Rodent Damage to Soy-Based Wire Coating
Newer Ford vehicles use an electrical wire coating that is a more eco-friendly, soy-based material. But maybe it's a little too eco-friendly? There's been an uptick in owner complaints about rodents using the coating as a chew toy and causi…Continue reading article "Rodent Damage to Soy-Based Wire Coating"
Door Ajar Light Won't Shut Off
Ford owners are dealing with a door ajar warning lights that won’t shut off. 2011-2013 Ford Edge owners, in particular, are having this problem in record numbers. The problem happens just outside the car’s standard warranty and has prompted…Continue reading article "Door Ajar Light Won't Shut Off"
Where Electrical Complaints Happen
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- door ajar light stays on in the 2013 Edge
- door ajar light stays on in the 2011 Edge
- door ajar light stays on in the 2012 Edge
- computer (PCM) failure in the 2005 Escape
- alternator dead in the 2007 Focus
- battery dead in the 2013 C-Max Hybrid
- dead battery in the 2017 Fusion
This car is only 3 months old. Dealer removed the engine cover in front of me and I saw the beginnings of a white insulation nest and droppings. The coolant line running across the engine was chewed and leaking. We saw other lines and wires with similar damage across the entire engine compartment.
I began to wonder why the old truck had no troubles being parked in the same place for 15 years and right away the new truck has this chronic issue. Doing a little Internet research I discovered that the wiring insulation as well as a few other component parts on this and the 2016 models is made from a soy-based material. Turns out that to a rat or other rodent that insulation looks like a tasty little snack!
Ford is recalling over 2,100 Fusion Energi sedans to prevent accidental electrocutions.
There are small gaps behind an access panel that allow for physical contact with an uncovered, high-voltage fuse. Engineers made the shocking discovery while inspecting the 2019 model year. To meet federal safety standards (and to stop frying its customers) Ford will install better covers starting on April 1st.keep reading article "Engineers Made a Shocking Discovery About the 2019 Fusion Energi"
An investigation is being opened into why electric tailgates are opening on their own in 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks.
The F-250 and F-350 trucks are equipped with electronic tailgates that can be opened with the key fobs, but five owners filed complaints saying the tailgates opened without warning and uncommanded.
In TSB #17-2196, Ford told its dealers that water could get into a wiring harness and cause “uncommanded tailgate openings” in Super Duty trucks. If the tailgate is down while driving, all the jostling can cause extensive damage.
Besides, no-one likes getting caught with their tailgate down.keep reading article "Electric Tailgates Opening on Their Own? Investigation Targets 2017 Super Duty Trucks"
Ford has issued a small but important electrical recall for 87 vehicles with improperly secured power supply cables.
The cables are at the starters and alternators and the unsecured connections could cause electrical arcs. Those arcs could easily start fires.
There are so many recalls these days that it’s no longer shocking when brand new vehicles get called back for repairs. But it really makes you wonder wire these automakers can’t get their act together.
Puns aside, find out if your vehicle is affected here. It only takes a minute, so watt are you waiting for?keep reading article "Unsecured Connections Are Causing Electrical Arcs in Newer Ford Models"
"DOOR AJAR" When put together those two simple words strike fear into 2011–2013 Ford Edge owners. According to many, the dashboard warning light never shuts off. Never, ever.
Yes, even when all the doors are closed. Yes, even after the doors are double and triple checked. Yes, even after the owner slams the dash out of frustration.…keep reading article "Investigation Into the Non-Stop 'Door Ajar' Light in the Ford Edge"