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7.3

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$396.00
Average Mileage:
163,297 miles
Total Complaints:
11 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. thread insert repair kit (8 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
1997 Ford F-150 engine problems

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1997 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 162016

F-150 Crew Cab 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 192,460 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

THIS IS STUPID, MY SPARK PLUG BLEW CLEAN OUT OF ITS HOLE.

- , Lima, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 032016

F-150 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles

This was a NEW FORD FACTORY CRATE MOTOR with less than 3500 miles!?! The Morgan Ford dealership told me this was not covered by the 100,000 mile 3 year warranty??

- , Clinton, UT, USA

problem #9

Jun 142013

F-150 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Spark plug blew while traveling out of town. Had to get help to get the truck towed to a local mechanic who did a great job, but annoying that the problem even occurred. Never had anything like that happen to me before. But then it happened again to another plug less than a year later on, the same truck. After that, I had a local mechanic check and replace all my plugs to be sure they were all installed properly. Keeping my fingers crossed it doesn't happen again.

- , Layton, UT, USA

problem #8

Feb 142014

F-150 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Spark plug blew out a second time. This time on the way to work, so at least I was close to home to have my local mechanic do the repair.

- , Layton, UT, USA

problem #7

Sep 252015

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

I have never heard of having the spark plugs blow out of the engine. I have owned older vehicles for many years and have visited many parts yards and have yet to see one that had a spark plug blown out. Ford should of recalled this problem years ago, no matter what the mileage on the engine - IT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN ! - I thought the ad read "BUILT FORD TOUGH" This should include all parts of the vehicle. My Uncle, who worked for Ford many years in St Paul, was very proud of what he built, is now rolling over in his grave. He is the reason I bought a Ford Truck in the first place, his loyalty topped none. I would hope you have done better in newer trucks. How about the other manufacturers of vehicles - do they eject plugs like this? I may have to rethink the brand of vehicle when I replace this one, but I keep thinking My uncle Lowell would want me to stick to his brand. I'm just disappointed.

- , Hutchinson, USA

problem #6

Aug 062015

F-150 Lariat 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

It was the first time I had taken my truck for a long trip in a long time and it was on the way home. About 150 miles from home the #2 plug blew out, I got out and disconnected the fuel injector and hit the highway again 30 miles from home the #3 plug blew out in a traffic jam, truck stalling constantly, move 10 ft. stall, start up move 10 ft, stall. I was ready to kill at that point.

- , Henrico, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 122015

F-150 4x4 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 207,667 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driving under normal conditions with no load at 45 mph and heard a bang from the engine compartment. Truck sputtered and stumbled... sounded like a helicopter on the ground... and I pulled over and shut it off. Found #3 spark plug out of the boot and laying by itself. SP boot was burnt and covered in soot, as was the Spark plug.

- , Blacksburg, SC, USA

problem #4

Jul 272014

F-150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 237,640 miles

FORD, Fix or repair Daily. One of Ford's better Ideas.

- , Lexington, TN, USA

problem #3

Jun 012010

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

The ford 5.4L piece of crap keeps spitting out spark plugs. After the 1st time i found out there is so many problems with the spark plugs and ford isn't doing anything about it. I will no longer purchase another ford vehicle ever again. The over head cam motor is too difficult to work on for the average mechanically inclined person. Why does GM make same power & MPG will a push rod motor and ford can't?

- , Urbana, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 212011

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

Once again another spark plug flew out the mfer. Didn't cost any $ since I had to spend $500 for the kit I used the last year. This is the 2nd summer the P.O.S has broken down. I wish they would bring back the cash for clunkers program again. It seems to be the only way I would get any future use or $ out of the P.O.S.

- , Urbana, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 012008

F-150 F150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 297,000 miles

ford needs to do a recall on the problem look up blown out sparkplug these guy are making a killing doing what ford should be doing

- , Cumming, GA, USA

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