, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

Feb 04, 1999

While Parked The Torsion Bar Broke, Cause Unknown. Please Provide Details. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZF0828WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in EASTON, NH. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN .

Mar 27, 1998

Consumer Was Driving On Road At 35 Mph Under Normal Road Conditions, Started To Slow Down And Turn When He Heard A Loud Sound. Pulled Over To The Side, And Noticed The Vehicle Tilted. Looked Under The Vehicle And Found The Front Torsion Bar Fractured. Dealer Notified. *ak *tt

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W0WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in HAMPSTEAD, NH. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

July 01, 1998

Front Torsion Bar Broke, Causing The Right Side Of The Vehicle To Fall Onto The Frame. Cause Unknown. Please Give Any Further Details *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18WXWN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in LOUISVILLE, OH. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Both Torsion Bars Failed.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L2WK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in ANKENY, IA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19971231. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 31, 1998

Consumer Put Vehicle In Reverse And Heard A Noise. Vehicle Began To Roll Forward Into Traffic, Consumer Learned That The Rear Driveshaft Broke In April 98. Also, In Jan. 99, While Consumer Slowed Down To Make A Turn, The Left Front Torsion Bar Broke, The Frame Dropped, Damaging The Upper Control. Consumer Will Provide Vin# When Received. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L6WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Jan 12, 1999

While Backing Up Out Of Driveway, Right Torsion Bar Broke In Half, Causing The Right Front End To Drop Down About One Foot.dealer Is Aware Of The Problem. Truck Is Being Repaired. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L9WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in WATERS, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Mar 22, 1999

While Driving Front Torsion Bar Broke Almost Resulting In Collision Due To Loss Of Control. Mjs

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in JERMYN, PA. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

The Torsion Bar Is Part Of The Suspension, And It Broke While My Truck Was Parked In My Garage. I’m Worried That If It Broke While It Was Parked, It Could Break Again While Being Driven. The ford Dealership Admitted To Me That They Had Changed Several Other Broken Torsion Bars, In Fact When I Called Them To Report The Problem, They New Right Away What Part Had Failed. The Problem I Have Is They Replaced The Torsion Bar With Another Exact Same Torsion Bar. I Have Little Confidence In This Part Or The Dependability Of My $30,000.00 Truck.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in MASON CITY, IA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980201. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 01, 1998

While Driving At 25 To 30 Mph The Front Torsion Bar Broke, Causing A Lost Of Steering. Dealer Has Been Contacted. *ak

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in PROCTOR, MN. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

The Torsion Bar Snapped Causing The Front End To Fall. On The Drive To The Dealership Could Not Exceed 30 Mph Because Truck Would Begin To Bounce And Cause Steering Difficulty. I Am Employed With An Automotive Supplier And The Engineers At Work Tell Me That Had I Been Driving When This Happened, I Would Have More Than Likely Rolled The Truck. I Drive A Significant Distance To And From Work And Most Of This Mileage Is Via The Freeways. I Have Done Some Ressearch And Find That Many ford1998 4×4 F150’s Have Experienced This Problem. The Mechanic At The Dealership Has Assured Me That This Should Not Happen Again. Sounds Like A Faulty Part And Yet No Recall From ford. The Second Item Is A Crack In The Sheet Metal Of The Door. I Discovered This Last Night After Reading About The Problem From Many F150 Owners On The Internet. Although I Picked Up My Vehicle From The Dealership Only Last Night I Will Be Returning Once Again Today. This Also Seems To Be A Design Flaw That Is Being Ignored By ford. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZX18W0WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980401. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Jan 19, 2000

Front Left Side Torsion Bar Broke While Backing Out Of A Driveway, Causing Suppension To Drop Onto The Ground . The Dealer Has Been Contacted. *ak

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in JULIN, WV. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Front Left Torsion Bar Snapped In Two, Without Warning, While Driving On A Smooth Road. The Truck Pulled Hard To The Right, As The Suspension Collapsed. ford Replaced Only One Torsion Bar: I Am Afraid The Other Torsion Bar Will Also Break. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L5WK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in EAGAN, MN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 18 mph.

