The 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R is a special machine indeed, marking the return of V8 power to the high-performance off-road-focused pickup for the first time since the demise of the first-gen model years ago. The Raptor R immediately racked up a slew of positive reviews and even managed to beat out its chief rival – the Ram TRX – in at least one comparison test, but there are just a couple of problems – for starters, it costs over $100k, and secondly, very few are actually being produced this year. However, a handful of those lucky enough to take delivery of a 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R have faced one fairly annoying problem in recent weeks – oil leaks.
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The very first report of a leaky Raptor R came from the Instagram page The Raptor Connection, which then followed up with a total of 12 owners that have reportedly experienced the same issue. According to the page, those owners have reported seeing oil leaks coming from a variety of areas, including the supercharger, front crank seal, and oil pan gasket. The very first person to experience this issue – Ryan Cassidy – has had his truck parked at a Ford dealer for roughly a month now as well.
“Pretty serious leak. I had it towed to the dealer on January 28th and it’s been there ever since with no end in sight, unfortunately,” Cassidy told The Drive. “I’ve talked to quite a few people from, like, the plant managers to several others. They’ve informed me of what’s going on, the whole process – they have front crank seal leaks.”
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A Ford spokesperson later confirmed that the source of these oil leaks is, in fact, faulty front crank seals, though a suitable replacement has reportedly already been developed and is currently being tested. The automaker is “aware of a limited number of F-150 Raptor Rs – nine customers – with the potential to leak oil at the front crankshaft seal caused by a supplier manufacturing defect. We are contacting affected customers to offer assistance,” the spokesperson said.
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Pretty garden variety component to have fail this day and age.
Looking forward to when we don’t have these kinds of components to fail.
Wow!! Ford literally cannot launch anything right!! This is just sad….. 🙁
ESPECIALLY for a LIMITED run of $100,000.00+ TRUCKS: THAT sends a poor message & backfire to FORDS commercials SINCE the 1964 1/2 Mustang rolled off the assembly line: “BUILT FOR TOUGH” INTO QUESTION NOW!!!
All those leaks at once… plugged PCV valve?
When quality issues appeared a few years ago, Ford stepped up to the plate with RAV/vehicle repurchase. And, there were so many compared to a few yrs prior. Now Ford is left customers swinging in the wind. Hard to renew client when their current Ford was off the road for 3 weeks, two times.
What a Shame! Just a Total Embarrassment to FORD Motor Co!
My Raptor R was ordered July 18th – built February 6th – and still is setting off-sight someplace. Ford says they have a fix for the leaks and I assume this is why it is setting and not moving. They need to get these orders fixed and shipped. This is the second pickup in two years that Ford has taken forever to build and ship. Cannot blame Covid this time. Just horrible management. Due your job. Ford needs to fire a bunch of idiots.