1997 Ford F-150 Engine And Engine Cooling Engine 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 Engine And Engine Cooling Engine problems and defects. Total reports: 199.

engine Piston Rusted.

0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX0760VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SUNLAND, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960201. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Sept 01, 1996

engine Vapor Management Valve Failed.

0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1761VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960501. 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.

Sept 21, 1996

Transmission Jerks Very Hard From Gear To Gear. Also, engine Check Light Comes On, And Vehicle Experiences Exceesive Gas Consumption.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FDEE14L1VH. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MILFORD, OH. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961125. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Oil Pan Is Rusting Through.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEF14N5RN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PRINCEWICK, WV. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Aug 01, 1998

While Driving Windshield Wipers Malfunctioned, Causing The Wipers To Operate Unexpectedly Which May Cause An Accident. Also, Problem With The Oil Stick. It Seems To Be Cracking Or Falling Apart, Which May Cause By Some Type Of Metal Rubbing Against The Oil Stick. Causes Unknown. *ak

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GADSDEN, AL. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN .

Sept 01, 1998

Timing Chain Cover Broke, Resulting In Water Leakage. *yc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FILLMORE, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961001. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN .

engine Crank Wore Out At 35000 Mi Service Rep Would Not Replace engine . Only Rebuilt Lower engine. Now The Upper Part Of engine Going Bad Had To Pay 1000.00 For Extended Warrenty Because When You Rebuild The One Part Of An engine The Other Tends Go Bad Within A Few Months . I Offered To Pay Extra For The New engine They Would No Let Me Get One Now My Truck Will Be Back In The Shop Once More For A Upper Rebuild Befor Long.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1722VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NICHOLASVILLE, KY. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Apr 01, 1999

Steering Is Very Hard To Control While Driving. The Vehicle Would Drift Without Warning. The engine Needs Oil Every Month. Had Been To Dealership Numerous Times To Have Problems Repaired. They Still Exist. *ml

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1728ZC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CLAYTON, IN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19971010. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN .

Oct 31, 1997

Oil Pump Failed. Yh

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ANAHEIM, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960609. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph.

June 20, 1998

Head Gasket Failed (cracked) Causing Other Component Failures. Yh

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BLUE SPRIN, MO. Vehicle was purchased on 19981118. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Sept 17, 1998

Consumer Is Not Happy With Dealership, As They Will Not Repair Recall During Time Specified On The Recall Letter Repair Incomplete. (99b29) Yh

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GASQUET, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Jan 26, 2000

While Driving At Approx 30mph Heard A Noise Coming From engine Compartment I Then Heard A Loud Bang, When I Looked Out Rearview Mirror I Seen A engine Part Rolling Down Road. Veh Lost Power Steering Ability. Veh Towed To Dealership (roy O’brien ford) Dealer Stated Crankshaft Pulley &dampner Snapped Off engine Damaging Belt Tension Bar And Fan. Dealer And ford Motor Refusing To Assist!!! Total Bill Approx 600.00.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1723VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DETROIT, MI. Vehicle was purchased on 19990801. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

Apr 12, 2000

Owner Was Notified Of Recall 99b29 Of The Leaky Front Cover Gasket Therefore Paid For Repair. Nlm

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1725VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SAINT PAUL, MN. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Owner Was Notified Of Recall 99b29 Of The Leaky Front Cover Gasket Therefore Paid For Repair. Nlm

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1725VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SAINT PAUL, MN. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Vehicle Was Leaking Fluid & Overheating. Consumer Had To Pay $600 For Repairs. Consumer Found Out Vehicle Was Not Recalled Due To Vin. Manufacturer Would Not Make An Exception Although This Vehicle Had The Same Exact Problem. *ak Water Pump Failed. The Customer Requests The Manufacturer To Pay The Cost Of Timing Cover Gasket Replacement And The Cost Of New Water Pump Installed. *yh

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1722VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TOLEDO, OH. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970601. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Mar 09, 2000

The Front Cover Seals And Intake Gaskets Failed Causing Anti Freeze To Leak Into The Oil. *mjs

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF1828VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CENTER HAR, NH. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970322. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Mar 14, 2000

The Front Cover Seals And Intake Gaskets Failed Causing Anti Freeze To Leak Into The Oil. *mjs

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF1828VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CENTER HAR, NH. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970322. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Mar 14, 2000

Apparent engine Failure Due To Timing Cover Gasket Recall ‘fix’-coolant In Oil?

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in AMHERST, OH. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970501. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Sept 01, 2000

Complete Loss Of Coolant.head Gasket Was Originally Replaced Under Tsb#99131,relating To Coolant Leaking Through The Head Into The Oil.the Problem However Has Continued With A Complete Loss Of Coolant Through The Head Gasket Approx Every 6-8 Months.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MPLS, MN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970501. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph.

July 10, 2000

I Have Spent Over $1,000 On Miss-fire Problems In 1.5 Years And It Was Finally Found That One Of The Cylinder Heads Had A Factory Defect That Caused A Coolant Leak. Even Though The Warranty Has Expired, I Have A Hard Time Paying $2,000 To Fix A Problem That Existed The Day The Vehicle Was Made. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W2VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BUFFALO, MN. Vehicle was purchased on 19990401. 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.

Nov 27, 2000

Consumer Was Traveling About 40 Mph On Highway And Heat Level Line Stayed In Red Zone. He Added Coolant Into engine. Vehicle Was Okay. *ak The Vehicle Was Leaking Due To Timing Chain Cover Failure. *yh

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX172XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BROKEN ARROW, OK. Vehicle was purchased on 19990801. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph.

Nov 14, 2000

Timing Cover Gasket Is Leaking. I Have Seen Dozens Of Posts On The Internet That ford Fixed This For Free As A Recall, But ford Denies Any Recall. This Is A Premature Failure That Is Happening Often Enough For A Full Recall Of All 97 F150 With The 4.2liter engine.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1723VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SUGAR HILL, GA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Jan 26, 2001

engine Idles High And Then Drops Down Low. Mechanic Stated That engine Was Getting Ready To Throw A Rod. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ASHBURN, GA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Seal Failed On Timing Gear Cover And Allowed Anti Freeeze To Mix With engine Oil, Crankshaft And Rod Bearings Had To Be Replaced. Cj

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF0724VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PALMDALE, CA. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Vehicle Was Leaking Anti-freeze. Prior To Leakage, Vehicle Was Overheating. Took To Mechanic, And Informed Consumer That Could Not Locate Where Leakage Was Located After Checking Pressure. Drove Vehicle Second Time, And Problem Was Discovered In Timing Chain Cover Gasket. Mechanic Finally Repaired Problem. *ak Consumer Was Informed By A Parts Manager That This Was A Recall, However This Vehicle Was Not Included Because It Was Built At The End Of The Year. *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF1720UC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MARSHFIELD, MA. Vehicle was purchased on 19990801. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Timing Cover Gasket Is Leaking Which Can Cause Anti-freeze To Leak Onto engine And Seize Up. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1728VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MASTIC, NY. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.

Upon Start Up engine Was Making A Knocking Sound. Problem Was Diagnosed As A Bent Rod For The Number One Piston. *ak Blown Intake Gasket Caused A Leak. *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1729VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MIDDLEBURG, FL. Vehicle was purchased on 19980110. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN .

Mar 24, 2001

engine Would Be Making Loud Knocking Noises. Took Vehicle To Mechanic And Was Informed That engine Pistons Were Knocking Within Cylinders. They Were Wobbling.*ak The Defective engine Was Replaced. *yh

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):FILL IN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ALBANY, GA. Vehicle was purchased on 19990501. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Mar 14, 2001

After Recall Work Was Performed For The Timing Cover, When Driving Vehicle And Going To Apply Brakes, Oil Light Would Come On. Oil Pressure Would Drop, And engine Would Operate Erratically. Consumer Formed By Another Dealership Stated That If engine Coolant Was Entered Into Oil System And/or Oil Pan, And Vehicle Has Been Driven For Approximately 250 Miles, engine Will Become Damaged, And Needed To Be Replaced. Dealership That Performed Recall Work Stated The engine Was Running Normally When Turned Over To Consumer, And They Were Not Responsible Because Regular Oil Changes Were Not Performed On Vehicle. Please Provide Any Additional Information/attachments.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FPDF0726VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WACO, TX. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Apr 01, 2001

We Purchased This ford Vehicle From A ford Dealer Eight Months Ago. We Just Learned It Has A Blown engine Probably Resulting From Coolant Leaking Into The engine. We’ve Learned ford Has Replaced Other ’97 F150 engines With This Defect. Our Dealer Indicates There Have Been No Such Service Bulletins. We Paid $12,000 Eight Months Ago. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1721VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FLAGLER BEACH, FL. Vehicle was purchased on 20000801. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 29, 2001

The Original And Replacement engine Block Components Failed. Nlm

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WORCESTER, MA. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph.

May 01, 2000

Consumer Received Notification From ford , In Service Program #99b29, That engine Gasket Front Cover Was Defective And Would Be Replaced With A Redesigned Model. Consumer Complained That There Was An Expiration Date Of March 31, 2001 For This Service Program, And ford Was Not Going To Replace This Defective Component For Free When This Defect Could Cause engine Coolant Leaks. Please Provide Any Additional Information/attachments.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1726VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BRIDGEWATER, MA. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Mar 31, 2001

Comsumer Was Turning Into A Parking Lot And Heard Something Click. Consumer Took A Look And Went To A Nearby Garage. Nearest ford Dealer Was 15 Miles Away. 3 Bolts Had Sheared Completely Off. Manufacturer Stated They Hadn’t Seen A Problem Like This, But Warranty Was Expired.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF17W4VL. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WAUPUN, WI. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Apr 27, 2001

Consumer Took Vehicle In To Be Examined Because Of A Loss In Coolant. A Private Mechanic Noticed That Timing Cover Was Cracked, And It Needed To Be Replaced. Please Provide Any Additional Information/attachments.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1721VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PUNTA GORDA, FL. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.

Feb 14, 2001

When Consumer Went Out To Warm Up Vehicle In The Morning, Vehicle Started Up Fine. However, Then Piston In engine Shattered. No Determination Was Given For The Cause Of This Defect. Please Provide Any Additional Information/attachments.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTBX1725VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MAY PEARL, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Apr 07, 2001

Timing Gasket Failure Followed By engine Failure. Good Running Truck Brought To Firestone Shop For Diagnosis & Repair Of Water Leak. Timing Gasket And Water Pump Replaced. Water Pump Was Not Leaking, But Had 100k Miles. After Leak Repair Severe Hesitation Noted On Acceleration From Stop. While Returning To Firestone Oil Pressure Drop At Red Light After Passing Other Vehicle. Cam Shaft Sensor Now Bad And Changed; Hesitation Fixed, Pressure Ok. Drove < 5 Miles; Accelerated Onto Interstate & Drove 4 Mi. At 1st Stop After Exiting Interstate Oil Pressure Drop. Returned To Firestone. Now I Need A New engine–$3000!

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1728VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NEW ORLEANS, LA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960601. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Apr 27, 2001

I Purchased A Used 1997 f-150 (4.2l V-6) In July Of 2000. Just After I Had Purchased It A Bearing In The Motor Went Out. There Was 68,000 Miles On The Vehicle At That Time. There Was An Extended Warranty On The Vehicle But ford Covered It 100%. They Installed A New Long Block engine Free Of Charge. The New engine Had A 12 Month 12,000 Mile Warranty. I Recently Brought The Vehicle In For A Check engine Light And They Found Out That The #4 Cylinder Was Burning Radiator Fluid. The Dealership Disassembled The Motor And Said The Only Cause For The Water Could Be Pinholes In The Cylinder Head. Which Was Caused During The Casting Process. Now The engine Is 8 Months Old With 24,000 Miles On It. ford Will Not Cover Any Of The Work. The Probable Cause Of The First engine Going Out Was A Leaky Water Seal Gasket That Was Replaced. Now engine Number Two Is Going Bad Because Of Water. The Vehicle Now Has 92,000 Miles On It, But It Took Two engines To Get It There. Knowing That The First Scheduled Service Is Set For 100,000 Miles. I Think ford Should Stand Behind This Second engine And Cover The Cost. This Wasnt Caused By Any Abuse, It Was Caused From A Faulty Part From The Factory. This engine Was Bad From The Start. I Just Find It Difficult To Pay The 1,500 Dollars To Replace A Faulty Part On A Brand New engine. This Is A Problem ford Is Aware Of, They Just Won’t Admit It.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX172XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in YUBA CITY, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 20000701. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 07, 2001

With Only 1200 Miles Over Warranties engine Should Have Been Replaced By ford Motror .head Gasket And Front Cover Seal Should Not Of Leaked /100,000 Miles Or More. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1726VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHINA TWP, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 45 mph.

Mar 20, 2001

After Vehicle Was Examined For A Manufacturer Service Program On Ingition,vehicle Did Not Operate Properly. When Dealership Examined Vehicle, A Hole In engine Head Was Discovered. Dealer Informed Consumer That Component Needed To Repair Was No Longer Available, Which Required That Entire engine Be Replaced At Consumer’s Expense. Please Provide Any Additional Information/attachments.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1725VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NITRO, WV. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.

Nov 30, 2000

The Front Cover Gasket Failed , The Consumer Is Requesting Reimbursement Per Recall 99b29. Nlm *tt

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1725VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ORLANDO, FL. Vehicle was purchased on 20000705. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Jan 01, 1997

#1 0r #2 Piston Rod Knocked A Hole Through Oil Pan During A Major engine Failure. This Should Not Happen To An engine At 51000 Miles. I Feel This engine Had A Defect At Manufacture Or A Design Flaw As I Find I Am Not Alone In Having This engine Fail.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1720VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MUSKEGON, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Vehicle Was Parked, And Would Not Start Up At All. There Was Water Coming From Inside Of Vehicle. Dealership Was Aware Of Problem. *ak *slc

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX172XUN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CLAYTON, NC. Vehicle was purchased on 19991201. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Oct 10, 2001

ford Motor Company Issued Technical Service Bulletin Ppb29 In December 1999 Regarding Failure Of engine Front Cover Gasket. I Was Not Notified Of The Recall.in March 2001 ford Motor Company Cancelled The Recall. If The Gasket Was Faulty In December 1999 How Can It Not Be Faulty Today. What Is My Recourse For This Problem. My Local ford Dealer Estimated It Would Cost Approximately $800.00. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHARLESTON, WV. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970601. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Sept 01, 2001

Whenever Vehicle Has Been Started It Would It Smoke Badly. After Driving For Awhile, Blue Smoke Disappeared. Taken To Mechanic., And Smelled Burning Oil. Checked Under Hood, And Found Head Gaskets Had Blown, Causing Damage To Motor. Motor Had To Be Replaced.*ak *jb

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1729VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BRIDGEVIEW, IL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960921. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

engine Failed At 46,900 Miles Due To Water In The engine From A Leaking Gasket. The Same Gasket Was Replaced A Year Earlier By ford Under Recall 99b29. Given That There Are Numerous Postings On This Type Of Failure, How Many Reported Failures Are Required To Mandate A Vehicle Recall?*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1721VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in RALEIGH, NC. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970101. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Nov 19, 2001

Front Housing Seal For engine , Located Behind Motor Pump, Is Leaking Anti-freeze. Consumer Is Concerned Anti-freeze Could Contaminate Oil Supply, And Cause Damage To engine. Dealership Has Not Examined Vehicle. Please Provide Any Additional Information / Documentation.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF1725VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BALTIMORE, MD. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.

