Ford has issued a recall for 2009-2016 Ford Econoline / E-Series models over a transmission component that could result in a motive power loss issue.
The defect: affected vehicles contain a capacitive discharge weld within a coast clutch component in the transmission. A substandard weld may fatigue and fail, causing the loss of the ability to move the vehicle. All normal engine, braking, and steering functionality is unaffected. Reports indicate that the majority of weld failures occur when torque is highest, which is when the driver attempts to accelerate from a stop.
The hazards: an elevated rate of loss of mobility in school bus and ambulance vehicle applications could present a unique risk to passengers or occupants including a loss of mobility in school bus applications may result in the transfer of unchaperoned children when the vehicle is immobilized in a roadway. Loss of vehicle mobility in ambulance applications may result in delay of patient treatment. Ford is unaware of any accidents resulting from this condition.
Components: coast clutch capacitive discharge weld (inside transmission).
Affected vehicles: Ford Econoline/E-Series models built at Ohio Assembly Plant, from May 11th, 2009 to December 10th, 2015.
Number of affected vehicles: approximately 4,300 Ford Econoline units in North America, including:
- 3,868 in the United States and federalized territories
- 445 in Canada
The fix: dealers will replace the coast clutch cylinder and the single-engaging coast one-way clutch with a dual-engaging one-way clutch.
Owners should: Ford recommends that owners get the recall performed by an authorized Ford dealer.
- Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
- FoMoCo Recall Number: 19S20
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov