1997 Ford F-150 Suspension 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 problems and defects. Total reports: 26.

Front End Problem.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1726VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in IRON RIVER, 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. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Jan 16, 1997

While Driving Over Bumps At Any Speed, The Front Of The Vehicle Shakes. Please Provide Details.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1722VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GRETNA, LA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

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

Vehicle Bounces Between Speeds Of 60 Mph-70 Mph Due To Suspension Problems.

0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NORTH HILLS, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970721. 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: 60 mph.

Suspension Failed Causing Left Front Wheel To Fall Off, Causing Vehicle Collision.

1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in JACKSONVILLE, FL. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Aug 22, 1997

When Driving Vehicle Pulls To The Right. Dealer Contacted And Unable To Duplicate The Problem. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1725VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WINTERS, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Oct 15, 1997

Caster Kit Installed Improperly Adjusted Properly.

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

Vehicle Drifts At 55 To 60 Mph Wheels Have Been Replaced. Also Steering Wheel Vibrates. Owner Is Very Concerned For Safety.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1766VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LTIHONIA, GA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

When Driving Between 40-55 Mph Vehicle Begins To Vibrate, And Then At 70 Mph It Will Vibrate Worse.dealership Cannot Determine What Is Causing The Defect. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1F2EX17L4VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TRINITY, AL. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

While Traveling Approximately 30-45mph Vehicle Would Vibrate. Been Back & Forth To Dealer For 13 Days & Mechanic Could Not Locate Cause Of Vibration. Mechanic Changed Motor Mounts, Rotors & Balanced Tires. Vibration Still Exists.

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

Jan 24, 1999

While Driving At 45 Mph And Coming To A Stop Vehicle Vibrates And Makes Some Noise. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1724VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LAGUNA HILLS, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

July 16, 1998

Both Incidents, Involved The Rear Right Hand Tire Position Located Directly Behind The Exhaust Pipe Exit. In Both Cases 90% Of The Tire Shredded By Itself Down To The Steel Belts. Tires Remained Inflated In Both Cases. Both Tires Had Less Than 20,000 Miles On Them. (one Tire Was A New Replacement From The Manufacturer, The 2nd Was The Original Spare). The 1st Incident Occurred After 20 Miles Highway Travel At 70mph, However The Previous Day The Truck Had Completed 800 Miles Continuous Highway Driving. The 2nd Incident Occurred After 6 Hours Continous Highway Driving At 70mph. In Both Cases The Incident Began With Severe “felt-like” Wheel Wobble, Then Immediate Severe Jolting And Lurching Of The Truck Across The Highway Lanes Out Of Control. Fortunately No Accident Occured And I Stopped Safely. In The 2nd Incident The Shredding Of The Tire Also Ripped Out The Exhaust Barckets, Bent The Exhaust Pipe Downwards (required Re-bending To Obtain Decent Road Clearance). I Reported The Incident To ford Customer Service. I Replaced Both Rear Tires With New Firestone Wilderness Tires At ford. I Am Now Deeply Worried That This Will Occur Again, And To Add Insult To Injury I Hear There Are Now Reports Of Firestone Wilderness Tires Shedding. Is There A Connection Between General Tires And Firestone, Both Supplied By ford? Is There A Conection With The Exhaust Exhiting Directly In Front Of The Tire Causing Severe Over Heating Of The Tire? I Shal Be Replacing The Exhaust With A Rear Exit Exhaust At Mullinax..*ak( Dot Number: A308443276 Tire Size: P235/70r16 )

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1725VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DAVIE, FL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960801. 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: 70 mph.

May 01, 2000

Bought The Vehicle Used Jan 2000. Developed Vibration Characteristic Of Out-of-balance Tires. When I Had Them Balanced And Front End Checked, One Tire Had To Be Replaced Due To Tread Separation. Vehicle Still Has Slight Vibration At Highway Speed, And I Suspect Another Tire May Be Becominhg Separated. Firestone Claims There Have Been No Reports Of Failures Of The 16-inch Wilderness Ht. Can This Be The First?( Dot Number: Unkn Tire Size: P235/70r16 )

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SUMMERLAND KEY, FL. Vehicle was purchased on 20000101. 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: 70 mph.