Dec 28, 2001

While Traveling Heard A Knocking Noise Coming From engine. Vehicle Was Serviced, And Technician Stated That engine Head Gasket Needed To Be Replaced. Please Provide Further Information. *ak

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ORLANDO, FL. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Gasket Failed Caused Piston Rod To Bend, engine Rebuild Cost Over $1500. I Contacted ford, They Said There Were No Recalls And They Never Had That Problem Before.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1725VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TAVERNIER, FL. Vehicle was purchased on 20000801. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Oct 30, 2001

Front engine Cover Gasket Failed Allowing Coolant To Leak Is This Problem Covered Under Recall Tsb# 99b29 Dec. 1999 What Do I Do ? I Never Got A Recall From ford Or Dealer.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1720VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in YATESVILLE, GA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970601. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Mar 02, 2002

engine Check Light Illuminated, Indicating That Head Gasket Needed To Be Replaced.*ak *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FDEF1725VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LION, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960301. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Apr 01, 2002

Rod Bearing Failure At Only 73000 Miles. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in COLUMBIA CITY, IN. Vehicle was purchased on 20990201. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 05, 2002

The Vehicle Has A Faulty Front Cover Gasket On The engine, Which Caused Coolant Leak In Turn Causing An Overheat Situation Which Lead To An Intake Manifold Gasket Failure, Which May Also Lead To An engine Failure. I Took The Vehicle To The T&w ford Dealership In Williamstown, Ky Where They Told Me That The Front Cover Would Need To Be Replaced Along With The Gaskets And Also O2 Sensors At A Cost Of 1500.00, I Did The Work Of Gasket Replacement At A Cost Of 60.00. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1722VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DRY RIDGE, KY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20970401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

June 25, 2002

While Traveling On Highway There Is A Noise Coming From Rear Of Vehicle. Oil Was Leaking From Underneath Of Vehicle.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX186XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HOLMAN, WI. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

June 01, 2002

Truck And Been Parked The Previous Day With No Problem, Upon Cranking The Next Day Motor Started Knocking. Inspection Shows Bent Piston Rod On # 3 Cylinder Which Allowde The Piston To Strike The Crank Shaft. This Was Caused Fron The Head Gasket Allowing Fluid To Seep Into The Cylinder.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1722VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in JACKSONVILLE, FL. Vehicle was purchased on 20980401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Aug 26, 2002

Consumer States While Driving The engine Light Comes And Stays On. Had Vehicle Check, The Evaporative System Gross Leak Was Detected Code Po455.contacted Dealer.*jb

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1722BK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LOOMIS, CA. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Aug 15, 2002

2/01 Vehicle Was Brought To Lithia ford In Concord To Diagnose Over Heating. Cooling System Was Checked And Stated C.s. Was Holding At That Time, Tore Down Motor, Found Bad Bearings, Oil Pan Milky, Head Gasket Bad. Replaced W/4.2 engine Which Was Covered Under An Ext Warranty, Other Recommended Fix Clutch Disc Throw Out Bearings. 11/2000, Pwr Steering Hose Bad, Replaced,10/01 Ck Eng Lit One,, Idle Air Cntrol Valve Replaced,6/02 Overhearing, New Thermo,coolnt Flsh, Oil Change, New Brakes Recommended, Done.9/4/02, Overheating Again, Recommended New Radiator/water Pump, Inqired On Pcv Modification Recall, They Will Replace.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1726VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BRENTWOOD, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 20000401. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Feb 07, 2001

Head On The Vehicle That Meets engine Has Cracked, And Is Leaking Water. In Doing So engine Is Able To Overheat. Contacted Dealer ,and The Dealer Was Not Willing To Do Anything.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF17W2VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FLOWERY RANCH, GA. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Sept 02, 2002

Head Gasket Has Gone Out, Causing A Rod In engine To Break. And engine Has Blowen. Contacted Dealer, And Dealer Was Not Willing To Do Anything. Please Provide Further Information*ak

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TOM HARBOR, FL. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Sept 02, 2002

Water Was Found In The Oil During A Routine Oil Change In Aug 2002. The Vin Was Traced Back To Be Part Of The Timing Chain Cover Recall. When The Vehcile Was Brought To The Dealer, The Dealer Claimed No Knowledge Of The Recall. When ford Customer Service Was Contacted, They Did Acknowlege The Recall, And That The Vehicle Was Part Of The Recall. We Never Received The Letter, And We Were Informed That The Recall Had Expired And The Repair Would Not Be Covered. We Made The Decision To Pay $800 For The Recall Repair (which The Dealer Happened To Have A Kit In Stock). Six Months Later, The engine Has Apparently Blown Another Gaseket (sounds Like The Manifold Gasket From Others Experience) And Filled The #1 Cylinder With Water. Other Internal Damage Is Unknown, The engine Will Be Replaced Rather Than Repaired Again.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 99500 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1722VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SAN ANTONIO, TX. Vehicle was purchased on 19880110. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: GRANDE FORD . DEALER’S CITY: SAN ANTONIO . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX.

Feb 07, 2003

Refer To Tsb 99207 Lower Intake Manifold Failure. Coolant Will Get Into Either The Intake Or Exhaust Ports, With Potential To Cause engine Failure. Most Failures Are Occuring Between 60 And 80k Miles. Just Past Most ford Warranties. They Installed A High Failure Gasket In The 1997 F150 With The 4.2l V6 For Approximately A Year, And Now People Are Reaping The Benefits Of The Repair Cost To Correct. If You Refer To Www.f150online.com And See The Message Boards, The Problems Are Beginning To Pour In As These Trucks Reach This Mileage. ford Did Not Notify Any Owners And Should Have Done So, So That The Owner May Have Taken The Appropriate And Corrective Actions With The Dealer.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 62000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF172XVC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CALIFORNIA, MD. Vehicle was purchased on 20000209. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: LEONARDTOWN FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 301-475-3111 . DEALER’S CITY: LEONARDTOWN . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MD.

Feb 07, 2003

The engine Was Replaced Because Of A Knocking Noise.*jb

Mileage was 85000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):NOT AVAILAB. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GREENWOOD, ME. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

engine Front Cover Gasket Leaked-replacement At 350.00 In Line With Recall 99b29. ford Does Not Include My Truck In This Recall. After Reairing The engine, The engine Failed And Is Now Being Replaced At 3500.00 Dollars. ford‘s Recall Is Inadequate.

Mileage was 93500 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1720VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CORDOVA, TN. Vehicle was purchased on 19990808. 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: MAN .

Mar 13, 2003

ford F150 V6 Total engine Failure. engine Threw A Rod On The #1 Cylinder. Vehicle Has Been Meticulously Cared For And Not Driven Hard At All. The Internet Is Abundant With Complaints Of This engine. *nlm

Mileage was 110505 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HOUSTON, TX. Vehicle was purchased on 20010814. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 35 mph. DEALER’S NAME: RED SIMON FORD . DEALER’S CITY: SAN MARCOS . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX.

Mar 14, 2003

The Timing Chain Failed Which Caused Coolant To Leak Onto The Lower Intake Manifold. *jb Ph

Mileage was 103000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1721VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in METAIRIE, LA. Vehicle was purchased on 20021101. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph. DEALER’S NAME: A QUALITY AUTO SALES . DEALER’S CITY: METAIRIE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: LA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 70005 .

Apr 24, 2003

Lower Intake Manifold Gasket Failure Resulting In Bent Connecting Rod Requiring Major engine Repair. *****dims 11 Ivoq Entry Posted After 12/12/02 Cut-over To Artemis *******770801. *ak *jb

Mileage was 98685 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1720VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BOSSIER CITY, LA. Vehicle was purchased on 20000101. 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.

Dec 22, 2020

Left And Right Head Gaskets Failed Allowing Coolant To Leak Into Cylinders. ****dimms 11 Ivoq Entry Posted After 12/12/02 Cut-over To Artemis******770825. *ak *jb

Mileage was 82000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1721VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LINCOLN, NE. Vehicle was purchased on 20011201. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Incident = In 2000 ford Motor Company Extended The Warranty On ford f-150 Pickups To Cover A Known Design Problem Involving A Gasket That Kept Coolant Fluids From Leaking Into The Crankcase And Destroying The engine. They Only Offered To Replace The Existing Gasket To Make Sure It Wasn’t Leaking And Then Extend The Warranty For Another 12 Months. Just As They Knew It Would, Approximately Three Years Later (april 27) Their Replacement Gasket Cracked And Coolant Fluid Leaked Into The engine Through The Crankcase, And My engine Seized Up. Damage Resulting = My engine Began To Clatter, And I Drove Straight To A Dealership. I Am Now Having To Replace The engine ($3,600.00 Plus Tax). In Talking With The Authorized Repair Dealer In Clarksville, Tn Where The Truck Broke Down And My Usual Authorized Repair Dealer Here In Nashville, Apparently This Is Happening To Many Of The f-150‘s That Received A New Gasket And An Extended 12 Month Warranty. Again, ford Knew There Was A Design Problem (which By The Way Both Places Told Me ford Corrected In Subsequent Years) And Only Offered A Band-aid Approach To Dealing With It. In Talking With The ford Motor Company Consumer Affairs, I Have Request That The Cost, Or At Least A Portion Of The Costs, Of My New engine Be Paid By ford. The Repairs Will Be Made Tomorrow, April 29. Needless To Say, ford Has Not Responded Or Offered To Pay For My New engine. *nlm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 73950 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1729VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NASHVILLE, TN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961209. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: TOWN & COUNTRY FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 615-865-1280 . DEALER’S CITY: MADISON . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TN. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 37115 .

Apr 27, 2003

Front engine Cover Gasket Failed In Line With Recall 99b29. ford Does Not Include My Truck, Built In 1997. Recall Campaign 99b29 Indicating The Original Recall Was Inadequate. Ph **dimsii Ivoq Entry Posted After 12/12/02 Cut Over To Artemis**770847

Mileage was 104000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX172XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CONOVER, NC. Vehicle was purchased on 20020501. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection.

The Head Gasket On My “97” ford F150 Failed While My Wife Was Driving Filling #4 Cylinder With Coolant And Bending A Rod. No Warning, No Overheating, Water In The Oil, Etc. Only A Flickering Check engine Light. My Mechanic Says It Was Simply A Factory Defective Gasket And Should Not Have Blown Considering Mileage And Up Keep And Maintenance Done To This Vehicle. After A Little Research On The Internet I Am Finding This Is Not An Isolated Incident And That ford Has Had More Than A Few Gasket Failures With This engine. *ph **dimsii Ivoq Entry Posted After 12/12/02 Cut Over To Artemis**770846

Mileage was 110000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX172XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHICO, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 20010601. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

My 1997 ford f-150 4×4 Spontaneously Burst Into Flames From The engine Compartment After Having Been Parked In My Driveway For 12 Hours Over Night. The engine Had Not Been Run, Was Not Hot, And Had No Malfunctioning Parts To My Knowledge. I Was Awakened Friday Morning By A Jogger Beating On My Front Door Screaming That My Truck Was On Fire. It Burned The engine Completely, Destroyed The Hood, Cab, And The Entire Of The Front End Of The Truck Before It Could Be Put Out By The Fire Department. The Local Fire Marshal And Arson Investigator Investigated The Fire And Found No Signs Of Malfunctions. *jb Parked The Vehicle At 6:00 Pm At Around 6:00 Am The Next Morning The Vehicle Caught On Fire. The Fire Was Coming From The engine Compartment. The Fire Seemed To Be Hottest On The Drivers Side Of Vehicle. The Tire On The Drivers Side Was Totally Melted. The Tire On The Passenger Side Did Not Fail. Shortly Before The Fire The Cruise Control Stopped Working. Once In A While The Check engine Light Would Come On. At One Point An Interlock Switch On The Vehicle Brake Pedal Was Replaced Because Could Not Get The Vehcile Out Of Park. Will E-mail Pictures To Bruce York. Only Aftermarket Equipment Was A Stereo Professionaly Installed. The Vehicle Only Had Liabilty Insurance.

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1862VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in KELLER, TX. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on 20010601. 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: STEAKLEY CHEVROLET . DEALER’S CITY: DALLAS . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 75206 .

May 02, 2003

The engine Developed A Severe Knock When Started One Morning. The Problem Was A Complete Failure At The Main Crankshaft, Severe Wear At Valve Assembly, And Corrosion Throughout Cooling Chambers. ford Did A Recall On The Head Gasket The Year Before, Changing Head Gasket, Hoses, & Coolant. The Truck Is Uses By House Wife Driving The Children To School. Even Though Others Have Reported Of Same engine Failure On 4.2l, ford Denies Any Problem. 5 Months Later While The Truck While The Truck Was Sitting In The Driveway, The engine Wiring Caught On Fire, Melting The Plastic Master Cylinder, Fueling The Flames To Melt All Circuities And Plastic. The Abs Lamp Had Lit Earlier In The Week, Added Brake Fluid To Reservoir, And The Lamp Went Out. Independent Fire Investigator Says Evidence Points To A Defect In The Abs/master Cylinder Wiring In The engine Compartment. *ts *jb ***dimsii Ivoq Entry Posted After 12-12-02 Cut Over To Artemis***762417

Vehicle was on fire. Mileage was 120000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX172VNC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HOUSTON, TX. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19990301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD.

