1997 Ford F-150 Suspension Rear Springs Leaf Spring Assembly 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 Rear Springs Leaf Spring Assembly problems and defects. Total reports: 32.

Left Rear Leaf Spring Unraveled When Hitting Bumps, Noticed Thumping Sound, Rear Fishtails, Resulting In High/low Speed Instability. *ak

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

When Driving, Especially When Turning Left Noticed Loud Banging Noise On Driver’s Side When Rear Leaf Spring Shifts, Zone Rep Has Inspected, And Stated It’s Not A Safety Issue, Dealer Replaced Rear Leaf Spring, Problem Persists, Also, Drove Along With Zone Representative In Same Year Model, Noise Was Twice As Loud, Dealer Says It’s A Common Problem. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1762VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in RUNNEMEDE, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Truck Does Not Have Enough Leaf Springs On Rear End To Keep Truck Level, Rear End Too Low/front End Too High, Caused Truck To Sway/lose Steering Control; Dealer Recmmended Installing Helper Springs. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX17L7VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ARDMORE, AL. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Oct 25, 1997

Dealer Claims No Parts Are Available. Consumer Has Been Waiting For Over 60 Days. Has Also Been In Contact With Dealer Over Dozen Times. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W5VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in COLUMBUS, IN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Oct 20, 1998

Recall 98v161000. Recall Notice Was Received, Dealer Has Been Contacted And Cannot Remedy The Problem Because Proper Replacement Materials Are Not Available. Problem Still Exists.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1820VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in YORK, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Sept 01, 1998

Had Received Recall Notice In The Mail (98v161000). Notified The Dealership. Was Informed That Parts Were Not Available For The Rear Leaf Springs. Has Not Received Anything From The Manufacturer. Would Call Owner When Parts Do Become Available. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTGX18L5VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NIPOMO, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Nov 09, 1998

Left Rear Spring Broke.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1869VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HELENA, AR. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Consumer Experiencing Problem With Dealer Honoring Mfr. Recalls 98s-14 And 98s-18, Concerning Lug: Nuts And Rear Leaf Springs. Consequence Defects: Can Result In A Wheel Separation And Fuel Leakage. Dealer Notified, And Informed Consumer They Would Contact Them When They Can Be Available To Do The Work.*ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W2VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in NELIGH, NE. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

July 14, 1998

Dealer Refused To Honor Manufacturer’s Recall Notice Because Manufacturer Will Not Pay Them. Consumer Informed Dealer That Is Not His Concern Except For Getting The Recall Repairs Done. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX18LXVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HUMBLE, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Dec 15, 1998

Had Called Dealer After Receiving Recall Notice In The Mail 98v161000. Was Informed No Parts Available For The Rear Leaf Springs On Suspension. Would Need To Order Parts. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W1VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LEWISTOWN, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Sept 03, 1998

Recall 98v161000, The Rear Leaf Springs Are Cracked And Out Of Alignment Which May Cause A Loss Of Vehicle Control. Problem Is Described As In The Recall, But The Vehicle’s Vin # Is Not Included In The Recall. *ak *ml

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1728VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in WOODBRIDGE, VA. 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.

Dec 14, 1998

Consumer Received Three Recall Letters That Have Not Been Properly Handled. Manufacturer Recall98s18/nhtsa Recall #98v161000 For Rear Springs; /nhtsa Recall #98v095000 For Lugs: Nuts, And Manufacturer Recall#97s86/ Nhtsa Recall#97v147000 For Transmission Cable. Consumer Has Had Vehicle In At Dealer Six Times. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF18W9VL. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HONESDALE, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Leaf Spring Was Broken Upon Receiving Truck. I Did Not Know Untill I Was Tring To Load Approx 150lbs Of Furniture, I Have Tried Talking To Dealership About Problem, But They Say It Is Out Of There Hands.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1768VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in PHOENIX, AZ. Vehicle was purchased on 19981001. 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.

Rear Leaf Spring Separation Of Lower Leaf From Upper Part Of Spring. Problem Was Resolved By Dealer Under Warranty By Replacing Both Rear Leaf Spring Assemblies. The Part That Failed Appears To Be A Shear Pin That Locates And Mantains The Alignment Of The Leaf Spring Layers. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1760VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in HAZLET, NJ. 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.

