1997 Ford F-150 Electrical System Wiring problems & defects.

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If you are driving a 1997 Ford F-150, or if you are planning to purchase one, then it is important that you review reported Electrical System Wiring problems and defects. Total reports: 26.

Consumer Had Taken The Vehicle To Dealer For Repairs Of The Lugs: Nuts:bolts, But Dealer Did Not Had The Parts To Repair Vehicle For The First Time, And Now The Vehicle Has The Same Problem. Dealer Has Been Contacted. *ak Consumer Has Became Aware Of Recall 98s14, Regarding The Lugs/nuts/bolts. Steering Not Operating Properly, It Locks Up When It Rains. Transmission Does Not Operate Properly, Consumer Was Informed Of Recall 97s86, However Dealer Stated That Consumer Would Have To Work With Their Schedule For Repairs. Windshield Wipers Start By Themselves. Turn Signals Worked Too Fast, Dealer Found A Loose Wire. Brakes Did Not Work Efficiently, Takes A Longer Distance To Stop. A/c Was Not Cold Enough. Serpentine Belt Was Replaced. Door Was Out Of Adjustment, Making It Hard To Open From The Inside. *slc

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDXO729VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PLANO, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960626. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Nov 10, 1997

When It Rains/misty Or Foggy The electrical Wiring Is Causing The Vehicle To Misfire/ Backfire And Almost Stall, Which Could Cause An Accident. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX086XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ASBURY PARK, NJ. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Potential electrical Short Hazard In The Wire Bundle Located Adjacent To The Parking Brake Release Mechanism.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX18LXVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OAK HARBOR, WA. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

While Driving At 35 Mph Noticed Smoke Coming Out Of Defroster. Pulled Over And The Vehicle Was On Fire.fire Department Came Out And Put Of The Fire. *ak

Vehicle was on fire. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HORNERVILLE, MO. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Sept 01, 1999

While Driving On Highway Smelled A Burning Wire Odor. Went To Start Up Vehicle In The Morning, And No Headlights. Circuit Breaker Was Never Thrown. Contacted Dealer, And He Repaired And Replaced Headlight Switch. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX17W0VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OKLAHOMA, OK. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 60 mph.

Feb 09, 2000

While Driving On The Highway, Smelled A Burning Wire Odor. Went To Start Up In The Morning And Vehicle Had No Headlights. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX17W0VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OKLAHOMA, OK. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Feb 09, 2000

The Truck Was Sitting In The Driveway At 5:10 A. M. And Was Not Running .it Had Not Been Used For At Least 8 Hours . Somehow An electrical Arch Occurred Around The Starter Which Caused The Truck To Start( Note: The Truck Is A Manual Transmission And Was In 1st Gear So It Wouldn’t Move.) When The Arch Ocurred , It Affected The Starter Which Caused The Truck To Crash Through The Garage . It Also Toasted The Starter .

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1867VL. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LA PORTE, IN. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on 19990401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Feb 25, 2000

Gem Module Malfunctioned, Causing Winshield Wipers/ Power Windows And Interior Lights To Be Inoperable. Dealer Has Replaced Module. *ak *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX18L6VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BERMINGHAM, AL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970425. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 60 mph.

Oct 18, 1999

Vehicle Caught On Fire After Being Parked For Approximately 5-6 Hours Due To An electrical Problem.*ak

Vehicle was on fire. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1PTDX17W7VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PAULINE, SC. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Sept 13, 2002

An Explosion Woke Us Up At Approx 4:00 Am On July 06. Our 1997 ford F150 Pick Up Was On Fire And Destroyed A 2001 4 Runner, 2001 Larson Boat, Carport Etc.*ak The Vehicle Had Been Parked For 2 Days And Moved Once A Very Short Distabce During That Time. The Fire Seemed To Come From The Engine Compartment. Prior To The Fire The Crusie Control Stopped Working And We Had To Replace A Fuse Becuse The Vehicle Would Not Come Out Of Park. We Replaced The Fuse 3 Or 4 Times. On The Last Time We Just Parked The Vehicle After The Fuse Was Replaced And Did Not Drive It. The Only Electronic Aftermarket Equipment Was A Stereo Proffesionaly Installed A Year Before The Fire. The Fire Did Not Spread To The House But Did Spread To Another Vehicle, The Car Port, And A Boat. 35mm Photographs Have Been Taken And Will Be Sent To Bruce York. Vehicle Was Insured Liability Only.

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 150 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX17L8VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in RICHMOND, TX. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961116. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:U. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: HELFMAN FORD . DEALER’S CITY: STAFFORD . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 77477 .

July 06, 2004

While Driving Vehicle Caught On Fire. The Cause Was Undetermined.*ak

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1720VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LAJAS, PR. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Nov 09, 2003

Complaint Received Via E-mail.while At Work On 9-23-2004, Around 12:00 A.m., My Truck Caught On Fire After Being Parked For Eight Hours. It Was Parked In A Gore Area On I-70 Where We Were Working. The Firemen Said It Had To Be Something electrical Due To The Fact That It Started In The Engine. My Truck Was Completely Destroyed.*ak *tc

Vehicle was on fire. Mileage was 115000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1862VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PASADENA, MD. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: BOB BELL FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 410-766-3600 . DEALER’S CITY: GLEN BURNIE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MD. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 21061 .