Dec 28, 2001

While The Vehicle Was Parked In The Driveway, It Caught On Fire. *jb

Vehicle was on fire. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1862VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in KELLER, TX. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Apr 25, 2003

1. The Front engine Cover Gasket On My 1997 ford f-150 Was Defective. There Was A Recall At One Time On This Problem But Was Checked By A ford Dealer And Nothing Was Found To Be Wrong. Approximately 6 Months Later It Had To Be Replaced. Because The Recall Had Expired ford Would Not Replace It For Free And So I Had To Have It Replaced At My Cost Of $600.00. 2. Air Bags And Seat Belt Restraints. My Wife Had A Wreck In The Same Vehicle And The Air Bags Did Not Deploy Or Did The Seat Belts Lock Up Like They Are Supposed To. I Tried To Get ford To Explain To Me Why That Would Happen And They Said The Insurance Company Would Have To Handle It. The Problem Was Still Not Solved. Also The Abs Did Not Work. *nlm

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 3 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CARTERSVILLE, GA. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19971228. 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph. DEALER’S NAME: LOU SOBH FORD . DEALER’S CITY: STONE MOUNTAIN . DEALER’S STATE CODE: GA.

Oct 28, 2002

While Driving The Vehicle Shut Down And Would Not Restart. It Was Later Determined That The Head Gasket Failed Which Leaked Anti Freeze And Caused The engine To Seize. *nlm *cb *nlm

Mileage was 105396 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX0727VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SEABROOK, NH. Vehicle was purchased on 19980201. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 35 mph. DEALER’S NAME: PORTSMOUTH FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 603-434-1221 .

May 13, 2003

The engine Rod Piston Blew, Which Caused The Vehicle To Be Non Drivable. *nlm Ph *jb

Mileage was 76296 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HAMPTON, VA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20000426. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. DEALER’S NAME: ROCKET MOTOR CO. . DEALER’S CITY: NEWPORT NEWS . DEALER’S STATE CODE: VA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 23601 .

May 07, 2003

engine Front Cover Gasket Leaked Coolant Into The engine Block Destroying engine And The Transmission, engine Would Not Idle Down So That It Could Be Down Shifted. It Is A Manual Transmission And The Truck Needed To Be Turned Off So That The Truck While Off Could Be Shifted From 5th Back Into First Gear. Once The Truck Was Turned On, The Transmission Could Be Shifted Up From First To Second, And Second To Third Etc. *jb ***dimsii Ivoq Entry Posted After 12/12/02 Cut-over To Artemis****739923

Mileage was 105000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DUNDEE, IL. Vehicle was purchased on 19970501. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN .

Oct 25, 2000

engine Check Light Illuminated. There Were Repairs Done To The Vehicle, But The Light Still Illuminated. Please Provide Details.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1761BN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GRAHAM, NC. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

After 2 Days Of Rain I Went Out To Start My 1997 ford, F150. Rain Water Had Leaked In From Firewall Area On To The Intake Manifold Area And Leaked In Through A Fuel Injector Fitting And Found Its Way To A Piston . The First Attempt To Start The Starter Engaged And Abruptly Stop After 3 More Attempts At Starting The engine It Turned And Started.the engine Had Severe Banging Noise(about 100 Decibels ).i Was Told I Had A Bent Piston Rod From Water Being On Top Of Piston And The engine Was Ruined!*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 155000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1821VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WELLINGTON, FL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970507. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 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.

May 28, 2003

engine Motor Was Making A Knocking Noise, And Has No Oil Pressure. This Could Result In The engine Blowing Up. Cause Unknown.*ak

Mileage was 76000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1729VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SIDON, MS. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

The Truck Was Built With The Exhaust Exiting In Front Of The Right Rear Tire, Which Caused Excessive Heat To The Tire And A Burning Smell. The Hub Caps And Wheels Were Discolored, And The Rear Axle Seal Leaked, All These Problems Were Caused By The Defective Exhaust System Which Was Due To The Extreme Heat. The Rear Oil Seal Leaked Oil. *mr *ph *jb

Mileage was 15000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1866VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in UNIONVILLE, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960601. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 50 mph. DEALER’S NAME: GETTEL MOTORS . DEALER’S CITY: SEBEWAING . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MI. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 48759 .

I Drove To Work That Morning And Everything Was Fine. I Went To My Truck To Leave Work That Evening And When I Cranked My Vehicle It Made A Loud Pop Like A Back Fire In The engine Compartment And Started Rattling Immediately. I Shut My Truck Off And Opened The Hood To See If I Noticed Anything Out Of The Ordinary And Found Nothing Out Of Place. I Had My Truck Towed To A Local Dealership And Was Told I Had Suffered Internal engine Damage At Start Up And Would Need A New engine. The Cost Would Be Almost $4000.00. I Got A Second Opinion From Another Mechanic Who Worked At Another ford Dealership In My Area And Was Told That These Particular engines (the 4.2l In The 1997 Model Year) Had A Problem With The Gaskets Allowing Water To Leak Into The Cylinder (water Cannot Be Compressed So It Kicked Back And Bent The Rod) Causing Internal engine Damage. I Was Told By The Mechanic That There Was A Recall That Addressed This Problem And That ford Has Since Corrected It In Subsequent Model Years. It Is Apparent That ford Knows Of This Problem, But Chooses Not To Do Anything To Help The Affected Customers. I Did Call ford‘s Customer Service Hotline And Was Told That The Recall Did Not Include My Vehicle Even Though It Had The Same Problem Because It Was Not Manufactured At The Plant That The Recall Covered. I Asked Why The Recall Was Not Broadened To Include All 4.2l engines Since This Is Evidently A Widespread Problem. I Also Wanted To Know If I Had Any Recourse At All And Was Told That I Could Have The engine Replaced At My Expense And If ford Decided To Broaden The Scope Of The Recall I May Be Eligible For A Refund In The Future. If The Recall Would Have Included My Vehicle I Would Not Be Lodging This Complaint Now. If You Know There Is A Manufacturing Defect The Right Thing To Do Is To Correct It And Keep Your Customer Base. Do You Know Of Any Recourse That I May Have In Trying To Get This Problem Corrected? Any Help Would Be Greatly Appreciated. *jb

Mileage was 103000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1728VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NEWBERRY, FL. Vehicle was purchased on 20010606. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Apr 07, 2003

engine Failure On ford 4.2l V6. *ak

Mileage was 83000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1721VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970120. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

July 07, 2003

Complete engine Failure By Blown Head Gasket Which Could Result In Loss Of Control Of Vehical. Common Among 1997 & 1998 ford f-150s With The New V6 4.2 engines.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 73432 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GOOSE CREEK, SC. Vehicle was purchased on 20000513. 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. DEALER’S NAME: LOWCOUNTRY FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 8438733550 . DEALER’S CITY: SUMMERVILLE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: SC. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 29485 .

Mar 07, 2002

While Driving At Any Speed And Without Warning engine Would Die Out, Causing The Consumer To Pull Over. Dealer Has Been Notified. *ak

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HARVEY, LA. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Aug 03, 2003

engine Failure Due To Coolant Leakage Into Cylinders.*ak

Mileage was 107400 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1722VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LEE’S SUMMIT, MO. Vehicle was purchased on 19981112. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: AUTOMOTIVE FINANCE SERVICES INC. . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 816-478-1717 . DEALER’S CITY: INDEPENDENCE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MO. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 64055 .

May 11, 2003

“lower Intake Manifold Side Gaskets Failed, Allowing Coolant To Leak Into engine Oil. Issue Is Addressed By ford With Tsb Article No. 99-20-7.”

0 person(s) died. Mileage was 99560 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BROWNSVILLE, TX. Vehicle was purchased on 20030404. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:U. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph.

Sept 05, 2003

I Own A 1997 ford f-150, And I Believe That The Truck’s Mileage Is Approximately 80,000. My Truck Has Been Maintained The Entire Time Since I Had It. My Truck Has Never Been Abused Nor Has It Ever Pulled A Trailer Or Been Used For Hauling. We Have Put Thousands Of Dollars Into My Truck Over The Past Years. The Truck Has Had Numerous Problems. It Has Run Poorly, And The Check engine Light Has Come On Many Times. We Have Brought The Truck To ford For Service, And We Have Permitted All Of The Repairs That ford Has Recommended. In April, I Brought The Truck In To Woody Anderson For Service… $1100 Later, The Truck Still Faltered When Starting, And Continued To Run “rough”. The Service Tech At Woody Anderson Told Me That Trucks Run Rough. I Took The Truck To Sears, And They Said Her Battery Was Bad, So We Had It Replaced. The Truck Still Ran Rough And Did Not Start Properly. Last Friday (3 October 2003) The Check engine Light Came On Again! On Sunday, I Attempted To Start My Truck … And The engine Made A Horrific Sound. I Turned The engine Off Immediately, And Had It Towed To Woody Anderson On Monday Morning. Now I’m Being Told That The engine Has “fallen Apart,” And Woody Anderson Wants $4000 To Put In A New engine! I Feel That Replacing The engine Is ford‘s Responsibility. Our Records Show That We Have Done Our Part In Keeping The Truck’s Maintenance Current. It Was Our Expectation And Belief That ford Would Do Their Part And Service Our Vehicle Properly. The Fact That The Check engine Light Continued To Come On After Numerous Service Attempts To Fix The Problem(s), Indicates To Me That The Service The Truck Received Was Not Sufficient To Maintain The engine Properly. The Check engine Light Came On Again Two Days Before The engine‘s Failure. Whether Or Not The Check engine Light Is Related To The engine‘s Failure I Do Not Know, But It Does Support The Fact That Problems With The engine Were Never Resolved. *la

Mileage was 80000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NEW MARKET, AL. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: WOODY ANDERSON FORD .

Oct 05, 2003

Consistent Problem With The engine Light. engine Needed To Be Replaced. Dealer Inspected Vehicle For Several Years And Couldn’t Fix The engine Light. *ak

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NEW MARKET, AL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Oct 09, 2003

Vehicle Had Coolant Leak Into Cylinder #3 Causing Rings To Collapse And Loss Of Compression In Cylinder. This Is Going To Require A Rebuild On The engine That Has Only 70,000 Miles On It. *la

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 69800 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX18W3VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NORTH STREET, MI. 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: 70 mph.

Jan 14, 2003

Problems With engine On 1997 ford F150. *mr There Was A Loud Tapping Noise Which Had Come From The engine. The Consumer Received A Recall Letter Which Described The Same Problems As The Consumers Vehicle. The Recall Service Was Performed, But Less Than 25k Miles Later, The Consumer Was Told That A New engine Was Needed. *scc *jb

Mileage was 66139 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1721VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PETERSBURG, IL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. DEALER’S NAME: LANDMARK FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 862 5300 . DEALER’S CITY: SPRINGFIELD . DEALER’S STATE CODE: IL. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 62707 .

Upon Starting Vehicle Consumer Heard A Tapping Noise. Then The Noise Became Louder. engine Head Gasket Developed A Leak Which Caused Water To Get Into The engine. As A Result, After A Period Of Time, The Piston Connecting Rod Snapped. Dealership Indicated This Was A Common Problem With This engine. To Correct The Problem The engine Has To Be Replaced.*ak

Mileage was 102000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX0729VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PHOENIX, AZ. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Email Fm Joey Gansz (ar) Inquiring If There Is Enough Information & Complaints To Require ford To Recall The engine Gasket On The 1997 ford F150 Pickup Truck. *mr The Consumer Experienced engine Problems Due To A Faulty Gasket Which Allowed Coolant To Leak Into The Cylinders. The Manufacturer Was Contacted But Refused To Admit There Was A Problem Even Though A Service Bulletin (sb 99-20-7) Was Issued. *nlm *jb

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FAYETTEVILLE, AZ. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS.

Nov 03, 2003

I Have A 1997 ford f-150 With A 4.2 L engine, Which Just Turned Over 81,000 Miles. I Have Followed The Maintenance Schedule To A “t”, Changing The Oil Every 3000 Miles, (which I Have Receipts For) Trying To Make It Last As Long As Posible. In About Two Weeks The Truck Will Be 7 Years Old And Still Looks As Good As It Did The Day I Drove It Of The Lot. Yesterday Morning, I Started Up My Truck And It Sounded Like The engine Was Coming Apart. I Had It Towed To My Mechanic Who Informed Me That The engine Was Not Firing On Two Of The Cylinders, That One Of Them Was Only Firing At Around 40%, And That A Valve Was Knocking. Technically, The engine Was Blown. I Contacted ford About The Problem And They Denied Any Existing Problems With This Paticular engine . I Read Several Other Complaints That Were Consistant With Mine And Wish That Someone Would Explain Why ford Is Not Taking Responsibility For This Obvious Manufacturer Defect. I Had All The Recall Work Performed On Schedule By ford Dealerships. I Am So Distraught About This That I Will Never Purchase Another ford Product And Will Advise All Friends And Family Of The Same.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 81000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1728VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CLARKSVILLE, TN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961212. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: JORDAN FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 210-653-3673 . DEALER’S CITY: SAN ANTONIO . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 78233 .

Nov 30, 2003

Failure Of Front engine Cover Gasket On 4.2l engine In 1997 ford F150 Pickup Truck.*ak

Mileage was 53000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ALTUS, OK. Vehicle was purchased on 20010902. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 50 mph. DEALER’S NAME: WILMES FORD LINCOLN MERCURY . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 580-482-0262 . DEALER’S CITY: ALTUS . DEALER’S STATE CODE: OK. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 73521 .

Dec 07, 2003

I Started Up My 1997 ford f-150 Xl With A 4.2l V-6 After Work One Day To Hear A Loud Knocking. I Observed That My Coolant Level Was Low However There Was No Milky Look To The engine Oil. I Ran A Compression Test On My engine To Find That There Was No Compression On Cylinder 1 Indicating The Connecting Rod Had Broken. I Am Aware That ford Has Issued A Tsb For A Gasket Failure However It Has Expired. *cb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 103000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GAITHERSBURG, MD. Vehicle was purchased on 20030805. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: DAVES AUTO WHOLESALER .