Mar 15, 2000

Vehicle And Steering Wheel Experience Vibration While Driving, Tires Have Been Replaced(at 17616 Miles) And Balanced, However The Vibration Still Exists, Consumer States That Something Sounds Loose In The Rear. *slc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1F1EF17WXVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in VANDALIA, MO. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970822. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

June 24, 1998

Vehicle Has A Ticking Sound Coming From Under Floor Of Vehicle. Can’t Hear Sound Unless Vehicle Is Moving. Had Vechile In Shop Several Times. Contacted Dealer, And Dealer Put In New Bushing And U-joint; But Still Has Not Remedied Problem. *ak *yh

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1STDX1866VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WESTMORELAND, TN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

May 23, 2001

The Consumer Is Concern At This Time He Receive A Recall Notice For The Coil Spring. The Recall Number #98s18 And He Had The Repair Done On Oct 5th 1998. At This Time The Problem Is Still Exist. Ts

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

Oct 19, 2002

While Traveling On The Highway There Is A Knocking Noise Coming From The Rear The Vehicle. Please Provide Additional Information. Dealer Is Aware Of The Problem.. Ts

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDSO86XBK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PHOENIX, AZ. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Nov 13, 2002

The Left Rear Spring Assembly Failed. The Left Rear Spring Was Repaired. *ak *jb After The First Incident, In December 2002, The Right Spring Had Broken. The Consumer Researched To See If Other Vehicle’s Have Experienced The Same Problem, Nine Were Found. The Dealer Acted As They Weren’t Aware Of The Recall # 098v16000. The Consumer Requested His Money Back For The Repair Of The Left Spring. Scc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX08W6VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SPRINGFIELD, IL. Vehicle was purchased on 20001017. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:U. DEALER’S NAME: LANDMARK FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 217 862 5200 . DEALER’S CITY: SPRINGFIELD . DEALER’S STATE CODE: IL. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 62704 .

May 01, 2002

While Driving At Any Speed Vehicle Vibrates Violently. Dealer Notified. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1869VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MANCHESTER, CT. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Mar 26, 2003

While Leaving A Gas Station The Passenger Side Tie Rod Came Out Of It’s Socket. The Consumer Lost Control Of The Vehicle For A Short Time But Was Able To Stop Safely. The Consumer Repaired The Tie Rod. The Ball Joint Was Dry And Rusted. The Ball Joint Was Worn Due To No Grease. There Is No Way To Grease It Or To Check To See If It Needs To Be Lubricated. *ak *nm

Mileage was 95000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX0862VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MONTICELLO, KY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD. VEHICLE SPEED: 20 mph.

Oct 05, 2003

ford F150 1997 Defect Gaskets And Cooling System Leaked. *bf The Consumer Was Aware Of Another Vehicle With The Same Make/model That Had The Same Problem. The Consumer Requested Reimbursement. *sc The Ball Joints Were Replaced. *jb

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX1722VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in AMHERST, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. DEALER’S NAME: X-CEL AUTO & TRUCK REPAIR . DEALER’S CITY: AMHERST . DEALER’S STATE CODE: NY. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 14226 .

Feb 03, 2004

1997ford F150 Tie Rods Are Extremely Loose.***no Answer Required***. *mr It Was Demonstrated To The Consumer That The Ball End Could Be Pulled Out Of The Socket With Bare Hands. The Socket Was Made Of Rubber. *sc

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

June 01, 2005

Rear Springs, Rear Buckle Rear Springs Were Completely Rusted Through. Garage That Repaired The Items Indicated That They Have Fixed A Very Large Amount Of ford Trucks With The Same Issues. This Seems To Be An Issue That Warrants Some Investigation. Note That The Truck Gasoline Tanks Also Rusted Through, Failed And Resulted In The Tank Falling Out Of The Truck While Underway. This Was Fixed, Albiet After 3 Years, By A ford Recall That Was Initiated This Year. *tr

Mileage was 86335 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX17W2VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FINDLAY, OH. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Nov 11, 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

I Noticed Extreme Rust That Has Eaten Away Parts Of Frame And Suspension. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 97789 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDF1724VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ROSEDALE, MD. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Oct 10, 2013

Rear Shock Mount Connected To Frame Rusted And Broke Off. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 123000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2FTDX18W1VC. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SALYERSVILLE, KY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Oct 10, 2013

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