Ford Recalls 1.2 Million Diesel Trucks

F-series Super Duty trucks, E-series vans and Excursion SUVs from model years 1997 through 2003 equipped with 7.3-liter diesel engines are being recalled by Ford because of a computer software problem that causes their engines to stall. Several minor accidents have been caused by the defect, but no injuries.

If you have one of these trucks, expect a letter from Ford. or you can give them a call at 866-436-7332 or contact a local Ford dealer.

Ford recalling 1.2 million diesel trucks [CNNMoney]


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  1. muckpond says:

    am i the only one who giggles when the commercials say “super doody?”

    ‘k. thought so.

  2. Nick986 says:

    @muckpond: 404 error: funny not found.

  3. BigNutty says:

    Wow, another recall. Don’t they test these things thoroughly before they start production? Can a part like this develop problems only after being used on the road for some time?

  4. theirishscion says:

    @BigNutty: Oh good lord yes, engines are seriously unpleasant places to be, hot, vibrating, soused in varyingly volatile chemicals, coated and road dirt and periodically drenched in dirty water. It’s fairly amazing that they work as reliably as they do. Add to that the fact that a modern engine has some significantly complex and delicate sensors in it and this sort of thing isn’t at all surprising.

  5. theirishscion says:

    @theirishscion: Ack;
    …coated in road dirt…

  6. pepe the king prawn says:

    typical crap… something needs a firmware update.

  7. AskCars says:

    @BigNutty: Yes, these trucks are ten to four years old. The part is wearing out faster than they thought so they’re recalling all of them. 14 part failures out of 1.2 million vehicles so far.

    No automaker is immune to recalls as I constantly say on our car blog. What you want is a company that fixes things quickly and with little difficulty for the owner. The problem is also a faulty sensor that degrades over time not software.

  8. MrEvil says:

    Actually this isn’t a new thing, the recall is related to issues with the camshaft posistion sensor. I’ve known how delicate the cam posistion sensor was since I bought my Powerstroke F250 5 years ago. Luckily the sensor is $35 and easily replaced with some basic hand tools. I keep an extra in my glove compartment. It’s nothing new for Diesel engines to time off the cam. The Injector pumps on older Diesels also ran off the cam-shaft.

    All this recall is is Ford finally acknowledging publicly that there is a problem with the sensors and updating the Engine ECU firmware so the engine doesn’t go completely dead when the sensor’s signal is lost.

    At least the brakes on these trucks are hydraulic assist rather than vaccuum assist. The hydraulic pressure accumulator on the master cylinder is good for two or three stabs at the brake pedal even after the engine dies.