I also wanted to add that last night after about a month of ticking
seemingly from the the valves, My sho gave out. I am dreading the worst
because after reading the information on this site the signs all match. I
was driving down the express way at a constant speed 75 mi./hr. and the
check engine light started to blink and she stalled. I am having it towed
to the shop today. I have a white 97, with 145,000k. I bought it in Feb.
2002 with 74,000k. Anyways I was wondering how I could join in on the law
suit and to let you guys know of my situation. I will keep in touch to make
you aware of the outcome when I hear from the shop. Maybe I will need some
parts from some of the members of this site. Let me know what you think.
former white 94
soon to be former 97?
Larry, Today I talked to my mechanic and was given the news, I lost
compression in one cylinder in the rear bank, and the Ford rep. confirmed
that it was probably the cam. (I have not gotten a name or number yet for
the rep.) I have attached the form that you have asked for cam failures and
filled it out the best I can for now. I was just wondering what I should do
next. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
We would like some information so we can share it with our lawyers and a narrative so we can post it here on V8SHO.
For those that had engine failure: Answer all the questions the best you can.
2. Date of malfunction 2/14/2004
3. Where did the malfunction take place (highway, city streets, driveway, parking lot, etc.) Highway 75 mph
4. Odometer reading at time of malfunction 145,000
5. How fast were you traveling? 75 mph
6. Were you accelerating or staying at a constant speed? Constant
7. Estimated date of purchase, new or used? Used 2/?/2002
8. Estimated Odometer reading at time of purchase 74,000
9. Full Name, address, and a good phone# to reach you at during the day and night.
Brad Bogedain, Toledo, Ohio 43611
10. Brief description of the time of events leading towards the malfunction. (what did you hear and see before, during, and after the malfunction)
Approximately 4 weeks before the incident I noticed a tick coming from the engine. I haven't drove the car nearly as much hoping to get it into the shop, but on 2/14/2004 I was on the highway doing a constant 75 mph and the check engine light started to blink. It was on anyways due to a bad air pump (secondary air inj. Sys. Circuit A malfunction). It seemed like half the engine just gave out, and the other was revving to keep up, then it stalled, and wont start. Took to my local mechanic and he tore into the engine and sure enough it has no compression in one cylinder in the rear bank. He called his ford rep. and got the answer we have seen this and the options are basically a new or rebuilt engine. I still have to find out the name of the Rep. So I can contact him directly.
11. Customer service phone # you called and the name of the person you talked to. (if you can remember)
12. Did you feel satisfied with the answers customer service provided? Explain.
13. Which dealership did you take your vehicle in for service? (name, address, phone#)
14. What was the cause of failure determined by the dealer?
15. What was the cause of failure determined by you?
16. How much was your statement? (I hope you kept your receipt)
$1,700-$2,000 for rebuilt rear head, if no piston damage, or $5,000 for salvaged engine.
17. What can FOMOCO do to make you a satisfied Ford owner?
I believe that Ford should pay for the repair, parts and labor. For those of us out a vehicle it is the least they could do!