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BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:02:08 PM

A week after it announced a big recall, Ford Motor says that it has pinpointed the cause of overheating. It says a simple software update will fix the fire risk in the 2013 Fusion sedans and Escape crossovers with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine.

Starting next week, owners of the 89,153 vehicles recalled will be urged to come to a Ford dealer for to have the cars electronic controls "flashed" with new software aimed at ensuring the cooling system can't allow the turbocharged engine to dangerously overheat.

Ford hopes it can quickly close the embarrassing period in which it was forced to order the recall, but could not immediately pinpoint a cause or say how it was going to fix it. In the recall announcement, owners were urged to contact Ford dealers to arrange for loaner cars until ...
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bston
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:35:12 PM

Probably causing alot of concern for those that own them!
schvanda63
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 2:26:32 PM

" It says a simple software update..."

They must have been using Microsoft.
virostek
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 7:01:13 AM

I thought Ford had so many recalls, they renamed it as something else?
pulpwood
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 2:08:52 AM

turbos do run hot.
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:59:52 PM


This was not caused by a software glitch, the software change will merely limit the engine's performance to avoid overheating.
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:58:00 PM


Turbos can be brutal on any engine. The software change sounds more like it shall 'dummy down' the engine so it may not perform as well as intended. Likely both the engine's internal oil delivery design and the capacity of the cooling system need improvement.
TC5504
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:47:56 PM

Trying to get to much out of to little of an engine.
hrspwr77
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:43:40 PM

I wonder if the "black box" recorded enough data to assist in the discovery of the cause of fires.
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:15:26 PM

Interesting...........a software glitch? An to think these black boxes are going to track us and report acurate information to the insurance companies and the police! Yeah right.
JDchefF
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 9:14:12 PM

Agree they should do more testing before they are shipped out to the public.
schatzila
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 8:31:44 PM

get it fixed.
Jeff4U
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 8:04:30 PM

They should stop using Microsoft as an OS.
Shaduu
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 7:56:21 PM

They are in such a hurry to sell them they never test them?
RonElp
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 7:13:31 PM

Computers are taking over the world.... help!
Straitliner
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 5:49:34 PM

Kinda what I thought dont you catch these things before they go on the market?
pleinyeux
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 3:53:46 PM

why they don't find these problems before shipping
vehicles out the door.......
YaBassa
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 3:39:01 PM

Seems weird when a software upgrade can prevent an automobile fire

[Edited by: YaBassa at 12/10/2012 3:39:42 PM EST]
bluetruck54
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 3:26:25 PM

just amazing that they don't find these problems before shipping
vehicles out the door. say's something about their QA process.....
nerde
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 3:18:58 PM

Funny, it's headline news when EVs catch on fire
ObieDog
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:55:09 PM

Im sure the dealers supplying loaners are happy too.
SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:25:33 PM

I suppose that any manufacturer can have a glitch in one of their automobiles. But I like the manner in which Ford handled their hazard.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:19:31 PM

that midnight oil was burning bright in dearborn last week
BurntOrange
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Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 2:02:21 PM

A code bug. :)
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