2015-2017 Ford Transit: Recall Alert

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 370,000 model-year 2015-17 Ford Transit full-size vans with medium, long and extended wheelbases, and chassis cab/cutaway vans with medium wheelbases built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri between Jan. 17, 2014, and June 15, 2017

The Problem: The flexible driveshaft coupling could have a crack that could allow it to separate while driving or allow for unintended movement when in Park without the parking brake applied, increasing the risk of injury or a crash. In addition, if the driveshaft separates from the transmission it can result in secondary damage to surrounding parts, including the brakes and fuel lines, also increasing the risk of injury or a crash. Ford is unaware of any injuries or crashes related to this issue.

The Fix: Based on field data, Ford said vans with less than 30,000 miles do not require immediate repair, nor do vans in which the coupling unit has already been replaced. Ford said that the flexible couplings should not deteriorate sufficiently to separate from the driveshaft until the vans have been driven 30,000 miles. Based on that, Ford is advising owners with vans that have less than 30,000 miles on the odometer to schedule an appointment for a replacement coupling when they near that number. Owners whose vans have 30,000 miles or more should contact their dealer for an immediate interim repair, which will be to have the flexible coupling replaced. Flexible couplings should be replaced every 30,000 miles until the permanent repair is available. The permanent repair will involve replacing the coupling with a redesigned flexible coupling with a modified driveshaft bracket or a revised driveshaft equipped with a universal joint. All repairs will be done free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner identification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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Comments

Queue childish Ford haters in 3, 2, 1...

It will cost them another $142 million.
I like ford for doing this. I don't hate them.

Ford said that the flexible couplings should not deteriorate sufficiently to separate from the driveshaft until the vans have been driven 30,000 miles.

@PUTC

Ford's comment sounds like the guy at the Army Airborne training academy saying not to worry about the ocassional parachute malfunction. They work fine most of the time. Really!

I'm jealous.

All these Ford trucks get free trips back to the dealership while mine never went back.

According to the Fordtards on this site, recalls are normal when your truck is the greatest technological achievement man ever created.

But why then is the quality control so poor that they can't even put reliable driveshaft components together? And the fix is to replace it every 30,000 miles because they don't have a final fix for it?

"So we don't have a good fix for our mistake, but we will continue to replace your recalled components with more junk until we can figure out how to fix it." Best recall ever.

Ford. Fixed or recalled daily. Or at minimum every 30k.

andrwken: Don't buy a Ford. Purchase another brand and deal with their issues.

I like ford for doing this.

My 2014 F150 157WB two piece drive shaft is also a piece of junk. Drive away shutter and slip bump. Plus drive line vibration on hard acceration at high speed. White Teflon grease has helped 90% of it, but Ford should make it Right! Which they won't. It needs a custom built after market one from Machine Services in GreenBay, Wi. These Guy's know how to make a drive shaft!

My 2014 F150 157WB two piece drive shaft is also a piece of junk. Drive away shutter and slip bump. Plus drive line vibration on hard acceration at high speed. White Teflon grease has helped 90% of it, but Ford should make it Right! Which they won't. It needs a custom built after market one from Machine Services in GreenBay, Wi. These Guy's know how to make a drive shaft!

andrwken: Don't buy a Ford. Purchase another brand and deal with their issues.

Posted by: redbloodedxy | Jun 28, 2017 12:34:07 PM

I have another brand.

I went 6 years and 150000 before I needed to replace shocks. That was the first failure.

Other than brakes and oil, did nothing to it.

So you are correct, I won't be buying a Ford.

Machine Services does a great job. I bet it won't be cheap though.

$1000.00 Bucks!

F - Flawed
O - or
R - Recalled
D - Daily

Ford should include driveshaft replacement under the 30,000 mile scheduled service. HAHAHAHA!

It's always something, like the other guy said, purchase another brand and deal with their issues. As far as I'm concerned they all SUCK! GM,Ford, and Ram, pick your problems.

Just another day of Ford trash being repaired to break tomorrow. JUNK!

Just another day of Ford trash being repaired to break tomorrow. JUNK!

It's just a driveshaft for Peet sakes. Shouldn't the Universal joint be the only thing that goes bad after 100kmiles. My dads 1962 Ford Falcon needed a new U-joint after 100kmiles and he never re-lubed it. Probably my first lesson with U-joint replacement with my brother when I was 15. And that tranny went bad after 100kmiles too, and because my dad never checked the oil and drove it dry. My first tranny job training too with my brother. No jack stand needed to replace the tranny it was so light and small. 3speed. Cars in general just seems are built so cheap. Things that just wouldn't go wrong in the past, now do.

Ford is number one. Recalled vehicle year after year. Fix it again Tony.

