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Ford Admits 2.3-liter EcoBoost in early Focus RS Models Burn Coolant

Ford Admits 2.3-liter EcoBoost in early Focus RS Models Burn Coolant

And, they have an excuse but no fix yet....

The pin has finally dropped on the Ford Focus RS’ beleaguered 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine. After months of investigating, Ford has acknowledged that the Ecoboost engine powering the hot hatch has an issue that causes it to consume coolant fluid. Speaking with Autocar, the Blue Oval admitted that the problem causes some 2016 and 2017 models of the Focus RS to produce “white exhaust smoke,” a by-product of burning coolant during cold running.

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Don't Fall Out! Ford F-150's Doors Can Fly Open

Don’t Fall Out! Ford F-150’s Doors Can Fly Open

Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-Series trucks over door latch issue

Ford is issuing a safety recall for roughly 1.3 million F-150 and Super Duties from 2015 to 2017 over concerns the door latch can become inoperable, which could lead to the door not opening, or worse, the door flying open while driving. Ford says two mechanical problems can lead to the condition. One, the latch could become frozen and two, the cable running from the inside handle to the latch can become kinked. In either scenario, serious safety problems arise.

Basically, it boils down to the door not latching or unlatching when it shouldn’t. That’s bad, especially if somebody needed to enter or exit quickly, say in an emergency. What’s worse, Ford says the door could appear closed, yet the latch be unsecured. That could lead the door to fling open while taking a turn. Forget to put a seatbelt on, and somebody is leaving the truck in a bad way.

Thankfully, Ford says it has no reports of injuries stemming from this problem but is replacing door latches on a select number of aluminum-bodied F-Series trucks. These include the current-generation F-150 built from March 2014 up through the new 2017 Super Duty built in 2016. The full list of recalled trucks is below. The recall covers 1,101,107 F-Series trucks in the U.S., 222.408 in Canada, and 21,090 in Mexico for a total of 1,344,605.

Ford’s solution to the problem is installing a “water shield” over the door latches to prevent water from getting inside. Ford didn’t specify whether the latches freeze due to rust or if actual ice was accumulating in colder weather. Regardless, Ford dealership technicians will inspect the parts and repair them if necessary.

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Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Exactly three Escapes and four Explorers are affected

Ford just issued two of the smallest safety compliance recalls in history. The automaker has reason to believe three 2016 Escape crossovers and four Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles left the factory with defects, which could potentially cause harm to users. These laughably small recalls are juxtaposed against another recall announced at the same time. This one affects 402,000 Transit vans built between 2015 and 2017. While these larger recalls have seemingly become “business as usual” for automakers, it’s rare to hear a voluntarily recall for vehicles in the single digits.

In fact, only BMW has Ford beat, according to online information. It recalled a single – one, uno, 1.0 – 2017 X3 xDrive28i back in October of 2016 for an issue with its electronic power steering. Of course, I’m not counting boutique automakers with relatively tiny production numbers like McLaren, Pagani, and Koenigsegg. At the opposite end of the recall spectrum, the ongoing Takata airbag recall has entangled more than two-dozen automakers and nearly 70 million vehicles. The recall began in 2013 due to faulty inflators that could explode upon airbag deployment, sending metal shrapnel into passengers’ faces. Sadly, at least 11 deaths and more than 150 injuries have been reported in the U.S. alone. Thankfully, Ford has no reports of injuries resulting from the Explorer, Escape, or Transit van. So what exactly is prompting these recalls? Keep reading to find out.

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Ford Recalls 2017 Super Duty over Fuel Tank Straps

Ford Recalls 2017 Super Duty over Fuel Tank Straps

Fuel tank could drop down should the straps break

Ford has issued a voluntary safety recall for the all-new, 2017 Super Duty pickup. The recall includes roughly 8,000 pickups, which might have missing reinforcements for the fuel tank strap. Ford says that over time, the straps could separate from the truck’s frame, allowing the fuel tank to make contact with the ground, potentially leading to a fire.

Ford has no reported incidences from owners, so no injuries are associated with the recall. The affected trucks were built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between August 10 and September 17. Ford says 7,103 of the affected trucks are inside the U.S., while 964 are in Canada. Oddly enough, two more Super Duties are somewhere in U.S. federalized territories.

