Ford Issues A Recall, Stop-Sale On Shelby GT350 Over Oil-Cooler Defect

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Although we’re quite sure we don’t need to tell you this, it’s hardly ever a good thing for your engine to eject its oil spontaneously, especially while the vehicle is being driven. Ford knows that, too, and have thus issued a recall and stop-sale on the current Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang over concerns regarding faulty oil-cooler tube assemblies.

The defect: the oil-cooler hose clamps on some Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs may be insufficiently crimped, possibly leading to hose separation from the cooler.

The hazards: affected vehicles might experience sudden engine oil loss from an oil-cooler hose separation, possibly resulting in an engine failure and, if an ignition source is present, a subsequent oil fire. Ford is aware of no accidents, injuries, or fires due to this issue, although it could account for the engine fire experienced in late-July by Joe “HiPo Joe” Charles that we covered previously.

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Affected vehicles: 2015-2017 Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang manufactured February 24, 2015 through August 30, 2016 at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

Number of affected vehicles: 8,026 units, with:

  • 6,523 in the United States
  • 957 in Canada
  • 346 in Mexico
  • 59 in federalized U.S. territories

The fix: Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the engine oil-cooler tube assembly on affected cars, free of charge.

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Owners should: owners who wish to know if their vehicle is included in this Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang recall can visit http://owner.ford.com and click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page. There, they can enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open safety, compliance or emissions recalls, as well as customer satisfaction programs.

Owners may also contact Ford customer service by using the following phone number:

  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332

See complete recall details.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Ford needs to do much better PR w recall on GT350
    Why did it happen what caused it is excessive engine vibrations due to flat plane crank the cause and what other problems can occur?
    Why does it take so long to fix
    What about the buyer who just paid well over MSRP and now must park his car for 3-4 mos?
    Maybe adding extra yr of warranty?
    Bigger issue is what other vibration problems will occur

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