Chafing of Positive Battery Cable May Lead to a Fire
Electrical & Lights, April 3, 2007
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Our Quick Take:
The positioning of the positive battery wire may allow chafing of the wire, which could cause a short circuit and possibly a fire.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a high priority recall; the battery cable may short circuit. Please contact your Ford dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The positioning of the positive battery wire may allow chafing of the wire against the right hand splash shield bolt. This could expose the copper wire, which could cause a short circuit to ground and possibly a fire. Dealers will inspect the position of the positive battery wire and reposition it if necessary. The recall began April 3, 2007. The Ford recall number is 07S50.
Mfr's Report Date:
April 3, 2007
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Potential Number of Units Affected:
ON CERTAIN TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH A 6.4L DIESEL ENGINE, INSUFFICIENT CLEARANCE OF THE BATTERY POSITIVE (B+) WIRE TO THE RIGHT HAND SPLASH SHIELD BOLT MAY RESULT IN THE BATTERY B+ WIRE CONTACTING THE SPLASH SHIELD BOLT.
LONG TERM CONTACT COULD CAUSE WIRE CHAFE, RESULTING IN COPPER WIRE BEING EXPOSED. IF THIS CONDITION OCCURS, THE BATTERY B+ WIRE COULD SHORT TO GROUND INCREASING THE RISK OF A FIRE.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE BATTERY B+ WIRE LOCATION AND, IF NECESSARY, REPOSITION THE WIRE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
FORD RECALL NO. 07S50. 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.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration