1997 Ford F-150 Steering Linkages 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 Steering Linkages problems and defects. Total reports: 32.

Steering Linkages Make Popping Noises At Low Speeds & On Rough Roads. The Noise Is Louder When Turning Wheel. Developed A Lot Of Play In Steering Wheel. Problem Occurred After Warranty Ran Out. Will Be Taking Vehicle Back To Dealer. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):AFTDX176XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CADIZ, KY. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph.

Oct 06, 1998

Pitman Arm & Idler Arm Need Replaced After Only 40k Miles. Steering Became Unpredictable.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1865VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MILFORD, OH. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Nov 16, 1998

Steering Column Linkages Failed.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1768VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ONTARIO, 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. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Nov 01, 1996

Steering Gear Assembly And Pitman Arm Failed Causing Loss Of Control. Yh

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1867VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SARVER, PA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960829. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

Apr 03, 1998

Tie-rod Snapped In Two After Driver Engaged “reverse” To Back Out Of A Space. Driver Lost All Steering Control. Vehicle Towed To ford Dealer. Employee, And, Or Others Could Have Sustained Serious Injury Or Fatality If Part Had Failed While Vehicle Was Being Operated At Normal Driving Speed. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1763VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BLUE IS, IL. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Mar 27, 2000

Pitman Arm Broke Between The Steering Shaft And Gear, Causing Drive To Lose Control Of The Vehicle, Resulting In A Crash. Dealer Was Not Willing To Inspect The Defective Part . Also, Left Ball Joint Were Bad, Causing Tires To Wear Out.

Vehicle was involved in a crash. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W6VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HARRISBURG, PA. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 35 mph.

Dec 01, 1999

Part Failed, Causing Loss Of Control. Vehicle Was Forced Into Oncoming Traffic. The Dealer And ford Were Contacted. They Both Agreed That It Shouldn’t Have Failed. They Were Not Concerned About The Safety Issue, Just There Warranty Liability. When The Part Failed It Damaged The Backing Plate And Punctured The Rim, Causing Tire Failure. What May Have Happened If This Was At Highway Speed?*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX172XVC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in STRONGSVILLE, OH. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961001. 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: 30 mph.

June 09, 2000

No Summary

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1760VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in AKRON, OH. Vehicle was purchased on 19990301. 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.

Aug 01, 2000

On Both Occasions Tie Rods Came Apart At The Middle Without Warning!*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):IFTDFI727VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SOUTHBEND, IN. Vehicle was purchased on 19990101. 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: 30 mph.

July 24, 2000

There Was A Squeak, And ford Called It A Groan When Turning Steering Wheel. Dealer Said It Was A Defective Pitman Arm.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX17LOVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BRYAN, TX. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

June 01, 2000

Had To Replace Steering Pitman. Vehicle Was Out Of Warranty. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W9VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BERTHOLD, ND. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970712. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Jan 11, 2001

By Chance I Heard My Wife Back Ruck Out Of Garage And Noticed A Loud Squeak From Front End As She Steered. With Windows Up And Heater On We Had Not Heard The Sound During This Winter And Don’t Know How Long It Had Been Making Noise. We Made An Appointment And Took It To The Dealer. As We Pulled In The Shop With It Squeaking At Each Turn Of The Steering Wheel A Mechanic Walked Over And Said That Must Be A 1997. I Said Yes And He Said The Pitman Arm Is Supposed To Be Lubed For Life So There Is No Grease Fitting, And They Are Known To Fail On The 1997‘s. We Get Our Truck Oil Changed And Lubed Every 3000 Miles Or Close To It. He Said If We Hadn’t Notice The Noise It Would Have Seized Up And Broke. As I Understand It The Pitman Arm Connects The Steering Box Shaft To The Steering Linkage And A Failure Would Have Resulted In A Sudden Loss Of Steering. We Got It Fixed Immediately By Replacing The Pitman Arm At A Cost Of Close To $300. How Long Will The New Arm Last Without Grease? I Reported It To ford, And They Said They Would Track The Vehicles And Notify Me If There Is A Recall. Then I Did Some Research And Found There Are At Least A Couple Service Bulletins Dating Back To 97 And 98 That They Were Aware Of This Problem In Early Production. You Would Think They Would Notify Us Of The Problem While The Warranty Would Cover The Repair And At Least To Assure Our Steering Would Not Fail. The Bulletin Numbers I Found Are #9810569 In 1998 And Bc2360970501 In 1997 Both About The Pitman Arm Replacement. The Repair Was Done At Metro ford Of Grand Ledge Michigan (517-627-3293). *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W1VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GRAND LEDGE, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970801. 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.

