1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

97 F-150

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by pcs, Nov 26, 2000.

  1. pcs

    pcs Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I have a 97 F-150 that i have been trying to sell for the past 2 months. It's the xl model ext cab. 2wd 4.2L has box liner steel tool box a/c and has about 70000 miles. how much should i be asking? does anyone know who would take this truck off my hands?
  2. pottstim

    pottstim Member
    Messages: 43


    Try kelly blue book's website out..they can give you trade in and retail value for your truck. Obviously you'll want to ask retail for your's.
    I've got one of these trucks at work with the 4.2, only it's a regular cab 4/4. We've had a terrible time with this truck pinging on any grade or brand of gasoline. The only way we can get it to stop is when we put a bottle of 104 octane boost in it, and the longer it runs..the worse the pinging gets. This is with 93 octane fuel. When it has the octane boost in it..it's ok. The truck has been doing this since it was new. It's been to the Ford dealer numerous times, with no success in correcting the problem. One of the mechanics actually said, "Hopefully the motor will blow up before your warranty runs out." It has 13,000 to go before it runs out. They did say that Ford was trying to develop a new type of computer to put in these trucks..the dealer admitted there was a problem with them, and our's wasn't the only one. However, we have to wait till they come up with one. Have you had any of these problems with your's?


    http://www.kbb.com kelly blue book website

    [Edited by pottstim on 11-27-2000 at 12:42 AM]
  3. pcs

    pcs Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    what do you mean by pinging?
  4. pottstim

    pottstim Member
    Messages: 43

    pinging...another word for spark knock in an engine. The best definition i have for it is the fuel is igniting before it is supposed to..causing a spark knock. This can be damaging to the engine..and can actually put holes in the pistons over a long period of time. I heard a mechanic say that when you use a lower grade of gasoline..this creates higher cylinder temps..which causes pinging. This must be true..because our truck pings terrible on 87 octane..does better on 89..and has light to moderate pinging on 93 octane..but running 93 doesn't elminate the problem.
    An engine pinging to me sounds like you have a glass jar full of marbles.

  5. BKrois1

    BKrois1 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

  6. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    beings its a V 6 you might end up having to practically give it away or run it into the ground to get your $$ worth out of it.
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    It is supossedly a computer problem. Mine does the same thing. They reprogrammed the computer, but wasn't long it was doing it again. Mine was getting worse and I put a fuel injector cleaner in this morning and it seems to be getting better.
  8. landscaper3

    landscaper3 Senior Member
    Messages: 309