Another massive vehicle recall is now in effect, this time covering three models from Ford. The recalls, announced on Friday, will cover over 800,000 individual vehicles. If you own a Ford Explorer, F-350, or Lincoln Aviator, your vehicle could be covered by this new recall notice.
The Lincoln Aviator recall covers 2020 and 2021 models. The issue involves a problem with the battery that can increase the risk of an engine fire. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by Ford via mail of the recall starting in late July. Should your vehicle be affected, you’ll be able to have it checked by personnel at your local Lincoln dealer. They’ll be able to replace the faulty battery components for you in the event that your vehicle has the error in question.
The Explorer recall covers 2013 through 2017 models and concerns a potential issue with their seized cross-axis ball joints. A seizure in this joint can lead to a problem regarding fractured rear suspension toe links. You’ll know this error has occurred if you hear unusual clunking from under your vehicle, or if you’re suddenly having issues regarding the car’s handling. The rear wheels being out of alignment could also be related to this issue.
Should this occur, you’ll likely notice a sudden decrease in your ability to steer the vehicle. This is a major hazard, as it could increase your risk of a crash dramatically. Inability to steer isn’t just inconvenient, it’s downright scary.
Owners will be notified of the recall by late August via mail. If your vehicle has been recalled, you’ll be able to take it to a Ford dealership to have it inspected. The dealer will be able to replace the cross-axis ball joint if it’s damaged or seized.
The Ford F-350 recall covers 2020 and 2021 models, specifically those with 6.7-liter engines and single rear wheel axles. This recall concerns a specific failure in the rear axle housing spring seat interface weld. This can lead to the drive shaft becoming disconnected from the rest of the vehicle, which can cause problems when driving at highway speeds.
If your vehicle shudders when accelerating or moving quickly, it might be experiencing this issue. Drivers will be notified of the recall by mail starting in mid-August, and dealerships will be able to check for the issue with the welding in the rear axle housing. If it’s present, they’ll replace it with an updated version.