Jan 19, 2001

Pittman Arm Referenced Eight (8) Times In Tsb’s. Rear Window Also Referenced In Tsb’s. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18WXVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HIGH POINT, NC. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970501. 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: 0 mph.

Jan 31, 2001

The Way The Tie Rods Are Made When They Become Slightly Worn They Pull Apart. After Talking With Some Auto Repair Shops I Found That This Is A Common Occurance.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1865VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BRIDGTON, ME. Vehicle was purchased on 19980601. 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: 60 mph.

Feb 26, 2001

Front Steering Makes Squealing Noise When Turn Steering Wheel. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX17L1VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GRIFFIN, GA. Vehicle was purchased on 20000201. 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.

A Loud Noise Comes From The Pitman Everytime The Wheel Is Turn. Also, The Door Ajar Light Sticks And Stays On Longer And Longer Each Time.

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WALDORF, MD. 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. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Sept 12, 2000

As I Was Making A Right Hand Turn The Passenger Side Tie Rod Broke. Leaving Me With No Control Of Steering. Luckily I Was Able To Get To The Side Of The Road.*ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX0766VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LAKE STATION, IN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961001. 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: 10 mph.

July 10, 2001

While Traveling Approximately 50 Mph Vehicle Shimmied Violently. Consumer Was Able To Stop Vehicle Without Incident. Dealership Examined Vehicle, And Determined That Outer Left Tie Rod Broke. Then, On September 7 2001, While Traveling 15 Mph, Consumer Lost Steering And Braking Systems When Inner Right Tie Rod Broke. Please Provide Any Additional Information / Attachments. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1721VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BATTLE CREEK, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.VEHICLE SPEED: 50 mph.

July 01, 2000

Front Suspension Is A “sealed Ball/socket System” Supposedly Needing No Grease. The Tie Rod Driver’s Side/inner Just Popped Off At Low Speed. It Was Determined That The Socket Was Dry Causing Excessive Wear/corrosion On The Joint. Was Also Told That The Pittman Arm Is Also Dry And In Need Of Grease – Actually, Replacement, Now. I Am Continually Assured By ford Service Dept., That The Truck Does Not Need To Have Grease Added As It Has A “sealed Ball And Socket Joint System” These Parts Should Be Mandated To Have Grease Fittings For Preventative Maintenance Capabilities. ****hubs**** Design Flaw With The Diameter Of The Hubs In Relation To The Wheel/rotors, Etc., On The 1997 Trucks, The Diameter Of The Hubs Did Not Allow For Even A Minor Amount Of Normal Corrosion. This Results In The Mechanic’s Inability To Remove The Hub For Service Without Damaging The Hub Assy. (there Is No “lip” Or Difference Of Diameter To Tap He Edge Of The Hub Assy To Remove It From The Wheel Assy. This Happened On The Truck When It Was Less Than 1 Year Old And Had Not Been Exposed To Salt Water/air. *ak

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX18W6VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NORTHVILLE, MI. Vehicle was purchased on 19980801. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Oct 26, 2001

I Had Noticed A Squeak From The Front End When Making Turns. I Found Nothing Loose So I Ignored It For A While. After Doing Some Investigating Found There To Be Problems With Pitman Arms On These Vehicles. I Checked Mine And Found That To Be The Noise And Replaced The Part. I Kept The Old Part. It Appears Dry And Soon To Wear Out.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX172XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MOMENCE, IL. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 01, 2001

Airbag Light Is On. Vehicle Taken To Dealer 5 Times. Dealer Cannot Solve Problem. *ak Consumer States That The Throttle Stuck On Vehicle While Driving In Heavy Traffic When Vehicle Only Had 8193 Miles On It, Dealer Replaced Throttle Body And Air Intake, Throttle Stuck Again At 28104 Miles, Dealer Replaced Same Parts. Pittman Arm Was Replaced. *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1762UN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GREENSBORO, NC. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970730. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph.

