1997 Ford F-150 Steering 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 problems and defects. Total reports: 35.

When Driving At 40 Mph The Truck Sways. *ak Steering Is Very Sensitive Vehicle Wanders At Highway Speeds Can Not Tow With Vehicle Or Can Not Control At All.*jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FT0X1769VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DESMOINE, IA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960509. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph.

When Driving And Trying To Turn The Steering Overreacts, Hard To Steer . Please Describe .*ak

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

While Driving Down The Freeway About 70mph, Has To Put A Lot Of Pressure On The Steering Wheel In Order For The Vehicle To Go Staight. If Taking Some Of The Pressure Off The Steering Wheel, The Vehicle Will Go Out Of Control. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX17L2VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Mar 02, 1997

When Driving At Approx 40 Mph, Goes Through 50 Mph,steering Wheel Will Begin To Vibrate. Dealer Checked The Vehicle 3 Times. Said It Was Common Problem, Cannot Fix Problem. *ak *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX17W1VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in RECINE, WI. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961101. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 45 mph.

Apr 01, 1996

Steering Wheel Clunks When Accelerating And Decelerating, And When On Bumpy Pavement.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1869VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WHARTON, NJ. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph.

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

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

Nov 10, 1997

Vibration Can Be Felt In Steering Wheel While Driving. Vibration Appears To Be From Suspension/steering Gear, Not Steering Wheel Itself.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1860VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BELLEVUE, TN. Vehicle was purchased on 19980724. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD.

Consumer Is Having A Problem With The Steering. It Is Hard To Manage When Doing 4mph, The Truck Carries To The Left Or Right On Its On., The Problem Has Caused Consumer To Run Off The Road Several Times. Dealer Has Not Been Contacted. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1STDX1725VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WINTERS, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Oct 18, 1998

Steering Problems; When Turning Right 10mph Heard A Noise.turned Steering To Right And Left, Wheel Didn’t Respond.*ak

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WATERLOO, IN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

July 22, 1999

Noisy Steering, Vibration In Steering Wheel.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1764VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in KEY WEST, FL. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

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

A Bolt Within The Steering Mechanism Had Unscrewed, Causing Steering Wheel To Spin While Tires Stayed Straight, Resulting In Loss Of Vehicle Control. Mechanic Tightend The Bolt. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX18L6VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WOLLASTON, MA. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: DIESEL. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

July 19, 2000

Steering Box That Is Attached To Frame Had Fallen Off. Vehicle Was Without Steering, And Consumer Lost Control Without A Prior Warning. *ak The Driver Lost Steering Because Bolts Holding The Steering Box To The Frame Cracked. *yh

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF1728VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970301. 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: 30 mph.

July 20, 2000

Some Of The Steering Assembly Components Wore Prematurely Due To Lack Of Lubrication. Nlm

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DOVER, MA. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Some Of The Steering Assembly Components Wore Prematurely Due To Lack Of Lubrication. Nlm

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DOVER, MA. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

While Attempting To Make A Right Hand Turn The Consumer Lost Control And The Vehicle Ended Up In A Field, The Steering Wheel Could Be Turned Like A Roulet Wheel. Nlm

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DERBY, NY. Vehicle was not 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: 55 mph.

Right Front Outside Tie-rod End Separated At The Ball/socket Joint. This Occured While Turning Into A Driveway So Speed Was Not A Factor. These Tie-rod Ends Are Factory Sealed So Maintenance Is Impossible.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF1721VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ALTON, NH. 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. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph.

July 04, 2001

Consumer States Of Having Problem With A Crank Rods Dealer Was Contacted. Ts

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ROCK HILL, SC. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Power Steering Gear Bolts Broke. There Was A Pop Noise And Consumer Could Turn Steering Wheel In Either Direction But Front Wheels Would Not Turn. Dealer Replaced Broken Bolts From Gear. Repaired Power Steering Leak At Hose From Reservoir To Pump. *tt

Mileage was 60000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX18L4VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DAHINDA, IL. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph.

Dec 15, 2002

A Bolt From The Steering Wheel Broke, And Caused Consumer To Lose Control Of The Vehicle, Which Was Subsequently Involved In An Accident. *jb

Vehicle was involved in a crash. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1866VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DELMAR, DE. Vehicle was purchased on 20020318. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Mar 12, 2003

While Backing Out Of The Driveway, The Consumer Turned The Steering Wheel, And It Continued To Turn Without Stopping. The Consumer Opened The Hood And Noticed The Steering Wheel Shaft Had Separated From The Steering Box. *jb

Mileage was 165000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BROWNWOOD, TX. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Consumer Stated That While Driving And Without Warning The Steering Shaft Snapped And Caused The Consumer To Lose Steering Control. *ts *scc *jb

Mileage was 112000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX07W0VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LAUDERDALE LAKES, FL. Vehicle was purchased on 19990501. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 40 mph. DEALER’S NAME: WORLD FORD . DEALER’S CITY: HOLLYWOOD . DEALER’S STATE CODE: FL.

