Body Style: Sedan
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Gray
Interior Material: Leather
Engine: 8 Cylinder Gasoline
Transmission: 4 Speed Automatic
Drive Type: 2 wheel drive - front
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Doors: Four Door
Limited-production vehicle. About 19,730 SHOs were made from 1996 to 1999. Car
runs and drives.
*The engine makes a clicking noise.
Suspected camshaft sprocket problem.
Soon after the introduction of the SHO V8, widespread problems with the cam
sprockets began to surface. Ford had used a relatively unusual method, called
"swaging", of affixing the cam sprockets to the camshafts. The cam sprockets
were fastened to the hollow camshafts by forcing a metal ball which was
slightly larger than the interior diameter of the camshaft through the center
of the camshaft, thus expanding the metal slightly and creating a mechanical
bond between the cam sprocket and the camshaft. This method proved to be
inadequate, and thus on some engines, the cam sprocket could break loose from
the camshaft and spin independently from the camshaft (or "walk"). This would
result in the camshaft stopping and thus not activating the valves, allowing
the pistons to hit the valves, ruining the engine.
****The preventive measure of welding the cam sprocket to the camshaft soon
proved to be a fix for engines that had not suffered such a fate yet .
Another such fix is "pinning" the cam sprocket, or inserting a pin in the
sprocket to keep it aligned on the camshaft. There were calls for Ford to
provide a recall, though none ever happened, potentially because it was a
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- Location: Kansas City, MO
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