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News about 2022 Ford Bronco engine problems is starting to emerge rapidly. But is this fake news, or is Ford Bronco engine failure something that owners need to be concerned about? Good thing we’re here to investigate. 

Do Ford Bronco models have engine problems? 

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Over the past few months, more and more information about Ford Bronco engine problems have started emerging. Some 2022 Ford Bronco models are going into the shop due to engine failure and need to have the motor replaced.

According to MotorTrend, the issues are traced to problems with the valvetrain, resulting in dead motors. But how prominent is this valvetrain problem? Let’s see if it is limited to a bad batch of parts or if more Bronco owners should be worried. 

Valvetrain failures seem limited to Bronco models equipped with the 2.7-liter V6 engine. Clues indicate that the failures are related to the engine build date of models built between May 13 to October 8, 2021. This is indicated with serial numbers 21133-21281. 

What is the Ford Bronco valve problem? 

The first report of 2022 Ford Bronco valve problems emerged in July 2021 with a model that only had 1,146 miles on the odometer. Then people continued to post about similar issues with an engine failure with only about 984 to 6,986 miles racked up on their new rides. 

Reportedly, the valves used in 2.7-liter V6 engines were supplied to the Ford Lima plant from an outside vendor. But rumors suggest that the valves were the same ones that were commonly used for months. Plus, new batches are tested before being installed. 

But some sort of defect caused the valves to become brittle due to the heat combustion over time. This could lead to the valve becoming detached and dropping into the cylinder. 

As a result, the Bronco could experience an immediate loss of compression, and the metal could cause catastrophic damage. 

The only way to correct this issue is to have the engine replaced, which could take months. That’s a pretty big bummer for those who already waited a super long time to receive their Bronco, only to have the engine fail. 

Ford mentioned that it’s aware of the select number of engines with the concern and is investigating the problem. Also, the issues are covered under the five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. 

What to do if your Bronco engine fails 

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The Ford Bronco engine problems may only be limited to one batch of bad valves. However, tons of thousands of 2.7-liter V6 engines were produced during that time. We’re currently unaware of how significant this issue is. 

If your Bronco model faces engine failure, report it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) to help keep track of the exact amount of affected engines. This could lead to an investigation and a recall. 

Some Bronco owners haven’t had an issue with getting the engine replaced under warranty, and some people are being compensated with a longer powertrain warranty. But some people want more action. 

Thousands of new Ford Bronco owners could face this issue right after their model arrives. We are keeping an eye on this story to see if it develops into something more.


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