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1997 Ford F-150 repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (0%)

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1997 Ford F-150 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (47%)

< $100 (40%)

Chart based on 30 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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1997 Ford F-150

Engine not specified

Ford in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2012 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

167400 mi

C $450
Upper and lower intake manifold gasket replacement and rocker cover gasket. 
Ford in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2012
Mar 2012

146000 mi

US $240
Truck began to shimmy at 34 miles an hour 
Ford in New York, United States
Apr 2014 - Feb 2015
Nov 2014

110300 mi

US $40
The transmission shift cable broke, I got a new one and installed it. Thank G-d for youtube. 
Dec 2014

111000 mi

US $5
The brake switch (shift interlock) broke. A wire came loose and the truck could not be taken out of park. A little solder fixed the problem, the wire is now secure. 
Ford in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

116000 mi

US $70
ball joints 
Ford in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2010 - Aug 2016
Dec 2010

119000 mi

US $438
Oil lines to remote oil filter mount leaking at point rubber line is crimped into aluminum line fittings. Replaced line set. 
Mar 2011

124000 mi

US $720
Worn right side upper and lower ball joints discovered during state required yearly safety and emissions inspection.  
May 2011

127400 mi

US $350
Broken exhaust mainfold stud. Replaced left side manifold studs securing exhaust pipe to manifold. 
Jan 2012

123000 mi

US $15
left headlight out 
Aug 2012

148000 mi

US $337
Rusted brake line in the area of the fuel tank ruptured. 

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1997 Ford F-150 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford in Mississippi, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2012
Aug 2012

160300 mi

US $180
Radiator had a leak. Replaced radiator. 

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1997 Ford F-150 2-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

Ford in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

190000 mi

US $50
Check engine light on. Fault code was the Cam Shaft Sensor. Replaced sensor and the light is still on. Additional trouble shooting found no elect power going to the sensor. Engine runs but not perfect. Truck is old and not worth much. 

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1997 Ford F-150

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

Ford in Ohio, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

152000 mi

US $100
Replaced busted/leaking brake line from master cylinder to ABS box. While I was at it, I replaced both of the lines that feed the front brakes as well. 
Ford in New York, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2012
Oct 2010

144000 mi

US $500
Alternator replaced 
Apr 2011

146000 mi

US $50
Ignition coil broken, the spark plug unscrewed from the socket. 
Jan 2012

147000 mi

US $600
Starter burned out. 
Ford in Kentucky, United States
Jun 2010 - Aug 2012
Dec 2010

184000 mi

US $110
Engine misfire cylinder #4. replaced all plugs and coil #4 
Ford in South Carolina, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2012
Feb 2012

191600 mi

US $300
had to replace cops. two failed, would not throw code so just replaced them all. 
Ford in Virginia, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2012
Sep 2010

112000 mi

US $110
Serpentine belt (RPM Related) noise. Replaced Water Pump and Idler Pulleys. 
Feb 2012

145000 mi

US $230
Replaced Radiator 

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1997 Ford F-150

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford in Texas, United States
Jan 2011 - Dec 2012
Mar 2011

366000 mi

US $20
Replaced rear transmission seal and front u-joint 
May 2011

366000 mi

US $40
Speedometer replaced needle broke at 366,555.00 miles. Installed new gauge cluster now have a 0 miles vehicle. 
Oct 2011

366000 mi
Speedometer reads exactly double your actual speed. You drive 30 mph speedo reads 60 mph. Hits rpm limiter at 99 mph indicated and shuts down fuel system when you are actually doing about 48 mph. 
Dec 2011

366000 mi

US $2300
transmission broke. replaced with ford factory crate unit. 3year unlimited milage warranty 
Feb 2012

450000 mi

US $95
replaced egr pipe, egr valve and egr control module. Needed it after 450,000 miles. 
Mar 2012

465000 mi

US $120
EGR valve housing cracked. Broken plastic tube to pcv valve. Replaced egr valve, and cast housing for egr valve mount and throttle valve mount. Also had to replce hose/tube to pcv valve due to Ford upgrade/change. 
May 2012

490700 mi

US $135
Replaced A/C compressor, evaporator, condenser and related parts due to blown compressor. 

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1997 Ford F-150

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2010 - Mar 2012
Jan 2011

78740 mi

C $50
Vacuum leaks on PCV system. Replace leaking rubber elbows. PCV valve and tubing also replaced as preventative measure. 
Mar 2011

79980 mi

C $5
Wire at brake on/off switch broken, noticed when vehicle would not shift out of park when key in "run" position. Also noticed that brake lights were not working. Loose wire shorted out and also blew fuse, requiring replacement. 
Mar 2012

83700 mi

C $100
Broken sway bar link. Excessive play on lower ball joint (passenger side) 

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