Jan 20, 1999

My Truck Was Independently Disgnosed To Have The Exact Problem That Is Discribed In Nhtsa Campaign # 98v161000. When I Contacted ford They Said That My Vin # Is Not Part Of The Recall. I Don’t Understand…i Have The Exact Problem On The Exact Vehicle Of The Recall And Just Because They Have The Ability To Say That My Truck Is Not Part Of The Recall, ford Can Get Off Without Fixing The Problem. If It Is That Easy For The Manufacturerto Get Off Paying For Safety Related Defects, The System Is Broken! *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1861VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in SEATTLE, WA. Vehicle was purchased on 19970601. 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.

June 01, 1999

The Rear Suspension, Springs/ Shocks Failed, Resulting In Vibration. *yc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTEX07L8VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in TEMECULA, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970401. 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. VEHICLE SPEED: 70 mph.

Rear Spring Leaf Broke After Recall Repair Causing The Rear Tire To Shred . (98v-161) Nlm

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1868VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BOISE, ID. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961114. 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: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 62 mph.

Aug 16, 1999

Rear Leaf Spring Snapped Under Normal Use, Frame Came Down On The Axle Due To Failure. Mjs

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

There Is A Broken Rear Spring Which Could Cause The Driver To Lose Control Of Vehicle. Dealer Has Seen Vehicle. Radiator, Engine Mounts And Head Gasket Have All Failed. Owner Paid For Repairs. *ak *ml

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP524XRA. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in DISPUTANTA, VA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19940904. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FUEL SYSTEM:N/A. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph.

Dec 24, 1999

Consumer Received Manufacturer’s Recall Notice R98s18/rear Spring Assembly: Leaf. Recall Repairs Were Suppose To Prevent The Problem From Occurring Again. Instead, Rear Spring Leaf Broke. Dealership Stated That Consumer Had Done It, And That The Warranty Was Only For 12 Months. *ak *ml

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18WOVN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OZARK, AL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970201. 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.

Mar 05, 2000

Left Rear Lower Leaf Spring Loosens And Spins Out From The Ones On Top Of It.therefore The Left Side Suspension Is Not Fully Supported.if Truck Is Fully Loaded Failure Of The Suspension And Left Rear Wheel Lockup Is Possiable.i Have Read Of This From Various Sources. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDF1727VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in OLD BRIDGE, NJ. Vehicle was purchased on 20000101. 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.

Rear Leaf Springs Broke Which Could Come Into Contact With Fuel Tank, Causing Damage To The Tank, And Resulting In A Fuel Leakage. Also, Recall Number 98v161000, Vehicle Not Included. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1768VN. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MILFORD, OH. 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.

July 01, 2000

Rear Leaf Springs Had To Be Replaced In 1999. Currently, They Need To Be Replaced Again. There Is Recall 98v161000. But ford Claimed This Vehicle Was Not Included Due To Vin. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FPDX1766VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in ARROYO GRANDE, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO.

Apr 01, 1999

Consumer 98v161000 Repairs Were Done By Dealer. After Repairs Were Done Dealer Installed Clip On Forward End Of Rear Springs. Consumer Stated Apparently Dealer Did Not Replace Springs On Vehicle Because Springs Broke. Contacted Dealer, And Dealer Stated He Did What Recall Required. *ak

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W3VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LAS CRUCES, NM. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

July 20, 1998

Vehicle Was Serviced For Safety Recall 98s18, For Rear Leaf Spring Clips, However After The Installation Of The Spring Clips, The Rear Spring Leaf Assembly Broke Causing Damage To Consumers Vehicle Which Resulted In Having The Tire Replaced.*tt

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX08WXVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MARTINEZ, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970201. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD.

Apr 01, 1999

Vehicle Was Serviced For Safety Recall 98s18, For Rear Leaf Spring Clips, However After The Installation Of The Spring Clips, The Rear Spring Leaf Assembly Broke Causing Damage To Consumers Vehicle Which Resulted In Having The Tire Replaced.*tt

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX08WXVK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in MARTINEZ, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970201. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:4WD.