Dec 30, 2003

1997 ford F150 W/ 4.2l engine. The Gaskets Failed And Coolant Leaked Into The engine Causing A Blown engine. Recall For Front Cover Gasket Was Completed And I Still Had The engine Failure. Terrible. 5000 Dollars For A Replacement engine. *cb

Mileage was 127000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1725VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DURHAM, NC. Vehicle was purchased on 20000901. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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 16, 2004

Recently My 1997 ford 150 4.2l Started Clatter.. From What I Understand From Conversations With Other 4.2l Efi Owners From 1997-2001 This Particular engine Has A Significant Problem Of Sorts.. I Was Wander If There Are Any Other Specific Complaints? It Is Going To Cost Me Between 4,000 And 5,000 To Replace The engine.. While My Truck Had A Bit Over 100,000 Miles I’ve Met And Spoke With Several Owners Who Have Had Significantly Less Mileage With Identical Problems. I’ve Maintained The Truck Within Factory Specifications.. During The Normal Course Of Event, Is Was Using 1quart Of Oil Per 2,000 Miles Which Seemed A Bit Distressing. Are There Any Pending Class Actions Against ford Motor For This Particular Condition And If So Where Can I Be Informed Of The Process? *la

Mileage was 100000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1722VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OMAHA, NE. 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Jan 01, 2004

Notice engine Coolant Extremly Low Added 1+gallons Noticed Still Loosing Coolant. Took 1997 ford F150 With 4.2l V6 And Only 75,700 Miles On engine To ford Dealer ford Dealer Stated “no External Leak Found And Can Not Find Any Possable Internal Leak. But Need To Replace Intake Set Part#f652-9433-c, Egr Gasket Part#f6az-90476-b, Timming Gasket Part#yf2z-6020-aa, F. Crank Seal Part#f18z-6701-a, W/p Gasket Part#f65z-8507-ba, Intake Bolts Part#n606526.5100 And N605894.5309, T-body Gasket F75z-9e936-aa, And Imrc Bushingf5rz-9f955-ab” Aparently ford Has And Has Had A Gasket Problem That Needs To Be Delt With.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PLYMOUTH, OH. Vehicle was purchased on 20031215. 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.

Feb 13, 2004

I Have A 1997 ford F150 With 55000 Miles. On The Highway Going 60 Mph I Heard A Load Pop The Truck Then Began Popping And Making Alot Of Noise. Lost Power Imediately Was Able To Get To Side Of The Road. Had The Truck Towed To Dealer Which Found The Sparkplug Blown Out And Replaced The Cyl Head And Numerous Other Parts To The Tune Of $4000.oo. After Searching The Forums On The Internet I Found This Is Not An Isolated Insident This Has Happened To Many Different Vehicles With The 5.4 engine. I Called ford To See If They Are Planning To Do Anything About This Obvious engine Defect And They Were Uninterested In My Problem. I Have Owned A Few Vehicles And Most I Have Kept Till Well Past 100,000 Miles And Have Never Had A Sparkplug Blow Out Of The Cylinder Head.*ak

Mileage was 55590 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NEWPORT, KY. Vehicle was purchased on 19961119. 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: 60 mph.

Feb 16, 2004

ford f-150 Complaint On 4.2l /v6 engine. engine Had Total Failure At 69k Due To engine Coolant Leak Into Motor. I Never Received Any Recall Notices For Gasket Problem Noted In Owner Notification Bulletins And Technical Service Bulletins Issued By ford. This Is A Major Problem Due To Poorly engineered Faulty Parts Used By ford In This Motor. This Is A Major Problem And All V6 f-150 Owners Should Be Compensated For Damages By ford. I Need To Pay Four Thousand Dollars To Replace The engine. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 69600 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1725VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHESAPEAKE, VA. Vehicle was purchased on 19960826. 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: DIESEL. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: CAVALIER . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 757-424-1111 . DEALER’S CITY: CHESAPEAKE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: VA.

Mar 03, 2004

My 1997 ford f-150, Which Has Been Primarily Driven On The Highway, And Has Been Well-maintained Throughout It’s Lifespan, Just Threw A Rod At 107,000 Miles. This Is Ridiculous That This Should Have Happened At This Low Mileage. I Would Like To Find Out If There Are Any Complaints On Record Regarding This And The Best Way To Handle It With ford. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 107000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GRAHAM, NC. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: IPSWICH FORD . DEALER’S CITY: IPSWICH . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MA.

Apr 17, 2004

After Starting The Vehicle, The engine Blew Out. *ak The Dealer Replaced The engine. ford Would Not Pay Restitution For The engine. The Consumer Had Been Driving The Vehicle And The Parked It. When The Vehicle Was Started Later On, It Exploded. The Manifold Was Defective. *sc *jb

Mileage was 42870 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF1823VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHEMUNG, NY. Vehicle was purchased on 19981010. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: HUNTINGTON MOTORS . DEALER’S CITY: WELLSBURG . DEALER’S STATE CODE: NY. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 14894 .

Mar 02, 2004

Consumer Stated The Battery Seemed To Be Dead. The Next Day The Driver Attempted To Start Vehicle Again. The Driver Could Hear A Loud Banging Noise Coming From The engine. The Mechanic Stated Water Had Seeped Down Into The Cylinders. *jb

Mileage was 99000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1728VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ASHLAND CITY, TN. Vehicle was purchased on 20020501. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

May 06, 2004

Tune Up. See Odi No 562415. Nar 12/04/2002. *mr The Consumers Vehicle Was Taken To ford Service Department To Get A Tune Up. 4 Hours Later The engine Sounded As If It Was Going To Blow Apart. The Consumer Requested A Meeting With The Service Attendant To Get An Explanation As To Why The Vehicle Is Now Malfunctioning. The Consumer Would Reimbursement For Damages Done To The Vehicle. *cb *jb

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ORLANDO, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FUEL TYPE: GAS. DEALER’S NAME: TROPICAL FORD SERVICE DEPARTMENT .

July 05, 2001

When Attempting To Clean The Positive Battery Terminal engine Started. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 130000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CARYVILLE, TN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

June 16, 2004

Vehicle’s engine Has Severe Motor Damage.*mr While Driving, The engine Began To Make A Ticking Sound Which Developed Into A Loud Knocking Noise. The Gauges Showed A Rapid Lost Of Oil And A Rising Temperature, But Not To A Critical Level. The Vehicle Was Taken To A Mechanic Where It Was Determined That The Damage Was Caused By A Broken Piston Rod That Had Exited The Motor Through The Oil Pan. *jb

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BOERNE, TX. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. DEALER’S NAME: SPREEN AUTOMOTIVE . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 830-249-2239 . DEALER’S CITY: BOERNE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX.

Jan 12, 2004

I Own A 97 ford f-150 With A 4.2l, V6. On July 16, 2004, The engine Began Making A Knocking Sound. Took The Vehicle To 2 Mechanics And Both Confirmed That The Head Gasket Had Failed, Which Allowed Coolant To Leak Into The Cylinder. At Cold Start, The Coolant In The Cylinder Caused The Piston Rod To Bend. Mechanics Stated That New engine Would Cost $3,000 – 3,500 To Replace. *la

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 102000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GRAPEVINE, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970615. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: PAYTON-WRIGHT FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: (888) 440-9532 . DEALER’S CITY: GRAPEVINE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 76051 .

July 16, 2004

ford Has engine Problems And Will Not Take Responsibility For The Gasket Problem. I Have Documentation That Proves Of This Existing Problem With 1997 f-150 Series Truck. My Truck Has Been At Norris ford For 3 Months, The Bill Is 4600.00 To Date. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 68000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1724VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BALTO, MD. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970111. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: TOWSON FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 410-823-3131 . DEALER’S CITY: TOWSON . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MD. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 21204 .

May 19, 2004

Nar 6-03-2003 *mr Defective Head Gaskets Ruining The engine. *cb

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):9999. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CALAIS, MA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. DEALER’S NAME: FORD MOTOR COMPANY . DEALER’S CITY: DEARBORN . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MI. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 48121 .

Jan 01, 1901

While Driving, The Consumer Heard Knocking Noise Coming From The engine. The engine Then Seized Up. *jb

Mileage was 72000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FREMONT, CA. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Aug 19, 2004

Coolant Leaking In To Crank Case Due To Defective Gaskets, Please See Http://www.leakingfords.com/ For Details.*ak

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in INDIANAPOLIS, IN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. DEALER’S NAME: FORD .

Oct 22, 2004

I Am Sending In A Full Letter To Explain The “failures”. It Centers Around Tsb 99b29 And Lack Of Owner Notification Of A Bad Front Cover Design That Can Lead To engine Failure, Which Occurred In This Case. Additionally, I Had A Tie Rod Failure That Was Not Addressed Under Warranty, But Later Broke While Driving. Also, My Crank Shaft Pulley / Dampener Assembly Fell Off While Highway Driving (70 Mph). There Are Other Issues Including Door Lock / Key Sticking.*ak Campaign Id Number : 03v196000 Component: Steering:gear Box:shaft Sector. The engine Cover Gasket Failed. *tc The Serpentine Failed, The Transmission Had An Akward Shift, The Wipers Operated Periodically By Themselves On High Speed, There Was Little Heat Coming From The Vents Through The Floor. *jb

Mileage was 71000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1724VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WALKER, MI. Vehicle was purchased on 19990120. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 70 mph. DEALER’S NAME: BORGMAN FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 616-534-7651 . DEALER’S CITY: GRANDVILLE . DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 49468 .

Apr 01, 2002

I Was Driving Home When I Heard A Loud Pop From The engine. I Turned Off The engine, And Popped Hood To Investigate. The Backfire Continued Upon Starting engine. Brought Car To Dealership To Find Out That The Spark Plug Had Blown Out Of The engine Head. ford Had Issued A Service Bulletin Stating The Entire engine Head Should Be Replaced. $3400. Further, I Saw The Same Report On Kare 11 News By Jane Shortal. Check Out Kare11.com For Complete Article. Apparently, This Is A Known Problem, But ford Refuses To Recognize It.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 94000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX18L8VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MINNEAPOLIS, MN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961201. 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: 55 mph. DEALER’S NAME: GRIFFIN FORD . DEALER’S CITY: WAUKESHA . DEALER’S STATE CODE: WI.

Nov 23, 2004

My engine Front Cover Gasket Has Failed In Line With ford‘s Recall 99b29. ford Does Not Include My Truck In This Recall Campaign. My Truck Is Currently Leaking A Great Deal Of Coolant Through The Failed Front Cover Gasket. This Could Lead To A Catastrophic engine Failure. I Have Contacted ford About This Problem Several Times With No Success. They Have Indicated That They Have No Intentions Of Helping Me Or Fixing My Truck. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 103400 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1823VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FREDERICK, CO. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970625. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: JACK MADDEN FORD . DEALER’S CITY: NORWOOD . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 02062 .

Jan 02, 2005

engine Coolant Leaking Through The engine‘s Front Gasket. Leaking A Jug Of Coolant Every Two To Three Hours. Will Cost Me Over $700 To Fix. Can’t Afford To Fix, So I Am Without A Vehicle. The Mechanic Provided Me With A Document From ford Advising Dealerships They Knew The Problem Existed, But Didn’t Recall The Vehicle. Got Stuck On The Side Of The Road For Over An Hour In 20 Degree Weather. Lucky My 3 Year Old Was Not With Me. If They Knew There Was A Problem, Then They Should Have Recalled The Vehicle. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 106000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in EDMOND, OK. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN .

Jan 15, 2005

Have Owned A 1997 ford f-150 Pickup Truck For Approximately 3 Years And Have Just Been Told That It Has A Thrown Rod (second Time In The Last 2 Years). *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 111000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1725VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MACON, GA. Vehicle was purchased on 20010701. Vehicle was not 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. DEALER’S NAME: RIVERSIDE FORD . DEALER’S CITY: MACON . DEALER’S STATE CODE: GA.

Jan 13, 2005

Defective Gaskets Caused Coollent To Leak Into My engine – Bent The Rod And Damaged The Valve – Rebuilt engine

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 75000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZF1720WK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SAN ANTONIO, TX. Vehicle was purchased on 20021110. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Jan 10, 2005

In Fall Of 2003, Had Coolant Leak At 60,000 Miles. Coolant Was Pooring Out Of Front Of Motor. ford Dealer Said It Needed New Front engine Gasket. They Split The $500 Cost With Me. About 3 Months Later, The Truck Began Knocking Loudly. Had New Headers Put In . . . Did Not Fix The Problem. No Help From ford. Very Good Care Is Given My Vehicles. The Truck Was Always Maintained On Schedule, Never Used Off Road Or For Towing. Very Disappointed That A Truck Treated Like A Car Would Have Such Problems.

Mileage was 6000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ADA, OK. Vehicle was purchased on 19990402. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph.

Oct 08, 2003

engine Head Gasket Cracked. As A Result, The engine Needed To Be Replaced. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 44000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TOLEDO, IL. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Jan 15, 2005

While Parked For 30 Minutes Vehicle Caught On Fire.the Fire Department Stated The Fire Started In The engine Compartment. As A Result, The Vehicle Was Considered A Total Loss.*ak

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 100352 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX07W2VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CONROE, TX. 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.

Oct 20, 2003

engine Motor Caught On Fire At The Dealership. The Neutral Safety Switch Shorted Out, Flames Appeared And Burnt The Brake Booster.*ak

Vehicle was on fire. Mileage was 130000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTZF08W1WC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in KELLYTON, AL. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Mar 17, 2005

1. Ticking Noise Similar To Valve Train Noise. engine Seemed Difficult To Start Last Usage Day Prior To Failure. 2. engine Wouldn’t Turn Over. engine Determined To Be Hydro-locked. Won’t Turn Over. 3. engine Replaced With Rebuilt engine. (good Description Of Problem Is Available From Jasper engines At Http://www.jasperengines.com/pdf/38_42_tb.pdf). A Bunch Of People With This Problem Can Be Found Here: Http://forums.treemedia.com/fb/archive/index.php/t-224.html

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 124000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1725VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ANTIOCH, TN. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 12, 2005

Dt: The Consumer Stated That One Of His Spark Plugs Blew Out Of The engine While Driving. . The Consumer Stated Maybe It Was A Design Defect Because He Heard The Same Problem From Other People About The Same Vehicle. The Consumer Called The ford Motor Company And They Said There Was No Recall On The Vehicle. The Manufacturer Said They Would Have To Replace The engine Head To Fix The Vehicle. The Estimated Cost Of Repair Is 3300 Dollars. *jb *jb

Mileage was 62200 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1766VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SEMINOLE, FL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960301. 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: 25 mph. DEALER’S NAME: WALKER FORD . DEALER’S CITY: CLEARWATER . DEALER’S STATE CODE: FL. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 34624 .

