Ford has announced a couple recalls and expanded another, affecting some 9,100 vehicles for issues with fuel pumps, braking systems and transmissions.
Ford F-150 pickups and Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs from 2018 are being recalled to address an issue with the high-pressure fuel pump on the 3.5-litre V-6. Affecting 7,580 vehicles, the fuel pumps may have an inadequate weld between it and its mounting flange. That could result in fatigue fractures that might allow the pump to move, which would result in loss of sealing integrity of the cam cover or fuel lines, and result in a leak of fuel or oil (potentially resulting in a fire in the presence of an ignition source).
Of the 7,580 vehicles, 5,645 are in the US and federalized territories, 1,625 are in Canada and 310 are in Mexico. Ford is not aware of any fires or incidents but is asking dealers to replace the high-pressure fuel pump, high-pressure fuel discharge tube, and related mounting hardware.
Ford is also recalling some 1,500 F-650 and F-750 trucks with hydraulic brake systems that may be missing a brake-hose protection plating. Those vehicles are missing the anti-corrosion plating on the metal ferrules that attach the flexible braided steel hose to the metal tubes between the master cylinder and the hydraulic control unit. The condition could lead to premature corrosion that would allow the hydraulic brake fluid to leak, resulting in reduced braking effectiveness and potentially lead to a crash. Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the issue.
Just 11 of the 1,485 recalled vehicles are in Canada, with the rest in the US. Dealers will replace the brake hose assembly with parts that contain properly plated ferrules.
The company is also expanding an earlier recall relating to torque-converters on 6-speed automatics fitted to 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines. The company is adding 27 more Ford Edge, and Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, all from 2017 and 2018 model years. The issue arises from torque converters with inadequately-welded studs that could detach, resulting in the torque converter losing coupling to the engine flexplate, which would result in a loss of motive power. If this were to happen at speed, it might result in a crash. Power steering and braking would not be affected, and all electrical and safety systems would also continue to operate. Dealers will replace the torque converters on recalled vehicles.