Jan 28, 2000

Front Torsion Bar Broke While Driving Which May Have Caused A Loss Of Vehicle Control. *ak *ml

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in ARMSTRONG, IL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980228. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Feb 05, 2000

Torsion Bar Broke In Half Causing Temporary Loss Of Control When Vehicle Collapsed Onto The Front Suspension. *mjs

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZX18W1WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in CONNEAUTVILLE, PA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980701. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Jan 22, 2000

Complete Failure Of The Torsion Bar On The Front Left Of Vehicle. Break Is About Six Inches From The Front Of The Bar. Vehicle Had Been Parked For In Excess Of Three Hours On Level Ground When Failure Occurred. Have Over 30 Witnesses That Can Attest To When Failure Occurred. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L4WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in SHINNSTON, WV. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 11, 2000

Front Torsion Bar Broke While Vehicle Was Sitting In Garage Overnight. Dealer Notified. *ak

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in SPANISH FORK, UT. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Mar 20, 2000

While Driving The Right Torsion Bar Broke At 14000 And The Left Torsion Bar Broke At 19400, Both Caused The Front End To Drop. Nlm

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in UNK, UN. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Torsion Bar Snapped While Merging Onto Interstate, Dropping The Front End. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in LONDONDERRY, NH. Vehicle was purchased on 19991201. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph.

Apr 24, 2000

Defective Torsion Bar Broke In Parking Lot. If Vehicle Was Driven It Could Have Caused A Crash. *ak *ml

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L2WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in HILLSBORO, NC. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980529. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 15, 2000

Right Front Of Vehicle Dropped, Right Front Torsion Bar Broke, Remove Old And Install New Torsion Bar

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZX18W0WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in NORTH JUDSON, ID. Vehicle was purchased on 19980119. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 20 mph.

Passenger Side Torsion Bar Failed And Suspension Dropped. Fortunately Vehicle Was Stopped. Broke At Rear Mounting At Tensioner Point. ford Replaced Under Warranty But Refused To Change Driver Side Even Though It Exhibits Significanct Surface Corrosion In The Same Area. From My Search Of Nhtsa And Other Internet Data And From ford Employee Comments This Appears To Be A Repeat Problem For This Vehicle. I Have Electronic Photos Showing Pitting And Corrosion Of Driver Side Torsion Bar That ford States Is Acceptable. I Have Noted That Nhtsa Opened An Action #pe98-009 On This Matter 13 Feb-98 And Closed It 30 June-98. I’ve Also Noted Numerous Complaint Filings For F150 Torsion Bar Failures With Nhtsa And Other Internet Data Bases. This Would Seem A Highly Dangerous Situation That Could Result In Accident And Fatalities If Breaking At Highway Speed. I Beleive This Warrants A New Investigation And Issuance Of Corrective Action Requirements To ford. The Fact That Complaint Files Indicate Frequent Back Orders For Parts Might Indicate ford Is Doing A Lot Of Replacements.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZX18W5WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in WEBSTER, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980201. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Aug 12, 2000

The Dealership Is Calling The Torsion Bar A “wear And Tear Item” Therefore It Is Considered A Warranty Item And Not A Manufacturing Defect. For My Truck, Which Is Used As A Commuter Vehicle, Has The “off-road Package” And Has Seen A Non-paved Road All Of 5 Times, I Find It Unacceptable That This Item Is Not Covered Under Some Sort Of Warranty Or Recall. I Have Searched The Nhtsa Database And Seen Numerous (36) Customer Complaints On The Same Type Of Failure. I Could Understand The Torsion Bar Failure (maybe) If The Truck Were Used On A Daily Basis For Construction Purposes Or If I Exceeded The Recommended Uses Of The Vehicle, But I Have Not. The Truck Is At Less Than Half Its Expected Life And Yet One Of The Main Suspension Components Had Failed. This Bar Replaced The Coil Springs On The Past Generation Of Trucks. Have You Never Heard Of Coil Springs Snapping? I Also Find It Rather Troublesome That ford Has Recently Been Accused Of turning The Other Way When Problems Arise With Its Vehicles. Is This Going To Become Another Firestone Recall Scenario Or Will ford Take Responsibility For Its Engineering/manufacturing Mistakes? Im Starting To Wonder What built ford Tough Actually Means.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTRX08L2WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in WALLINGFORD, CT. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19971101. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Sept 22, 2000

Consumer Got In Vehicle And Torsion Bar On Left Side Broke. Dealer Had No Explanation, They Repaired It. Consumer Was Concerned That This Problem Could Result In A Serious Injury Or Death. Consumer Changed His Own Oil & Hoping This Wasn’t A Problem.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):NOT AVAILAB. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in STEVENSVILLE, MI. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Jan 05, 2001

While Driving At Approximately 20 Mph Consumer Heard A Popping Noise. Apparently Torsion Bar Completely Snapped Which Caused Vehicle To Become Lop Sided. Please Provide Further Information. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRF185WNB. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in LAFONTAINE, IN. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.

