Leaky Turbos, Unsecured Fuel Tanks Complete Today's Ford Recalls

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
leaky turbos unsecured fuel tanks complete today s ford recalls

Ford Motor Company has issued two safety-related recalls for around 9,400 North American vehicles, with both issues posing a fire risk.

The automaker is ordering back over 8,000 2017 Super Duty trucks that lack proper fuel tank strap reinforcements, in addition to roughly 1,300 other vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines.

Both safety issues carry an increased risk of fire for the affected units. Ford claims it is not currently aware of any fires, accidents or injuries related to the problems.

Improperly brazed turbocharger oil supply tubes were installed on 1,352 vehicles using Ford’s 3.5-liter GTDI engine, resulting in a poor fit that could leak engine oil onto the turbo and surrounding components. The company is concerned that, with the presence of an ignition source, the lubricant could start a fire. The affected models include 2016 Ford Taurus sedans, 2016-17 Flex crossovers, 2017 Explorers or Police Interceptor Utilities, and 2016-17 Lincoln MKT SUVs.

About 1,157 are in the U.S., while 126 are in Canada. Six more are in federalized territories.

The affected 2017 Super Duty trucks are missing reinforcement brackets that could lead to a fuel tank strap breaking away from the frame. The problem could cause the front of the fuel tank to make contact with the ground — damaging the tank and creating a fire hazard stemming from a fuel leak.

Affected vehicles include approximately 8,069 Ford Super Duty pickups assembled at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant between August 10, 2016 and September 17, 2016. Of the recalled units, 7,103 are in the United States, 964 more in Canada, and two are in federalized territories.

Ford dealers will install the correct parts for both recalls free of charge.

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  • Steve Biro Steve Biro on Dec 22, 2016

    That stupid piece of chrome trim below the A pillar is reason enough for a recall. Ford tried the same thing on the Escort a few years ago. Hideous... as is the grill assembly. I blame Dodge/Ram for this. They started the cartoon-truck movement and Americans, generally lacking taste, simply couldn't help themselves.

  • Whitworth Whitworth on Dec 22, 2016

    Remember when we were told that making every engine turbocharged instead of naturally aspirated would have no penalties in the overall reliability of the engine? That it had now all been figured out? That we were a bunch of Luddites that just hated technology? Good times

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on Dec 23, 2016

      @Lou_BC "The turbo’s aren’t leaking." Leaky Turbos, Unsecured Fuel Tanks Complete Today’s Ford Recalls. Hmmm........

  • Jacob_coulter Jacob_coulter on Dec 22, 2016

    Here come the Ford fanboys telling us that Ford has never had a quality control problem, in fact, it's Toyota that has all the quality control problems! I bet those early customers are really glad they went with the 5.0L instead of this 3.5 turbo charged monstrosity. It has had so many issues. Ford can't do turbos or diesels, look at their track record with the 6.7l Powerstroke diesels. Absolute nightmares. At least they didn't pair them to Ford's famous CVT or dual clutch PowerShift automatic.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Dec 22, 2016

    6.7L POWER STROKE PROBLEMS "COMMON 6.7L POWER STROKE PROBLEMS & CONCERNS Most problems with the 6.7L Power Stroke are isolated incidents - failures or faults experienced by a low percentage of owners, particularly on early engines. While issues are expected from a clean-slate engine, especially one as advanced as the 6.7L Power Stroke, there have been very few common issues with Ford's new diesel platform."