Ford Recalls F-150s, Super Duty Trucks, and E-Series Vans

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Somebody at Ford is not having a good day. The company had to issue recalls for multiple trucks and vans, including the super-popular Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Find out if your vehicle is part of the recall!

Over 200,000 F-150s Recalled

Ford has sent out a recall for 217,000 F-150 pickup trucks whose daytime running lights won’t stop running. Specifically, trucks from model years 2018-2020 may have a glitch that causes their lights from “auto” to “low beam.” According to US safety standards, the running lights should switch to parking lights at that point.

It might not sound like a major problem, but having the wrong lights on could confuse other drivers. Luckily for F-150 owners, this is a relatively simple fix that requires a software update. This update can be performed at your local Ford dealership, so keep an eye out for a recall notice in the mail with further instructions.

Additional F-150s Need Engine Block Heater Fixes

Another 33,000 F-150s will need a major repair over engine block heaters that have faulty wiring. Model year 2015 and 2016 F-150 pickup trucks with a 3.5-liter engine (featuring EcoBoost) are involved in this recall.

The wiring in the engine block heater can short out, potentially causing overheating and eventually fire. Obviously, you don’t want your engine to burst into flames, so this fix should be a top priority. While you wait for instructions from Ford to get the wiring replaced, make sure to turn off the engine block heater.

2020 Ford Super Duty Trucks, E-Series Vans Also Recalled

Ford also issued a recall for certain 2020 Super Duty trucks and E-Series vans over a much more serious issue. A handful of these vehicles did not receive enough gear oil, which could lead to a variety of serious problems.

The part affected by this sub-par greasing is the differential–the device that splits the engine torque from the driveshaft to the back wheels. The lack of gear oil means that the differential could seize up or even break, locking the back wheels while in motion.

Only 320 vehicles are involved in the recall, but for those owners, it’s a major flaw. A registered Ford mechanic will take a look at the oil level to see if you need to have a completely new rear end setup. If you’re one of the unlucky ones, your truck will be getting a brand-new differential, axle, and housing to replace the faulty parts.

Ford has not commented on whether owners of 2020 Super Duty trucks and E-Series vans need to cease driving their vehicles; if you have questions about the recall, please contact the automaker.