Torsion Bar Failed Causing Lower Left Side To Pull To The Guardrail, Consumer Was Driving At The Time And Had Heard A Loud Noise. *slc

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in DAUPHIN, PA. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Jan 30, 2001

Was Moving 15mph When A Pop Sound Was Heard. Right Side Went Down. Was Barely Able To Steer Vehicle. Took Vehicle To Firestone Retailer & Informed It Was Torsion Bar That Had Snapped. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W3WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in GALLITZIN, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Jan 10, 2001

Front Torsion Bar Broke Overnight While Parked. Manufacturer Is Aware Of Defect. The Torsion Bar Was Replaced By The Dealer. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W9NB. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in TRENTON, NJ. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980701. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Feb 02, 2001

Sudden An Spontanious Breakage Of Torsion Bar At Low Speed Without Hitting Any Obsticle Or Pot-hole In Road.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZX18W9WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in JOLIET, IL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

Jan 31, 2001

Passenger’s Side Right Torsion Bar Collasped And Broke Which Caused Passenger’s Side Of Vehicle To Drop Down On One Side. Consumer Has Contacted Dealer, Dealer Has Replaced Torsion Bar. Please Provide Any Further Details.*ak

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in STOCKTON, MO. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980901. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Feb 20, 2001

Rt Torsion Bar Broke While Driving Aprox 50 Mph. Front Rt Of Truck Dropped And Was Hard To Control.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX1862WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in BREMEN, OH. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980101. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 50 mph.

Feb 27, 2001

While Truck Was Parked In Garage The Driver’s Side Torsion Broke. February 1999 The Torsion Bar On The Passenger Broke While Driving At 20 Mph. Fortunately In Either Case No Injuries. This Is Not A Normal Failure, But After Contacting ford Directly And The Dealer Where The Truck Needed To Be Towed Eiter Stated This Is A Problem. My Family Now Feels For Their Safety Next Time We Drive In The Truck. I Need To Be Convinced That Can’t Happen Again And That There Was Problem With The Torsion Bars Used On That Year Truck. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L7WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in LAGRANGEVILLE, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 10, 2001

Torsion Bar Severed. Defect Was Discovered While Vehicle Was Parked. Private Mechanic Has Not Provided Any Information As Of Yet For Cause Of Defect. Please Provide Any Additional Information/attachments.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZX1864WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in CARMEL, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Apr 01, 2001

Torsion Bar Broke While Vehicle Was Parked In Garage.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W5WK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in CHATFIELD, MN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Apr 02, 2001

Rt Front Torsion Bar Broke While Sitting In The Drive Way. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18WXWK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in THORNTON, CO. Vehicle was purchased on 20000701. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 19, 2001

Dealer Told Me There Were No Previous Known Problems With The Torsion Bar. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZX18W7WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in CLINTON, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19981101. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Apr 10, 2001

Torsion Bar Snapped As I Shifted Into Reverse In My Driveway. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L4WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in MOUNT JACKSON, VA. Vehicle was purchased on 19990901. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Apr 02, 2001

Front Torsion Bar Broke While Parked In Garage; Dealer/manufacturer Were Notified; Manufacturer Informed Consumer That They Would Pay All Except 20%, Which Would Be At Consumer Cost. *ak The Consumer States That There Were Many Other Owners Of This Model Vehicle With Torsion Bars Problem, But The Manufacturer Was Not Even Trying To Make Better Quality Parts Available. *yh

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W3WK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in BUTTE, MT. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Mar 13, 2001

While Pulling Into A Parking Space Torison Bar Broke. Please Give Any Further Details.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18LWNB. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in BOWMANSTOWN, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Torision Bar On Left Side Failed While Vehicle Was In Park Position, Causing Front Suspension To Fall Towards Back. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZF18W7WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in FREELAND, MD. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN .

