Vehicles sold or currently registered in states using corrosive chemicals to de-ice the roads may have fuel tank straps that can rust prematurely and fail. If the fuel tank were to shift as a result of a broken strap, the fuel lines could separate or the fuel tank could contact the ground. In either case, a fuel leak could develop, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps with straps that have increased corrosion protection. Early in the campaign, if replacement straps are not available, dealers may install a cable support under the strap as an interim repair or a steel reinforcement over the existing strap as a permanent repair. This recall is expected to begin September 12, 2011. The Ford recall number is 11S21.
1998 Ford F-150 Recalls
Ford has recalled 1998-2000 vehicles equipped with compressed natural gas fuel systems due to an incomplete label for the fuel tank. Ford sent a new label to owners.
Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 Expedition, Explorer, F150, and Windstar vehicles because they were improperly outfitted with daytime running lamps certified for use in Canada. These daytime running lamps do not meet U.S. motor vehicle code requirements. Dealers will deactivate the daytime running lamps on affected vehicles.
Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 F150 vehicles because the leaf springs may come into contact with the fuel tank. If this happens, the fuel tank could be damaged, which can cause a fuel leak. In the presence of an ignition source, a fuel leak may result in a fire. Dealers will install a clip on the leaf springs to keep them from contacting the fuel tank; fractured springs will be replaced.
Ford has recalled 1997-1998 Expedition, F150, F250, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles because of lug nuts that do not clamp the wheels securely enough to the wheel hubs. These lug nuts can loosen and cause the wheels to separate from the vehicle. Dealers will inspect the wheel studs and replace the lug nuts with a new design.
Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 F150 trucks with a 4.2L V6 engine due to icing of the throttle body. When temperatures are below -10° F, ice can form in the throttle body, which can keep it from returning to idle. A sticking throttle can cause difficulty slowing the vehicle down, which can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a revised PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) system to resolve the issue.
Ford has recalled 1997-1998 Expedition, F150, F250, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles due to a possible shift cable malfunction. On some vehicles, the cable may become detached from the steering column bracket. This may prevent the shifter from engaging the "Park" gear, even though it may still indicate "Park," and the vehicle could roll away. Dealers will secure the shift control cable to the steering column bracket and add a tie strap to the connection.