1997 Ford TAURUS SHO Engine And Engine Cooling Engine problems & defects.

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If you are driving a 1997 Ford TAURUS SHO, or if you are planning to purchase one, then it is important that you review reported Engine And Engine Cooling Engine problems and defects. Total reports: 11.

I Have A 1997 ford taurus Sho, I Started Hearing A Taping In My engine, I Asked A Machanic Friend About It, He Told Me That He Read About The Cam Shaft In The Sho’s From 1996 – 1999 Going Bad, I Took My Sho To The Dealership That I Bought It From And They Determind It Was The Camshaft Had Gone Bad. I Did A Little Research On The Internet And There Is A Write Up About The Issue.i Talked To ford Motor Co Customer Service, They Told Me That They Hadn’t Had Enough Complaints To Warrent A Recall, That I Should Save My Reciepts And If They Have A Recall They Would Refund My Money. If It Is A Known Fault In The engine Why Hasn’t ford Checked Into It? I Liked My ford Sho, And Would Like To Keep It For A Long Time.

Mileage was 16950 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP54N6VA. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in NEW FREEDOM, PA. Vehicle was purchased on 20010424. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: COOPER MOTORS . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 717-632-4225 . DEALER’S CITY: HANOVER . DEALER’S STATE CODE: PA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 17331 .

Dec 23, 2002

My Husband And I Purchased A 1997 ford Taurus V8 Sho In 2000. We Had Maintenance And Oil Changes Performed On A Regular Basis And Never Experienced Any Problems Until The End Of December, 2002. (the Total Mileage On The Car Is Approximately 64,000 Miles). In Late December, 2002, The Car Started Ticking Very Loudly So We Took It To A Local Mechanic On January 3, 2003, Who Wasn’t Sure Why The Car Was Ticking But He Performed An Oil Change And Flushed The engine. On Sunday Evening, January 5, 2003, I Was Driving The Car And The engine Just Died. It Locked Up As If It Were Out Of Gas And I Had To Manually Steer It To The Side Of The Road. Once The Car Was Inspected By Our Local ford Dealership We Were Informed That The engine Problems Are Due To A Cam Sprocket Failure. It Is Our Understanding There Are Many Of These Failures On 1996-1999 ford taurus Sho‘s. I Believe ford Should Replace The Defective engines Before Someone Is Hurt In A Road Accident.

Mileage was 64000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP54N9VA. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in BROKEN ARROW, OK. Vehicle was purchased on 20000901. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: NISSAN MAZDA .

Jan 05, 2002

1997 ford Sho Tauras. This Car Quit On My Wife In The Middle Of The Interstate,no Power No Where.there Was Cars Sliding,honking Horn Etc.to Keep From Hitting Or Causing Serious Damage To Her.i Wasn,t Concern About The Car,but She Could Have Been Hurt.this Issue Is Very Dangerous And Costly.someone Needs To Step In And Take These Cars Off The Highway,before Its To Late.my Car Is Sitting In The Garage Dripping Oil Every Where.cost To Much To Fix To Much To Sell.just Have Little Over 70000 Miles.if Anyone Needs A Car To Look At I,ve Got One.

0 person(s) were injured. Mileage was 73000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP54N8VA. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in BIRMINGHAM, AL. Vehicle was purchased on 20011019. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph. DEALER’S NAME: EXPRESS AUTO . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: UNKNOWN . DEALER’S CITY: BIRMINGHAM . DEALER’S STATE CODE: AL. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 35215 .

Feb 08, 2003

On August 18, 2002 I Had Catastrophic engine Failure Due To A Camshaft Sprocket Failure. A Website Http://www.v8sho.com Shows 241 Failures That They Can Document. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 63800 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP54NXVA. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in CANANDAIGUA, NY. Vehicle was purchased on 19990915. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph. DEALER’S NAME: SHEPARD BROS., INC. . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 585-394-1000 . DEALER’S CITY: CANANDAIGUA . DEALER’S STATE CODE: NY. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 14424 .

Aug 18, 2002

It Has Been Brought To My Attention That Some 50 1996 Through 1999 taurus Sho‘s Have Had Cam Failures. The Range In Mileage Varies From Low Miles To High Miles. A Good Number Of The Under 100k Miles. Since These Cams Cost $1000 Each And 4 Is Needed And In Most Cases Pistons Are Also Required. All Of Us Who Belong To The Www.v8sho.com List Are Worried About Four Cars Having Cam Failures. ford Has In At Least One Instance Paid For Half Of The Repair Bill In Car That Was Out Of Warranty, But Has Left The Rest Of Us Hung Out To Dry. *ak Dims 11 Ivoq Entry Posted After 12/12/02 Cut-over To Artemis—–758682.

Mileage was 37000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP54N8VA. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in WEST LAFAYETTE, IN. Vehicle was purchased on 19990901. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD.

