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Recall List for the 1997 Ford Expedition

Official recalls have been issued for the 1997 Ford Expedition by the NHTSA. The complete details of all recalls are listed below, along with what they cover and the recommended solutions.

Recalls don't cost you anything to get fixed, but most are time-limited, so if your car is affected you should call your local Ford service department immediately!

If you have questions about a recall, write down your VIN & then call Ford customer service.

  1. 1997 Ford Expedition EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS NHTSA Campaign #06E067000

    • Date Announced: AUGUST 01, 2006
    • Vehicles Affected: 19,413

    Summary: Certain maxzone headlight assemblies, depo brand, P/nos. 331-1129L-asn and 331-1129R-asn, sold for use as aftermarket equipment for the above listed passenger vehicles. These headlamps fail to conform to the photometric requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.

    Consequence: Decreased lighting visibility may result in a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Maxzone will notify owners and offer reimbursement for any noncompliant headlights. The recall began on July 28, 2006. Owners may contact maxzone at 909-822-3288. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #06E067000 »

  2. 1997 Ford Expedition EXTERIOR LIGHTING NHTSA Campaign #06E060000

    • Date Announced: JUNE 29, 2006
    • Vehicles Affected: 87,745

    Summary: Certain aai motorsports combination lamps sold as replacement lamps for use on the above list passenger vehicles. Combination lamps not equipped with amber side reflectors fail to conform with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."

    Consequence: Lack of amber side reflectors in the lamps will decrease lighting visibility to other drivers and may possibly result in a vehicle crash

    Actions: Aai motorsports will notify owners and replace the lamps free of charge. The recall began on August 1, 2006. Owners may contact aai motorsports at 909-923-9188. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #06E060000 »

  3. 1997 Ford Expedition VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL NHTSA Campaign #05V388000

    • Date Announced: SEPTEMBER 07, 2005
    • Vehicles Affected: 4,500,000

    Summary: On certain pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles equipped with speed control, the speed control deactivation switch may overheat, smoke, or burn.

    Consequence: A fire at the switch could occur.

    Actions: By letter dated September 12, 2005, owners were instructed to return their vehicles to their dealers to have the speed control deactivation switch disconnected. Owners who have had their speed control deactivated are being notified that parts will be available and advised to make an appointment to reconnect the speed control beginning in February 2006. Owners who did not have their speed control deactivated are being notified to have their system remedied beginning in February 2006. Owners are urged to avail themselves of the free disconnect service as soon as possible because of the significant risk of fire. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. (note: Also see recalls 05V017 and 06V286) For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #05V388000 »

  4. 1997 Ford Expedition STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR NHTSA Campaign #03V196000

    • Date Announced: MAY 27, 2003
    • Vehicles Affected: 171,446

    Summary: On certain pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, if the intermediate shaft yoke separates from the steering gear input shaft, the steering system becomes disconnected.

    Consequence: This could result in loss of steering control, potentially resulting in a vehicle crash without warning.

    Actions: Dealers will inspect the steering intermediate shaft yoke to determine if the yoke is fully seated on the steering gear input shaft. If the yoke is fully seated no service is required. If the yoke is not fully seated and bolt groove and spline is visible, the intermediate shaft and bolt will be replaced as well as the bolt at the steering column connection. Owner notification began on May 30, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #03V196000 »

  5. 1997 Ford Expedition EXTERIOR LIGHTING NHTSA Campaign #00V168000

    • Date Announced: JUNE 19, 2000
    • Vehicles Affected: 20,637

    Summary: Vehicle description: Mini vans, light pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Off lease Canadian vehicles equipped with daytime running lights which meet Canadian requirements and not the photometric requirements of FMVSS 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." According to Ford, the vehicles were imported into the U.S. erroneously.

    Consequence: The light given off from the daytime running lights is brighter than allowed by U.S. standards.

    Actions: Dealers will be advised to deactivate the running light function and to complete any outstanding safety recalls on these vehicles. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #00V168000 »

  6. 1997 Ford Expedition TRAILER HITCHES NHTSA Campaign #00V073000

    • Date Announced: MARCH 07, 2000
    • Vehicles Affected: 565,800

    Summary: Vehicle description: Multi-purpose vehicles. The trailer hitch assembly to the frame attaching bolts could lose the clamp load.

    Consequence: The trailer hitch could then separate from the vehicle.

    Actions: Dealers will replace the trailer hitch mounting bolts and nut plates. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #00V073000 »

  7. 1997 Ford Expedition WHEELS:LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS NHTSA Campaign #98V095000

    • Date Announced: MAY 13, 1998
    • Vehicles Affected: 1,520,000

    Summary: Vehicle description: Multi-purpose vehicles and light duty pickup trucks. The lug nuts on these vehicles may not create sufficient clamp load allowing wheel movement in relation to the hub/rotor mounting surface.

    Consequence: This can result in the loosening of lug nuts, stud fatigue failure, and the potential for a wheel separation from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Owners of these vehicles will be receiving two notifications. The first notification, which began in May 1998, will provide an interim repair procedure until parts become available. This interim procedure can be completed by owners or their dealers. It specifies that the lug nut torque must be verified to be 100 lbs. Then the lug nuts need to be tightened an additional 1/8 to 1/4 turn more. There will be a second owner notification, which is expected to begin July 20, 1998, under which dealers will inspect the wheel studs and replace the wheel lug nuts. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #98V095000 »

  8. 1997 Ford Expedition POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL) NHTSA Campaign #97V171000

    • Date Announced: OCTOBER 07, 1997
    • Vehicles Affected: 866,000

    Summary: Vehicle description: Light duty pickup trucks and multi-purpose passenger vehicles. If the automatic transmission shift cable assembly was not fully attached to the steering column bracket, the shift cable assembly can come out of the bracket. The vehicle operator would then not be able to shift the transmission from one of the drive gear positions into the park position even though the gear shift selector would indicate "park."

    Consequence: The condition would not allow a disengagement of the transmission from the park position or affect proper neutral start switch operation. Unintended vehicle movement could occur if the parking brake was not set.

    Actions: Dealers will make the proper attachment of the transmission shift control cable to the steering column bracket and add a tie strap to that connection. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #97V171000 »

  9. 1997 Ford Expedition SUSPENSION:REAR NHTSA Campaign #96V252000

    • Date Announced: DECEMBER 18, 1996
    • Vehicles Affected: 25,000

    Summary: The rear axle track bar bracket can separate from the frame due to missing welds or inadequate weld penetration.

    Consequence: If both brackets separate, the rear axle can move laterally until the tires contact either the frame or the wheelhouse resulting in either tire damage or a significant reduction in vehicle handling performance.

    Actions: Dealers will install a track bar bracket reinforcement kit and inspection of the axle tubes. The suspect axle tubes do not have a stamped date code on the tube. Axles without date codes on the tubes will be replaced. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #96V252000 »

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