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1997 Ford Aerostar

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1997 Ford Aerostar Problems

Engine -- Verified

Engine oil leaks are known to develop around the rear crankshaft (main) seal and engine oil pan gasket.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

If you experience poor idle quality and fuel economy (and the Check Engine Light illuminates) after the exhaust system or motor has been removed and replaced, it could be that the oxygen sensor wires are crossed at the rear of the motor. Wiring schematics should be checked to ensure that the correct harness plug is connected to the corresponding sensor.
 

Engine -- Verified

The synchronizer shaft for the camshaft position sensor can cause a loud squeak or chirping noise due to failure of the upper bushing. The noise may be erratic and is usually present when the engine is warm.

Engine -- Verified

Ignition module failure is common and causes a "No start" condition or intermittent stalls.

1997 Ford Aerostar Recalls (Recent)

Brakes, April 15, 1998

Summary: EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION: AFTERMARKET BRAKE ROTORS FOR USE ON CERTAIN FORD AND MAZDA TRUCKS. CRACKED CASTINGS CAUSED CRACKS TO APPEAR ON THE OUTER DIAMETER OF THE ROTOR HAT OR AROUND THE STUD HOLE.

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Drive Train, February 16, 1998

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: ALL WHEEL DRIVE PASSENGER MINIVANS. THESE VEHICLES CAN DEVELOP POWERTRAIN BENDING RESONANCE OR TRANSFER CASE OUTPUT SHAFT BUSHING DISPLACEMENT. THE POWERTRAIN BENDING RESONANCE OR THE OUTPUT SHAFT BUSHING DISPLACEMENT CAN RESULT IN STRUCTURAL FAILURE OF THE TRANSMISSION AND/OR TRANSFER CASE. FLUID EXPLUSION, DRIVESHAFT SEPARATION OR LOSS OF VEHICLE DRIVE CAN RESULT.

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Drive Train, February 23, 2001

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MINIVANS EQUIPPED WITH 3.0L ENGINES. AN ACCELERATOR CABLE WAS KINKED DURING INSTALLATION, CAUSING THE CORE WIRES TO EVENTUALLY FRAY.

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Electrical & Lights, March 19, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MINI VANS. THESE VEHICLES WERE PRODUCED WITH A HIGHER THAN SPECIFIED ELECTRICAL LOAD THROUGH THE ACCESSORY POWER FEED CIRCUIT. THE POTENTIAL FOR CONTACT BETWEEN THE B2 (BATTERY), A2 (ACCESSORY), AND P1 (PROOF) CIRCUITS CAN OCCUR, CREATING A SHORT CIRCUIT, ALLOWING CURRENT TO FLOW THROUGH THE GROUND WIRE.

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1997 Ford Aerostar Questions and Answers

Reluctant Novice, 1997 Ford Aerostar, 3.0L V6, Montgomery, TX

What is the best way to approach removing clutch assembly. Should I clear from top which means pulling allot of parts or do I go at it from side or underside. Dang thing is right in the middle with...

TheKodeWarrior, 1997 Ford Aerostar, 3.0L V6, Plymouth, MI

I have a loud squeeling noise coming from the front of the engine. First diagnosis said that it was the power steering pump. I replaced that and it did not change. Next, I replaced the tensioner...

TheKodeWarrior, 1997 Ford Aerostar, 3.0L V6, Plymouth, MI

Considering the previous question. I haven't done the WD40 since the noise and the belt replacement. But if I shouldn't just keep replacing parts to rid the engine of the forward loud s...

TheKodeWarrior, 1997 Ford Aerostar, 3.0L V6, Plymouth, MI

When the engine is warm, I have a loud, high-pitched squeal coming from the front of the engine. Upon further searching it stated that this engine and year have an issue with the CAM position sens...

slash, 1997 Ford Aerostar, 3.0L V6, Abbotsford, WI

this van has sat on ashvalt for 1 year and 4 months i got it running but signals & brake lights don't work. looked at fuses, all are good. the other stuff on that fuse is working well. i w...

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1997 Ford Aerostar Reviews

Hi im am a former owner of the 1993 i gave mine to a church @250,000 miles it ran hard with different people and now i got it back to be towed and its the trans gone bad ,my daughter bought a 1997 it had been abused i think and she had lots of trouble with hers but it is so nice and her husband was in a car accident and paralyzed and she and he have 4 children , they need one of these vans real bad i replaced the cooling system then te heads went very bad from the heat but it got her back and forth for a whole summer between tri citys and Seattle im hoping to see if somone has the parts i need heads for it , and pray there is some one who could help, i dont have any money left and they have none we just spent the last on head gaskets and things but water is mixing with oil bagelbaker7@hotmail.com

van runs ok has some front brake vibration

On the whole, this van has been doing pretty well. We did have to put in a radiator. My engine light has been on for almost a year or so but the mechanic I had said it was no problem. We are having some problems with the air conditioning but haven't had it checked out due to the high cost of repairing it. I had another van-a Dodge Caravan 1988 and it cost me $1200 to have it fixed which my previous church paid for. I have a side elevator lift for my electric wheelchair. The space between the seats is rather narrow and hard to get through when I transfer from the chair to the front seat. The right seat is tight due to the lift. I have had some problem with the right front tire wearing on the outside but Sears checked it out when I bought a tire from them and said it was O.K. It drives well on the highway. I also have a problem with the steering being a little too flexible and I definitely don't like the gas pedal Ford installed...it's too small and far away for someone as short as I am. The seat belt also is a problem and if I get into an accident I would probably lose my head. I have been warned to use it properly but it is too uncomfortable driving it the right way. I do like the automatic door locks as it makes me feel safer when I travel alone. The tilt steering wheel is also a great feature. The van is also good on gas. Have had some problems with using oil and transmission fluid. I have the oil checked every 3,000 miles at a local place on Park Blvd. It's hard to do all that I would like to do as far as maintenance due to my husband working only part-time and I only get Disability so we can't afford to do all we'd like to. I just thank God the van runs well and hasn't cost us too much to keep up.

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