@Angelo Pietronforte--Agree all manufacturers are using the cheapest sourced parts they can get by with. Toyota which in the past had some of the best made components has gone the cheap route as well. Many of the parts are made in China. I don't think it is so much that it is made in China but that the parts are built to the lowest price point. It makes we wonder how well the Chinese made Volvos, Buick Envisions, and the future Chinese made Focus will hold up. I just put a Chinese made edger I got from Home Depot out for garbage pickup that is barely 2 years old. The carburetor was leaking gas and I could not get a replacement carburetor. I put a shut off valve on the fuel line and that worked for a while. I even made sure the screws were tight on the carb. I went on the website and read some of the reviews which had the same problem I had. Really liked the edger and it otherwise was well made but cheap seals that could not take the alcohol added to the gas. I realize that the alcohol can eventually do a carburetor in but apparently these edgers had more problems than usual. Much different paying $199 for an edger than 30k to 40k for a new vehicle. Maybe the Chinese made vehicles will not be as bad but this is not the first time I have had issues with Chinese made products and usually the problems occur in a short period of time. It is one thing to get several years use out of something and eventually have to replace it but another when after a year or less with little use a product fails and there are no replacement parts. My father had the u-joints replaced on his 62 Chevy II at less than 100k miles but the original u-joints did not have grease fitting whereas the replacements did and the replacements lasted the life of the car.

Ford should advertise their trucks with an F-35 fighter standing beside it. Probably the same aluminum used in both pieces of worthless. Can't drive either in a rain or electrical storm, or use either in the heat or cold.

Quality is job none.
Junk, Junk ,Junk.
http://www.carcomplaints.com/news/2017/ford-recalls-transit-vans-driveshaft-problems.shtml
F - Flawed
O - or
R - Recalled
D - Daily

Someone please ask me why I bought a Tundra!

Someone please ask me why I bought a Tundra!

Someone please ask me why I bought a Tundra!


Posted by: Cooper | Jun 28, 2017 8:27:19 PM

Because you wanted to move forward even though your foot was on the brake.

Ford should hand these out to owners.

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/ford-gobike-launches-bay-area-134451772.html

The Ford Transit js a very slow seller! on Australia
It ranks behind the Renault Master in sales by a big margin
Slightly smasler Transit Custom is the most popular version of rbe Transit

The Ford Transit js a very slow seller! on Australia
It ranks behind the Renault Master in sales by a big margin
Slightly smasler Transit Custom is the most popular version of rbe Transit

No not the Transit Connect, but slightly smaller than a normal Transi

No not the Transit Connect, but slightly smaller than a normal Transi

Cars in general just seems are built so cheap. Things that just wouldn't go wrong in the past, now do. Posted by: Angelo Pietroforte

@Angelo

you and Jeff S are alone in the weeds on this topic. Everybody in the SAE today can point to dozens of studies showing that EPT (errors per thousand for you guys who went to public school) are far lower today than back in the 1960s and 70s. You'd get laughed out of the place if you offered remarks to the contrary.

@papa jim--Did you go to school, did you even graduate from high school. Better not throw stones. I am not saying that today's vehicles are unreliable, I am saying there is a problem when outsourcing parts to the lowest bidder. I went to school during the 50's thru 70's. Did you go to school at all? If so it must have been during feudal times. The recall in this article is due to a crack in the flexible drive shaft coupling which is a defective part. Not all parts are defective but when parts are outsourced to the cheapest bidder and there is pressure to produce this part and ship it with the just in time inventory problems occur. What I mentioned about the Chinese goods is true. Shortcuts are taken and the parts are made to the price point. Too cheap of a bid can lead to shortcuts making the part defective. GM has a past of doing this so don't just point to Ford. Most of the sourced parts are shared with various manufactures. There needs to be better quality control.

@Jeff S

You are wrong. papajim is right. Now go back to wearing your sweater to fight global cooling.

@Richard--Nice to hear from someone from the stone age.

Angelo Pietroforte,
You'll find the driveshaft coupling was okay under Ford's test conditions.

Maybe testing didn't put these couplings under "real life" stresses.

Computers have reduced vehicle testing as well.

Ford might need to re-evaluate their testing procedures.

I wonder how many other components tested by Ford are not adequate?

@Jeff S

You obviously know absolutely NOTHING about the enormous effort that Tier One parts suppliers undertake to maintain good relations with their upstream partners in the auto business.

Supply Chain managment and sourcing are constantly being tweaked by the major auto producers to reduce errors and maintain the best uptime figures in their shops.

Do yourself a favor and drop the bellyaching about China---it makes you sound really dumb.

@papajim
Thousands of study's is good and well, then why all the recalls on a driveshaft. EPT (appreciate your expanding on the acronym) because no matter how smart someone is, if they can't get their point across to other's they're not as smart as they think. I've been to graduate school twice for (electrical engineering and business), and until things are put to practice, study's are like learning how to do things by reading and not doing. I've seen all kinds of bad designs on all kinds of things: Air Condition mount for my '89 M3, and on and on. I'll spare you with all the repairs mechanical and electrical that I've done in my life, and just happy I can keep my money invested while everyone is buying these pricy vehicles. And still riding my bike to work just behind Tesla. By the way, some land behind Tesla is being worked on. I'm guessing Tesla acquired it, but maybe it's more housing behind the new Bart Station. Remember that pricey housing with no parking discussion we had last year driving the need for more cab forward because it has to fit in a garage.