Apr 01, 1999

While Driving, Leaf Spring That Holds Axle Broke. Vehicle Frame Dropped Almost Touching Wheels. Could Have Slashed The Tires.*ak Consumer Had The Vehicle Serviced The Day The Leaf Spring Broke. Consumer Believes This Is The Reason The Rear Pinion Seal Was Leaking. Consumer Has Pictures Of The Breakage That Shows The Rust At The Broken Site. Both Rear Springs Were Replaced. The Left Spring Was Weak. *jg

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1769VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LITTLE ROCK, AR. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19970412. 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.

May 30, 2002

Noticed Broken Springs 10/17/2001 Right Side Spring Was Rubbing Against Tire Very Low Speed 10 Mph Or Less. *ak

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX18W3VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in LAS CRUCES, NM. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20980101. 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: 25 mph.

July 05, 1999

While Driving, The Left Rear Tire Experienced A Blowout, This Was Due To A Broken Leaf Spring Which Had Gouged The Tire, Approximately Four Months Later, The Same Thing Happened To The Right Rear Tire. *slc

FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in GRASS VALLEY, CA. Vehicle was purchased on 19961101. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Jan 01, 2001

There Is A Safety Recall On My 1997 ford F150, 98v161000, Relating To Fractured Leaf Spring. According To ford, This Safety Recall Was Applied To My Vehicle In 2001. I Heard A Noise From The Back Of My Truck When Starting From A Stopped Position, And Began Looking Around. I See That The Center Leaf Spring On The Rear Of My Truck Is Broken, Exactly The Problem That Is Described In The Safety Recall 98v161000 (98s18 Per ford). I Contacted The Local ford Dealer. They Show No Outstanding Campaigns Against My Vin. After About 5 Attempts To Get Someone At ford To Explain This Recall To Me, I Finally Got In Touch With ford Customer Service, And Spoke With A Representative Named Tisha. She Informed Me That This Recall Had Been Applied To My Vehicle By Leigh ford, And That ford Will Not Cover This Repair. I Have Two Complaints. 1. Safety Concern. The Leaf Spring Is Broken, And May Contact The Fuel Tank And Cause A Leak As Described. ford Did Not Seem Concerned About This. Was This Recall Applied Correctly? Was The Fracture There To Begin With, And Just Overlooked? I Don’t Know If It Is Safe To Even Drive This Until This Is Repaired. 2. This Is A Known Problem And ford Should Pay To Have This Safety Issue Repaired Correctly And Immediately. *nlm

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

Mar 27, 2003

While Driving Consumer Heard A Loud Knocking Noise From The Front. While Vehicle Was Parked, During A Self Inspection, The Driver Side Rear Leaf Spring Had Cracked. Consumer Was Able To Drive The Vehicle To The Dealer For Inspection, And Mechanic Determined That Both Rear Driver’s Side ‘sand Passenger Side Rear Leaf Spring Needed To Be Replaced Due To A Crack. *ak *ts

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 112136 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1721VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in BOERNE, TX. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19960801. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FORD F-150 1997 drive type:RWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD F-150 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph. DEALER’S NAME: GRANDE TRUCK SALES . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 210-661-4121 . DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 78219 .

Aug 13, 2004

The Contact Owns A 1997 ford f-150. While Driving Over A Bump At 30 Mph, The Contact Heard A Loud Noise And Noticed That The Rear Driver’s Side Coil Spring Failed And Was Striking Against The Tire. The Manufacturer Stated That His Vin Was Not Included In Nhtsa Campaign Id Number 98v161000 (suspension: Rear: Springs: Leaf Spring Assembly). If The Contact Repairs The Vehicle, The Manufacturer Will Offer A Two Month Warranty For The Rear Spring. The Vehicle Has Not Been Repaired. The Failure Mileage Was 100,000 And Current Mileage Was 126,000. Updated 06/12/09 *bf Updated 06/16/09

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 100000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FTDX1866VK. FORD F-150 1997 problem was reported in FORTH CAMPBELL, KY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph.

Oct 02, 2007

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