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.
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1997 Ford Expedition
1997 Ford Expedition Problems
The mass air flow sensor (MAF) may fail resulting in a rough engine idle, hesitation on acceleration, and/or engine stalling. The Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate. A failed mass air flow sensor will require replacement.
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.
An illuminated Check Engine Light may indicate that the spark plugs are worn; this will cause intermittent misfire and damage to the coil packs.
The PCV hose may crack, causing the vehicle to idle roughly, this may or may not illuminate the Check Engine Light.
1997 Ford Expedition Recalls (Recent)
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTI-PURPOSE VEHICLES. THE TRAILER HITCH ASSEMBLY TO THE FRAME ATTACHING BOLTS COULD LOSE THE CLAMP LOAD.Learn more »
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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.
Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH SPEED CONTROL, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.Learn more »
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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.
1997 Ford Expedition Questions and Answers
i have to put more transmission fluid in my expedition weekly.....I have a '94 expedition, the drop down did not have a year '94
suspect clutch disc
I was using my a/c fine, a few hours later, it was blowing very hot air. A/c is charged. What should I be looking for to repair it?
Help! Temps in the desert are above 100 degrees!!
Why does my air blow out the defrost cold but not the front vents but blows out the rear air vents
1997 Ford Expedition Reviews
Great car, fun to drive. Not so easy on the gas.
1997 Expedition EB White - Bought at 23k sold at 176k. Love the car 18MPG overall. very comfortable
1. engine under warranty at 90k due to piston slap. Manufacturing fluke.
2. Replaced air suspension bladders at 130k $800 but the ride is worth it.
3. Never replaced the muffler it was good to the end.
4. replaced shocks once, front end ball joints at 110k
5. Replaced radio with oem from Ebay $50 was $800 from Ford
6. third row seat was manual and hard to fold or remove.
Overall loved the car and have bought two expeditions since.
This was our first Expedition...A 1997 XLT model.
We had planned on keeping it 5 yrs and trading into something new however this SUV was just so dependable we did not want to get rid of it. We kept the 97 and bought a 2002...we kept the 2002 until 2006 and bought another new one... We still have our 1997 which I'll add runs and drives great. Other then normal maintenance items it has needed nothing... It currently has 198,000 on it and you'd never know by looking at it or driving it. We actually prefer to take it on long trips and leave the new one home. I'd rather put the miles on the old one. lol.
Will I buy another...ABSOLUTELY! unless of course Ford's quality drops... But if they remain so dependable, I'll keep buying them.
One of the best SUV around any year!
IBought this Big Ford with 200,000. Did brakes, Oil, shift handel, rear wheel bearings, shocks and o-2 sensors.... Alls good I love this Ford