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NHTSA Closes Investigation into 360,000 F-150s

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Investigation into 360,000 F-150s

NHTSA closes investigation into 360,000 F-150s from model years 2011 – 2013.

In May of 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into 360,000 F-150s (model years 2011 – 2013) for issues with reduced engine power during hard acceleration. No recall had been issued at the time.

The near 360,000 F-150s brought into question were powered by 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged engines. Tests revealed that the loss of engine power during acceleration was caused by condensation in the charge air cooler (CAC). Reportedly, water could be pulled into the engine, and the cylinders could then possibly misfire.

In total, the government safety administration received 525 complaints about the issue, and Ford received 3,731. It was determined, however, that most of the complaints were caused by an array of unrelated issues, “including faults with ignition coils, spark plugs, a catalytic converter, the throttle body, turbocharger, fuel pump/filter, powertrain control module (hardware or software) or transmission shifting problems. Ford also noted that in a large number of warranty claims on the subject vehicles, the CAC was replaced or a TSB procedure was performed when the symptoms exhibited were inconsistent with a CAC water ingestion related issue.”

Ford issued service bulletins to its dealerships about the issue, which the NHTSA says has satisfied the problem. Thus, no recall will be issued.

No crashes or injuries have been reported as part of the problem, but the NHTSA will continue to monitor complaints and take action if it proves necessary.

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    Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.