Back in March 2022, The Blue Oval announced that the Ford F-150 would be heading to Australia, joining the the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500, which are already on sale in that truck-hungry market. There, a third-party company called RMA Automotive in Mickleham, Victoria, is completing the right-hand drive conversion on those pickups – albeit in small batches for this market – and deliveries of the Australian Ford F-150 officially began back in November. Now, however, that process has hit a bit of a snag as an issue with the truck’s turbocharger has prompted FoMoCo to halt sales and deliveries of the Ford F-150 in Australia, according to CarExpert.
Thus far, three Ford F-150 pickups in that part of the world have experienced a problem with their vehicle’s turbocharger, prompting the automaker to halt deliveries until it can track down the source of that particular issue. At the moment, the problem is believed to be related to a hose that is collapsing on the right-hand side turbo of the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost powerplant.
“Out of an abundance of caution Ford Australia has placed a temporary hold on F-150s that are on their way to dealers or in dealer stock, after three remanufactured vehicles presented with a turbocharger related concern,” a Ford Australia spokesperson said in a statement. “Customers who have taken delivery can continue to drive their vehicle. We are committed to delivering the highest quality vehicle for our customers, and are working quickly to investigate and resolve the issue. We understand the inconvenience it will cause those who are waiting for their vehicle to be delivered and we thank them for their patience.”
As Ford Authority previously reported, the Australian Ford F-150 is a bit different than its American counterpart, as its SecuriCode keyless keypad is still located on the left side, even though the driver enters the right side, and the pickup doesn’t have a safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), either. The popular pickup is available with an array of accessories, and with interest proving strong so far, The Blue Oval isn’t ruling out doing more right-hand drive conversions for the Australian market in the future, too.