2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptors Recalled Over Strange Issue

Few things spike your heart-rate faster than a set of red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. One of these vehicles tasked with fighting crime and creating minor panic attacks across the country is the 2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor.

However, a new recall by Ford covers a very bizarre problem with this specialized SUV. According to CarComplaints, a contaminant in the windshield washer fluid can cause problems as severe as paint damage. Unfortunately, the Interceptor isn’t even the only model affected.

What makes the 2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor special?

Although the 2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor may look quite similar to the standard family SUV you can buy, it is quite impressive. For starters, Motor1 reports that a full-time all-wheel-drive system and a 10-speed automatic transmission come standard on all variations. Speaking of variations, police departments have various engine options to choose from. The base engine is a naturally-aspirated 3.3-liter engine developing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft.

If that isn’t enough power, the 2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor offers a more powerful hybrid option. The electrified 3.3-liter V6 develops 318 hp and 322 lb-ft. However, the fastest option available is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 developing 400 hp and 415 lb-ft. If that powertrain sounds familiar, it’s because it also lives under the hood of the sporty Explorer ST. According to Hagerty, this power output allows the Interceptor to reach 60 mph in less than 5.8 seconds.

As a result, chances are you won’t get away, especially when a fleet of these quick SUVs joins the chase. However, a batch of these vehicles made in 2020 has a very unusual problem.

What is wrong with these police SUVs?

An image of a 2020 Ford Explorer Interceptor on the road.
2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor | Ford

According to a new report by CarComplaints, a recent recall for the 2020 Ford Explorer Interceptor surfaced, covering a weird issue. The problem in question concerns the windshield washer fluid. However, the recall does not explain how the fluid itself was contaminated at some point. Since many of Ford’s models share components with Lincoln models, the 2020 Aviator is also covered in this latest recall.

According to CarComplaints, this issue affects a total of 286 vehicles. 283 of these live somewhere in the U.S., while three live in Canada. In terms of the 2020 Ford Explorer models, the affected SUVs left the production line between May 26th and 30th of last year. On the other hand, the affected Aviators were made between May 28th and June 2nd, 2020.

A fix is already underway

The new Lincoln Aviator is unveiled during the Lincoln Motors press conference on display in Los Angeles, California on November 28, 2018 at Automobility LA
The Lincoln Aviator | FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

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To remedy this 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator problem, the recall offers a simple yet effective plan. Since the windshield washer fluid passes through various components, several parts will need replacing. According to CarComplaints, this includes replacing the windshield washer system, the washer fluid, bottle neck, washer pump, fluid level sensor, and windshield wiper blades.

While the contaminant found in the washer fluid was not specified, there is no exact telling what kind of damage it could cause. However, since washer fluid sometimes falls on the paint after being sprayed, Ford is looking for additional damage. According to CarComplaints, this affected fluid could potentially cause paint damage. As a result, Ford is taking no chances and will be evaluating each vehicle very thoroughly.