@Jeff S. You are probably right that the u-joint I replaced didn't have grease fittings. 1982 was a long time ago for me. Ha. I concur with your cheapest bidder analysis.

@Big Al. These days it's all about computer simulations, but you are right about "real life" stresses needing to be observed. A computer simulation is only as good as the model.

You guys have a nice day. I'm kind of getting bored of really nothing much new and all the Raptor talk. To each their own. Maybe more insight on a Tesla pickup would make things a little more interesting. BMW just announced a 3 series electric 248mi per charge to compete with Tesla3. Things should get more interesting as soon as I see the new Tesla3 shipping on semi's. The only things I see on the back of the semi's are mostly the model S, by far and away compared to the X.

@papa jim--I am not belly aching about China just give my experiences. So your opinion is that there is nothing wrong with outsourced parts and that they are 100% defect free. This article would beg to differ with you. A manufacturer should always strive for 100% defect free even if cannot be obtained. I am not saying the Chinese are incapable of making a quality product but they will make it to a price point. Maybe you should go out a buy the Chinese made Buick Envision. My point was that based on my experiences with Chinese products that I would wait before buying a Chinese made vehicle--eventually we might not have a choice.

Sounds like your grumpiness could be caused by constipation. Take a laxative and get your self clean, it will work wonders for you mood.

Queue childish Ford haters in 3, 2, 1...
Posted by: redbloodedxy

That's funny, I don't care who you are, because you are usually posting childish stuff when other brands have a recall.

...study's are like learning how to do things by reading and not doing. I've seen all kinds of bad designs on all kinds of things: Air Condition mount for my '89 M3, and on and on.

study's ???

@Angelo P.

Sorry my friend, but there's no such word. The plural of Study is Studies. Did they teach you that in graduate school?

holy crap papajim that funny as hell!

Jeff S,
Its good to see you still comment on PUTC. I've been away for a year or so.

It appears not much has changed, which is a pity.

I do think your comment relating to the procurement of parts in the auto industry is far more accurate than papajim's assertions or beliefs.

The auto makers do go out and find the cheapest source. This is capitalism. Papajim states he has a complete comprehension of economics, but sometimes his economic paradigms have huge holes, which, frankly rarely add up. Similar to some heads of states.

In papajims defence, the auto manufacturers don't want "shonky" products supplied. But this is to be expected from any customer, whether it yourself or me buying a carrot at the green grocers to NASA procuring parts for a satellite.

Have a good day, and keep up the sensible comments. Contrary to other;-)

Hey Big Al is back? Hows Australia treating you man? Glad these manufacturers are on top of recalls lately. Wish there wasnt any at all though.

Hey Big Al is back? Hows Australia treating you man? Glad these manufacturers are on top of recalls lately. Wish there wasnt any at all though.

Good job ford for catching it before anyone got hurt - unlike shaky GOVT motor trucks that killed/injured many & they tried to hide it for years & got busted with record fine....good job mfs...

Yes, the same Big Al who predicted doomsday scenario for Ford's move to aluminum & was totally wrong & has eaten enough crow to last him several yrs....HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Meanwhile Ford is in the top 5 of least problems per vehicle...where is shaky GOVT motors???

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research/america%e2%80%99s-best-and-worst-new-cars/ss-BBD05KZ?ocid=spartandhp#image=2

Lino,
We need to see how good Ford's profits are.

Is Ford making as much from a F150/F Series as Ram?

I'd say GM is making lots more from each Silverado/Sierra than Ford from a F Series.

Ford squandered lots of cash on the aluminium changeover.

Was it needed? Seems to me not

I agree with BAFO and Wild Willy.

http://www.tfltruck.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016-ford-f-150-chevy-silverado-steel-aluminum-bed-1024x791.jpeg

Oilfieldfx4,
Hi, mate. Yeah it's me after a year or two away. I hope you've been well and kept on "truck'n".

I've continued modifying my pickup with rocksliders/sidesteps for some of my adventurous off road treks.

I've been away from the Land Downunder for a while now for work. It's given me the opportunity to sample multiple US pickups and SUVs. Some I consider good and others so-so.

I even spent three and half months near Seattle. Made new friends, all drive HDs. The nicest one is a Ram 2500 with a Cummins. He spent $6 000 on increasing hp! Man it has some mumbo.

It is good to be back making educated comments, hope to hear from you and other intelligent commenters.

Oilfieldfx4,
Hi, mate. Yeah it's me after a year or two away. I hope you've been well and kept on "truck'n".

I've continued modifying my pickup with rocksliders/sidesteps for some of my adventurous off road treks.

I've been away from the Land Downunder for a while now for work. It's given me the opportunity to sample multiple US pickups and SUVs. Some I consider good and others so-so.

I even spent three and half months near Seattle. Made new friends, all drive HDs. The nicest one is a Ram 2500 with a Cummins. He spent $6 000 on increasing hp! Man it has some mumbo.

It is good to be back making educated comments, hope to hear from you and other intelligent commenters.



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