The Truck Was Sitting In The Parking Lot At Work When The Drivers Side Torsion Bar Broke. From Some People I Have Talked To This Has Happened To Quite A Few Other Trucks-same Side Torsion Bar. The Dealer Has Worked With Us As Well As Can Be Expected Considering That The Manufacturer Refuses To Acknowledge A Problem. I Haven’t Been Able To Speak With A Representative Because They Are ” On Vacation”. I Am Concerned About What Could Happen To Another Family With The Same Truck If Perhaps The Bar Would Break While Driving. This A A Dangerous Problem That ford Motor Company Is Refusing To Do Anything About. I Have Written To Them On Two Occassions Now Asking For Them To Issue A Recall Since This Is Not Just My Truck, But Many Others. Also, I Do Not Believe The Anti-lock Brakes Should Fail On A Truck With The Mileage It Had At The Time. The Dealer Also Worked With Us On This Problem. Our Total Bill Was For $90.87 For Both Of The Problems, But I Still Believe That ford Motor Company Should Reimburse Us This Money Considering That This Is A Major Defect Both With The Tortion Bar And The Anti-lock Brakes. Thank You For Your Time Regarding This Important Matter. I Do Not Want Anyone To Be Injured Because Of ford Motor Company Ignoring These Problems.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L4WK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in EAST ALTON, IL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980901. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

Oct 15, 2000

Front Torsion Bar Exploded While Vehicle Was Parked In Consumer’s Driveway. Dealer Has Been Contacted. Please Provide Further Details. Consumer Has Damaged Parts.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTR1XL8WNB. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in MT PLYMOUTH, FL. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Sept 15, 2001

While Driving, Right Front Torsion Bar Snapped During Regular Driving. *tt

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W4WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in TEMPLE, NH. Vehicle was purchased on 20010331. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

Apr 13, 2002

While Driving, Right Front Torsion Bar Snapped During Regular Driving. *tt

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W4WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in TEMPLE, NH. Vehicle was purchased on 20010331. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

Apr 13, 2002

The Torsion Bar Had Broken While The Vehicle Was Parked. Ph The Torsion Bar Was Replaced And The Front End Was Aligned. Scc

Mileage was 21552 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZF08W8WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in WEST LAND, MI. Vehicle was purchased on 19980505. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: JACK DEMMERS FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 734 721 2600 . DEALER’S CITY: WAYNE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MI. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 48184 .

Feb 04, 2003

Torsion Bar Snapped Causing Truck To Lean To One Side. I Was Told I Was Fortunate I Wasnt Driving It At The Time They Had Many ( Over 50) Break Some While Driving. Dealer Should Replace At No Cost To Owner Only Had 21,552 , 1998f-150 Dealer Wanted 500.00 At First Then Claimed Part Was Defective And I Would Have To Pay Labor( Jack Demmers In Wayne,mi.48185) Please Help This Isnt Fair.

Mileage was 21552 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZF08W8WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in WESTLAND, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980505. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: JACK DEMMER FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: (734)721-2600 . DEALER’S CITY: WAYNE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MI. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 48184 .

Feb 04, 2003

Passenger Side Torsion Bar Broke While Parked In Parking Garage. Don’t Know What Would Happen If Occured At Normal Driving Speeds. Scary Drive Home As Truck Was Laying Down On Right Front Severly. Took To Garage This Morning. Five Minutes Later, Woman Comes In And Says She Has A Broken Torsion Bar. You Guessed It, Another 1998ford F150 4×4. Looked At Hers, Was On Drivers Side, Similar Shaped Failure As Mine, Said Hers Was Just Parked In Driveway When Failed. I Am Afraid To Let Wife Drive My Truck Now.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 146000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX18L7WN. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in CENTERVILLE, TN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19971008. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Feb 17, 2003

The Front Torsion Bar Broke. *jb The Torsion Bar Had Experienced A Brittle Fracture At The Hexagon To Cylinder Interface. *scc

Mileage was 54448 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTRX08L3WK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in SODDY DAISY, TN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:U. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: VERNIE JONES FORD CO. INC. . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 706 692 6467 . DEALER’S CITY: JASPER . DEALER’S STATE CODE: GA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 30143 .

Feb 24, 2003

Driver Side Torsion Bar Broke Driving 60 On Freeway. Made Truck Veer Hard To Left Almost Hitting Guard Rail. Thank God My Son Didn’t Hit It. Brought The Truck Used And Of Course Dealer Said It Wasn’t Under Warranty That We Had. Only The 60 Days Or 2500 Miles From Time Of Purchased. Only Had In 25 Days. *nlm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 56998 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZF18W0WK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in MINNETONKA, MN. Vehicle was purchased on 20030313. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:U. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 60 mph. DEALER’S NAME: TOUSLEY FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 1-800-792-1050 . DEALER’S CITY: WHITE BEAR LAKE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MN. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 55110 .