May 02, 2003

Consumer States Received A Recall Notice. Took Vehicle To Dealer, And Dealer Stated That Vehicle Was Fine. Dealer Never Looked At Car.*ak.

Mileage was 15000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1723VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WEST MIFFLIN, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Consumer States Steering Has Failed While Driving. Dealer Notified. *ak

Mileage was 109000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BURLINGTON, KY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

June 14, 2003

While Turning The Steering Wheel Binds And Makes A Grinding Noise. The Consumer Has To Use Excessive Effort To Straighten The Wheel. The Vehicle Was Towed To The Dealer For Analysis But The Technician Could Not Resolve The Problem. *ak The Problem Has Been Reported To The Manufacturer But They Refused To Provide Any Assistance. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 100000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1769VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FORT WORTH, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. DEALER’S NAME: WEST WAY FORD . DEALER’S CITY: IRVINE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX.

Dec 08, 2003

Steering Failure: My 1997ford F150 Had A Steering Failure. Vin:[xxx]. The Steering Shaft Separated From The Power Steering Box. The Steering Shaft Connection Is Aluminum And The Gear On The Power Steering Box Is Steel. The Aluminum Wore And The Steel, Naturally Did Not. Basic Engineering Failure. Described Exactly In Recall No. 03s02 A Very Thorough Search Showed No Recalls Or Maintenance Notices. Please, Please, Please, If You Have A 1997, ford F150 Have The Connection Of The Steering Shaft To The Power Steering Box Check Immediately. I Cannot Imagine A Worst Failure In A Vehicle. No Steering. *nm *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 104932 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1861VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in POCATELLO, ID. Vehicle was purchased on 19960510. 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 . VEHICLE SPEED: 15 mph.

Nov 10, 2003

While Driving 65 Mph The Consumer Lost Steering Power. The Consumer Was Not Able To Maintain Control Of The Vehicle, And Crashed Into A Guardrail. Upon Impact, Both Frontal Air Bags Deployed. The Vehicle Was Towed To The Dealer For Inspection, And The Mechanic Determined That The Steering Shaft Broke, And Needed To Be Replaced. *ak *sc *jb

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 68000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX076XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ZAPATA, TX. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph. DEALER’S NAME: JOHNSON FORD . DEALER’S CITY: TEMPLE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: TX.

July 25, 2004

While Backing Out To Get On Highway Consumer ford F150 Had No Steering. *ts (11/16/05) The Steering Wheel Assembly Had Broken. The Consumers Found That A Piece On The Steering Shaft Assembly That Was Made Out Of Aluminum Had Worn Out. *sc

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

Nov 01, 2005

As I Was Leaving The On Ramp To Enter Heavy Traffic On I-25 In Denver The Steering Wheel Became Disconnected Where The Steering Shaft Meets The Steering Gear Box. There Was No Steering Capabilities Of The Pick-up. I Was Able To Stop Without Causing Any Problems But Was Within Feet Of Being In Heavy Traffic. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 72215 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1766VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DENVER, CO. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

May 28, 2008

The Contact Owns A 1997ford F150. When The Contact Attempted To Turn The Steering Wheel, It Made A Cracking And Popping Noise. In Addition, The Steering Wheel Could Be Lifted Up From The Anchorage And Tilted To The Left And The Right. His Vin Was Not Included In Nhtsa Campaign Id Number 03v196000 (steering:gear Box:shaft Sector), Although He Received A Recall Letter In 2008. He Was Informed By Both The Dealer And Manufacturer (ford Of America) That There Were No Open Recalls For The Vehicle. The Failure Mileage Was 160,000 And Current Mileage Was 170,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 160000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1864VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SIMPSONVILLE, SC. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 10, 2007

The Contact Owns A 1997fordf-150. After Making A Right Turn At 10 Mph, The Pin In The Steering Column Fell Out. The Contact Lost Control Of The Vehicle And Managed To Stop On The Side Of The Road. The Vehicle Was Towed To A Personal Mechanic. The Manufacturer Stated That They Never Heard Of This Failure And Could Not Assist. The Current Mileage Is 160,000 And Failure Mileage Was 150,000. The Steering Shaft Coupler Sheered Off. Updated 05/29/09*jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 160000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF0728VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in KANSAS CITY, MO. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph. DEALER’S NAME: DON FREELY AUTO CLINIC . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 913-432-1080 . DEALER’S CITY: OVERLAND PARK . DEALER’S STATE CODE: KS. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 66202 .

