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2021-2023 Ford F-150 Pickups Recalled Over Axle Bolt Issue

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2021-2023 Ford F-150 models over an issue with the rear axle bolt.

The defect: in affected vehicles – which are equipped with the Trailer Tow Max Duty package and a 9.75-inch heavy duty axle with a 3/4 float axle design – the rear axle hub bolt may fatigue and break, which can result in damage to the axle hub splines.

The hazards: damaged axle hub splines can result in a vehicle roll away when the vehicle is in park without the parking brake applied, or cause a loss of drive power. Both of these conditions can increase the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Components: rear axle hub bolt

Affected vehicles: select 2021-2023 Ford F-150 models produced between January 28th, 2020, and December 25th, 2022.

Number of vehicles affected: 112,965

The fix: a remedy is currently under development. Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to a dealer for an interim repair if they experience symptoms related to rear axle bolt breakage, such as a clicking or rattling noise.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin January 29th, 2024. The Ford reference number for this recall is 23S65.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 23S65
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. CrabbyMilton

    Gee, I thought this time they really truly got their quality problems under control and they weren’t kidding. But it looks like same the old stupid so I guess this year will remain unchanged.

  2. jz777

    F150s have been snapping these since the 14th gens have been out! You need to do better Ford, should have issued a recall long ago.

  3. blksn8k

    I don’t have that towing package and my Tremor was built in Jan of ’23 so I guess I’m good.

  4. G O PEE

    What bolt(s) are we talkin bout here??


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