Ford will remember 252,936 Explorers produced for the 2020-2022 model a long time to switch a bolt utilized to mount the rear axle to its subframe. This bolt can facture, allowing for the driveshaft to disconnect from the axle assembly, which would make it feasible for the car to roll absent although in park if the brake is not used.
The recall applies to the 2020-2021 Explorer Police FHEV, Explorer Police 3.3L, and 2020-2022 Explorer 2.3L RWD, 3.0L PHEV, 3.3 L HEV and 3.0L ST. Explorer ST proprietors in certain really should just take be aware. Versions that have been pushed tricky (aggressive launches in distinct are problematic) are far more probably to show the difficulty, Ford explained in supporting files submitted to NHTSA.
“Influenced automobiles were being built with a 3-point mounted axle layout,” Ford’s report explained. “On some models the rear axle horizontal mounting bolt may perhaps fracture. Powertrain torque as a result of the driveline leads to axle rotation of the pinion angled toward the subframe, which exerts a bending force on the rear axle bolt. Peak torque is usually knowledgeable in the course of a launch occasion.”
“The joint layout is not robust to peak axle input torques and producing variability. The primary contributor is inadequate bearing location for optimum joint hundreds. This benefits in bearing region deformation, rising bending strain on the bolt, which might direct to a exhaustion failure,” Ford said.
Symptoms of exhaustion failure involve loud grinding, binding or clunking noises from the rear stop of the auto. The cure for the problem is twofold. Shoppers will get a application update that will empower a feature wherever the parking brake will automatically be applied when the motor vehicle is shifted into park. Entrepreneurs of some before examples (or any that display signals of exhaustion) will get new mounting factors for the rear axle as very well.
Dealers will be notified commencing in April homeowners will acquire notices by June 10.