Apr 21, 2005

1997 ford F150 Suffered From Premature Failure Of The engine‘s Gaskets.*mr This Caused The engine To Lockup Either From Coolant In Cylinder Bores Or Crank Bearing Failure. At High Speeds This Could Cause Skid And Loss Of Control. Also Coolant Leaks Out Front Of engine On Ground And Tires When Going Forward. *bf *nm

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MOORE, OK. Vehicle was purchased on 20011101. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: AUTOMAX . DEALER’S CITY: OKLAHOMA CITY . DEALER’S STATE CODE: OK. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 73139 .

May 01, 2005

Driving Along At 40 Mph, Severe Rod Knocking On The Driver Side Of 4.2 Motor. Anti Freeze In Oil Per Timing Chain Cover, Acid Etched Crank To Rod Bearing. ford Refused To Fix-3000 Miles Over Warranty. I Paid $1000 For Xtended Warranty To Fix. Dealer Put In New Rebuilt 4.2, 35,000 Miles On 2nd engine When Rod Knocking On Driver Side Of engine. Anti Freeze In Oil, Acid Etched Crank To Rod Bearing Again! Truck Sits In Back Yard, Excellent Condition. $4000 To Put In New engine. ford Claims No Responsibility For Terrible Craftsmanship On 4.2 engine.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 67000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1726VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CORNING, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970715. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph. DEALER’S NAME: CORNING FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 530-824-5434 . DEALER’S CITY: CORNING . DEALER’S STATE CODE: CA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 96021 .

July 01, 2001

Low Amounts Of Coolant Loss, Knocking In engine, And The engine Runs Poorly. Had The engine Looked At By Three Mechanics, Including Castrucci ford In Milford, And They All Informed Me That The Rods In The engine Are Bad Because Coolant Is Getting Into The engine. Diagnosis: New engine Required.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MILFORD, OH. 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: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: PRIVATE SELLER .

May 28, 2005

My ’97 ford F150 4.2l V6 Failed In My Driveway Upon Starting Three Weeks After Purchasing It. After Turning The Ignition, I Heard Loud Knocking And Banging Coming From The engine And I Shut It Down. I Found Oil Pouring From Under The engine. Upon Inspection Found That The # 2 Connecting Rod Was Shattered Which Took Out The Oil Pan, The Oil Pick Up Tube, And Bent The Crank Shaft. Removed Upper Intake Manifold, And Found Coolant In The Rear Port Of The Lower Intake Manifold.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 180148 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DUNNELLOM, FL. Vehicle was purchased on 20050322. 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: HURRRICANE AUTO INC. . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 352-489-8007 . DEALER’S CITY: DUNNELLON . DEALER’S STATE CODE: FL. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 34432 .

Apr 17, 2005

I Have Spoken With Several People Here In Tucson And Read On The Internet, Many People That Have A 1997 F150 Pickup Have Had The Head Gasket Go Bad Causing Radiator Fluid To Flow Into The engine. I Had This Same Problem And Was Wondering If This Is A Complaint Worthy Of Investigation Or Something That Is Coincidental. I Had To Have My engine Rebuilt And It Was Under 100,000 Miles. I Called The ford Dealership And They Told Me That There Has Not Been An Issue With The Gasket.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1729VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TUCSON, AZ. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Oct 16, 2004

engine Failure Due To Faulty Gasket

Mileage was 75000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LOMPOC, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 19990201. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

June 14, 2005

Dt: Consumer Owned A 1997 ford F150. It Had A Blown Gasket. When The Truck Was Turned On There Was An Extreme Knocking. Vehicle Was Taken To A ford Dealership; They Stated That The Rod Was Bent. The engine Needed To Be Replaced. The Truck Had Less Than 87,000 Miles. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1729VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BOERNE, TX. Vehicle was purchased on 20000801. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: CARMAX . DEALER’S CITY: SAN ANTONIO . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX.

July 18, 2005

My 97 ford 4.2l, Which Is Paid For And Has 60,000 Miles Has Thrown A Rod. According To Research, This Is A Problem That ford Has Been Aware Of And Has Chosen To Do Nothing About. I Have Faithfully Taken The Truck In For Regular Maintenance And All Factory Recalls. I Have A Truck That Is Going To Cost Me $4,000 To Repair Because Of ford‘s Negligent. ford Needs To Step Up To The Plate And Do What Is Right For Their Faithful Customers. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 60801 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1722VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HAMPTON, VA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970925. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: HALL FORD . DEALER’S CITY: NEWPORT NEWS . DEALER’S STATE CODE: VA.

Aug 05, 2005

El Cajon ford Replaced Plugs. Never Warned Me About Plug Blowout. Heard Ticking For 2 Weeks But Thought It Was Minor Exhaust Leak. Plug Blew Out Driving Home At 30 Mph. Towed Truck To El Cajon ford And Service Writer Said ford Would Only Replace The Head At $3500 With The Same Defective Head. I Asked About The Dependability Of The Other Head And He Said That This Problem Was Very Rare And Usually Only Happened With The Lightning And Only 1 Plug Was Ever Bad In Each Motor. I Refused Repair At ford And Had The Truck Towed To An Independent Mechanic. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 77134 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX08L3VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in JAMUL, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 19990209. 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: 30 mph. DEALER’S NAME: EL CAJON FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 619-579-8700 . DEALER’S CITY: EL CAJON . DEALER’S STATE CODE: CA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 92022 .

Apr 18, 2004

Vehicle Started Rough And Ran Poorly. Parked Overnight, Next Morning engine Was Locked Up. Would Not Turn Over And Felt Like It Was Jammed. Finally Got It To Start, Running Poorly And White Smoke Poured Out Of The Exhaust. Had Vehicle Taken To Mechanic, Who Found Out That The Head Gasket Was The Problem When He Found The Plugs Were Gunked Up And White Like Vanilla Pudding. engine Had To Be Sent Out And Rebuilt. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 68253 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1729VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TUCSON, AZ. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Oct 12, 2003

There Was No Significant Event That Lead Up To The Failure. The Failure Is That The Spark Plugs Are Popping Out Of The Heads. This Happened On A 1997 ford F150 5.4 Supercab Pickup, It Has Also Happened To A Few Other Of Our Pickups And To A Couple Of Our Service Vans. We Had To Have The Spark Plug Holes Tapped And Re-drilled And Install A New Plug. It Is Quite And Expensive Procedure Not Only For The Repairs But The Down Time Of Our Vehicles. This Seems To Be Happening A Lot. Could You Please Get Back To Me If You Have Had Similar Complaints. Or Let Me Know If I Am Complaining To The Wrong Place. Thank You.*jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 160000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTEX18L2VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GRAND FORKS, ND. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: HANSON FORD . DEALER’S CITY: GRAND FORKS . DEALER’S STATE CODE: ND. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 58201 .

Oct 21, 2005

Spark Plug Has Blown Out Of My 1997 ford F150 For The Second Time. First Fix Was Using A Helicoil. Second Fix Will Have To Be The Same. According To Information Gathered From The Www, This Is A Common Problem Fixed Only By Replacing The Entire Cylinder Head ($3,000+) This Is Poor Quality Manufacturing And Corporate America Turning Its Back, Once Again, On The Consumers That Keep Them Going. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHATTANOOGA, TN. Vehicle was not 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: 65 mph.

Oct 30, 2005

engine Failure 4.2 F150 1997. 110,000 Miles Front Gasket Replaced Recall. No Lost Of Coolant Until Now. Morning engine Missed For 15-20 Seconds For Several Days Prior To Failure. Day Of Failure engine Turned A Small Amount And Would Not Move By Starter. Allowed To Set And Started Later And When Started It Sounded Like It Was Coming Apart. All Lubricants Changed Regular With Synthetics. Apparently A Rod Broke When Coolant Ran Into Cylinder And Starting Cause The Rod To Bend And Starting Later Caused The Bend To Break. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 110000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GURLEY, AL. Vehicle was purchased on 19990610. 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: JOE SARTAIN FORD . DEALER’S CITY: DECATUR . DEALER’S STATE CODE: AL.

Dec 03, 2005

Failure Of Spark Plug On F150 1997 4.6l. No Extra Consequences Except Cost Of Repair Of A Feature That Never Should Have Failed. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 125000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1766VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GRAPEVINE, TX. Vehicle was purchased on 20020618. 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: 35 mph.

Dec 15, 2005

I Purchased A 1997 ford f-150 From A Jacksonville Resident In December Of 2004 About Three Weeks Ago, I Went Out To Start It And Heard Loud Banging From The engine Compartment Accompanied By Bellows Of Smoke From The Exhaust, I Had The Vehicle Towed To A Repair Shop And, After The Tech Checked It Out, Was In Formed The engine Was Shot. He Then Explained That The f-150s Have Had A Trend Problem With These engines For Years; Coolant Would Leak Into A Cylinder Causing Too Much Compression Resulting In A Bent Or Broken Rod. It Cost Me $4220.00 To Replace An engine ford Knew Was Defective. I Sent A Letter (attached) To ford And Received A Call From Customer Service Basically Telling Me It Was The Owner’s Responsibility. This Vehicle Was Meticulously Cared For According To The Owner’s Manual But, Because Of An engineering Problem With The Manufacturer, The engine Failed. I Researched And Found Hundreds Of Stories Like Mine At Http://forums.treemedia.com/fb/showthread.php?t=224&page=1&pp=15 . I Fined It Extremely Unfair That I And Hundreds If Not Thousands Of Others Have To Bear The Financial Burden Of Replacing A Defective engine. These Vehicles Should Have Been Recalled Years Ago. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 71896 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1722VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in JACKSONVILLE, NC. Vehicle was purchased on 20041218. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Dec 18, 2004

1997 f-150 4.2 engine Failure Due To Known (by ford) Defect That Allows Coolant To Leak In To engine And Damage The engine. The Vehicle ([xxx] Failed At My Son’s School Over 100 Miles From Home. This Particular Problem Is Well Documented On The Internet. Unfortunately, We Did Not Realize This Until The engine Failed. There Are Many ford Customers Anxious For Government Support To Require A Recall To Help Finance This Very Expensive (~$4,000) Problem. *nm Updated 07/17/2012 *js Information Redacted Pursuant To The Freedom Of Information Act (foia), 5 U.s.c. 552(b)(6)

Mileage was 100000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1720VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BELCHERTOWN, MA. Vehicle was purchased on 20020120. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Dec 12, 2005

Leaking Coolant Internally Due To Known Manufacturer Defect In Gaskets. There Was No External Leaks, Just Disappearing Coolant Levels And Car Overheating. After The Coolant Was Topped Off, I Tried Starting The Car The Next Morning, The Car Wouldn’t Start Due To Hydrolock. When It Did Finally Start, The engine Produced A Loud Pinging Sound (such As A Rod Knock). I Am In The Process Of Going Further Into The engine To Assess Damage. This Is A Know Defect To The Manufacturer As They Have Released A Tsb To Address The Problem. Of Course This Is Only Shared With The Public After Damage Is Done. Please Help! *jb

Mileage was 129000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1728VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HENDERSON, NV. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Dec 30, 2005

My 1997 ford F150 With A 4.2l V-6 engine Began Giving Me Problems A Few Months Ago. It Began Having An Erratic Starting Problem. It Then Began To Blow Out White Smoke Out Of The Exhaust. I Checked The Coolant System With Pressure Gauges, And Everything Showed To Be Fine. I Did This Several Times, Because White Smoke Continued To Come Out Of The Exhaust. Then I Went To Start It The Other Morning And It Turned Over And Fired Once. Then It Made A Real Loud Banging Noise, And Would Not Crank Again. I Continued To Work With It, And Finally Got It To Crank Again, And It Was Knocking. The Knocking Sound Was Coming From The Oil Pan. I Pulled The engine Out, And Took It Apart. The Rod In The #4 Cylinder Is Bent Due To Coolant In The Cylinder. I Have Heard This Happening To Many People, And Think That ford Should Step Up And Take Responsibility! *nm

Mileage was 129738 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1822VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TAZEWELL, TN. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Dec 27, 2005

My 1997 ford F150 With A 4.2l V-6 engine Began Giving Me Problems A Few Months Ago. It Began Having An Erratic Starting Problem. It Then Began To Blow Out White Smoke Out Of The Exhaust. I Checked The Coolant System With Pressure Gauges, And Everything Showed To Be Fine. I Did This Several Times, Because White Smoke Continued To Come Out Of The Exhaust. Then I Went To Start It The Other Morning And It Turned Over The Rod In The #4 Cylinder Is Bent Due To Coolant In The Cylinder. I Have Heard This Happening To Many People, And Think That ford Should Step Up And Take Responsibility! . The Tech Then Explained That The f-150s Have Had A Trend Problem With These engines For Years; Coolant Would Leak Into A Cylinder Causing Too Much Compression Resulting In A Bent Or Broken Rod. It Cost Me Over $2000 For Something ford Knew Was Defective. I Sent A Letter (attached) To ford And Received A Call From Customer Service Basically Telling Me It Was The Owner’s Responsibility. This Vehicle Was Meticulously Cared For According To The Owner’s Manual But, Because Of An engineering Problem With The Manufacturer, The engine Failed. I Researched And Found Hundreds Of Stories Like Mine At Http://forums.treemedia.com/fb/showthread.php?t=224&page=1&pp=15 . I Fined It Extremely Unfair That I And Hundreds If Not Thousands Of Others Have To Bear The Financial Burden Of Replacing A Defective engine. These Vehicles Should Have Been Recalled Years Ago. *jb

Mileage was 120000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF0728VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PLEASANT HILL, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970406. Vehicle was not 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: MAN .

Sept 10, 2005

#3 Spakplug Blewout Of My 1997 ford f-150 With 5.4 Liter engine. I Have Yet To Repair This Problem . *ak

Mileage was 122789 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEF18LXVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHARLOTTE, NC. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970208. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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. DEALER’S NAME: YOUNG FORD . DEALER’S CITY: CHARLOTTE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: NC.