As with all recalls, vehicle owners will not be charged for inspection, repair, or replacement of the parts in question. Ford dealerships will inspect the fuel tank straps, checking for the presence of a reinforcement bracket on the No. 3 crossmember at the front of the fuel tank. If no bracket is found, one will be installed.

This marks the first recall for Ford’s new Super Duty. It’s highly doubtful this issue will slow buyers from snatching up the new model. Ford has released information saying Super Duty sales are up 33 percent in its first three months on the market. Truck-centric markets in Texas show an even bigger lead. Sales in Houston are up 38 percent, while Dallas sales are up a staggering 45 percent.

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Ford to Recall Mustang GT350 and GT350R Models For Shoddy Oil Cooler Lines

Ford to Recall Mustang GT350 and GT350R Models For Shoddy Oil Cooler Lines

Engine oil cooler assemblies will be replaced under warranty

Ford has launched a safety recall for 2015 to 2017 model years of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R over issues pertaining to potential oil leaks brought about by defects in the assembly of the engine oil cooler. According to the company, affected vehicles may have “insufficient crimps” on the hose of the engine oil cooler tubes, which in turn could lead to the hose separating in some fashion, resulting in oil leaking out of the car. You don’t need to be a car wizard to ascertain that such a scenario could lead to an engine failure or worse, an actual fire in the event the oil leaks in the presence of an ignition source.

Approximately 8,026 vehicles are affected by the problem including 6,523 models in the U.S., 957 in Canada, 346 in Mexico, and another 59 in federalised territories. Fortunately, no accidents or injuries have been reported pertaining to the issue, but regardless, Ford is still issuing the safety recall as a pre-emptive strike to fix the issue before this problem manifests itself in any one of the 8,000-plus affected models.

It must be noted that the recall comes directly from Ford itself and that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has yet to make its own recall announcement. This is important to remember because owners looking to see if their models are affected can only do so by contacting their local Ford dealerships and have their VIN numbers run to check for their respective status. Running the vin number in the NHTSA’s vin checker will yield no results.

In the event a specific model is included in the list of recalled units, owners are encouraged to inform their dealerships immediately. The dealers will take care of everything, including replacing the engine oil cooler tube assembly at no cost to the Mustang owner.

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Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Recalls are just a way of life these days.

Recalls used to be something that didn’t really happen all that often, but these days, it seems like every manufacturer is taking a bite of shame pie. Ford is the most recent company to pop out recalls this month. Two of the recalls are safety related, and one is compliance related, leading to more than 100,000 vehicles affected. The first and most important involves Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and the Lincoln MKS and MKT models built for the 2013 to 2015 model years. These models, if equipped with the twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 could have a faulty fuel pump control module that could cause the engine to stall while driving, increasing the risk of an accident. A total of 88,151 of these vehicles are affected.

The next recall is also fuel related and involves the 2015 to 2016 Ford Transit with a 3.2-liter diesel engine. This model could have been equipped with a faulty fuel injection pump that could prevent the engine from starting. No injuries or accidents have been associated with this recall, but I’m sure a few owners have been pretty unhappy when their almost-new Transit failed to start in the morning. A total of 2,472 Transit vans are included in this recall.

The final recall involves the power window system of the 2017 Ford Escape. According to Ford, “the power window system configuration may exceed the regulatory requirement for remote actuation closing force, increasing the risk of injury.” So in other words, you, your child, or your dog could get one of your extremities pinched inside the window when it is being rolled up. A total of 23,150 examples of the 2017 Escape are affected and can be repaired with a simple update to the vehicle’s onboard computer software.

Before you call the dealer to schedule your appointment, you can head over to the NHTSA’s website and plug in your vehicle’s VIN to see if it is affected by these or any other recall campaigns on file.

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Brake Failures Force Ford to Recall 271,000 Previous-Generation F-150

Brake Failures Force Ford to Recall 271,000 Previous-Generation F-150

Nine crashes, one injury reportedly connected to brake failure

Ford Motor Company is recalling some 271,000 F-150 pickups from the 2013 and 2014 model years due to brake failure. This comes after a three-month investigation and more than 100 complaints to the National Highway Safety Administration from consumers.