Dec 30, 1999

A Ticking Noise Could Be Heard From The engine Compartment Especially When The Car Was In Idle. I Talked To A ford Dealer And Was Told That The Camshaft Problem Was Affecting My Car. I Was Quoted Around $6000.00 For The Repairs. I Did Som Research And Found That The Secondary Drive Gears For The Camshafts Were The Source Of The Noise. *tt

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 69000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP54N7VA. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in PETERSBURG, MI. Vehicle was purchased on 19990118. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: BRONDES FORD .

Dec 21, 2002

Vehicle Quit Running In The Middle Of Traffic. engine Light Came On And Vehicle Shut Down Just Avoiding An Accident On A Busy 55mph Highway. Could Have Caused A Major Accident For My 17 Year Old Inexperienced Driver. Pushed Vehicle Out Of Traffic, And Had Vehicle Towed To My Repair Shop. Vehicle Had Just Over 100,000 Miles. Was Told Vehicle Was Only Running On 5 Of 8 Cylinders. After Extensive Diagnosis, It Was Determined To That The engine Cam Gear Broke Loose That Opens Up The Valve To The Number 1 Cylinder. Major Damage To The Head And The Exhaust Valves. Spent Almost 3000.00 Dollars To Have All Repairs Made To The Motor. Someone Could Have Been Seriously Hurt When The Car Abruptly Shuts Off In The Middle Of Traffic. Please Have ford Issue A Recall For Defective Cams Within The 3.4l V8 Shows Before Someone Get Seriously Hurt. *la

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 100640 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP54N7VA. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in NAVARRE, FL. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Mar 06, 2004

On December 21, 2004 My 1997 ford taurus Sho Began Making A Ticking Noise. Two Days (and About 20 Miles) Later, The Left Exhaust Camshaft Sprocket Failed, Causing The Car To Stall And Not Restart. As A Result Of The Sprocket Slipping, The No. 5 Cylinder’s Piston Was Cracked Due To Coming In Contact With An Open Valve (this Is An Interference engine). 15,000 Miles Ago, The Left Intake Camshaft Sprocket Failed, Resulting In A $2900.00 Repair Bill From A ford Dealership. Unable To Afford The Cost Of Such A Repair At This Time (not To Mention Unwilling To Deal With The Same ford Customer Service That Wanted Me To Believe That This Hardly Ever Happens And That I Must Have Done Something To Cause It The First Time), I Opted To Attempt The Procedure Myself. After Finding And Removing The Faulty Camshaft, I Thought My Problems Were Solved Until I Changed The Spark Plugs. The No. 5 Cylinder Plug Was Covered In Oil, Which Means There Is A Bad Piston/ring, And Most Likely Valves. I Am Considering My Options To Repair Or Part The Car Out Now. I Believe This Needs To Be Addressed Immediately By ford Due To The Safety Issues That Will Arise When This Happens To Someone On A Freeway. The Loss Of Power Brakes And Steering That Are Associated With A Stalled engine Could Make It Difficult To Maneuver Through Traffic To A “safe” Spot On The Shoulder. There Is Quite A Bit Of Information On This Issue At Www.v8sho.com (it’s Interesting To See So Many Registered Failures Without The Acknowledgement Of A Problem By ford). *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 94440 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP54N3VA. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in THE COLONY, TX. Vehicle was purchased on 20020305. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Dec 23, 2004

Camshaft Striped Out Causing engine Failure. *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 74500 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP54N6VA. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in MOSCOW, TN. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19990624. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 70 mph.

Sept 14, 2004

The Service engine Light Stays On Has Been On For Few Months. Car Seems To Run Ok But Can Not Get Car Inspected Because Of The Service engine Light. Took The Car To Auto Zone They Did A Diagnosis And Said There Where Two Codes That Came Up As A Failure. I Read On Your Web Site That There Had Been A Recall In Dec. 2001 On The Diagnostic System Upgrade. *jb

Mileage was 120533 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1FALP54N6VA. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in SELMA, NC. Vehicle was purchased on 20040727. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Turbo. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Feb 01, 2005

1. Driving At City Traffic Speeds (25-30 Mph) In Philadelphia. Car Lost Power And Stalled. Upon Restart Would Immediately Stall When Idle. 2. Would Not Stay Running, Towed To ford Dealership 3. Informed By ford Dealer That The Camshafts Were Bent And I Needed A Replacement engine For $13,000.00. *nm

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 105000 miles. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 problem was reported in MARLTON, NJ. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 19961005. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 8 CYLINDERS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. FORD TAURUS SHO 1997 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph. DEALER’S NAME: HOLMAN FORD . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 856 866-0110 . DEALER’S CITY: MOUNT LAUREL . DEALER’S STATE CODE: NJ. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 08054 .

Oct 02, 2005

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