Jan 22, 2006

This Concerns A 1997 f-150 ford Pickup With A 4.2 L 6 Cylinder Motor. I’ve Had To Add Coolant To It For Several Months And Couldn’t Find A Leak Or Any In The Oil. Five Days Ago While Trying To Start It The Motor Gave A Loud Bang And White Smoke Boiled Out. Now It Knocks Like A Bent Or Broken Rod And Blows White Smoke Out Of The Tail Pipe. I Found A Website On The Internet Where Dozens Of People With Trucks Having The Same Motor Are All Having The Same Problem Between 76000-110000 Miles. Mine Has 109,000 Miles And From The Reports, ford Is Trying To Put All Of This On The Dealers And The Dealers Are Just Wanting To Fix The Motors @ $600 -$4000 Dollars. The People With The Problem Say That It Is A Faulty Head Gasket And That They Were Recalled, But I Never Received That Recall. I Don’t Have The Money To Fix A Motor That Was Faulty When I Bought The Thing.*ak

Mileage was 108750 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WINNFIELD, LA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970419. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: HIXSON HOPKINS AUTOPLEX . DEALER’S CITY: ALEXANDRIA . DEALER’S STATE CODE: LA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 71301 .

Jan 25, 2006

Blown Head Gasket In 1997 ford 4.2l V6. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 102256 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1725VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in REDDING, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 20020415. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Jan 30, 2006

1997 ford F150 4.2l V-6 When First Starting engine Cold It Would Miss Bad For Up To 30 Second And Then Would Clear Up And Run Fine. Started Loosing Antifreeze With No External Leakage, Eventually engine Steamed From Exhaust. The Next Morning I Started Truck And The engine Made A Loud Knocking Noise And I Found That The Coolant Reservoir Was Empty. I Turned The Truck Off Immediately And I Was Never Able To Get The engine To Turn Over Again. Upon Removing The engine And Checking The Connecting Rods I Found That The Number 1 Rod Was Bent And The Bottom Of The Piston Was Broken Off From It Hitting The Crank Shaft. I Am In The Process Of Replacing The engine. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 122000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF182XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in POWHATAN, VA. Vehicle was purchased on 19990901. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 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.

Dec 26, 2005

Dt*: The Contact Stated While Driving Up To 40 Mph The engine Leaks Coolant Into The Cylinders Causing The engine To Smoke. The Dealership Was Alerted. However, No Repairs Have Been Made. The Consumer Has Since Paid For The Repairs At His Expense. A Faulty Intake Manifold Caused Water To Enter The Combustion Chamber And Produce Steam. Updated 03/09/06. *jb

Mileage was 112500 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1725VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BUCKHEAD, GA. Vehicle was purchased on 19960508. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph. DEALER’S NAME: PRIVATE PARTY .

Feb 01, 2006

I Own A 1997 ford f-150 Purchased In 2000 From A ford Dealership. I Never Received The Onp Recall About A Failure In The Front Cover Gasket And Now I Am Facing Costly Repairs. Furthermore The Repairs Were Never Conducted On My Vehicle Prior To My Purchase Despite Knowledge Of The Recall. *nm

Mileage was 63000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SAN ANTONIO, TX. 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: MAN .

Feb 17, 2006

engine Failure Bad Gaskets Leaked Colant Into engine Threw A Rod. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 106000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FAPP15J1PW. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MOUND, MN. Vehicle was purchased on 19990601. 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Aug 09, 2005

My ford f-150 4.2 L engine Threw A Rod On March 8 2006, With Less Than 61k Miles On The Motor. The Failure Was Due Too Water Seeping Into The Cylinders From A Defective Gasket . I Have Maintained This Vehicle Per ford‘s Printed Manual And Have The Records To Prove It. The Result Of The Problem Has Cost Me Over 3,000 Dollars For An engine Replacement. I Expect ford Motor Co. To Reimburse Me For My Damages Financially. I Spoke With A Service Manager At A Local ford Dealership And He Said He Has Never Known Of ford To Reimburse A Customer In This Type Of Situation. Therefore I Decided To File This Complaint. My Truck Is Now Being Repaired By An Independent Service Garage. *nm

Mileage was 60800 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1723VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GOOSE CREEK, SC. Vehicle was purchased on 20010117. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 08, 2006

engine Failure, ford 4.2l V6 1997 With 102,000 Miles. Started engine And Loud Clanging Noise From Front Of engine Also Large Plumes Of White Smoke From Exhaust. Brought My Truck To ford Dealer For Service And Was Told Best Solution Was To Replace engine. Truck Is Currently At Dealer. I Went To On-line To Research engine Problems Associated With This And Found 21 Pages Of Similar Complaints. The Symptoms Were Exactly The Same For Each One. Only The Mileage Varied. Some Claimed A ford Re-call Was Issued For A Gasket Problem To Correct Coolant Leaking Into engine Causing Internal Failures. I Did Not Receive This Recall. Please Investigate What Can Be Done To Have ford Take Responsibility For My (and The Others) engine Failure. It Is Very Costly. Thank You.*jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 102000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1721VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PITTSFORD, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970901. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: GENESEE TRUCK SALES . DEALER’S CITY: ROCHESTER . DEALER’S STATE CODE: NY.

Mar 13, 2006

My Truck Was Taken In For A Brake Repair The Week Of March 6- 10, 2006. We Got The Truck Back Drove It A 100 Miles On The Weekend With No Problems. On Monday, 3/13/06, I Noticed It Missing After 40 Miles An Hour. My Husband Drove It To Work The Next Day To See What I Was Talking About. He Had The Same Problem. I Took My Son To Work On Thursday And It Was Still Missing. When On The Freeway, I Got It Up To 65/70 Mph When It Just Started Slowly Down. I Could No Longer Give It Any Gas. I Was Able To Pull Onto A Large Shoulder Where I Had It Towed Into A Transmission Shop I Trusted. On Inspection, The Transmission Was Flooded With Water And Coolant As Well As The engine Due To A Faulty Radiator. I Had Replaced The Radiator April 11, 2005. This Was Not The First Radiator Replaced. This Was The 4th Radiator. I Had The Truck Towed To The Dealership That Installed The Radiator And Was Told That My engine And Transmission Had Failed. I’m Waiting For A Call Back With An Explanation As To Why. I Was Told That I Would Have To Have An engine Breakdown Which Would Cost Me, To Find Out Why It Failed. We Have Had Numerous Problems With The Whole Cooling System In General Since 1999. Ranging From Changed Head Gaskets, Heater Cores, Radiators, Etc. It Has Become Apparent From Reading On The Fight Back Site: [http://forums.treemedia.com/fb/showthread.php?p=836&page=2&pp=15] That This A Common Unresolved Issue With The ford Company. Apparently This Is A Common Complaint That Has Yet To Be Taken Seriously. I Counted Out 226 Complaints On The Nhtsa Site Under engine And engine: Cooling Through E/e:c:exsys:manifold/header/muffler/tailpipe. I’ve Always Trusted The ford Company As My Father-in-law Retired From There. We Always Had Great Service Until His Particular Dealership Closed. I Am Not Complaining About Any One Dealer As I’ve Been To Many Different People To Service My Car When They Closed. This Seems To Be A Manufacture Responsibility *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 138300 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1769VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LIVERMORE, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 19970630. 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: 67 mph.

Mar 16, 2006

1997 ford f-150 Intake Manifold Gasket Failed Along With A Ton Of Other People. Had To Pay A Hefty Repair Fee. There Were No Events Leading Up To It, Just Saw White Smoke Coming From My Tail Pipe. Luckily I Caught It Real Quick And It Only Cost The Me Repair Of The Entire Gasket. A Lot Of Times It Is A Whole New engine. My Repair Cost $500. *jb

Mileage was 104000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CARY, NC. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Nov 14, 2005

Complete engine Failure On 1997 ford F150 4.2l 145k Due To Leaking Gasket In engine, Allowing engine Coolant Into engine, Causing engine To Freeze Cylinder And Throw A Rod Then engine Completely Stopped. I Notices That engine Coolant Was Disappearing And White Smoke Out Of Tail Pipe, Then Check engine Light Went On, Then Soon After Through A Rod And engine Seized Up. My Car Now Requires A New engine Due To Defective Gasket Allowing engine Coolant Into engine. This Seems To Be A Recurring Theme With ford engines In This Year. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 145000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1724VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ALAMO, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:U. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 21, 2006

My 1997 ford f-150 Has A Loud Tapping Sound In The engine. It Either Broke A Rod Or A Piston. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 101225 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OPELOUSAS, LA. Vehicle was purchased on 19991224. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: BORDELON FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 9422686 . DEALER’S CITY: OPELOUSAS . DEALER’S STATE CODE: LA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 70570 .

Apr 11, 2006

1997 ford F150 4.2l V 6 engine. Went To Start The Truck And It Ran Very Rough. Cut It Off And Had It Towed To The Local ford Dealer, They Said It Had A Bent Rod And Would Need A Rebuilt engine At A Cost Of $5,000. I Did Some Research On The Internet And Found 100’s Of Complaints About This engine All With The Same Symptoms. Now I’m Stuck Shopping Around For A Better Deal On Rebuilt engines Than The ford Dealer Provided. *nm

Mileage was 79000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in VIENNA, VA. Vehicle was purchased on 20040217. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: KOONS USED CARS . DEALER’S CITY: MCLEAN . DEALER’S STATE CODE: VA.

Apr 11, 2006

Re: 97 ford F- 150 Pickup W/ 4.2l V 6 It Has Come To My Attention That This engine Gives Trouble W/ Failing Head Gaskets . Mine Failed At 86,560 Mi. engine Coolant/antifreeze Leaking Into #s 3 & 6 Cylinders So Both Sides Of engine Were Affected ford Owes Me $1765 Dollars If They Knew Of This Problem Please Help! *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 86560 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1728VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ST. CHARLES, MO. Vehicle was purchased on 20011028. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: PUNDMAN FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 636 946 6611 . DEALER’S CITY: ST. CHARLES . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MO. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 63301 .

Apr 16, 2002

I Have A 1997 F150 V-6 4.2l Pick Up Truck. I Have Been Loosing engine Coolant And My engine Oil Leaks Out. I Have Found That The Lower Intake Gasket Problem Is Very Common With This engine Type And Truck. I Found Out That ford Had A Recall On This Gasket But They Did Not Send Me Any Information About It. The Recall On The Gasket Expired In 2005 ( I Was Told By ford). I Only Have 66,000 Miles On This Truck. Can You Guys Help Me? *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 65813 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX172XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in RIVERTON, UT. Vehicle was purchased on 20020207. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 03, 2006

I Noticed My ford 4.2l V-6 Was Losing Coolant. But, There Was No Leaks Externally. I Went Out To Start It The Other Morning, And It Would Not Turn Over. I Searched The Internet, And Found Info On Hydrolocking And Bad Gaskets. I Removed All The Spark Plugs, And Cranked The engine. Lots Of Coolant Came Out Of Cylinder 1. Now, I’m Looking At Best All New Gaskets, Or Possibly A New engine If The Timing Cover Gaskets Weren’t Replaced Under The Recall. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 137000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF1720VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WESTLAKE, OH. Vehicle was purchased on 20051012. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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. DEALER’S NAME: JOHN LANCE FORD .

May 10, 2006

Dt*: The Contact Stated While Attempting To Start The Vehicle, There Was A Loud Knocking Noise Coming From The engine Followed By The Illumination Of The Check engine Light As Well As Smoke From The Exhaust. Although The Problem Persisted, The Vehicle Was Not Inspected By A Dealer.

Mileage was 80000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1724VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NORMAN, OK. Vehicle was purchased on 20010501. 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. DEALER’S NAME: UNKNOWN .

May 15, 2006

I Have A ford F150 V6 4.2 With A Blown engine. I Started It One Morning To A Loud Knocking And Smoke From The Exhaust. I Understand This Has Been A Frequent Problem That ford Refuses To Take Responsibility For. My Truck Has 81,000 Miles On It. *jb

Mileage was 81000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1724VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NORMAN, OK. Vehicle was purchased on 20001121. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 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: TRAVIS CHRYSLER PLYMOUTH . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 405-329-5770 . DEALER’S CITY: NORMAN . DEALER’S STATE CODE: OK. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 73069 .

May 17, 2006

Started Vehicle In Driveway, Loud Bang, White Smoke Out Of Tailpipe, And Knocking In engine. Mechanic Says The engine Is Ruined – Bend Rods. One Owner Vehicle With 55,000 Miles.

Mileage was 55000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1720VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LEWISTON, ID. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960827. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: WENDLE FORD .

May 15, 2006

Dt*: The Contact Stated While Traveling 30 Mph, The Vehicle Stalled And Would Not Restart. The Vehicle Was Towed To The Contact’s Residence. The Contact Determined The Spark Plug Ejected From The Cylinder Head. The Vehicle Has Not Been Seen By The Dealership, But The Manufacturer Was Alerted.

Mileage was 227000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX17L4VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SAN DIEGO, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 20001111. 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: 30 mph. DEALER’S NAME: ROCK AUTOMOTIVE GROUP . DEALER’S CITY: EL CAJON . DEALER’S STATE CODE: CA.

May 24, 2006

Normal Use Of 4.2 V6 ford engine Oil Pressure Drops To 0 Psig At engine Idle After Trying To Fix The Problem My Self (25 Years Auto Mechanic 17 Years Aviation Tech) And Searching The Web For Others With The Same Problem And There Are Thousands I Have Found The Fix Is Rebuild Or Replace The engine $2000.00 – $6000.00 Fomoco Should Share In This Expense But I Have Not Heard Of Anyone With Help From ford I Will State That Many Have Been And Will Be Injured Momentarily. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 100000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1720VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in COLLINSVILLE, OK. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Jan 01, 2006

I Own A 1997 f-150 . I Purchased This Truck From A Private Party When It Had 52,000 Miles. The Truck Now Has About 90k Miles. On May 16 I Started The Vehicle And Heard A Raucous Noise From The engine Compartment. On May 17th I Had The Truck Towed To Auto Specialties, An Independent Repair Shop. They Identified The Noise As A Bent Connecting Rod. They Discovered Steam Coming From The Tailpipe And Believe Coolant Seeped Into The Cylinder Through A Blown Head Gasket. I Asked How This Could Have Happened. They Said Probably Overheating. Yet, In The Entire Time I Owned It, The Temperature Gauge Has Never Registered High, No Steam Arose From The engine Area. I Have Always Changed The Oil Every 3k Miles. I Have Always Maintained Correct Fluid Levels. I Have Never Towed Anything With This Truck And Never Carried Anything More Than A Half-ton Load. I Always Let It Warm Up And Drive It Gently While It Is Warming Up. In Addition, The Truck Speed Control Device Was Replaced By The Local ford Dealer On Sept. 14, 2005. In Their Inspection Of The Vehicle They Uncovered No Problems With Cooling Or Overheating. This Is The First ford I Have Owned, The First American Car. I Have Owned 1 Mitsubishi And 2 Toyota Pickups Which I Bought Second Hand. I Owned Them Until They Had Over 125k Miles And They Needed No Repairs Other Than Normal Maintenance. I Have Driven A Pre-owned Integra To Over 140k Miles Without Problems And A Honda Civic Which I Drove From 60k-120k Without The Slightest Problem. A Truck With 90k Miles Should Not Need A New engine. By Just About Any Maker Standards The engine Should Last Over 200k Miles. I Have Contacted ford Customer Service And Spoke With Charles Who Said ford Was Not Responsible For The Problem, Since This Problem Was Not Part Of A Recall. Shouldn’t ford Be Concerned About A Lemon, Even If It Is Not A Common Problem? I Believe ford Should Replace The engine, Since Its Failure Is Premature. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 90450 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1720VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TRACY, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 20021115. 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 16, 2006

1997 ford F150 4.2 Motor Failure. I Have Had To Add Coolant A Few Times Over The Past Few Years And Could Not Find Any Leak, Kept The Oil Changed Every 3 Thousand Miles. The Motor Threw A Rod And All The Oil Leaked Out Of The Back Of The engine. I Found Out On The Internet That This Is An Ongoing Problem With ford, And They Will Not Fix The Problem. *jb

Mileage was 117263 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1724VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LAKE CHARLES, LA. Vehicle was purchased on 19970806. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: KINSEL FORD . DEALER’S CITY: BEAUMONT . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 77704 .

