Ford Duratec Water Pump Lawsuit Dismissed By Judge

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A judge has dismissed the Ford Duratec water pump lawsuit that was brought against Ford by owners of vehicles that are fitted with Ford Duratec engines that have a strange water pump design. The water pump in these vehicles is inside the engine, behind multiple components that are required to be removed to get to the pump. The biggest issue that the lawsuit takes with the water pump design is that when the pump fails, the coolant is leaked and mixes with the oil leading to a ruined engine that must be replaced.

The Ford Duratec water pump lawsuit alleged that millions of 2007 to present Ford vehicles are equipped with the allegedly defective water pumps that can cause engine damage. The plaintiffs in the case allege the water pumps can fail without any warning since the coolant leaks into the oil. One Ford Edge owner said the engine in their vehicle failed, and it cost $7,600 to replace the engine.

Another Ford Edge owner says that the engine failed on the highway, and it cost $1,200 to replace it with a used one. The owners claimed that the water pump replacement was expensive as well because of the location inside the engine leading to repair bills as high as $1,500. In the Ford Duratec water pump lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged that Ford deceived customers into believing the water pumps will last about 150,000 miles without the need for maintenance.

The suit filed 55 claims under 11 states’ laws, but all 55 were dismissed save two claims from one plaintiff. Those two claims were settled out of court with Ford leaving the entire case dismissed. The judge dismissed the suit because the plaintiffs’ amended lawsuit didn’t plead facts that allowed it to be inferred that “Ford knew or should have known the water pumps in the Cyclone (Duratec) engines were defective.”

The judge also stated that since the plaintiffs didn’t include those allegations in the suit, they didn’t have those allegations and dismissed the suit with prejudice barring the plaintiffs from filing the suit again. The judge has agreed to reconsider her decision to dismiss with prejudice once all parties have presented their arguments and will decide if plaintiffs can file a second amended lawsuit.

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Source: Car Complaints

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. I always change a water pump before the manufacures recommend change just to be on the safe side.I always do it when doing a cambelt change or timeing chain.Millions have been produced and lasted.

  2. I am pretty sure that all munfactures have designs where to replace one thing other thing have to be removed or the engine has to be removed to replace something so I don’t see how this cost used as a sue claim

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  4. I have a 2013 Ford Flex with 75,000 miles, wonderful car until this weekend. Overheated, did drive it any longer had it towed to Ford. Needed a new water pump and radiator…cost over $3,500 and I have never missed an oil change. I think it is an issue. It wasn’t the parts that cost me so much, it is the labor because of where the water pump is located. I think Ford is somewhat responsible because of placement.

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