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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Recalls

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Recall Date Problem Area Recall Text
08/30/07 On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with the 4.6l engine and 6r transmission, the bolt securing the transmission oil cooler line fittings at the transmission may not have been sufficiently torqued during vehicle assembly. as a result, the bolt may loosen and the transmission oil cooler lines may disengage from the transmission, causing a transmission fluid leak.

If leaking transmission fluid contacts the catalytic converter, it may pose a risk of fire.

Dealers will inspect and have the transmission cooler line attachment bolt tightened free of charge. the recall began on august 30, 2007. owners may contact ford at 1-800-392-3673.

Ford recall no. 07s56.customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
04/27/07 Suspension and Steering On certain sport utility vehicles, the two bolts that attach the steering gear assembly to the frame may have been over-tightened. this condition could result in one or both of the bolts fracturing, causing the steering gear to become loose.

This condition could cause "clunking" noise when steering as well as decreased steering effectiveness potentially resulting in a crash.

Dealers will replace both the steering gear assembly mounting bolts and nuts free of charge. the recall began on april 27, 2007. owners may contact ford at 1-800-392-3673.

Ford recall no. 07s52.customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration?s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
05/03/10 Other Ford is recalling certain model year 2010 fusion, explorer, explorer sport trac, and mercury milan and mountaineer vehicles manufactured between december 15, 2009 through february 3, 2010 equipped with front seat manual recliners. these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 202, "head restraint." the recliner gear plate teeth may be out of dimension specification which could result in limited pawl to gear plate tooth engagement.

In the event of a crash, the seatback and head restraint may move rearward, increasing the risk of injury.

Dealers will replace the manual recliners for both power and manual seats free of charge. the safety recall is expected to begin on or before april 30, 2010. owners may contact ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .

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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.

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