1997 Ford E-250 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Ford E-250

1997 Ford E-250 Problems

Transmission Fluid Leaks from the Front of the Transmission Bell Housing

This concern relates specifically to the E4OD and 4R100 automatic transmissions. Transmission fluid leaking from the front of the transmission bell housing may also be accompanied with shifting and transmission engagement issues. This is often caused by transmission overheating and is the sign of a significant internal transmission problem. The superficial cause is the failure of the front pump seal of the transmission. The immediate repair is to remove the transmission, replace the front pump and seal, replace all fluid with the transmission filter, and verify proper flow through the transmission fluid lines and cooler. It is also recommended to make sure the vehicle is not pulling a load that is heavier than the gross vehicle weight limits because this can cause the transmission to overheat. Depending on the transmission's mileage, this can also be a good time to consider a complete overhaul or replacement with a remanufactured unit, as often just the pump and seal replacement is a short lived remedy.

Excessive Vibration Felt in Vehicle while Driving - Fluid Leaks from Rear of Transmission

This concern relates to vehicles equipped with the E4OD and 4R100 automatic transmissions. Fluid leaks from the rear of the transmission and excessive vibration felt in the vehicle while driving can be caused by a lack of lubrication to the rear of the transmission and rear seal failure. The extension housing (rear portion of transmission) can lose lubrication if the fluid supply hole becomes clogged. This leads to rear seal failure from lack of lubrication, and can cause bearing failure in the extension housing. The extension housing and gasket should be replaced and verify the fluid supply hole is clear of debris.

Clunk Noise when Pulling Away from a Stop

If the slip yoke in the driveshaft is binding, it can make a clunking noise when pulling away from a stop. The slip yoke will need to be lubricated.

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1997 Ford E-250 Questions

My Ford van will not shift into park. (1 answer)

I have checked the following, shift cable, shift cable connections, shift cylinder on the steering column, replaced brake light switch and neutral safety switch and not solved the problem yet.

help diagnosing why my ford Econoline 250 Van won't start? engine just cranks? (2 answers)

Just bought it. Has been sitting for about 4 years,owner had replaced Push rods,fuel filter.. Van was completely out of gas.bone dry. Could it be injecters clogged? What's easiest way to clean them? Also anyone know what the fuel pressure should read for that van?

Front passenger side power window does not work. It won't go up or down. (3 answers)

Front passenger side power window does not work. It won't go up or down. Any ideas on how to fix this myself?

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1997 Ford E-250 Recalls

Recall 08V051000
FORD IS RECALLING 225,000 MY 1992-2003 ECONOLINE, MY 1993-1995 TAURUS SHO, MY 1992-1998 CROWN VICTORIA, MY 1993 BRONCO, F-SERIES, MY 1995-1997 F-SERIES SUPER DUTY STRIPPED CHASSIS, MY 1992-1998 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS, AND MY 1992-1995 LINCOLN TOWN CAR VEHICLES. THE AFFECTED VEHICLES WERE PREVIOUS...
Recall 07V553000
ON CERTAIN HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH 7.3L DIESEL ENGINES, THE CAMSHAFT POSITION SENSOR LOCATED ON THE ENGINE OF THE VEHICLE MAY FUNCTION INTERMITTENTLY, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN AN ENGINE STALL.
Recall 07V336000
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, PASSENGER VEHICLES, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND MOTOR HOMES CHASSIS, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.

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1997 Ford E-250 Reviews

MY FORD E 250 V8 5.4LITER HAS BEEN A GREAT VAN. IT'S GOING ON 275,000 MILES AND HAS NEVER GIVEN ME MAJOR PROBLEMS APART FROM THE REAR END MAKING NOISE...IT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. I WOULD BUY A NEW ONE ONLY IF IT HAD THE SAME ENGINE WHICH IS UNBEATABLE. IT HAS GONE FOR MILES WITHOUT OIL SINCE DELIVERY DRIVERS WOULD NOT CHECK THE OIL. GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH FORD!!
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