Aug 01, 2001

Drivers Side Tie-rod Fell Off While Driving The Vehicle And Punctured The Wheel (rim) Causing Instant Deflation Of Tire Pressure. Lost All Steering Capabilities And Front Left Wheel Was Jambed With The Tie Rod Causing Vehicle To Come To A Complete Stop. ford Installs Zerkless Tie Rods (suppose To Have Lifetime Lubrication?), The Rubber Boot Is Not Tight Fiitting Allowing Moisture To Find Its Way Inside. It Appears That The Tie Rod Was Corroded From The Inside Out. This Is Suppose To Be A Major Complaint Among f-150 Owners. This Is A Manufacture Defect That Could Become Deadly If Incident Occures At Highway Speeds.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1722VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WADSWORTH, OH. 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: 10 mph.

Jan 27, 2002

One Of Five 1997-1998 ford f-150 Pickup Trucks Owned By The New York State Department Of Transportaion Which Have Had Tie Rod Failures After Reaching 75k Miles Or More

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1726VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in POUGHKEEPSIE, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970401. 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: 55 mph.

Aug 10, 2001

One Of Five 1997-1998 ford f-150 Pickup Trucks Owned By The New York State Department Of Transportaion Which Have Had Tie Rod Failures After Reaching 75k Miles Or More. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1726VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in POUGHKEEPSIE, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970401. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Aug 14, 2000

One Of Five 1997-1998 ford f-150 Pickup Trucks Owned By The New York State Department Of Transportaion Which Have Had Tie Rod Failures After Reaching 75k Miles Or More. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1726VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in POUGHKEEPSIE, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970401. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Aug 14, 2000

No Summary Listed For This Vehicle. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W4VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in AVERILL PARK, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20001101. 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: 45 mph.

May 11, 2002

While Driving 25 Mph And Making A Turn, Steering Wheel Kept Turning But Vehicle Was Still Going Straight. Dealer Determined The Pivot Arm Had Disconnected.*jb

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX17L8VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in AKRON, OH. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

May 18, 2002

While Backing Vehicle In Parking Lot, Heard A Noise. Drove Approximately Two Blocks When I Was Not Able To Steer The Vehicle Upon Inspection Discovered The Tie Rod Had Broken.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1720VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NEWFANE, NY. Vehicle was purchased on 20000201. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 20 mph.

June 04, 2002

Consumer Experiening Problems With Front End Squeaking When Turning Steering Wheel. Dealer Replaced Pitman Arm. *tt

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1761VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HARTSELLE, AL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Passenger Side Tyrod Failed At The Balljoint On Highway At 65mph. We Had A Mechanic Replace The Tyrod And He Discovered The Driver’s Side Tyrod Extremely Worn. No Crash Involved-thank Goodness. Thought It Should Be Reported. We Are Original Owners Of The ford-f150 With Just Over +65,000 On Vehicle. Please Contact Us If You Have Further Questions. Thanks. K. Pagano. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTZX1761WK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ALGONQUIN, IL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20980101. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph.

June 21, 2002

On Both Occasions While Taking Turns At Low Speed Tie Rods Snapped Where Threaded Rod Attaches To Main Housing Of Tie Rod. In Both Cases I Was Able To Stop Vehicle Before Striking Either Oncoming Traffic Or Other Objects. When I Brought My Vehicle In For Repairs I Asked The Dealer If This Was A Common Occurence He Hesitated Then Said No. Then While Walking To Service Area To Fill Out Forms I Passed Two Other Trucks With Same Problems Of Snapped Tie Rods. While Relating This Story To Several Environmental Police Officers Who Drive Similar Vehicles, They Reported That They Were On Theri Third And Forth Sets Of Tie Rods For Their Vehicles.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX08WXVC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WEST BOYLSTON, MA. Vehicle was purchased on 20990701. Vehicle was not 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: 25 mph.

July 06, 2002

Caught Problem Before Tragedy

Mileage was 65000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEF17W4VL. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PLYMOUTH, MI. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 28, 2005

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