Tank Mounting problems of the 1997 Ford F-150 - part 1

52 problems related to tank mounting have been reported for the 1997 Ford F-150. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Tank Mounting problem 1
Failure Date: 03/29/2012

The contact owns a 1997 Ford f150. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the fuel tank straps fractured and the fuel tank detached from the vehicle abnormally. The fuel tank detached and spilled nineteen gallons of fuel onto the ground. A hazmat team was notified to assist with the clean-up and the vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who replaced the fuel tank, sensors, the fuel tank straps and the fuel tank hoses. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline: storage: tank assembly: mounting) due to the state the contact resided. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 139,429.

car   Tank Mounting problem 2
Failure Date: 02/13/2012

After replacement of the fuel tank straps per campaign number 11v385000, I found that when I was refueling the gasoline was pouring out from under the car at about 1. 5 gallons. Went back to the dealer because I the problem wasn't present till the straps were replaced. I was told I needed a new fuel filler neck which was not covered by the original recall, so I went to private shop for a less expensive repair. Upon inspection in replacing the fuel filler neck, my mechanic notified me that I also needed a new gas tank because of corrosion of both the filler neck and the tank. This tank strap recall cost me more in parts and labor than the straps alone cost Ford. Would I have been better off letting the tank drop and catch on fire in my fully covered 1997 vehicle? the insurance money alone would've gotten me a better vehicle, but I love my truck! hoping enough complaints will initiate and investigation and recall so I can get my reimbursement. For now, I will hold onto the old tank and all the parts in case I need proof of problem.

car   Tank Mounting problem 3
Failure Date: 02/02/2012

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the fuel tank straps were replaced under the recall. The dealer also stated that the fuel tank was fractured and needed to be replaced. The fuel tank was not replaced because that repair was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 133,000.

car   Tank Mounting problem 4
Failure Date: 02/02/2012

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the dealer repaired the fuel straps under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting), but the defective straps created a hole in the fuel tank and caused a fuel leak. Both the dealer and manufacturer were notified, but denied any assistance with repairs because the fuel tank was not included in the recall. The fuel tank was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileages were 133,000.

car   Tank Mounting problem 5
Failure Date: 01/26/2012

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that after having the vehicle repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting), the fuel tank developed a leak. An authorized dealer verified that the leak developed while performing the repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 118,123.

car   Tank Mounting problem 6
Failure Date: 12/01/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that he received a recall in regards to NHTSA campaign id number 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting). After taking his vehicle into the dealer, they advised him that the fuel tank was rusted and had started to leak. They refused to do any repairs to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 112,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car   Tank Mounting problem 7
Failure Date: 12/01/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that one of the fuel straps fractured from the fuel tank and caused the tank to hang abnormally from the vehicle. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system gasoline: tank: assembly: mounting) and received repairs under the recall however, the fuel tank continued leaking fuel and the manufacturer refused to replaced the tank. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 246,000.

car   Tank Mounting problem 8
Failure Date: 12/01/2011

1997 Ford F-150. Consumer writes in regards to recall and fuel tank the consumer stated he first noticed the problem when he smelled gasoline just after pulling into a parking lot. Upon investigation, he noticed gas on the top half of the gas tank on the driver's side. Alarmed, he looked for the cause and noticed that one gas tank strap was broken and the tank had fallen and was hanging down at an angle. The consumer then received a letter from Ford informing him of a recall, but Ford would not authorize the dealer to replace the damaged fuel tank, but only the straps. It was verified by the dealer, that the top of the tank was leaking. However, Ford still refused to replace the tank.

car   Tank Mounting problem 9
Failure Date: 11/07/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. While parked, the contact smelled an odor of fuel and noticed fuel leakage near the driver's side fuel tank strap, which was completely fractured. The fuel tank was damaged due to the faulty fuel tank straps. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline: storage: tank assembly: mounting); however the contact stated that the fuel tank replacement should also be included in the recall. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired under the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

car   Tank Mounting problem 10
Failure Date: 11/01/2011

1997 Ford F-150. Consumer writes in regards to recall repair the consumer stated the dealer should cover the cost of the new tank and labor.

car   Tank Mounting problem 11
Failure Date: 11/01/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) and was repaired. After the repair, the contact noticed that fuel was leaking near the rear strap of the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician advised that the fuel tank was not covered under the recall. The contact stated that the corroded straps fractured was what caused the failure and the manufacturer should replace the fuel tank as well. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 113,628.

car   Tank Mounting problem 12
Failure Date: 10/26/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the rusted straps also contributed to the corroding of the fuel tank, creating holes in the tank. The contact was also informed that repairs to the fuel tank were not included in the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 126,000.

