1997 Ford F-150 Suspension Front 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 Suspension Front problems and defects. Total reports: 36.

When Driving The Front End Goes Left To Right Almost Cause And Accident. Please Describe . *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in KENNESAW, GA. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

When Driving At 40 Mph The Truck Sways. Please Describe .

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DESMOINE, IA. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

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.

While Driving, The Steering Wheel Vibrates And There Is A Noise Coming From The Steering Column.*ak Consumer Feels Someting Was Left Out Around The Steering Column. *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX0760VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in POINT, TX. 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. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Jan 01, 1996

While Driving Noticed Rattle In Front Suspension, Hit Bumps In Road, Vehicle Vibrates And Steering Column Shimmies, Dlr Indicates Mfr’s Aware Of Problem But Has Not Fixed The Problem At This Time. *ak *jb

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1866VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CADWELL, GA. 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. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Vehicle Shakes/ Hop’s When Driving. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHULA VESTA, CA. 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 . VEHICLE SPEED: 50 mph.

Aug 20, 1996

When Driving The Vehicle There Is A Vibration Coming From The Steering Wheel, 700 Or 1200 Rpm’s Or Higher. Vehicle At Dealership (17) Days, Still Cannot Find Problem. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX17L2VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CLARKSVILLE, TN. 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. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

When At A Stop Or Parked The Vehicle Has A Ruffled Idle And Vibrates Like Its Ready To Stall Out. While Driving Between 40mph And Up, The Vehicle Sways From One Side To Another Side. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in STOUGHTON, MA. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961101. 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.

Vehicle Rolled Away While In Park On Slight Incline; Also Vehicle Veers To The Left And Windshield Wipers Skip Cycles While On Delay. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX172XVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ADA, MI. 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.

Jan 29, 1997

Steering Wheel Vibrates. Took To Dlr 2 Times, No Results. Vehicle Is With Dealer For The Fourth Time. *ak

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

Starts Vehicle And It Vibrates Excessively. Steering Is Hard To Drive, Cannot Control.took The Car To Dealership, Unable To Find Cause Or Problem. Dealer Notified Manufacturer Of The Problem. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1766VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ROWLETT, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Apr 23, 1997

Vibration In The Front End Makes A Loud Noise When Driving At A Speed 67mph Or More. In For Repair , Manufacturer Knows About It And It Is Under Investigation. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1761ZN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GULF SHORES, AL. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Apr 01, 1997

Vehicle Drifts To The Right. High Efforts On Steering Effectiveness. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX0863VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MANORVILLE, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960731. 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.

July 31, 1996

Truck’s Tail End Fish-tailed, Resulting In A Crash.

0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1724VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BLASDELL, NY. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960801. 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: 50 mph.

Mar 17, 1997

When Driving The Truck Hears A Loud Noise In The Dashboard, And The Truck Is Hard To Control, It Goes All Over The Road. Took To Dealer And Was Told It Was The Steering Column, They Put Extensions On The Steering Column, But The Problem Is Still Reoccurring. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1769VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in COUISE, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

May 12, 1996

Front End Out Of Alignment Causing Premature Wear Of The Tires.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX17L5VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MCALESTER, OK. Vehicle was purchased on 19970501. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Front Suspension Poor Causing Premature Wear Of Tires.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX0768VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FRESNO, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960201. 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.

June 15, 1996

Tires Are Prematurely Wearing Due To Malfunction Within The Suspension. Cause Unknown. Manufacturer Has Been Contacted. *ak *ml

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FDEE1429VH. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BALTIMORE, MD. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970228. 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.

No Summary Listed For This Vehicle. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF18W1VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HOPE, RI. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19971101. 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: 3 mph.

Jan 21, 1999

On Highway Driver Needs Two Hands To Steer The Vehicle. Steering Is Hard To Handle, Sometimes Oversteering Occurs, Dealer Contacted Three Times. Dealer Has Aligned The Front End And Adjusted The Toe, Camber And Caster, However Consumer Still Complains Of Steering Wheel Stiffness, Dealer Can Not Remedy. Check Engine Light Illuminated. *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1861VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OMAHA, NE. Original Owner. 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.