Sept 23, 2004

Vehicle Unexpectedly Caught On Fire When It Was Parked. Consumer Was Informed By Fire Department That An electrical Short Caused The Brake Booster And Engine To Catch On Fire. Consumer Will Inform Manufacturer.*ak

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DRESDEN, TN. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Dec 14, 2004

While The Vehicle Was Parked A Fire Started In The Engine Compartment. The Fire Was Put Out, And The Dealership Was Notified. *ak

Vehicle was on fire. Mileage was 18000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CLERMONT, FL. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Nov 30, 2004

Vehicle Caught On Fire While Parked In The Driveway. The Local Fire Department Arrived To Extinguish The Fire. Then,fire Inspector Informed The Consumer That The Fire Was Started By An electrical Short In The Steering Column.*ak

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 100000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX17W1VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ORMOND BEACH, FL. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on 20001124. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Jan 10, 2005

Vehicle Was Parked Outside The Residence. Vehicle Was Not Driven For Several Hours When It Caught On Fire. Owner Contacted The Fire Department. The Hood Melted, As Well As The Engine Block Was Completely Destroyed. *ak

Vehicle was on fire. Mileage was 81000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF0766VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in VALRICO, FL. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Apr 15, 2003

Vehicle Was Parked And Without Warning Vehicle Caughton Fire. Driver Called The Fire Department To Extinguish The Fire. No Injuries Reported. Vehicle Was Towed And Totaled By The Insurance Company. *ak

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CARTHAGE, MS. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Jan 28, 2005

Vehicle Was Parked In The Driveway And It Caught On Fire. The Neighbor Called The Fire Department To Extinguish The Fire. No Injuries Reported. Vehicle Was Towed And Totaled By The Insurance Company. *ak……no Money Paid To Consumer By Insuranc Ecompany.vehicle Still Stored In Stafford County An Dis Available For Inspection And Additional Photos.

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF176XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in STAFFORD, VA. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on 20030725. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Nov 04, 2003

While The Truck Was Parked In A Parking Lot It Caught On Fire Without Warning. There Were No Injuries Reported. The Driver Called The Fire Department To Extinguish The Fire. The Vehicle Was Towed, And Declared Totaled By The Insurance Company. *ak *sc *jb

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 158 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX17W7VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHULUOTA, FL. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Feb 21, 2005

While Being Parked For Approximately An Hour Vehicle Suddenly Caught On Fire. The Cause Of The Fire Was Undetermined.*ak

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF18W1VL. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HAMPTON, VA. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Mar 07, 2005

1997 ford f-150 Pick Up. Caught Fire In Driveway Of Residence. Veh Had Been In Driveway For Over One Hour. Totally Distroyed

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 92425 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1729VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in EASTON, MD. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on 20040415. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 22, 2005

While Being Parked For Approximately Eight Hours Vehicle Caught On Fire. The Cause Of The Fire Was Undetermined.*ak

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18WXVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Mar 12, 2005

Vehicle Was Parked Outside Of The Home. Eight Hours Later,the Vehicle Caught On Fire. Driver Called The Fire Department To Extinguish Out The Fire. Vehicle Was Towed And Totaled By The Insurance Company. *ak

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX17WXVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BOONVILLE, IN. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

June 11, 2004

Dt: The Consumer Stated That The Wiring Harness Was To Oshort On 1997 ford f-150. The Wires Were Pulling And Stretching When Moving The Steering Wheel Column. The Consumer Thought It Was A Common Problem. This Has Been A Problem For Consumer For About Year And A Half. Vehicle Has Not Been To The Dealership. The Turn Signals And The Hazards Lights Did Not Work In A Certain Positions On The Steering Column. Because Of The Wires Are Getting Stretched Out Of The Multifunctioning Switch. The Consumer Contacted ford, But They Said That There Was No Recall. *ak

Mileage was 63000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1865VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GARDEN CITY, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: NORTH BROTHERS FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 734-421-1300 . DEALER’S CITY: WESTLAND . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MI. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 99999 .

Feb 28, 2003

1997 f-150 Pickup Caught Fire After Returning From The Store, 10 Minutes Later We Hear A Horn Blowing We Go To See What Is Was And The Truck Was On Fire. It Is An Open Claim With My Ins. Company Right Now. This Happened On 8-7-2005. *nm

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 130000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX186XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BRAZORIA, TX. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on 19971210. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: GULF COAST TOYOTA USED CAR DIVSION . DEALER’S CITY: LAKE JACKSON . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX.

Aug 08, 2005

My 1997 f-150 Caught Fire While Parked In My Driveway. This Vehicle Was Not Driven In 18 Hours. My Twelve Year Old Daughter And A Neighbor Put The Fire Out. In Speaking With ford Motor Company They Have A Recall On Cruise Control Deactivation Switches But Until Today It Did Not Go Back To My Year Model. Due To A Television Broadcast On Friday, August 12, 2005 ford Has Now Included Vehicles Up To 1995 However When I Spoke With Them Today They Advised It Only Includes Vehicles Manufactured At Particular Plants Which Does Not Include My Vehicle. I Had The Vehicle Towed To A Local ford Dealer And The Service Department Manager Stated “more Than Likely The Fire Was Caused By The Cruise Control Switch”. My Family And I Were Fortunate That The Vehicle Was Not Parked In The Garage Where The Damage Could Have Been Substantial And Resulted In A Loss Of Life As My Children’s Bedrooms Are Located Above The Garage. I Would Like To See ford Extend This Recall To Every Vehicle Regardless Of The Plant It Was Manufactured And Am Seeking Reimbursement Of My Costs However ford Is Denying Any Problems With My Vehicle. Any Assistance You Could Offer To Help Make This Company Accept Responsibility For Their Poor Manufacturing Practices Would Be Appreciated. *nm

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 154000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1869VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NORTH CHARLESTON, SC. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961030. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: JC LEWIS . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 912-925-0234 . DEALER’S CITY: SAVANNAH . DEALER’S STATE CODE: 00. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 31406 .

July 06, 2005

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