Ford Recalls Fire Escape For a Third Time
They say the third time is always a charm.
I don’t think this was what they meant.
As first reported by The Associated Press, a third recall has been issued for the Louisville, Kentucky-built Ford Escape, and the second to involve those with the 1.6L four-pot under the hood. Instead of fuel lines, however, improperly installed coolant plugs will turn your chariot of great escapes into a chariot of fire, the result of coolant leaking onto said engine after the plug falls out onto the highway.
The issue, according to Ford spokesperson Marcey Zweibel, first came about at one of their dealerships, where an employee driving an Escape experienced the conflagration first-hand; the fire was extinguished with no injuries reported.
In all, 7,600 Escapes with the English-built 1.6L engine fall under the recall, where owners can take their crossover into the nearest dealership for a free service appointment to correct the potentially fatal error.
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I've seen many people assert that small, turbocharged engines in big, heavy vehicles are just fine this time, because the automakers creating them have learned from their past mistakes and know what they're doing this time. It is to laugh.
Too bad. I'm renting a 2013 Escape now and I really like it. It is a great size--not too big, not too small, it handles great, looks good, is comfortable and has a nicely trimmed inside. Ride is a little choppy but overall I'm as impressed with this Escape as I was unimpressed with a 2012 Explorer last week. The Explorer drove like it was the size of a department store, guzzled gas and every detail seemed to be intentionally made to piss me off. It was comfortable and did ride nice but I'll take an Escape any day.
The 4.6 L ford with 2 valve head had four aluminum threads retaining the spark plug. A lot of them failed. I see some of their new V-6 and 4 cyl. engines have 16 threads on the plug. Of course they do not admit to poor engineering on the 4.6.
TTAC used to be above posting recall articles. Guess we make exceptions so long as its not a VAG product or a recall that will bring shame to the Toyoda family.