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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,667 miles

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1997 Ford F-150 engine problems

engine problem

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1997 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 022005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles


On July 2 2005 while driving down the road the throttle cable broke. The owner was coming down a two lane highway. The consumer noticed that the accelerator wasn't being pushed, the cruise control wasn't on, and the vehicle was speeding on its own. The consumer engaged the parking brake, while going 50-55 mph. After engaging the parking brake, the truck took about 3/4 of a mile to come a stop. The vehicle finally hit an oak tree and stopped and no air bags deployed. The owner's wife was injured with upper neck and back. Injuries. The owner''s daughter was bruised on the face. The vehicle didn't come in contact with any other vehicles. There was no other problems with the vehicle accelerator sticking before. Ford reported that there was no recalls about this. The owner has contacted the dealership. The vehicle has not been deemed a total loss. The owner has to replace the brakes and throttle cable. Insurance will pay for repairs to the body. About a week before the crash, the consumer had to replace the oxygen sensor. That warning light stayed on about a week before repair. At this time owner is waiting for the repair work to be completed. Owner stated that dealership said that the problem could have been caused by a throttle cable housing.

- Murphreesburo, TN, USA

problem #2

Nov 291999

(reported on)


  • miles
Throttle stuck and vehicle accelerated forward. Driver could not make the vehicle slow down by applying the brakes. Driver had to downshift gears in order to stop vehicle. Dealer could find the cause.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #1

Dec 261998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Throttle cable sticks in wide open positon, causing a loss of throttle control. Driver able to use brakes to stop vehicle and shut off engine. Dealer not contacted yet.

- Long Beach, NY, USA

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