Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
198,900 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace engine (1 reports)
1997 Ford Ranger engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1997 Ford Ranger:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1997 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012010

Ranger Xlt 4x4 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 198,900 miles


Went to start my 1997 ford ranger one day, only to find it would not even turn over. had it towed to the dealer. dealer stated that it needed a new engine, because it had a cracked head. dealer stated that even though this truck had high miles, this cracked head was probably cracked when the truck was new. the dealer stated that ford was aware that a high number of 1997 rangers with the 4.0 V-6 had cracked heads, when the engines were assembled. ford kept this hush hush, but when the dealers started reporting cracked heads on new 1997 rangers, soon after they were sold, and even some before they were sold, ford played dumb, and never acknowledged the problem. If this is a fact, Ford should be ashamed of themselves! As i have only what i have been told by long time Ford workers, i have no solid proof that this happened. I had my Ranger for over five great years, and count myself lucky that if it did have a cracked head from the get go, that it lasted as long as it did. I could not afford to get it fixed, so i scrapped it for $200.00 to a junk yard that replaced the engine, and sold it for over $5000.00 with a junk title. so long RED.

- , Corydon, IN, USA

Not what you are looking for?