Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2020-2021 Lincoln Aviator vehicles due to issues related to the battery cable wire harness.
The defect: in affected vehicles, the battery cable wire harness may have been improperly secured.
The hazards: an improperly secured battery cable wire harness could contact the A/C compressor pulley. Given enough time, the A/C pulley may rub through the battery cable wire insulation and make contact with the unfused battery positive (B+) circuit, which could result in a short circuit and potential fire.
Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries, or fires related to this issue.
Components: battery cable, battery cable wire harness, A/C compressor belt, A/C compressor pulley.
Affected vehicles: select 2020-2021 Lincoln Aviator models equipped with the gasoline Ford 3.0L EcoBoost V6 assembled at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant between June 19th, 2019, and January 5th, 2021.
Number of vehicles affected: 40,995 vehicles, with:
- 36,258 units in North America
- 2,136 units in China
- 2,601 units in Ford’s International Markets Group
The fix: dealers will inspect the vehicle, and:
- Add a tie strap near the frame rail between the battery cable harness and the engine compartment harness, if there is no evidence that the battery cable has contacted the A/C compressor pulley.
- Add a tie strap near the frame rail between the battery cable harness and the engine compartment harness and replace the A/C compressor belt, if any of the small gauge circuits are damaged.
- Replace the wire harness, battery cable harness, add a tie strap near the frame rail between the battery cable harness and the engine compartment harness, and replace the A/C compressor belt, if any of the four large gauge circuits are damaged.
Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which are expected to be mailed the week of July 30th, 2021. The Ford reference number for this recall is 21S34.
- Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
- FoMoCo Recall Number: 21S34
- NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov