Ford is recalling over a quarter million F-Series pickups over issues with LED headlights, engine block heaters and a deficiency of rear axle lubricant.
The largest of the actions involves 2018-20 F-150 pickup that have daytime LED running lights that don’t properly dim to parking-light intensity when the headlamps are switched on. The inability to do that may hinder visibility for other drivers. Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the issue.
The fix is a software update for the body control module, which dealers will naturally perform at no charge.
The action affects 166,196 vehicles in the US and federalized territories, and 50,989 vehicles in Canada.
Older F-150s, from 2015 and 2016, are being recalled to address engine block heaters (on 3.5-litre Ecoboost V-6s) that may have insufficient protecting for its cables, which are likely too short. The ambient heat may cause a resistive short that could render the heater inoperative, short out the outlet into which it’s plugged and/or trip the household circuit breaker. More importantly, though, the short increases the risk of overheating, melting and a fire.
Dealers will inspect the block heater and its cable, and repair or replace as necessary. Until that happens, though, owners are advised to not use the engine block heater.
The recall affects 19,679 pickups in Canada and 13,854 in the US and federalized territories.
A third action involves just 326 vehicles (319 in the US and just 7 in Canada) — 2020 F-Series Super Duty pickups and 2021 E-Series cutaway and stripped-chassis vehicles — which may suffer from an inadequate amount of rear axle lubricant, which could result in bearing seizure, component fractures and driveshaft separation, all of which could lead to a loss of motive power and the park function in the transmission. In the case of the latter, the vehicle could roll away, if the parking brake is not set.
Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the issue but is having dealers check the differential fluid level. If it is low, the entire rear axle assembly will be replaced.