1997 Ford F-150 Engine And Engine Cooling Exhaust System 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 Exhaust System problems and defects. Total reports: 16.

Consumer Took Vehicle To Dealership To Replace Right Rear Wheel/right Hub Cap/bumper And Exhaust System. All Parts Replacment Was Due To Exhaust System Being In The Way, Which Caused Corrosion To All Above Parts. Consumer Confronted The Servicemen About Condition Reoccurring. His Reply Was That After The Warranty Expired, It Became Consumer’s Problems. Dealer Notified *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18WXVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PRESQUE ISLE, WI. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Feb 02, 1998

Location Of Exhaust System In Front Of Passenger’s Side Causes The Abs Brakes To Freeze Up In Winter. Have Not Taken To Dealer As Of Yet. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1721VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WILLOW LAKE, SD. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph.

Dec 10, 1996

Weeds Pack Up In And Around Cross Member Of Cross Over Exhaust System, Which Leads To A Drying Out Of Weeds, Resulting In Fires. (qcaw)

Vehicle was on fire. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1GTFX19L7VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GARLAND, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961101. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Grass And Weeds Get Caught In Cross Over Brace Under Exhaust System, As They Pack In They Dry Out, Causing Fire. (qcaw)

Vehicle was on fire. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX18L1VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GARLAND, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

While Driving Vehicle, Fire Came Up From Between The Cab And Bed Of Truck. Fire Investigators Came To The Conclusion That There Is A Design Flaw In This Model Truck Which Allows Debris To Accumulate Under The Shield Which Then Ignited, And Then Ignited The Silicone Sealer On The Shield Which Allowed The Fire To Ignite The Back Seat.

Vehicle was on fire. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1767VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LITTLE ROCK, AR. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 45 mph.

Apr 07, 1999

ford Exhaust Design Is Routed In Front Of Right Rear Tire. The Exhaust Gases Cause The Lug Nuts, Studs, And Brake Drum To Corrode Causing Poor Brake Response And Possibly Wheel Failure.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX08W1VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CATAWISSA, MO. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970301. 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.

Initial Failure- engine Cranks, But Wouldn’t Start. Local Dealershjip Replaced Pcm Twice, Replaced Spark Plugs, Throttle Position Sensor, Trans Shift Solenoid, Timing Cover Gasket, Radiator.. When Vehicle Return To Customer, It Still Was Not Running Prope

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1721VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BRAINTREE, MA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960801. 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: 5 mph.

Aug 13, 1999

Doors Have Stress Cracks At The Lower Right Sides Dealer Repaired Once, But Cracked Before I Picked It Up,exhaust Fumes Entering Car And Discoloring R-rr Wheel. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX18L7VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WESTMONT, IL. Vehicle was purchased on 19990501. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph.

July 25, 1999

Exhaust On Rear Rim Which Has Caused The Rim To Start Pitting And May Cause Failure. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1729VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ARKANSAS CITY, KS. Vehicle was purchased on 19980101. 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.

With No Previous Indications That Anything Was Wrong, Upon Starting engine Heard Loud Clacking Sound, Shut Off And Towed To Mechanic. Who Said It Was An Internal Problem That Could Only Be Fixed By ford Dealership Or A Machine Shop. It Was A Holiday So We Took It To A Machine Shop Who Verified His Previous Encounter With The Same Model engine Before That A Rod Was Bent Which Cracked The Piston, Caused From A “defect In ford‘s Intake Head Gasket”, Which Leaked Water Into The engine. He Also Stated One More Crank Or Run A Little Longer The Piston Would Have Shattered And Gone Through The Crank Shaft Which Could Have Endangered Anyone In It’s Range (hwy, Etc.). The engine Is Now Being Repaired And When ford Was Contacted They Denied Any Problem With The Gasket And Any Responsibility. The Machine Shop Has A “service Notification” That The Gasket Has Been Replaced With One That Will Not Leak. This Is A Very Costly Defect That Could Have Been Prevented If ford Had Sent Notice To Owner’s. I Feel ford Should Own Up To Their Defective Part And Pay For Costs Owner’s Like Myself Have Encountered. I Have A Notice Of Recall For A Different Gasket Leaking Coolant Which Was Replaced By The ford Dealership, #99b29.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 128000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF172XVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PEARL RIVER, LA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961130. 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.

Jan 21, 2003

Goodyear Tire Had Low Pressure, Causing Them To Blowout. In Addition, Consumer Replaced Wheels:cap/cover/hub, And Exhaust System.*ak

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in UNIONVILLE, MI. 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 .

Consumer States The Exhaust Is Located At The Right Side, Causing The Tires To Overheat And Blow Up. In July Firestone Wilderness Ht Size 23570r16 Dot W2081pt Were Replaced By Goodyear ,and Problem Still Recurring. Dealer Stated Nothing Was Wrong With The Exhaust Pipe. Consumer Indicated That Firestone Diagnosis Was That Tire Blew Up Due To Overheating. *ak

Mileage was 81000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DELAND, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

June 20, 2003

My 1997 ford F150 With 4.2l V-6 Manifold Gasket Failed Which Caused Coolant To Leak Into Cylinders. Without Any Warning, At Cold Start The Coolant In The Cylinders Caused Pistons/rod To Break And engine Suddenly Began Loud Knocking And Pouring White Smoke Out Of Exhaust. This Truck Has Been Meticulously Maintained And Has Never Been Driven Hard. Local Repair Shop Says The Local Machine Shop They Use For Rebuilds Has Seen At Least 24 Of These engines Since January 1st, 2003! Estimates To Rebuild Or Replace This engine Range From $2,000 To $4,000. We Have Not Yet Decided What To Do – Scared To Get New engine From ford Because Same Problem May Still Be Present.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 91000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1725VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WARRENVILLE, SC. 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: SATCHER MOTOR COMPANY . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 8035933700 . DEALER’S CITY: GRANITEVILLE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: SC. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 29829 .

May 17, 2003

Manifold Studs Rusted Away Causing Exhaust Pipe To Separate From Manifolds. As A Result Of This Failure, Emissions Portion Of Nys Inspection Was Failed. Repair Is Required To Pass Inspection, And Is Estimated By New Country ford To Be Approximately $2200.00. I Believe This To Be An Excessive Expense As A Result Of The Manufacturers Poor Design And Quality Of Parts. *jb

Mileage was 100500 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1865VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SCOTIA, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970820. 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: MAN . DEALER’S NAME: NEW COUNTRY FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 518-584-7272 . DEALER’S CITY: SARATOGA SPRINGS . DEALER’S STATE CODE: NY. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 12866 .

July 24, 2006

1997 ford F150 With 4.2l engine. Started Car In The Morning. Made A Grinding Sound And Stopped It. Restarted The Motor And It Rattling Loudly And Stopped It Again. The Number One Piston Bent The Connecting Rod. *tr

Mileage was 124000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MEMPHIS, TN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

July 20, 2009

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