July 03, 2006

I Have A 1997 ford F150 Pickup. It Has The 4.2l V6. I Had 84,000 Miles On The Vehicle And Had To Replace The Motor Due To A Bent Rod. The Rod Damage Was Caused By A Leaking Gasket That Allowed Coolant Into The Cyclinder. When The Truck Was Attempted To Be Started The Fluid (does Not Compress) Prevented The Piston From Full Travel And Bent The Rod. This Is A Serious Defect. ford Is Aware Of This And Denies Everything. After This Happened, I Became Aware Of Many Many Others With The Same Problem. *nm

Mileage was 85000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LANDENBERG, PA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19980412. Vehicle was not 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: MAN .

July 18, 2005

Hydro-lock On 1997 ford f-150 With 4.2l V6 Caused Bent Rod. engine Had To Be Replaced. The ford On-99b29 Was Exercised In 2000 Which Was Suppose To Prevent This Type Of Failure. *nm

Mileage was 81200 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1724VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TIGARD, OR. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970103. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: BEAVERTON FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 503-644-1131 . DEALER’S CITY: BEAVERTON . DEALER’S STATE CODE: OR. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 97005 .

Apr 03, 2006

My 1997 ford F150, 4.2l V6, Has Been Losing Coolant Since About 2004. My Son Had A Difficult Time Starting The Vehicle One Afternoon. Finally I Got It Started And Drove 5 Miles Home. The Next Afternoon The Car Started Quickly But Immediately Started Banging Away. My Mechanic Says The engine Is Dead – Bad Rod. Now I Find Out From The Internet That This Is A Known Issue With This engine But ford Refuses To Acknowledge It. Trade In Value On The Car Is Zero Because All The 2nd Tier Dealers Know About The engine Problem. I’m Out The Cost Of A New engine (seems Only Fair After My 96 Windstar Needs New Head Gaskets Because They Wear Out At 30k Miles) Apparently If You Know A ford Mechanic, He Will Tell You The Motor Has Been Bad Since The Day It Was First Manufactured. This Motor Should Not Have Failed And Had It Not Been For The Faulty Gasket Leaking Coolant Into The Motor It Wouldn’t Have. From Reading Web Sites I Have Found That ford Issued A Recall On The Gasket And Then Pulled It. I Never Received A Bulletin On The Faulty Gasket. Don’t Expect To Own Another ford, But Some Financial Help Would Sure Soothe My Frustration If Someone Wants The Parts To Use To Acquire Compensation From ford I Can Keep The Dead engine For A Couple Of Weeks. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 70000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1729VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in KENT, WA. Vehicle was purchased on 20010501. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: BOWEN SCARF FORD . DEALER’S STATE CODE: 00. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 98032 .

Sept 27, 2006

My 1997 ford f-150 4.2 L 6 Cylinder Mysteriously Through A Rod At 80k Miles Resulting In The Replacement Of The Entire engine. From What I Have Read This Has Been A Common Problem Plaguing Many ford Customers, Yet ford Has Provided No Relief. An Expensive $4000 Repair! *jb

Mileage was 80000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WEST PALM BEACH, FL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970701. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: AL PACKER FORD EAST . DEALER’S CITY: WEST PALM BEACH . DEALER’S STATE CODE: FL.

Feb 01, 2002

I Own A 1997 ford F150 4.2l. My Truck Has Been Losing Coolant For A While! I Have Replaced The Water Pump, Replaced Hoses, Replaced Thermostats,etc. My Truck Is Now Having A Ticking Sound When I Start It In Cold Weather. I Have Come To Find That ford Motor Company Had Previously Issued A Recall On This Trucks engine For A Faulty Intake Manifold Gasket. I Was Never Informed Of This Recall!!! I Was Informed Of Other Recalls Like Lug Nut Failure, Cruise Control Cables,etc, But Never About The Most Expensive, Most Vital Part Of The Truck The engine. The Information Of The Recall Was Discover As I Was On The Web Trying To Find Out How To Fix The Knocking Sound. The Web Site Had Over 350 Messages Of People With The Same Problem!!! Please Help!! *jb

Mileage was 120000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BURTON, OH. Vehicle was purchased on 19980225. 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. DEALER’S NAME: MARSHALL FORD .

Dec 03, 2006

Complaint: ford Motor Company, Poor Design Of Lower Intake Plenum/manifold Gasket In The Essex 4.2l V-6. 1: Events Leading Up To This Failure Originally There Were No Obvious Signs Of Impending Failure. The Indications Of Failure Are Loss Of engine Coolant With No Visible External Leak, And Coolant In The Combustion Chamber. 2: Failure And It’s Consequences This Defect Allows Coolant Leakage Into The Combustion Chamber, Causing A Hydraulic Locking Condition Which Will Break/bend One Or More Connecting Rods. This Renders The engine Unusable, And It Must Be Pulled, Repaired If Possible (some Are Not), And Re-installed. 3: Failure Correction. In Most Cases The engine Can Be Repaired By Replacing A Connecting Rod, Piston, And Crankshaft, And All The Other Associated Parts That Are Involved With This Level Of Disassembly. In Some Cases The Connecting Rod Will Break And Damage The Block Beyond Repair. This Happened In My Case. The Replacement engine Was Over $2000, Not To Mention The Labor Involved In It’s Replacement. ford Motor Company Is Aware Of This Design Flaw, And Has Issued A Technical Service Bulletin Regarding It. However, To This Day They Will Still Not Offer Any Aid, In Any Form, For Damages Incurred Due To This Design Flaw. *nm

Mileage was 110000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1723VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CAMP LEJEUNE, NC. Vehicle was purchased on 20050602. 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: CANDY FORD-MERCURY INC . DEALER’S CITY: CHARLOTTE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MI. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 48813 .

Nov 11, 2006

1. Failure Of ford Motor Company And Dealer Where Vehicle Was Purchased New, Family ford Sales Inc., Florence, Al To Notify Customer Of Defect With 1997 4.2 L V6 engine As Published In ford Service Program, Number 99b29 Which Could Lead To engine Failure Through engine Front Cover Gasket Failing And Polluting The Oil With Coolant, Resulting In Destroyed engine. Further Family ford Sales Inc. Diagnosed This Problem On This Vehicle 11/20/02 And Repaired It For $432.08 Cost To Owner. No Mention Of The ford No-charge Service Program Or Possible engine Damage Was Given At This Time. 2. Failure Of 1997 ford F150 engine With 87,522 Miles Due To A Known Failure To ford Motor Of Faulty Gaskets (lower Intake Manifold (ford Tsb 99-20-7) And engine Front Cover Gasket Failing And Polluting The Oil With Coolant (ford Service Program, Number 99b29) Neither Of Which Were Communicated To The Original Owner Of The Vehicle. This Action Caused $3,061.20 Of Damage Due To Replacement Of engine Long Block 1/26/2007 The Babbitt Was Removed From engine Bearings, Resulting In Low Oil Pressure And engine Oil Light Coming On Which Was Diagnosed By Family ford On 1/5/2007 (cost $73.50). Again ford Servicing Dealer/oem Selling Dealer Did Not Inform Customer Of Any Issues With This engine Or Earlier No-charge Service Program. Failure To Notify Or Fraudulent Actions By The Dealer And ford Motor Company Have Cost Me Over $3,500 And The Lost Time Associated With This Faulty Product. Vehicle Vin Is [xxx]. Documentation To Prove All Claims Are Available For Submittal. *nm Updated 07/11/2012 *js Information Redacted Pursuant To The Freedom Of Information Act (foia), 5 U.s.c. 552(b)(6)

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 87559 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1827VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FLORENCE, AL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970710. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: FAMILY FORD SALES, INC. . DEALER’S CITY: FLORENCE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: AK. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 35630 .

Jan 26, 2007

The Contact Owns A 1997 ford f-150. While Driving 45 Mph, The Contact Heard A Knocking Noise Coming From The engine. The Vehicle Was Brought To The Dealer And The engine Was Replaced. As A Result, The engine Began To Overheat And A Significant Lost Of Coolant Resulted Due To A Reservoir Failure. At 80,000 Miles, The Contact Began To Experience Oil Pressure Failure, Which The Dealer Stated Was Caused By A Bent Piston Rod On The Crank Case. The Manufacturer Would Not Assist The Contact Because The Vin Excluded The Vehicle From The Recall. ford Claimed To Have Only Issued A Partial Level B Recall. The Failure Originated 6 Weeks Ago, But Has Been Ongoing Since June Of 2006. The Technician Suggesting Waiting Until The engine Fails To Have It Replaced Again. The Current Mileage Is 850 And Failure Mileage Was 108,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 108000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1721VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in COLOMBUS, OH. Vehicle was purchased on 19960601. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 45 mph. DEALER’S NAME: RICART FORD . DEALER’S CITY: COLOMBUS . DEALER’S STATE CODE: OH.

June 01, 1997

The Contact Owns A 1997 ford f-150. While Driving 60 Mph, The Contact Heard A Loud Popping Noise Coming From The Vehicle’s Hood. He Was Able To Drive The Vehicle Home, But Was Unable To Restart The Vehicle Once He Shut It Off. The Vehicle Was Towed To A Mechanic Who Stated That Coolant Was Found In The Cylinders Due To A Cracked Head Gasket Or A Crack In The Cylinder. The Mechanic Installed A Remanufactured engine And There Have Not Been Any More Failures. The Current Mileage Is 99,600 And Failure Mileage Was 98,780.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 98780 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1825VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BALTIMORE, MD. Vehicle was purchased on 20061015. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 60 mph. DEALER’S NAME: INTERNATIONAL AUTO EXCHANGE .

Apr 23, 2007

I Went Outside One Early Morning To Start Up My Vehicle When I Heard A Loud Pop That Originated From The engine Of My 1997 ford f-150 Xlt. I Took A Look At The engine; However I Am No Mechanic. I Attempted To Start The engine Again, But The engine Would Not Turn. I Later Found Out That The engine Was Locked Because Of The Coolant Leaking From A Gasket Into The Cylinder Causing One Of The Rods To Bend. My Mechanic Informed Me That The Liquid Was Not Allowing The Rod To Fully Compress Because Of The Pressure Caused By The Liquid. Needless To Say, He Told Me That The ford Pick Ups’ engines Have That Problem And I Would Just Be Wasting My Money Repairing The Original engine. He Advised Me To Search For A Rebuilt engine That Had A Warranty On It. Due To The Expense, My Pick Up Is Sitting There With A Defective engine. This Is The Second ford I Had Purchased Because I Was So Pleased With The First ford Vehicle. However After This Disappointment, I Purchased A Nissan Instead. I Make Sure That I Tell All My Friends And Relatives Of This Experience With ford And The Unsatisfactory Product They Have Put Out. No Wonder The Toyota Tundra And Nissan Titan Are Leaving ford Behind! “built ford Tough, Right…. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 136000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF0720VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DEL RIO, TX. Vehicle was purchased on 19990715. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Feb 05, 2007

I Own A 1997 f-150 ford Pickup With The Triton V8 4.6l engine. After Having 10,5000 Mile Schedule Service To Replace Spark Plugs And Tune Up The Number 4 Cylinder Plug Began To Pop-out” Of The Block. So Far No Damage To The Vehicle, But It Was Not Fixed Yet. I Knew This Was A”common Problem That Was Investigated Before, But I Wanted To Document That The Problem Continued, And ford Needed To Acknowledge The Defect. I Was Told By My ford Dealership That If I Drove With Number 4 Cylinder Misfiring For An Extended Period It May Cause Hydro Lock Or Fire Damage To The engine. That Was Pretty Serious And Sounded Like An Admission From fords Dealers That There Was A Serious Problem. The Dealer Has Been Very Helpful, And Was Working To Fix The Problem So I Have No Complaint Against The Dealer. However, Just Because There Hasn’t Been A Fatality With This Defect Did Not Mean There Shouldn’t Be An Admission By ford Of The Design Defect, And A Recall To Fix The Problem Without Charge To The Customer. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 110050 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1865VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHESAPEAKE, VA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960915. 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: 55 mph. DEALER’S NAME: BARTON FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 7575391595 . DEALER’S CITY: SUFFOLK . DEALER’S STATE CODE: VA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 23434 .

July 06, 2007

The Contact Owns A 1997 ford f-150. The Contact Noticed Flames Coming From Under The Hood While The Vehicle Was Parked. The Dealer Has Not Inspected The Vehicle To Determine The Cause The Vehicle Was Deemed Totaled. Updated 09/05/07. *jb

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 170000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1721VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LINDENWOLD, NJ. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on 20050901. 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: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: PRIVATE OWNER .

July 13, 2007

The Contact Owns A 1997 ford f-150. The Contact Stated That A Rod Punctured The Oil Pan And Ruined The engine. The Vehicle Is Unable To Be Driven And Has Not Been To The Dealer. He Has Discovered Several Other People Who Have Experienced The Same Failure. The Vin, Speed, And Mileage Information Were Unavailable.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CAPONSVILLE, MD. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970901. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: TRANSFORD BALTIMORE .

