Poor Oil Assmbly Crimp Can Put Shelby GT350 Out Out of Action
How tough can it be to do a proper crimp? That’s what the owners of Ford Mustang Shelby GT350s and GT350Rs must be thinking if they have received the latest recall involving their high-performance rides. It’s a rather crucial crimp, too as it involves the oil cooler tube assembly without which, well, to put it mildly, the vaunted Voodoo V-8 becomes a very expensive block of melted metal if the crimp fails before the ‘Stang makes it to the Ford Shop.
Honestly, it must be a rather tough crimp to do right because the folks from Dearborn recently recalled 8,000 of the specialty cars built from 2015-17 to replace the oil cooler tube assembly due to the poor crimp.
You probably know what happens if the crimp fails, but, if you don’t, we’ll tell you. The Voodoo engine is a free-breathing powerplant with an 8,250 rpm redline. Because of the redline, the engine generates huge amounts of heat and needs lubrication, as well. If the assembly were to fail and a leak develops, then the engine could quickly become a massive metal paperweight.
Assuming the engine survives the leak and makes it home to your garage, if you have been driving it hard along the way home, then the oil that has leaked out falls onto the incredibly hot block and, whoomp, the oil goes off in a local version of an exploding volcano.
The Blue Oval folks have said they aren’t aware of any fires or accidents associated with the issue. However, it’s the type of failure that you probably don’t want to wait to see if it happens as the GT350/R isn’t exactly an inexpensive option. The 2017 GT350 has a sticker of about $50,000, while the GT350R carries a sticker of about $64,000. They are also the kind of cars that don’t get to dealerships very often, so if the problem happens, then you may have a wait.
The Mustangs were built between Feb. 24, 2015 and Aug. 30, 2016.
In other recall news, Ford has just recalled 680,000 2015-17 Fusions to fix the seatbelt pretensioners for the driver and front passenger. Frequent movement can cause these devices to fail, leading to potential injuries. Dealers will repair them free of charge. And, there were two other recalls issued covering older crossovers and a new pickup. The first recall covers 2010-12 Escapes and 2010-11 Mercury Mariners with 3.0-liter flex-fuel mills. The fuel delivery module flange needs to be replaced on 400,000 units. The next recall involves only 180 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks with 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cabs the heavy-duty pickup must have its fuel conditioning module protective shield replaced. No accidents or injuries have been reported with either.
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