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February 16, 2001

Ford Recalls 1997-1998 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a  recall affecting the 1997 and 1998 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer automobiles.  The affected models were manufactured from May 1996 through May 1998.

On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with 4.0L SOHC engines that still retain the original throttle body (Part Numbers 97JF-9E926AB or 97JF-9E926-AC), a gap between the plate and bore of these throttle bodies was too narrow. This reduced clearance allowed the engine deposits normally present in the throttle body to contact or bridge the gap. If the engine deposits bridged the gap between the throttle plate and bore and then hardened, on the initial application of the accelerator pedal after the engine has cooled, the operator would need to apply additional force to the accelerator pedal to break the bridge. This could result an unexpected engine surge, increasing the risk of a crash.

220,000 automobiles are affected by this recall.

Dealers will replace the original throttle bodies.

The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin March 26, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V422, Mfg. #00S58]

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Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
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check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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