July 20, 2007

’97 F150 4.2 V8 Coolant Leak, engine Blown @ 140,000 After Several Head Gasket Repairs. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 143000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1865VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BELGRADE LAKES, ME. 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 SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 35 mph. DEALER’S NAME: LIBBY MOTORS . DEALER’S CITY: BRUNSWICK . DEALER’S STATE CODE: ME.

Jan 17, 2007

Truck Running Great,turned On Next Day Loud Rattling Water Out The Exhaust Oil Pressure Gone, Intake Manifold Leak, Possible Bent Rod And Motor Needs To Be Replaced. 4.2l Motor Has A Know Defect That ford Did Not Let The Public Know. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 123000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHARLESTON, SC. Vehicle was purchased on 19980312. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Nov 15, 2007

My 1997 ford f-150 4.2 L 6 Cylinder engine Has Been Consuming Antifreeze At A Low But Steady Rate For A Couple Years….i Did Not Know Why. Now I Do The Gasket Has A Leak Into A Cylinder And The Truck Has A Major engine Problem, That Will Require Overhaul Or Replacement. For Some Time I Have Had Very Hard Starts Where The engine Will Not Roll Over Without Difficulty This Is An Ongoing Problem Among Others With This engine. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 60500 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF1726VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WEST BEND, WI. Vehicle was purchased on 20001031. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Dec 01, 2007

Hydrolock On 1997 ford f-150 V6 4.2 engine. Was Not Aware Of Any Problems With The engine Until The engine Seized And Was Quoted $4500 For A New Rebuild engine. I Was Curious Of Why The engine Would Seize And Did Some Internet Searches Only To Find It Is A Common Problem With engine Year And Build. Why Was I Never Notified Of The Potential For This Problem If So Many Others Have Experienced It, And What To Watch Out For If Symptoms Of This Condition Are Evident? *tr

Mileage was 76200 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF0727VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OWENSBORO, KY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961206. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Feb 14, 2008

I Have A 97 f-150, V-6 4.2l engine Pickup. I Have Always A Coolant Leak Coming From Somewhere, But Lately It Has Got Worse. I’ve Researched This Subject And Found That There Are Alot Of ford Owners With This Same Vehicle And engine With The Same Issue. Loss Of Coolant. Intake Gaskets, Headgaskets And Timing Chain Cover Gaskets. This Is Not Only A Consumer Issue But A Safety Issue And It Seems ford Does Not Recognize The Problem. I Contacted ford And It Was Stated There Was No Recalls Concerning This Issue. You Would Assume That With A Large Population Of ford Owners Having The Same Issues Something Would Be Done To Rectify The Problem. Instead Its Left To The Owner To Conduct The Repairs With A Heavy Financial Costs. It Can Only Be Assumed ford Is Fully Aware Of The Problem That Consumers Are Having. Why Isn’t Anything Being Done? Not Only Do I Have The Timing Case Leak, But Now I Have To Worry About When My engine Will Seize Due To Intake Or Headgasket Leaks. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 0 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF0722VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CIBOLO, TX. Vehicle was purchased on 20040508. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Jan 01, 2008

engine Locked Up From Coolant From Intake Gasket Leak At 78813 Miles fordfleet.com There Was A Recall For Intake Gasket But Never Received Recall 1997 ford F150 4.2l engine. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 78813 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1729VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HEBRON, IN. Vehicle was purchased on 20030402. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Feb 24, 2008

I Have Owned A 97 ford F150 Xcab For >7 Yrs. I Kept Up On All Maint & Oil/fluid Changes. I Have Cared For My Truck As I Have My Own Kids! It Ran Well On Friday Night (4/4/08) Then On Saturday Morning Husb Turned The Key And The engine Started To Bang Loudly And Spit Out White Smoke. There Were No Prior Symptoms Or engine Warning Lights Leading Up To This So I Checked The Internet To Look Into It. I Came To Find There Are Thousands Of People This Has Happened To And That ford Knew All About It! My Truck Has Only 116,000 Original Miles In 10 Years! Not Abused. Apparently, ford Issued A Recall On A Faulty Gasket That Allowed Coolant To Leak Into The Plugs/oil But It Was Not A Recall I Was Offered Or Told Of When We Asked If There Were Any Recalls On The Vehicle Over The Years! Today I Found 2 More Recalls 4 It On Their Site (not The Gasket 1) That They Didn’t Tell Me Of On 4/7/08 When Asked 4 A Vin When Calling About The Problem. I Asked 4 The Price Of A Rebuilt engine As They Said They Wouldn’t Fix A Rod & Quoted $5,500. When I Asked If It Was For Everything, He Replied “no – Parts Can Really Add Up, Honey”! I Took Great Care Of This Truck! I Opted To Tow It To Another Accredited Shop Since They Wouldn’t Give Me A Total Price. Not Including 2 Tows & Paying $150 To Diagnose I Was Quoted A Min Of $7,300 To Fix W/rebuild +/- 12%. Why Should I Have To Pay 4 Something That Is fords Fault? They Made A Faulty engine & Left Thousands Of Us To Pay 4 It! I Can Either Buy A New Car Or Walk Now! Im Handicapped W 2 Disable Adopt Foster Kids & Husb Who’s A Police Officer! 1 Income/ We Rent, So Wont Qual 4 Cash Loan! Please See This: Http://forums.treemedia.com/fb/archive/index.php/t-224.html Where Other ford 4.2 Owners Noted Same Issue & Their Responses Fm ford. We Need Help Or Direction On How To Start/join A Class Action Suit Against Them To Get Repairs Done Or $ To Pay For It! *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 116000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1722VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LONG BEACH, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 20010508. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:U. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph. DEALER’S NAME: WORTHINGTON FORD . DEALER’S CITY: LONG BEACH . DEALER’S STATE CODE: CA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 90807 .

Apr 05, 2008

I Purchased A ford Factory Motor 4.2v6 Crate Motor For My F150, Back In 2004. The Motor Has 10,000 Miles On It And Has Blown For The 2nd Time During This Trucks Lifetime. I Had It Serviced Because The Check Light Came On. ford Replaced The Sensor And Took It For A Test Drive And The Service Technician Came Back With Blown Motor, And Will Not Fix It. Their Are Currently Hundreds Of Complaints Against This Motor And No One Has Had Any Luck With It. I Would Like To Know If Their Is Anyone That Could Help Me With This Matter. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 102974 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX172XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ANSONIA, CT. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph. DEALER’S NAME: HEALEY FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 203-732-5000 . DEALER’S CITY: ANSONIA . DEALER’S STATE CODE: CT. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 06401 .

Apr 24, 2008

1997 ford f-150, Wipers Quit While Using Them In Rain, Head Gasket Leaks Oil On Exhaust Which Intern Smokes And Could Possibly Cause Fire. *tr

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1868VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SWEETWATER, TN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS.

June 18, 2005

My 1997 f-150 4.2l V6 With 128,000 Miles Started Experiencing An Unaccountable For Water Loss That Quickly Turned Into A Rough Idle On Cold Starts And Then Very Noticeable Steam From The Exhaust At What Time It Was Taken In For Repair With A Suspected Blown Head Gasket. Dismantling The engine, There Was Water In The Top End But There Is No Indication Of Head Gasket Failure And The Heads Have Been Pressure Tested For Leaks And Turned Out Ok. It Appears That The Intake Or Intake Gasket Is The Problem And Upon Online Research It Was Discovered That ford Has Had Prior Complaints Of Intake And Gasket Failures. *tr

Mileage was 128000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LEXINGTON, KY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Jan 10, 2009

The Contact Owns A 1997 ford F150. The Frontal Head Gaskets Were Leaking. Also He Hears Knocking In The engine Caused By A Defective Connection Rod. The Vehicle Was Taken To The Dealer. He Was Refused Service Because He Purchased A Vehicle From A Different Dealer. The Manufacturer Was Notified And He Was Advised That There Was A Class Action Law Suit For The Failure. He Was Then Advised To File A Complaint With Nhtsa. The Failure Mileage 219,000. The Vehicle Identification Number Was Unavailable.

Mileage was 219000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PEACHTREE CITY, GA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Nov 05, 2009

Sparkplug Blowing Out. *tr

Mileage was 158264 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1860VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NEW UNDERWOOD, SD. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 75 mph.

Dec 29, 2009

I Was Driving My Truck And Heard A Loud Pop, As If A Tire Had Blown Or Drive Component Broke. My Truck Began To Run Rough And Shake After The Noise And Continued When I Came To A Stop Very Shortly After The Sound. It Also Continued After I Came To A Stop And Put My Truck In Park. Also, It Increased In Severity But Lessened In Time Interval, Of An Obvious Knock. I Learned I Had Blown A Spark Plug Out Of My Head, Taking The Threads In The Head With It. The Two Options Are To Remove The Head From The Motor, Which Costs About What The Truck Is Worth, Or To Fix It With The Head On The Motor And Take Chances That No Metal Shavings Enter The Cylinders. Both Options Require A Heli-coil For The Head. I Had To Heli-coil My Head To Replace The Spark Plug Since There Were No Threads For The Spark Plug To Attach To. *tr

Mileage was 132600 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX18L0VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OWASSO, OK. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 15 mph.

Jan 02, 2010

The Contact Owns A 1997 ford f-150. While The Contact Was At Work She Was Informed That The Front End Of Her Vehicle Had Caught On Fire. The Hood Of The Vehicle, Interior, And Both Front End Tires Were Burned And Damaged Beyond Repair.the Fire Department Was Called To Extinguish The Fire And The Vehicle Has Not Been Diagnosed By The Dealership Or The Insurance Company. There Were No Prior Warnings And The Current And Failure Mileages Were 270000. The Vin Number Was Unavailable.

Vehicle was on fire. Mileage was 270000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NORTH PLAINS, OR. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Feb 03, 2010

The Contact Owns A 1997 ford f-150. He Stated That While Exiting A Driveway At Approximately 5 Mph, There Was A Loud, Unusual Noise Followed By The Vehicle Independently Decelerating. The Vehicle Was Driven To A Local Repair Facility Where The Contact Was Informed That The Spark Plugs Had Detached From The Vehicle And Stripped The Threads Holding The Spark Plugs In Place. In Addition, The Failure Caused The Spark Plug Wires To Melt. The Vehicle Was Repaired With A Coil Spark Plug Kit. Neither The Dealer Nor The Manufacturer Was Contacted. The Failure And Current Mileages Were 67,000.

Mileage was 67000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTEF08L9VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ALLENTOWN, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

May 29, 2010

My 1997 ford f-150 Started To Leak Coolant Into The Cylinder. I Decided To Buy A Brand New Motor From ford Back In 2005 Because Repair The Leaking Gasket Was Not Worth It. There Is A Group Of People Saying That ford Should Have Or Indeed Have Recalled These Motors And I Never New About It. I Was Never Informed When I Took To A ford Dealership. I Paid $2500 For A Motor ford Should Have Paid As I Am Understanding From What I Read Online. *tr

Mileage was 100000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1720VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in AUSTIN, TX. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS.

June 10, 2005

The Contact Owns A 1997 ford F150 Xlt. The Vehicle Was Parked For Over 18 Hours And Caught On Fire. The Fire Department Extinguished The Fire. The Origin Of The Fire Was Unknown. The Fire Started Under The Hood Of The Vehicle And It Was Destroyed. No One Was Injured. The Manufacturer Was Called And Offered No Assistance. The Failure Mileage Was 101,000.

Vehicle was involved in a crash. Vehicle was on fire. Mileage was 101000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF0729VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HENDERSON, KY. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Oct 30, 2010

Purchased A Used 1997 ford f-150 Truck From A Private One Owner Person, The Truck Had Less Than 58,000 Original Miles, This Truck Has A 4.2 Liter V-6 engine, Which Was Well Maintained. After Driving The Truck For Less Than 4 Months Of Owning It The engine Suffered A Catastrophic engine Failure Due To A Defect In engine Gasket, Torque Sequence And Other Specific Specs, Have Not Been Notified Of This Problem From ford Motor Co. As Of Yet. The engine Suffered What Is Called Hydraulic-lock And When The engine Cranked Up It Bent Piston Rods In The Motor And The Piston Skirts Are Now Hitting The Crankshaft, Requires A Total engine Rebuild Or New engine Replacement. *tr

Mileage was 61850 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1728VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CITRA, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Nov 22, 2010

1997 ford 4.2l F150 – 91,000 Miles Vehicle Properly Maintained, “babied” It. It Never Had Oil, Coolant, Or Any engine Problems. Started Vehicle And Heard An engine Sound “pop”, And Noticed White Smoke Emitting From Tailpipe. The Gauges Were Reading All Normal, As Well As Oil And Transmission Fluid Levels. The Check engine Light Came On. I Immediately Took The Truck To My Shop, They Said Without Taking engine Apart It Sounds Like A Rod Or Bent Crankshaft. They Mentioned That It Appears To Be A Common Problem With ford 4.2 engines. It Is Now At The Local ford Dealer – They Have Not Explained How This Happened But That I Need An engine Rebuilt. Really. Thank You ford For Standing Behind Your Product. Cheaper To Buy A Rebuilt engine? Does It Have The Original engine Gaskets? Then I Can Expect To Spend Another $4000,00 In Three Years Or Just After The Warranty Expires. If You Have An engine Problem With The ford F150 4.2l Just Do An Internet Search! Where Is The Class Action Lawsuit? *tr

Mileage was 91848 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1723VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FT. PIERCE, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Dec 09, 2010

I Have A 1997 F150 4.2 V6 That I Purchased New From ford. I Noticed That It Was Losing Coolant, But Could Not Find A Leak. In 2005, With Only 89000 Miles On The Vehicle I Started It Up One Afternoon When I Was On My Way Home From Work And It Was Running Rough. I Drove It Home And Parked It And Went Out Approximately An Hour Later And Started It Up And It Had A Very Loud Rod Knock. I Was Just Researching Rebuild Kits And Rebuilt engines When I Came Across All The Posts About Hydrolock. I Now Know That This Was A Situation That ford Was Aware Of, But Did Nothing To Correct And Left People Like Myself With A Vehicle That Was Well Maintained And Did Not Last. Unfortunately, I Did Not Have The Means To Repair And The Vehicle Has Been Sitting All This Time. I Think They Should Have Taken Responsibility When They Found Out And People Like Myself Would Have Had Protection On Our Investment. *tr

Mileage was 89000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1729VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MADISON, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Nov 10, 2005

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