Sept 05, 1996

There Are 8 Points On The Front End That Have Moving Parts, However There Are Only 2 Grease Points. Consumer Feels This Will Shorten The Life Of The Vehicle Due To A Lack Of Proper Lubrication.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX17W1VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HOUSTON, TX. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Mar 05, 1998

Vehicle Experiences Continued Pulling And Vibration Which Has Causing Premature Wear Of The Tires. Mjs

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX17W7VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LEXINGTON, NC. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970226. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Dec 01, 1998

When Traveling At 45-50 Mph Consumer Noticed Vibration And Loud Noise Coming From The Floorboard And From Front Driver’s Side Seat. Consumer Has Contacted The Dealer. Dealer Unable To Determine The Cause Of The Problem; Vehicle Has Been In For Repairs Four Times. *ak

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

I Noticed The Tire Rubbing The Inside Of Truck When I Would Turn To The Right. I Check The Front Tire And Saw That It Was Loosing Its Tread. I Took The Truck Into Burnsworth Zollars And Told Them About The Problem, I Also Told Them That If You Let Go Of The Steering Wheel The Truck Would Automatical Go The Right Side Of The Road. I Also Asked Them To Check The Tie Rods And Ball Socket Joints To See If The Were Causing The Problem. A Day Later I Called Them To Find Out What Was Wrong With The Truck, They Said The Had To Weld The Truck In Order To Bring The Tire Back In. This Does Not Sound Good To Me. I Dont Think Welding The Front Of The Truck Is Going To Fix The Problem. I Also Called ford Motor Co. About It. I Asked Them If Weld Does Not Hold Up And It Caused An Accident What They Would Do Then, The Guy I Talked To Said The Insurance Adjuster Would Tell Me Who Was At Fault. And ford Said Safety Comes First. I Thought I Should Report This Because I Dont Know What Caused The Tire To Tow In, Or If It Was The Frame Or Axel That Is The Defect Of The Truck. All I Know Is That I Dont Want To Drive My Children Arould In A Truck That Is Having This Kind Of Problem. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1729VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LIGONIER, IN. Vehicle was purchased on 19980901. 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.

Jan 05, 2000

There Was One Failure On The Right Side And One Failure On The Left After Cold Weather. The Failures Were Within 3 Weeks Of Each Other. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX18L3VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in EGG HARCOR, NJ. 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: 5 mph.

Feb 15, 2000

Vehicle Is Misaligned Frequently. Yh

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FDEE14L6VH. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CUTCHOGUE, NY. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970908. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Steel Reinforcement Plys Delaminate Causing Out Of Round Condition And Removes Tread From The Rolling And Sidewall Surfaces. When The Tread Departs The Tire An Extreme Unbalanced Condition Causes Severe Vibration In The Truck Frame Until The Vehicle Is Stopped. *ak( Dot Number: Tire Size: 235/70r16 )

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1760VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WEST PALM BEACH, FL. Vehicle was purchased on 19990301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 60 mph.

July 26, 1999

Truck Continues To Handle Poorly At Highway Speeds Dealer Checked Several Times And Found Nothing Mechanicly Wrong Excluding The Fiorst Time When They Replaced A Section Of The Steering Collumn They Rotated And Rebalanced The Tires To No Avail Warranty Expireed Due To Time With Problem Still Evident Our Second Car With 104,000 Miles Handles Much Better At Any Speed. We Have Had 4 Other Trucks So Were Familiar With How A Truck Should Handle Through All Speed Ranges. Thank You. *ak( Dot Number: Tire Size: P235/7516r )

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1724VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CORPUS CHRISTI, TX. 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 SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Was Getting Front End Aligned Due To Vehicle Drifting To The Right. Mechanic Noticed That Tire Tread Was Separating On All 4 Tires. Firestone, Wilderness Ht, P235/70r16 With 52,000 Miles.*ak Dot#w2081pt296. *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1720VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in STAFFORD, VA. Original Owner. Vehicle was not 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.

Sept 24, 2000

No Summary Listed For Above Vehicle. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTEX08L1VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MERIDEN, KS. Vehicle was purchased on 19991101. 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: 5 mph.

Dec 24, 2000

No Summary Listed For Above Vehicle. *ak( Dot Number: )

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1862VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BELTON, SC. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970201. 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.

Dec 17, 2000

No Summary Listed For Above Vehicle. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W4VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in YALE, MI. Vehicle was purchased on 19981001. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Dec 31, 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

Bearings In Front Of Vehicle Have Been Coming Apart When Consumer Was Driving. Consumer Lost Control. Contacted ford Motor Company, And They Were Not Willing To Do Anything.*akthe Original And Replacement Parts Have Both Failed. The Wheel Was On The Verge Of Falling Off. *jg

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ROCKFORD, IL. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph.

Apr 15, 2002

Aluminum Wheel Split Down In The Middle While Going 40-45mph On Straight Smooth Road. Suddenly Ther Ewas A Noise, And The Passenger Front End Fell To The Ground. ford Was Notified. Please Provide More Information.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FAEX18LOBN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in CHURCH HILL, TN. 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.

June 17, 2002

Consumer States That When Driving And Wind Blowing Vehicle’s Front End Wanders Excessively, Making It Very Difficult To Maintain Control.*ak

Mileage was 5000 miles. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in RICHMOND, MO. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

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