The issue lies with the brake master cylinder. Brake fluid has the potential to leak from the master cylinder into the vacuum brake booster, reducing the effectiveness of the front brakes. Only F-150s equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 are affected. Ford says it will fix the issue by replacing the master cylinder on the recalled trucks, along with the brake booster if it shows signs of brake fluid.

So far, Ford has received reports of nine crashes related to brake failure. No injuries or deaths were reported in those crashes, though one customer reported injuries during braking, but without being involved in a crash.

Automotive News reports the NHTSA opened an investigation into 33 complaints of brake failure in February of 2016. An additional 74 more complains were left on the U.S. Government agency’s website since then.

Ford’s statement on the situation reports the affected trucks were built at the Dearborn Truck Plant between August 1, 2013 through August 22, 2014, along with the Kansas City Assembly Plant between August 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014. There are 225,012 affected F-150 within the U.S. and its territories, 43,682 in Canada, and another 402 in Mexico.

Like all safety recalls, the issue will be fixed at no cost to the customer at their local Ford dealership. Owners of 2013 and 2014 F-150s with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 should expect to hear from Ford in the coming days. Better yet, customers can input their vehicle’s VIN into the recall look-up section at safercar.gov to see if their F-150 is affected.

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Ford Issues Safety Recall For Focus, C-Max And Escape

Ford Issues Safety Recall For Focus, C-Max And Escape

Ford Motor Company has just issued a recall of roughly 433,000 vehicles in North America, with affected vehicles including the 2015 Ford Focus, C-MAX and Escape. The recall concerns an issue with the listed vehicles’ “body control module,” wherein the engine could continue to run even after the ignition has been turned off and the key has been removed, or after pressing the engine’s start/stop button. 

Currently, Ford is not reporting any accidents or injuries associated with the issue. Customers can take their affected vehicles to a local dealer for a free software update to the faulty module.

The malfunction is non-compliant with FMVSS 114, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s standard regarding theft protection and rollaway prevention. 

Ford says that the recall encompasses 374,781 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 52,180 vehicles in Canada and 5,135 vehicles in Mexico.

The affected vehicles include certain 2015 Focus models built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between June 17th, 2014, and June 12th, 2015; certain 2015 C-MAX models built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between April 22nd, 2014, and June 12th, 2015; and certain 2015 Escape models built at the Louisville Assembly Plant between April 1st, 2014, and June 12th, 2015.

This latest recall is the second issued in less than a month for the Escape, with another recall issued only a few weeks ago over issues regarding faulty instrument clusters.

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2015 Ford F-150 Recalled For Upper I-Shaft Issues

2015 Ford F-150 Recalled For Upper I-Shaft Issues

Ford Motor Company has just issued a recall on the 2015 F-150 due to an improperly riveted upper I-shaft on 12,328 vehicles in North America. The I-shaft, the mechanical linkage from the steering wheel to the steering box, could potentially separate at the riveted joint, causing an abrupt loss in steering.

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2015 Ford F-150 Recalled For Upper I-Shaft Issues

2015 Ford F-150 Recalled For Upper I-Shaft Issues

Ford Motor Company has just issued a recall on the 2015 F-150 due to an improperly riveted upper I-shaft on 12,328 vehicles in North America. The I-shaft, the mechanical linkage from the steering wheel to the steering box, could potentially separate at the riveted joint, causing an abrupt loss in steering.

Thankfully, there have been no reported accidents or injuries surrounding this incident, but Ford is aware of one reported loss of steering that is likely related.

Of the 12,328 F-150s affected, 8,963 are in the U.S. and its territories, 3,348 are in Canada, and 17 are in Mexico. Of those, 6,722 pickup trucks are still on dealership lots, meaning repairs will be done before being sold. Still, 5,606 trucks are already in customers’ hands. Those owners can expect to receive a letter informing them of the recall.

The affected trucks were built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant from March 19, 2015 to March 21, 2015 and at the Dearborn Truck Plant from March 21, 2015 to March 30, 2015.

The upper I-shaft will be inspected by dealers and replaced if necessary. As with all recalls, the service will come at no cost to the owner.

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