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1997 Ford F-150

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1997 Ford F-150 Problems

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

An oil leak may develop from the the right side head gasket.  Oil from this type of leak will commonly drip onto the starter. Our technician tell us an updated head gasket is available to correct this concern.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The EGR orifices in the intake manifold may plug with sludge. If the truck has high mileage, this may cause engine misfire when first accelerating because too much EGR gas is directed into the cylinders of the unplugged orifices. This makes the mixture lean, which causes a gradual stumble that increases in severity until repaired.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Intermittent rough idle may be caused by the EGR sensor sticking, causing the EGR valve to stay slightly open. Our technicians tell us the valve and sensor must be replaced together to correct this concern.

1997 Ford F-150 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 11, 1996

Summary: THE CERTIFICATION LABELS ON THE INVOLVED VEHICLES HAS INCORRECT REAR TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE DESIGNATIONS. THIS DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FMVSS NO. 120, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN PASSENGER CARS."

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Drive Train, October 20, 1997

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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.

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Drive Train, June 4, 2001

Summary: THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION: FORD IS REPLACING ALL FIRESTONE WILDERNESS AT 15, 16, AND 17 INCH TIRES MOUNTED ON FORD TRUCKS AND SUVS. FORD REPORTS TREAD SEPARATION CAN OCCUR DUE TO A COMBINATION OF THE SENSITIVITY OF THE TIRE DESIGN TO STRESS, AGING, AND MANUFACTURING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PLANTS. FORD IS REPLACING THESE TIRES TO PREVENT POSSIBLE PREMATURE TIRE FAILURE. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: THE VEHICLES LISTED BELOW MAY HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY EQUIPPED WITH FIRESTONE WILDERNESS AT TIRES OR MAY HAVE HAD WILDERNESS AT TIRES INSTALLED DURING THE FIRESTONE RECALL LAUNCHED IN AUGUST 2000. CERTAIN 1991 THROUGHT 2002 FORD EXPLORER CERTAIN 2001 THROUGHT 2002 EXPLORER SPORT, AND SPORT TRAC CERTAIN 1997 THROUGH 2002 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 2001 RANGER CERTAIN 1999 THROUGH 2001 EXPEDITION CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 1994, AND 1997 MODEL YEAR F-SERIES CERTAIN 1991 THROUGH 1994 BRONCO NOTE: BOTH ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AND REPLACEMENT TIRES ARE AFFECTED.

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Drive Train, September 12, 2005

Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH SPEED CONTROL, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.

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Drive Train, July 20, 1998

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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.

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1997 Ford F-150 Questions and Answers

sir lawrence, 1997 Ford F-150, 5.4L V8, Tacoma, WA

Passenger side door panel. I want to get it off the door to acess the door handle etc. How does it come off?

hdrider2, 1997 Ford F-150, 6 Cylinder, Zimmerman, MN

cost of replacing gear box seal, cost to replace other parts that may be causing problem thank you

gunner, 1997 Ford F-150, 4.6L V8, Portland, OR

where is the heater control vavle located. my heater blower works just no hot air

C.J.M., 1997 Ford F-150, 5.4L V8, Lowell, MI

My truck has recently started jamming into 2nd gear. This is the only time that the auto tranny does this. I changed the filter and fluid and this problem still persists.What are some of the possib...

wsocola, 1997 Ford F-150, Westland, MI

MY A/C shuts off on VERY hot days or somtimes just warms up slowly until nothing but hot air blows. Checked at shop... it's fully charged and blows ice cold air on moderate days. I'm thin...

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1997 Ford F-150 Reviews

Bought my 1997 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 (Regular cab) new, off the lot, have babied it, kept it waxed and clean inside and out. Body and interior look like new, BUT the entire underneath is rusted out, frame completely rusted in two above the spare tire. Had freeze plug blow out a couple of winters ago...engine had to be pulled to replace it, cost: $1200. It now has only 99,260 original miles on it. Control module is malfunctioning now; windshield wipers, power windows, dome light, and door ajar light all stopped working at once, fuses are all good. Need advice: Which module controls these things?? Dealer wants cost of module ($700) plus labor to replace and re-program module, which I am sure will run well over $1000. If anyone knows which module I need, where it is located on the truck, and if you have a model number to look for that would be fantastic, could you please contact me at Grrr036@aol.com . Thank You! Gary

My lariet has 297,000 miles i have had to replace the coils,brakes and rear seal overall it has been a great truck with routine matainence it keeps going and going and going

I HAD TO REPLACE HEAD GASKETS INTAKE GASKETS 1,250 DOLLARS WIPER PROBLEMS NOW MODULE PROBLEMS GETS GOOD GAS MILLAGE 26 MPG OTHER THEN THIS I LIKE MY TRUCK

Fixing 4x4 right now for the first time

Had to have engine replaced at 86,000 mi. due to 4.2 size eng being junk. Transmission problems at 100,000. Complete harness replacement at 70,000. I babied this truck from the day I bought it in 98....with not too much reward.

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