More Ford problems
Now there’s a recall on LPG cars involving brake booster valves, writes NEIL McDONALD
BRAKES and balljoints continue to be a big problem for Ford. The company took another hit this week with a recall of 20,864 LPG cars for problems with brake booster valves.
The recall involves all BF Series II and III and the new FG Falcon sedan, wagon and utility with the factory-fitted LPG system, called E-Gas, which are popular with fleets and tradies. The cars affected were built from January 16, 2007, to August 22 last year.
The defect involves the brake booster check valve, which may develop a vacuum leak and lead to reduced power assistance for the brakes.
Ford Australia spokeswoman Sinead McAlary says Ford has acted proactively on the problem and denies suggestions it is the latest in a series of problems damaging Ford’s reputation.
‘‘Ford discovered the issue, investigated it, developed a fix and proactively issued a recall, as is the responsible course of action,’’ McAlary says.
‘‘We have a strong reputation for doing just that and believe that doing the right thing by our customers when the evidence is there to support an issue, actually builds our reputation, not damages it.’’
Worried owners should contact their local Ford dealer or the company’s customer relations line on 1800 503 672.
Ford has been hit by a string of quality glitches in recent months.
In March it recalled 83,000 SX and SY Territorys to replace front brake hoses after widespread consumer reports of brake failures.
Carsguide has uncovered quality problems at Broadmeadows after months of consumer complaints covering everything from brakes to rust and paint.
One of the most recent concerns relates to front balljoint failures on high-mileage Territorys.
The popular consumer website fordforums.com.au has listed a litany of concerns from worried Territory owners about the balljoints and the cost of replacement parts.
One owner summed up the feelings of many.
‘‘I love this car, just hate the quality,’’ he says.
The company has also issued a recall notice to fix a potential brake defect in some imported dieselpowered Focus and Mondeo models.
Under certain conditions, the supply of vacuum to the brake booster may be interrupted. This can make it harder to apply the brake pedal.