Oct 04, 2008

Gem Module Failure At High Speed. Caused 4×4 To Engage At High Speed Causing Loss Of Control Of Vehicle. Also, During Turns, Causes Loss Of Control Of Steering. Did Some Research Of Several ford F150 Web Sites And Found Several Complaints For Similar Or The Same Problems. Took The Vehicle To The ford Dealer For Repair And Was Told The Gem Module Was The Culprit And That There Was Significant Corrosion In The Adjacent Fuse Junction Panel. The Service Department Confessed That They Have Had Several Complaints For These Kinds Of Conditions And Have Had To Replace Many Of These Gem Modules And Fuse Panels Because Of Leaks In The Windshield Or Hood Cowling. They Further Told Me That Unless I Replaced These Components And Any Other Electrical Component, At My Expense, They Would Not Warranty Any Repairs. After A Repair Bill Of $1000.00, ford Refused To Help Claiming It Was Not A Design Or Component Part Problem. My Concern Is The Possibility Of Electrical Failures In The Future Or Even Damage To The Drive Train Components.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 148200 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX08W0VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OOLTEWAH, TN. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph.

Oct 29, 2010

The Contact Owns A 1997fordf-150. The Contact Stated That While Driving Approximately 10 Mph, The Steering Wheel Detached From The Vehicle. The Contact Was Able To Stop The Vehicle Safely. While Inspecting The Vehicle, The Contact Noticed That The Intermediate Steering Shaft Was Not Properly Secured On The Steering Box. The Manufacturer Was Notified And The Contact Was Informed That The Vehicle Was Not Included In The Recall Associated With Nhtsa Campaign Id Number 03v196000 (steering:gear Box:shaft Sector). The Vehicle Was Not Repaired. The Failure And Current Mileages Were Approximately 106,000. Updated 09/27/11 *bf The Vehicle Was Repaired At The Owner’s Expense.

Mileage was 106000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX186XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BRINNON, WA. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph. DEALER’S NAME: GILLIS FORD . DEALER’S CITY: SHELTON . DEALER’S STATE CODE: WA.

Aug 04, 2011

The Contact Owns A 1997fordf-150. While Driving Approximately 4 Mph, The Contact Lost Control Of The Steering. The Contact Inspected The Vehicle And Noticed That The Steering Shaft Was Separated From The Steering Box. The Contact Replaced The Bolt That Held The Steering Shaft In Place. The Contact Referenced Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 03v196000 (steering:gear Box:shaft Sector) But Was Advised By The Manufacturer That The Vin Was Not Included In The Recall. The Vehicle Was Repaired. The Approximate Failure Mileage Was 200,000. Updated 02/22/12 *bf Updated 03/01/12

Mileage was 200000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1861VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BARTO, PA. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 4 mph.

Feb 08, 2011

I Was Driving Home From Town When All The Ball Bearings Fell Out Of The Steering Column And The Steering Wheel Became Loose And The Truck Began To Sway From Right To Left, It Was Controllable At The Low Speed I Was Going But Thank God I Wasn’t On An Interstate Or Highway At A Higher Speed I Could Have Run Off The Road Or Worse Had A Head On Collision ! The Truck Has Not Left My Property Since But I Still Have To Keep Full Coverage Insurance And Tagged For Insurance Purposes And A Lien From My Bank On It,i Have Also Replaced The Starter On It Eight (8) Times The Parts Are Very Cheap But It Has An Airbag And My Local ford Dealer Gave Me An Estimate Of 200.00 Two Hundred Dollars To Replace Two Six And Seven Dollar Bearings. When The Incident Happened I Had No Idea What Happened Since The Ball Bearings Are Very Tiny And Are Hard To See And It Took A Long Time To Figure Out What Happened My Truck Just Sits There All This Time Because Im Afraid Of Someone Getting Hurt Seriously Or Killed Because Im Afraid Of Losing Control On The Steering. I Have Been Driving Since I Was Sixteen And Was A Big Truck Driver From 1979 To 1996 Till I Became Ill But I Would Never Drive A Vehicle With Steering Problems, Thank You *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 135606 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1869VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HALF WAY, MO. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 20 mph.

Mar 09, 2010

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