1997 Ford F-150 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Ford F-150

1997 Ford F-150 Problems

Ignition Coil Failure Due to Excessive Spark Plug Gap

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.

Oil May Leak Onto Starter From Passenger-Side Head Gasket

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.

TSB For Possible Ejection of Spark Plug From Cylinder Head

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.

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1997 Ford F-150 Questions

What controls the engine idle speed when a/c cycles on and off. (1 answer)

After driving about 15 minutes when stopping with a/c on the oil pressure drops and rpm drop. When a/c cycles off, rpm goes up and oil pressure returns to normal on gauge. what controls the idle speed as a/c cycles on and off>

why is there water in combustion chamber? (1 answer)

water in combustion chamber. changed engine 2 times.. it messes up the rods

Once the engine is hot and I shut it off it won't start again till the engine is fully cooled off..what is causing this problem (2 answers)

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1997 Ford F-150 Recalls

Possible Corrosion of Fuel Tank Straps

Vehicles sold or currently registered in states using corrosive chemicals to de-ice the roads may have fuel tank straps that can rust prematurely and fail. If the fuel tank were to shift as a result of a broken strap, the fuel lines could separate or the fuel tank could contact the ground. In either case, a fuel leak could develop, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps with straps that have increased corrosion protection. Early in the campaign, if replacement straps are not available, dealers may install a cable support under the strap as an interim repair or a steel reinforcement over the existing strap as a permanent repair. This recall is expected to begin September 12, 2011. The Ford recall number is 11S21.

Recall 05V388000
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH SPEED CONTROL, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.
Ford Recalls 1997 Expedition and F150/250 Vehicles for Steering Shaft Yoke Separation Issue

Ford has recalled certain 1997 Expedition, F150, and F250 vehicles because the intermediate steering shaft yoke may separate from the steering gear input shaft. If separation occurs, there may be a loss of steering control. Dealers will inspect the intermediate shaft yoke to verify that it is fully seated on the steering gear input shaft. If it is not, the intermediate shaft and bolt will be replaced.

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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....
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

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