Vehicles subject to chassis overloading may experience premature rear wheel bearing failure. This could ultimately lead to axle shaft fracture. In the event of axle fracture, the vehicle would lose drive function and would coast to a stop. Loss of drive function could lead to a crash. Dealers will replace the wheel bearings, seals, and axle shafts to correct this concern. The Ford recall number is 04S16.
17" chrome wheels may not have been properly heat treated. These wheels may crack at the lug nut holes, which could result in loosening of the lug nuts. The driver may experience vibration and/or abnormal noise while driving. Continued operation of the vehicle could result in the wheel failing off, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the wheels and replace those without proper heat treating. The Ford recall number is 03S01.
The transmission shift cable can become dislodged from the shift cable bracket. This could result in the shift indicator reading incorrectly. Dealers will add a strap to the shift cable adjustor to secure it.
Ford has recalled certain 2000-2001 Excursion, Expedition, F150, F250, F350, Focus, Taurus, Mercury Sable, Lincoln Continental, Navigator, and Town Car vehicles due to a defect in the wiper motor gear case. The wiper motor could overheat and malfunction, which may cause the wipers to stop working as designed. Dealers will inspect the wiper motor and replace the gear case cover.
The wrong seat belt retractor was installed from the factory on the left rear seating position. Usage of this retractor may result in injury during an accident. Dealers will inspect the seat belts and replace the affected belt and retractor assemblies.