1997 Ford Explorer Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Ford Explorer
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1997 Ford Explorer ProblemsProblems With Early Production 5-speed Automatic Transmission
Various problems with the 5-speed automatic transmission were common. These problems can be more common on the 2002 models with build dates before March, 2002. There are many service bulletins describing the diagnoses and repairs, which include fluid leak repairs, transmission software updates, or internal failures requiring a costly repair.
lost oil pressure while driving engine was full of oil and no leaks. pulled motor to take a look at the oil pump and drive (and to check bearings after loosing pressure) every thing looked new so went to top side of engine and pulled out oil pump drive which installs were the distributer belongs and drives off the jackshaft (camshaft) to run the oil pump. when i removed the oil pump drive it was as plain as day the gear had worn into the housi...
The intake manifold O-ring gaskets commonly leak, causing stalling and poor idle quality; the Check Engine Light will illuminate.
1997 Ford Explorer QuestionsOccasionally when I use the turn signal it buzzes, is this a bad Relay? (2 answers)
I can't remember but I think it only happens when I turn right, it's a solid buzzing and usually I just click the lever off and then back on and it works, when it's buzzing I believe the signal is on solid and not blinking, at least it looks that way on the dash indicator, thought abo...
O/D was working, after it stopped engaging noticed the squeaking noise. If fluid is low where would it go? Is it something I can do myself or have a mechanic do?
1997 Ford Explorer RecallsRecall 01X001000
Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles equipped with a 4.0L SOHC engine for a potential issue with the throttle body. There is a manufacturing problem with the clearance of the throttle plate and the bore, which could lead to a binding situation. When binding is released, the engine could surge, causing a safety issue. Dealers will replace the throttle body assembly with a revised part.
Ford has recalled certain 1995-1997 Explorer and 1997 Mercury Mountaineer vehicles because the sway bar links could fracture. If one or both sway bar links fracture, vehicle stability is affected, which can cause handling issues. Dealers will replace both sway bar links with revised parts.