car   Tank Mounting problem 13
Failure Date: 10/24/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. While refueling, the contact noticed fuel leaking from the fuel tank. The contact inspected the vehicle and discovered that the rear fuel tank strap was fractured due to corrosion and approximately one gallon of fuel spilled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician stated that the vehicle was included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) and would be repaired. After the recall repair, the contact noticed fuel continued to leak from the fuel tank neck. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer but the technician stated that the fuel tank neck was fractured. The technician stated that the fuel tank would have to be replaced but was not covered under the recall. The vehicle was not further repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 239,000.

car   Tank Mounting problem 14
Failure Date: 10/23/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford f150. The contact received NHTSA recall notice 11v385000 ( fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) and the recall was repaired by the dealer. Approximately two weeks later, the contact noticed that the fuel tank was leaking. The dealer was notified of the failure; however, they did not offer any assistance. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was 150,000.

car   Tank Mounting problem 15
Failure Date: 10/12/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that after receiving notification of NHTSA campaign I. D. 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting), the vehicle was taken to the dealer for recall repairs. After inspecting the vehicle, the dealer advised that the parts needed for the recall repair were not available. The contact called manufacturer to complain about the dealer not having the parts and the manufacturer advised that the dealer should have the parts readily available. The dealer then stated that the manufacturer had to send the parts in order for the recall to be completed. The manufacturer sent the parts for the recall. The failure mileage was 11,612.

car   Tank Mounting problem 16
Failure Date: 10/11/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated after receiving a recall in regards to NHTSA campaign id number 11v385000(fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting), the vehicle was repaired. She noticed that there was a leak coming from the vehicle along with a strong odor after the recall repair was performed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised her that there was a leak in the fuel tank where the old straps were removed. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was approximately 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car   Tank Mounting problem 17
Failure Date: 10/06/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the fuel tank straps were rusted and broke, causing the fuel tank to detach from the vehicle and split open. The dealer informed the contact that repairs to the fuel tank would not be covered under NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system: gasoline storage: tank assembly: mounting). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage and the current mileage was 150,000. Updated 11/22/lj.

car   Tank Mounting problem 18
Failure Date: 10/05/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when a loud noise was heard from under the vehicle. The contact then discovered that the fuel tank had detached from the vehicle and spilled one half gallon of fuel. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who advised him that the tank was severely rusted and that the straps were fractured and corroded as well. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised him that they would not repair the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) because the fuel tank was entirely too corroded to repair. The failure mileage was approximately 122,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car   Tank Mounting problem 19
Failure Date: 10/01/2011

1997 Ford f150. Consumer writes in regards to a recall related to straps on gas tank the consumer stated the fuel tank was leaking due to rust. The consumer stated he shouldn't have to pay to have the tank replaced, since the problem was due to a recall defect.

car   Tank Mounting problem 20
Failure Date: 10/01/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that the fuel tank was hanging on by one of its straps. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed that one of the fuel tank straps was fractured and the second strap was corroded. The contact repaired the straps himself. The vehicle was eventually taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting). The manufacturer was also notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 170,000.

car   Tank Mounting problem 21
Failure Date: 09/29/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting). The dealer refused to repair the defect because the cross member was rusted, causing the fuel tank to hang abnormally. The dealer and manufacturer denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 245,492.

car   Tank Mounting problem 22
Failure Date: 09/29/2011

The contact owns 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that after receiving notification of NHTSA campaign I. D. 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline: storage: tank assembly: mounting) the contact took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer stated that the fuel straps were corroded. The dealer was unable to perform the recall remedy due to the severity of the corrosion on the fuel tank straps. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the recall repair and was advised that the manufacturer the fuel tank mount would have to be repaired at the contact's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000. The consumer stated the frame bracket had rotted and the recall could not be performed. The consumer stated the vehicle has a slight hesitation, there was a noise when the gear was in drive, the brakes felt spongy, the brake line had to be replaced, as well as the brakes, calipers and hoses. Updated 04/17/12 updated 04/25/lj updated 05/02/12.

car   Tank Mounting problem 23
Failure Date: 09/28/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact received NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) and took the vehicle to the dealer to be repaired where he was informed that the fuel tank was leaking gasoline which included the one hundred dollars that was placed into the tank the previous day. The dealer advised the contact that the tank needed to be replaced; however, they would not cover the cost since it was not a part of the recall. The manufacturer was not notified nor was the vehicle repaired. The current and failure mileage was 116,000.

car   Tank Mounting problem 24
Failure Date: 09/28/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford f150. The contact stated that the fuel straps fractured, causing the fuel tank to detach from the vehicle, damaging the filler neck. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who repaired the fuel straps under NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline: storage: tank assembly: mounting), but the dealer advised that the fuel tank and filler neck were not included in the recall repair and would be at the owner's expense. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who advised the contact to keep the receipts for the repairs at his expense and offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 244,000.

car   Tank Mounting problem 25
Failure Date: 09/28/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. While parked, the contact noticed that the front fuel tank strap was detached from the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The technicians stated the front fuel tank strap had fractured due to corrosion and the rear strap was severally corroded and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that the VIN was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 54,782. Updated 11/17/11 updated 11/30/11.



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