Apr 07, 2003

Right Side Torsion Bar Snapped In Two Going Across Parking Lot.

Mileage was 81798 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX08W8WK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in MANCHESTER, MO. Vehicle was purchased on 20001013. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Apr 19, 2003

The Vehicle Was Parked, When The Left Torsion Bar Failed. *jb

FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in CINCINNATI, OH. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

May 08, 2003

Driver Side Torsion Bar Snapped ,causing Front Left Corner Of Vehicle To Drop Unexpectedly Possibly Damaging Sway Bar, Shock Absorber And Related Bushings. ford Customer Service Stated There Is No Coverage, Recalls Or Service Bulletins That Cover Damage/defect. There Have Been Reports Of Similar Issues With Expedition And ford Models. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 85475 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZX08W7WC. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in BELVIDERE, NJ. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980804. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph. DEALER’S NAME: LOMAN FORD .

Aug 11, 2003

On December 30, 2003, I Sent The Following Letter To ford Motor Company And As Of Yet Have Not Received A Reply. Hopefully You Can Give Me Some Pointers On How I Should Proceed. Thank You, [xxx]. [xxx] [xxx] [xxx] [xxx] Enclosed Are Pictures Of The Torsion Bar From My 1998fordf-150 Pickup. Vin# [xxx]. It Has 56,000 Miles. The Portion That Is Pictured Is The Front. The Bar Broke While Sitting Idle In My Garage. I Had Been Out Of Town For The Weekend So The Pickup Had Not Been Driven For Two Days. I Found The Center Piece On The Garage Floor. From Rust Spots In The Broken Area, It Appears That It Had Been Cracked For Some Time. I Have Owned The Pickup For About Three Years. Almost All Of My Driving Has Been Highway Driving. During That Time It Has Very Little Off Road Driving. I Am Not A Hunter Or Land Owner. It Has Been Used For Hauling Cargo, But Not Extended Use. It Was Involved In An Accident And I Have Also Enclosed The Repair Records From That. The Damage Was To The Right Side. There Was No Suspension Damaged Noted. I Have Looked To See If There Were Any Recalls On It, And Have Found None. The Mechanic Who Replaced It For Me Said He Had Never Seen A Torsion Bar Break Like This. This Is A Repair That I Dont Think I Should Have To Pay For. I Have Enclosed My Statement. I Am Just Thankful That I Was Not Driving The Vehicle When It Broke. It Concerns Me That There May Be Other Suspension Problems. What I Would Like To Know Is What Can Be Done? Is This A Flaw In The Pickup That Needs To Be Addressed? I Am Also Writing To The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration To Ask For Their Help In What Process I Should Follow. I Can Be Reached During Working Hours At[xxx], At My Address At [xxx] Or By E-mail At [xxx]. I Will Be Waiting Your Reply. [xxx] *cb *js Information Redacted Pursuant To The Freedom Of Information Act (foia), 5 U.s.c. 552(b)(6)

Vehicle was involved in a crash. Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 56000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W4WK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in CLARK, SD. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Dec 21, 2003

Front Right Torsion Bar Snapped While Vehicle Was Parked In My Driveway. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in HARVARD, MA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. DEALER’S NAME: FRAMINGHAM FORD .

July 15, 2002

The R/h Torsion Bar Broke At Low Speed Turning Into A Parking Lot. The Bar Is Being Replaced At The Dealership. They Say They Have Never Seen This Before. After Seeing All The Reports On Line, I Find This Hard To Believe.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 72000 miles. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in FALL CITY, WA. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph.

Mar 02, 2005

I Stepped Into My Vehicle To Go To Work, And The Torsion Bar Broke. Snapped Into Two Pieces. Was Thankful I Was Not Driving. I Have Been Told By The Tow Truck Driver And The Mechanics, That They Have Never Seen This Before, And That A Piece Of 1″ Round Steel Should Not Just Snap. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 125000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX18W2WK. FORD F-150 1998 problem was reported in LINDSBORG, KS. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1998 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1998 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: MIDWAY MOTORS . DEALER’S CITY: MCPHERSON . DEALER’S STATE CODE: KS. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 67460 .

Apr 11, 2007

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